Former senator to join race

Staff and wire reports A former state senator and magistrate judge is planning to run for Curry County commissioner. 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 on the Curry County Commission. “I think it’s going to be a real […]

High turnout expected for city election

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon believes a combination of contested commissioner and mayoral races and a petition for Sunday alcohol sales will draw more voters to polling places in the March 4 municipal election compared to recent years. “Unless there was a question or something else that affected them, […]

Early voting begins

CNJ staff Early voting for the March 4 Clovis Municipal Election started Wednesday at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 Connelly St. Early voting will be open until the end of the month. Four commissioner seats and a mayor position are up for election. A proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales is also on […]

Candidate visits Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield New Mexico public regulation commissioner Ben R. Lujan (D) answers questions at a Friday night gathering at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Lujan is running for New Mexico’s third district United States Congress seat currently held by Tom Udall. By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Ben […]

Congressional candidate Lujan to visit region

SANTA FE, NM— New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and Congressional District Candidate Ben R. Luján will visit Tucumcari, Portales and Clovis this weekend to meet with voters and announce his candidacy for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional Distrcit, which comprises portions of eastern New Mexico including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. “As we enter the New Year […]

Two announce candidacy for mayor

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By Tonya Fennell and Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writers Two more Clovis residents have indicated they will run for the mayor’s seat up for election in March. Former City Commissioner Gloria Wicker and Curry County Republican Party Chairman Rube Render announced their candidacies for mayor on Thursday. Clovis residents urged her to seek the position, […]

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 […]

Citizen starts petition for Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A city restaurant manager plans to distribute a petition by the end of October to push for Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants. Robin Howe, who said he is part of a group called the Committee for Clovis Progress, hopes to garner enough signatures to have the proposal on the […]

Tucumcari mayor resigns, cites poor health as reason

By Freedom New Mexico Mary Mayfield resigned Thursday as city commissioner and mayor of Tucumcari, effective immediately. Mayfield, elected mayor in 2004, is the first woman in the city’s history to serve as mayor. She had been advised by medical professionals to resign, according to her letter of resignation. “As some of you know, my […]

Company says feet already wet on fish farm

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Aquaranch president Garth Watson said plans to convert the former Swift/Frozefruit plant on Curry Road K south of Clovis to a $4 million-a-year fish farm have already begun. Although the project still needs state approval, Watson told county commissioners Tuesday workers are reroofing the building, fixing the water systems, […]

Fire chief promotes new pay plan for staff

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman introduced his plan to retain experienced firefighters in a study session following Thursday’s City Commission meeting. Westerman said the $272,000 plan that calls for revamping the pay and benefits scale for 74 of the department’s 78 positions doesn’t require additional funding. “I achieved that […]

Growth group considers hiring consultant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves with,” […]

ENMU athletes earn LSC academic honors

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Three baseball players and one softball player have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the Lone Star Conference South Division all-academic teams. The baseball players are junior third baseman Derrick Kennedy of San Antonio, sophomore pitcher-outfielder Seth Clabaugh of Portales and sophomore outfielder Clayton Young of Canyon, […]

Meetings Watch 7/27

The following is a summary of the Clovis City Commission meeting held Wednesday: • The 2006-2007 city budget was approved. The estimated cash balance of the budget is roughly $17 million with revenues and expenditures, according to city documents. City revenues are slightly higher than expected and will be funneled into public improvement projects, City […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Candidate’s campaign intent questioned

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer His opponents claim Edwin Perales II is unfairly trying to capitalize on his father’s political success. Not true, Perales II says. He can’t help it if he has the same name as his father, two-term Curry County Commissioner Edwin Perales Jr. “I’ve been Edwin Perales since kindergarten,” Perales II […]

Longtime commissioner paved way for street project

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Isidro Garcia has represented southeastern Clovis — District 2 — for more than 19 years. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside the stucco home Isidro Garcia built is a wall that tells of his service as a city commissioner. More than a dozen certificates hang there, inches away from color […]

Candidate profiles: Curry County Commissioner

Frank Blackburn Party: Democrat Candidate for Curry County Commission, District 3 What is your background? I moved to Clovis when I was 4 years old. I lived in Melrose for a year and attended Clovis public dchools. I married Marcella, a lifetime resident of Clovis. We have lived west of Clovis all of our adult […]

Local candidates file for place on ballot in June primary

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Republican Curry County probate judge candidate Michael R. Wells, right, draws for ballot position under the supervision of Curry County Election Administrator and Chief Deputy Coni Jo Lyman Tuesday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval can’t think of a better way to forge an improved relationship […]

Commissioners dig deep for charity

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford and commissioners opted to open their wallets and pool a wad of cash rather than spend public money at Thursday’s city commission meeting. Rebecca Holt of the Curry County Relay for Life asked commissioners to waive the $485 fee and provide Ned Houk Park with […]