County commissioners ‘discouraged’ by costs

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners visited Lea County Special Event Center near Hobbs on Nov. 7. During Monday’s commissioners meeting, they expressed concerns about what they learned concerning the costs of running that facility. Commissioner Kathrynn Tate said they learned it cost “a lot” to build and run a special events center. Commissioner Albin […]

City travel expenses down from last year

By Jack King Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal conducts periodic checks of financial records of various public entities. Here’s a look at city of Clovis travel expenses from January to date. City spending for travel and related expenses is down this year, though Clovis city commissioners’ travel expenses are up from a year ago, […]

County votes down Nevada trip for Fair Board, spouses

By Jack King County Commissioners turned down a request Tuesday by the Curry County Fair Board to send three board members and their wives on an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Association of Fairs and Events convention in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 1-4. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith voted to approve the request, […]

City commissioners approve new codes

By Jack King Clovis city commissioners voted 6-2 Thursday to introduce an ordinance adopting the International family of building codes for all construction purposes, except for electrical work, where the National Electrical Code will be used. The ordinance will not receive final approval for another 30 days. The commission made the decision despite an appeal […]

Agreement made: No increase in water rates

By Jack King New Mexico American Water Company has reached an agreement with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to drop its request to increase Clovis water rates this year. City Attorney Dave Richards told the city commissioners on Thursday the company may file another rate case next year. Under the agreement, New Mexico American […]

Scout has plans set in stone

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Boy Scout Tyson Bare, 17, with Troop 128, explains Tuesday afternoon the adobe rock structure that he and his troop will build at the entrance to the Curry County Fairgrounds. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Jack King A Clovis High School junior told the Curry County Commission Tuesday he wants to build a stone entrance […]

City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. […]

Curry County Detention Center overcrowded

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CNJ Staff Photo: Eric Kluth Detention officer Patricia Rodriguez monitors prisoners in pod four Tuesday at the Curry County Detention Facility in Clovis By Jack King The Curry County Detention Center is overflowing again, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine told county commissioners at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The adult detention center was designed to house 208 […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

County approves budget

By Jack King Curry County commissioners on Tuesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a 4-1 vote. They also approved a one-eighth of 1 percent increase in gross receipts taxes that will go before voters in September. Commissioner Pete Hulder voted against the budget, saying he still opposes an additional 1 percent […]