Asbestos found in Texico schools

CNJ staff Asbestos has been discovered in the Texico Municipal Schools cafeteria and an elementary school classroom, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent R.L. Richards said safety precautions include roping off the cafeteria while students use a newly-constructed cafeteria. Richards said Cures Environmental of Albuquerque, a licensed abatement company, was hired to perform removal of the […]

Commissioners OK hotel cleanup

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Cleaning up Hotel Clovis and starting a pilot program for recycling dominated business Thursday for Clovis city commissioners. As part of efforts to rehabilitate the hotel building on Main Street, commissioners approved a proposal from GranCor Enterprises to rid the facility of asbestos, pigeon droppings and lead-based paint for $421,066. […]

Grants will make cleanup of Hotel Clovis possible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The first step toward the redevelopment of Hotel Clovis is on the horizon. Clovis MainStreet announced Thursday it landed a $300,000 grant from its state-level organization to aid in the removal of asbestos from the landmark. The grant comes from a New Mexico MainStreet pool of $1 million. Combined […]

Cannon moves ahead with housing plans

CNJ STAFF REPORT The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Base personnel and their families are invited to the […]

Military Feature: Base housing torn down

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Courtesy photo: Airman Elliott Sprehe A military family housing unit is leveled at Cannon Air Force Base. Sixty-three housing units, some unoccupied for more than 10 years, are being demolished at Cannon. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Demolition crews are working at Cannon Air Force Base to remove 63 substandard housing units, according to […]

Residents warned of asbestos risk

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An advocate for asbestos education said Friday eastern New Mexico residents should protect themselves against a cancer-causing material, asbestos, that could be released in the demolition of homes destroyed by tornadoes. “It’s important for people to understand when asbestos is disturbed … it becomes dangerous,” said Charles Perea, president […]

Cannon asbestos testing planned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

School sewer problems yield hefty repair bill

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Sewer line repairs at a Clovis school will exceed projected costs due to asbestos near the line that must be removed, Clovis Schools officials announced Tuesday at a school board meeting. No health risk is posed by the asbestos, most of which has already been removed, Clovis Schools Director […]

State funds Clovis Hotel study

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Built in 1931, Hotel Clovis has been unoccupied for 22 years. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hotel Clovis still towers above the city, but after 22 years of dormancy and neglect, the nationally recognized historic site still has no tenant. The state recently pledged funds to assess the level of […]

It’s time to put trial lawyers on trial

Perhaps what’s needed is a class action lawsuit against attorneys and firms that bring class action lawsuits based on misleading or fraudulent claims. We don’t know if that’s legally possible. But it would certainly advance the cause of justice. Law firms in the past reaped huge financial awards, bankrupted companies, whipped federal regulators into a […]