Clovis city commissioner named to search committee

Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee, according to a release from Martinez. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy […]

Host families, sponsorships sought for Pioneers

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message relayed at an informational meeting Wednesday at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Building. The commissioner of the Pecos League and the manager of the Clovis Pioneers were on hand to answer questions about the 74-game season, […]

Former land commissioner returning to office

Freedom New Mexico Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will be going back to the State Land Office. The seasoned Democrat edged out Republican challenger Matt Rush to take back his old job. Unofficial returns Tuesday night showed Powell with 52 percent of the vote to Rush’s 48 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Rush […]

Lucero elected District 2 De Baca County Commissioner

CNJ staff Adolfo Lucero was elected De Baca County Commissioner for District 2 Tuesday, finishing with 705 votes to James G. Bell’s 182 votes. Lucero said his first step will be to thoroughly research De Baca County’s water shortage and landfill issues from the perspective of all the county’s citizens before pursuing definite action. “I […]

Lyons earns District 2 PRC seat

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Patrick Lyons secures Public Regulation Commission position

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Weekly update — Oct. 31

Baseball club meeting postponed A meeting about the Clovis Pioneers baseball club is being pushed to later on Wednesday. Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, sent an e-mail to Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell requesting a 3 p.m. Wednesday information meeting. The meeting was originally set for 11 a.m., […]

Professional baseball league coming to Clovis

Kevin Wilson Professional baseball is coming back to Clovis. Pecos League Commissioner Andrew Dunn said Thursday that one of the league’s eight teams will definitely be in Clovis in 2011. Most of the games are expected to be played at Bell Park, owned by Clovis Municipal Schools, though some may be at the city-owned Mike […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Pro baseball commissioner tours Clovis parks

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ronnie Anaya, off camera, holds a cap of the Las Cruces Vaqueros with Andrew Dunn, owner of the Vaqueros and commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, in the background. Anaya was giving a tour of area parks on behalf of Clovis Municipal Schools to Dunn, who would […]

Lyons takes PRC spot for Republicans

CNJ staff Clovis native and Public Lands Commissioner Patrick Lyons prevailed Tuesday, sweeping 60 percent of the votes and gaining the Republican nomination for Public Regulations Commissioner, District 2. With a count of 15,172-9,900, Lyons had a lead of 5,272 votes over opponent Robert Corn. In the November general election, Lyons faces Stephanie L. Dubois, […]

Matt Rush wins Republican land commissioner nomination

Roosevelt County farmer and cattle rancher Matthew Rush on Tuesday won the nomination in the Republican primary for land commissioner — a position among the most powerful in New Mexico state government. Rush defeated former Bernalillo County GOP executive director Bob Cornelius. Unofficial returns showed Rush with nearly 66 percent of the votes with 65 […]

Business digest: Locals graduate from program

Locals graduate from program Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and Clovis City Commissioner Dan Stoddard are among the 23 statewide professionals who recently graduated from Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program, according to a release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico […]

EPCOG representative calls for more openness, accountability

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center with Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler calling for more openness and accountability from the organization. Chandler took over representing Curry County in place of Isidro Garcia. “I am still trying to get up to speed,” Chandler […]

Area rancher running for state land commissioner

Freedom New Mexico A Roosevelt County farmer and rancher is running for state land commissioner. Matt Rush, who raises beef and wheat, is one of two Republican candidates in the upcoming primary elections. He said he was planning to run for state representative, but a group of Clovis businessmen asked him to become a candidate […]

Commission will look at paving lot at events center at later date

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File photo A motion to pave an overflow parking area at the Special Events Center got no support from commissioners, who said it is costly and premature. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A motion to pave an overflow parking area at the Special Events Center got no support from commissioners, who said it is […]

Municipal election ballot and information

The city will hold municipal elections March 2 for four commissioner positions and one municipal judge position. All positions are four-year terms. Absentee voting is ongoing through Feb. 26. Voters may either visit City Hall or call the city clerk’s office at 763-9632 for an absentee ballot. Early voting is available at City Hall, and […]

Land commissioner defends request for legal fees

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. […]

Meetings Watch: City approves two items, celebrates commissioner’s 80th birthday

The Clovis City Commission met in special session Wednesday at City Hall. Both items on the agenda were approved unanimously. Seven commissioners were present. Commissioner Juan Garza did not attend the 10 a.m. meeting.Items approved: • A change order for construction at the Wellness Center. City Purchasing Agent David Boswell said a water line had […]

Southwest Cheese human resources director running for commission

CNJ staff Brenda Randolph Miller announced Monday she is running for Clovis City Commissioner, District 1. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Juan Garza, who is a candidate for re-election. Miller is director of human resources for Southwest Cheese. Prior to Southwest Cheese, Miller was the human resources manager for Cargill-Sweeteners Division. “This community […]