Press release: Cannon LATN environmental assessment released

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW FOR CANNON LOW ALTITUDE TRAINING PROPOSAL CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A draft Environmental Assessment analyzing establishment of a low altitude training area in portions of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the 27th Special Operations Wing is available for download on the Cannon Air Force Base […]

LATN environmental assessment results expected within month

Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base expects to know within a month results of an environmental assessment on its proposal for a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation (LATN) area over Colorado and New Mexico. According to an email from the public affairs office for the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon, the base expects to release […]

Clovis High students preparing for new assessment test

Liliana Castillo Clovis High School juniors are on a 21-day diet. It’s a 21-day lesson plan that will help prepare them for the New Mexico Standards-Based High School Graduation Assessment. The critical test is March 29-31 and April 5-7. This is the first year juniors across New Mexico will take the test as a criteria […]

Official: Bond money would go to classroom renovation at CCC

Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College is one of six institutions hoping to receive $1 million or less from Education Bond D, one of four bond issues on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Education Bond D sets aside money to help improve infrastructure at colleges and universities statewide. Bond D totals $155.2 million and is […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

Education digest: Lockwood Elementary honored

Lockwood Elementary honored Lockwood Elementary School was one of 32 schools given the 2009-2010 Title III Incentive Award by the New Mexico Department of Education, according to a news release. The schools were awarded because of their strong bilingual education programs that have helped English language learners move toward proficiency in English and made academic […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Jail assessment

A copy of the August 2008 assessment report of the Curry County Detention Center.

Pyle responds to jail report findings

The Clovis News Journal asked County Manager Lance Pyle to address the security risk assessment at the Curry County jail. The assessment was conducted in August by Manuel D. Romero of the New Mexico Association of Counties. Here are Pyle’s responses to the report: Overview on the assessment I am concerned with (Clovis News Journal’s) […]

Jail assessment lists multiple deficiencies

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CNJ file photo The Curry County jail has numerous security concerns — including too few detention officers and an “abysmal physical plant design” — according to a security risk assessment conducted by the New Mexico Association of Counties. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Structural deficiencies, outdated policies and procedures and staffing issues are among […]

County Manager Pyle discusses jail assessment

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Commissioner Hulder discusses jail assessment

Curry County Commissioner Pete Hulder answered questions regarding the future of the jail and possible options for correcting deficiencies identified through an assessment dated Sept. 1. The assessment was conducted by a detention expert with the New Mexico Association of Counties. The interview was conducted via e-mail. It has been edited for clarity and grammar. […]

Assessment suggests replacement of Hull Street overpass

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City Manager Joe Thomas said Wednesday a preliminary assessment recommends replacing the Hull Street overpass over rebuilding it. Thomas updated members of the Public Works Committee on the Hull Street overpass during its regular Wednesday meeting. Thomas said early cost estimates for replacing the structure range between $7 million […]

County declines to release jail assessment

CNJ staff Curry County has denied the Clovis News Journal’s request for a copy of a jail assessment presented at a Sept. 3 County Commission meeting. The New Mexico Association of counties prepared the assessment following the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Four inmates have since been […]

County officials decline comment on jail assessment

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A preliminary independent assessment of the Curry County Adult Detention Center is in but officials aren’t talking about what it says. County commissioners spent more than 2 1/2 hours in a closed, executive session with consultants on Wednesday, discussing the assessment of the jail, which was prompted by an […]

Private drainage options explored

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission has given a private land owner another 30-day reprieve on a decision to build a drainage ditch on his property that may require eminent domain. Commissioners voted at their meeting Thursday to table action after they heard from a licensed civil engineer who spoke on […]

County looking at traffic

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer In response to a spike in subdivision growth, the Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to give its newly formed Land Use Committee the task of assessing the development of roadways and access to subdivisions. County Manager Dick Smith stressed the importance of careful planning at Tuesday’s meeting. He […]

Clovis students taking assessment tests

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local school students are in the middle of standardized tests this week, and area principals are trying new ideas to motivate students and provide the best testing environments possible. Students will take standardized-based assessment tests in language arts, reading, writing, math and science for two weeks in sessions that […]

Portales principal suspended

By Mike Linn A Portales school principal has been suspended for improper distribution of the New Mexico Writing Assessment, a school official said Thursday. David VanWettering, principal of Valencia Elementary, has been suspended for an undisclosed amount of time for distributing the assessment to his teachers too early, Portales School Board President David Brooks said. […]