Drought aggravates area water problems

By Gary Mitchell Clovis’ water supplier has asked residents to stop watering their lawns for a few days, but company officials insist the request does not signal major water shortages in the near future. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials said during a Thursday press conference that the shortage is temporary and due to an unusually […]

Holding company to buy FirstBank

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis bank whose history dates back to 1934 has agreed to be acquired by First National Bank Holding Company, a company with subsidiaries in Arizona and Nevada. Norman Corzine, chairman of the board for the holding company that owns FirstBank in Clovis, said the acquisition will be good for Clovis […]

House moving a chore

By Don McAlavy House moving is not the most causal job in the world. In the summer of 1950, Homer Bennett and his six-man Clovis crew of house movers went to Dawson up near Raton to move the homes of 2,500 people. Bennett’s job was to jack up and move out all the buildings to […]

Water company to seek rate increase

By Jack King New Mexico American Water has asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to grant it a rate increase that would mean a 12 percent increase for an average residential user, said Kathy Wright, a company vice president. The increase must be approved by a majority vote of the commission and is not […]

Competition heats up for ownership of Freedom

By Bernard J. Wolfson and Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — A family buyout offer for Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, faces competition from several non-media investor groups among the 26 bids received late last month, according to a memo to shareholders this week. The memo, from a committee of board […]

Dictionary listings sometimes not pretty

By Ned Cantwell Words. Merriam-Webster brought out is first Collegiate Dictionary back in 1898. It was a very thin book, because people did not need many words back then. There was much more grunting and pointing in those days. The first dictionary primarily concerned itself with the definitions of “yes,” “no,” and “I’m hungry.” Early […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

Martha Stewart prosecutors on a witch hunt

It’s not hard to view the federal prosecution of Martha Stewart, the multimillionaire home-decorating diva, as a witch hunt. The charges are devoid of the main crime she is supposed to have committed: insider trading. Surely, the 41-page indictment would have included such charges had there been anything to prosecute. Instead, the Securities and Exchange […]

Quit quibbling; close Wheaton

This Tuesday, Curry County commissioners have a simple vote to cast: Close the Wheaton Road rail crossing on the west edge of Clovis. Doing so means Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s proposed $15 million railyard expansion and 80 high-paying jobs bringing in $6.4 million more in annual payroll will happen and reinvigorate our economy Plus it […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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Water takes on even more importance in the High Plains, where agriculture is one of the leading businesses. By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water […]