Clovis resident worried about Patriot Act

By Jack King One Clovis woman has started a lonely campaign to get the Clovis City Commission to pass a resolution questioning the U.S. Patriot Act. Christine Nahmens said she has never been involved in a political action before and shies away from publicity. But she said she was moved to take action because she […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

Judge dismisses charges against officers

By Mike Linn PORTALES — A long, drawn-out feud took a major step toward resolution on Friday when Municipal Judge Fred Arnold dismissed contempt of court charges he filed against two Portales police officers. The dismissal came just hours before Arnold was scheduled to appear in court to defend one of three charges he filed […]

Letters to the editor 6/22

Just some random thoughts about our fair city: 1. If city government and the police department are so badly crowded, why don’t they expand into some of the city’s empty buildings? The city government would have more office space than it would know what to do with. 2. If Prince Street is becoming Clovis’ new […]

City accepts gift of Levine Building

By Jack King The City Commission voted Thursday to accept the Levine Building on Main Street as a donation from its current owners. The city of Clovis will accept the building on the basis that current federal and county tax liens on the building will be waived, the commission said. According Susan Freed, a Santa […]

Nursing home pays water bill before cutoff

By Mike Linn The city of Portales received payment for Heartland Continuing Care Center’s water bill on Thursday, nullifying the city’s threat to cut off the nursing home’s water because of delinquent payment. City clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said the city received payment in full — $10,760 — for the bill that was about five months […]

City formulates cleanup plan for landfill

By Jack King Remediation of ground-water contamination beneath the old Clovis landfill and sewage treatment site will begin in about six months. It could cost between $639,000 and $1.5 million, Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Wednesday. City officials said in May that a plume of perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent, has been found in […]

Times change between rains

By David Stevens Gary Johnson was New Mexico’s governor back then. Saddam Hussein was still running Iraq. Area cotton gins were getting ready for a record-setting season. It’s been a long time since it’s been this wet in eastern New Mexico. The Clovis area has received nearly 1 1/2 inches of moisture in the past […]

Question and answer: Ken de los Santos

Ken de los Santos, 39, serves as the city’s emergency management director. Q: How long have you been in this position with the city of Clovis? A: Nearly two years now. I started in October 2002. Q: What was your background prior to this position? A: I’m retired from the Air Force in 2001. My […]

Storm loses punch

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Sunni Moberly, 8, looks Thursday into what used to be the bathroom of her mobile home north of Melrose. The mobile home was hit by a grain storage bin in Wednesday’s storm. By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite warnings of incoming severe weather, Thursday night storms fizzled out before reaching the Curry County line. “The closer […]

Mayor backs idea of park for skateboarders

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Tim Needham, 17, of Clovis, skates off the sidewalk Wednesday across the street from Sandia Elementary School. By Jack King Adam Pendland and a friend already have built a mini-skateboard park in the friend’s driveway. He said Wednesday the idea of a larger skateboard park in Greene Acres Park sponsored by the city of Clovis […]

Freshman crosses state for games

By Eric Butler Have game. Will travel. That’s one way to describe Talmai Aguirre, who traveled more than 400 miles (one way) to play with the Clovis 14-and-under Wildcats in this weekend’s state AAU basketball tournament in Clovis. As a freshman at Silver (City) High, Aguirre was the state’s leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points a […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]

City Commission will discuss budget

CNJ Staff The Clovis City Commission will hold a study session to discuss the city’s 2003-2004 preliminary budget from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the assembly room of the Bert Cabiness City Government Center at 321 Connelly Street. During the session the commissioners will discuss the budget’s contents with city staff. Following the […]

City to control fouled water

Jack King Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Thursday the city may have to spend more than $600,000 to treat a half-mile-long plume of toxic solvent that is contaminating groundwater to the east of the old city landfill. City and state officials said the contaminated water is not used for human consumption. The solvent, […]

Police in the market for officers

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police staffing has reached a crisis and will soon become worse, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department. “If things happen the way we think they are going to happen, by the end of the summer we will have an emergency,” Blair said at Tuesday’s meeting of the […]

Local board plans for catastrophe

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico hasn’t had a tornado fatality since 1974, but severe wind and tornado damage have hit Clovis as recently as the late 1990s. Wednesday morning at Clovis’ city hall, 27 representatives of local law enforcement, government, school, fire, military, communications, utilities, and transportation agencies met to discuss how they would […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Texico’s new chief knows area well

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Cemetery cleaning ‘long overdue’

Janet Bresenham TEXICO — For nearly six years, Darlene Curry has come often to the Texico Cemetery on the outskirts of town, finding comfort at the gravesides of her only daughter, Wendi Homer, 25, and her only granddaughter, 4-month-old Allie Homer, who died in a car accident on an icy road between Melrose and Fort […]