Feds outline assistance available for base growth

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Federal officials outlined the type of assistance they can provide to eastern New Mexico during a meeting of the Local Growth Management Committee held Wednesday at the Clovis City Hall. Representatives from the Office of Economic Adjustment said they can provide technical expertise and financial assistance to the region […]

Cannon team forming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Volunteer committee will examine growth issues attached to new base mission. The framework will soon be laid for a volunteer group that will consider growth challenges that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to officials. As Cannon transitions into the home of the […]

Business leader gives rural NM vote

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Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau, was recently appointed to the state’s Economic Development Corp. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Raymond Mondragon, manager of area economic development at ENMR-Plateau, has been named by Gov. Bill Richardson to the board of the Economic Development Corp. known as the […]

School to feature colorful language

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCarlos Callejo mixes paint for a mural at La Casita Elementary. Callejo worked on the mural for four weeks. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer He prepares for a morning of work by ridding himself of the remnants of yesterday — thick globs of acrylic paint that have dried on his […]

MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places […]

State of state address

The Associated Press Prepared text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address: To Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro Tem Altamirano, and Speaker Lujan; to Sen. Bingaman and Congressman Udall; to pueblo governors and President Shirley; to Democratic and Republican leaders, members of the Legislature and members of the judiciary; to the former governors, […]

Getting Cannon off BRAC list still supercedes ‘Plan B’

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

5/27 BRAC letters to the editor

Clovis’ future economically sound I worked 38 years at Cannon Air Force Base, first as the Coca Cola man and later as a civil servant. I retired in 2002 as deputy chief of civil engineer operations. I saw Cannon transform from a base of vintage buildings to the modern, highly sophisticated base it is today. […]

Clovis mayor testifies before Senate committee

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project […]

Clovis shows Cannon loyalty

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While some communities have invested heavily in recent months in hopes of keeping their military installation off the closure list, eastern New Mexico is hoping that years of planning and anticipation will accomplish the same goal. The region has long taken an active role in promoting community support for […]

‘Statewide’ should cover entire state

By Stuart Ingle Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. A move is afoot in Santa Fe to change the way in which millions of your tax dollars are […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

Clovis praised for economic growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis is one of five communities awarded the certified community distinction under the State’s Certified Community Initiative this year, a press release from the Economic Development Department shows. Economic development secretary Rick Homans was scheduled to make the announcement at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Clovis, but inclement weather […]

Logan withdraws from water project

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Village of Logan will no longer be involved in the Ute Pipeline Project, a decision that is expected to have little impact on the project and Logan’s future water supply. Logan Village Administrator Larry Wallin said the town will continue to reserve its 400 acre feet of water […]

Business forum bringing state agency reps to Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In an effort to promote small business development in eastern New Mexico, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and other state officials are inviting business owners to bring their questions and concerns to a forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College. The forum will include discussion on a variety of topics important […]

Federal officials holding up pipleline

Senator Jeff Bingaman An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life. Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident than in eastern […]

Washington’s money: Strings always attached

Freedom Editorial This election season, as in all others, candidates are running television and radio ads that tell voters what they’ll do once in office or question their opponent’s record. They all do it and no one is particularly worse than any other. The short 15- or 30-second commercials are little more than soundbites with […]

Senator: Project timing wrong

By Jack King: CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said Domenici told ENMRWA members — who were […]

Outlying communities hit hardest by cluster of thunderstorms

By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR A cluster of thunderstorms swept through Curry and Roosevelt counties Wednesday, dumping more rain in a few hours than had fallen in at least a month in some places. Clovis received about a half an inch of rain and Portales received about .40 of an inch, according to unofficial […]

Officials: Recognition indicates Downtown Revitalization on track

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Clovis’ Main Street program was recognized statewide on Tuesday as one that has set a vision rolling for the city’s downtown development. The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program was among nine programs statewide to be named a “certified Main Street Community,” by the National Main Street Center. This was the first […]