County Commissioner plans to run for mayor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley said he plans to run for Clovis mayor. David Lansford announced Thursday he is not seeking a fourth term as mayor. “David (Lansford) has done well,” said Ashley, who owns Clovis Concrete. “But there are some things I would like to strengthen.” The mayor’s […]

County takes second look at high bids

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials are suffering from sticker shock after reviewing construction bids for the Special Events Center project. Curry County Manager Dick Smith told the county commissioners on Wednesday three of the bids — which comprise 60 percent of the cost of the project — more than double the […]

County Commission enters new term

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Albin Smith and Frank Blackburn were tabbed by fellow Curry County Commissioners to lead the five-person governing body during Wednesday’s meeting. Smith, a local dairy owner, was unanimously elected as chairman. He replaced Tim Ashley. “Thank you. I appreciate it,” Smith said after switching seats with Ashley. “I look […]

Honor Rolls continued

Yucca Junior High Cont. Christopher M. Potocki, Kelsey A. Poulin, Monica Y. Sanchez, Chris D. Sharp, Daniel A. Smith, Garrett C. Smith, Jill E. Southard, Brice J. Stacy, Megan L. Sundquist, Jared A. Swenson, Michelle V. Tijerina, Emilee G. Tipton, James M. Townsend, Michael C. Villa, Madeline R. Whitmore, Joshua D. Wickham, Randi N. Wood, […]

Residents express concern about ethanol plant

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A dozen Curry County residents expressed concerns about a proposed ethanol plant west of the city at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Most of the concerns centered around potential health issues that some say may arise from the construction and operation of a 105-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant near the existing […]

Dome on the range

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Meeting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the middle of a field, three Clovis families dreamed of acquiring the property and building a church where people could worship free from preconceived notions about religion. With a monolithic dome constructed from steel and cement, the Body of Christ Community […]

Construction all wet

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Rain has delayed construction projects on Prince Street and thoughout Curry County. The city has received more than 3.5 inches of rain in the last nine days. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Nearly daily afternoon and evening rains are hampering street and building construction projects in the city. Ken […]

Task force aims to clean up Clovis

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer In a darkened room, Curry County commissioners watched images Thursday of rundown buildings, tall weeds and accumulated trash flash across a screen. Shot from a moving vehicle, the film showed what Clovis looks like to people entering Curry County, according to local businesswoman Rose Riley. Riley said Cannon Air […]

Dassero, Richard D.

Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired to Colorado Springs […]

County Commission restricts fireworks

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Chairman Tim Ashley jokingly referred to himself as the “Grinch who stole the Fourth of July” at Thursday’s special meeting of the Curry County Commission. The reference to the famous Dr. Seuss holiday-stealing character came after the commissioners adopted an ordinance restricting fireworks. The ordinance bans the sale and […]