Commission supports Constitution resolution

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Constitution of the United States at their meeting Tuesday, with one commissioner unable to attend and vote. The resolution declares support of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, specifically supporting the First and Second Amendments, which grant freedom of […]

10-2 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All votes were 6-0. Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder and Commissioner Robert Sandoval did not attend. • Appointments were made to the Quality of Life Task Force. The task force, which covers quality of life issues including the wellness centers and future projects, was […]

Magistrate judge redistricting OK’d

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday splitting the magistrate judge election into two districts. The ordinance was drafted in response to an order from a federal judge and is effective Oct. 1. The federal order stems from a lawsuit challenging the at-large system as more difficult for minority candidates to win judicial […]

City official hopes grassroots effort saves post office

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis city commissioner is hopeful that a public effort can save the Gidding Street post office like it helped save Cannon Air Force Base. In the days following the second public meeting about the post office, which the U.S. Postal Service wishes to close for financial reasons, Commissioner […]

Udall selected Helsinki commissioner

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that he has been selected as a member of the commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the United States Helsinki Commission. The commission is an independent U.S. Government agency established in 1976 to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law, […]

Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing […]

Jan. 11, 2009 Anniversaries

Lopez Jake and Beatrice Lopez of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 12, 2009. The couple was married Jan. 12, 1959, in Las Vegas, NM. They have 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. He is a maintenance supervisor for La Casa Family Health Center and currently a Roosevelt County Commissioner. She […]

Land commissioner: Expect oil, gas revenues to fall

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Oil and gas revenues could be down next year as oil and gas companies are expected to drill less in New Mexico because of poor commodity prices and tight state regulations, according to the State Land Office. SLO Commissioner Patrick Lyons told members of the Ag 50 committee during […]

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. […]

Commission nixes water runoff penalties

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Randy Crowder feels the city needs to prove it’s serious about conserving water by imposing fines for fugitive water. He believes the measure would also improve the city’s chances for acquiring federal funding for the Ute Water Pipeline project. However, not enough of his […]

Chandler, Stoddard, Bostwick take county seats

CNJ staff Caleb Chandler is returning to county government, and Daniel Stoddard and Wendell Bostwick will join him on the Curry County Commission. With 37 of 37 precincts reporting, the former county sheriff and state senator took 60.2 percent of the vote in District 5, winning 2,340 to 1,549 over former county commissioner Paul Barnes. […]

City will foot bill for sewer line

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Wednesday he didn’t think the city should be responsible for an $81,000 sewer extension to property in north Clovis recently annexed into the city. Crowder said property owners should reimburse the city for the installation and engineering costs. But his motion to charge a […]

Commissioner opposed to animal euthanasia change

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Juan Garza Sr. said he resents a push to change the euthanization method at the Clovis Animal Shelter, terming it the work of special interest groups from outside the community. After taking a week to research the issue, he said he will recommend at Tuesday’s Animal Control […]

‘Stay-cation’ my kind of vacation

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The Lady of the House and I ran into Clovis City/Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and his wife at a local eatery last Sunday morning. “We’re just back from an Alaskan cruise,” he said. He was grinning from ear to ear. He had the glow of someone refreshed and rejuvenated. […]

Alcohol sales on Bailey County ballot

CNJ staff A Bailey County commissioner gathered enough signatures on a petition to add an alcohol sales proposal to November’s general election ballot. Bailey County Clerk Paula Benton said the county certified 747 signatures on Commissioner Juan Chavez’ petition earlier this month. She said Chavez needed 545 signatures to have the petition to allow packaged […]

five residents plan bids for Commission seats

CNJ staff Four Curry County residents have announced their bids for two County Commission seats up for election in November. County commission seats for District 3, 4 and 5 and the county clerk and treasurer seats are up for election. Also up for election are three state senate and state representative spots to represent the […]

City Commission candidate forum

CNJ staff The Clovis News Journal asked the eight candidates for city commission in Tuesday’s Clovis municipal election to tell readers about themselves, their qualifications and their platforms. Below are their responses. District 1 Randal Crowder Age: 57 Occupation: Builder/developer. Prior elected office: Elected to city commission in 2004. Crowder: I would like to thank […]

Former commissioner hopes to regain seat

CNJ Staff A former Curry County Commissioner has announced his intention to seek his former seat. Paul D. Barnes, 64, plans to run for the seat in District 5, which he filled from 1991 through 2000. “I’ve enjoyed the years I’ve served my county, and I had a lot of encouragement from a lot of […]

Feb. 19, 2008 Meetings Watch

What: Curry County Commission Meeting When: 9 a.m. today Where: Curry County Courthouse Agenda items include: • An agreement with the state to clean up right of ways entering the county. County Commissioner Tim Ashley said complaints about the shabby state of the medians and drainage ditches on state highways coming into town have come […]

Three announce bids for county commission spots

CNJ Staff Three have announced plans to run for a county commission seat. Caleb Chandler, a 12-year state senator and and 12-year magistrate judge said he will be running for District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley’s seat in the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a real exciting time to be a county […]