Ute Lake concerns resurface

Robin Fornoff Tucumcari and Quay County’s worries about the future of Ute Lake bubbled to the surface again Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting. Tucumcari City Commissioner Robert Lumpkin said he thought during a committee meeting in January, the authority had agreed it would maintain a minimum of 3,765 feet of […]

‘Hollow force’ concerns surfacing

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. Such references, in light of current force quality and the amount of money used to modernize weapons, infrastructure and benefit programs over the past decade, […]

Graffiti concerns local officials

Kevin Wilson Members of the Clovis City Commission said they’re getting plenty of constituent phone calls about graffiti in the city, and are imploring citizens to say something if they see something. Public Works Director Clint Bunch addressed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday, noting his staff of about 100 public works employees […]

Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Teen homicide involvement raises concerns

Argen Duncan and Thomas Garcia With a 13-year-old convicted of second-degree murder and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old charged in Sunday’s homicide, there is disagreement as to whether such young people committing violent crimes is an anomaly or a trend. Friday, a Roosevelt County jury convicted 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya of shooting and killing 21-year-old Angel Vale […]

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Clovis Municipal Schools, Clovis Christian and Clovis Community College will close Wednesday due to weather concerns. Tuesday, CCC will close its campus at 4 p.m., canceling evening classes. The decision was made to close school because of concerns about extreme temperatures, according to Clovis Municipal Schools’ Jelayne Curtis. “We want to ensure that our kids […]

Language in land use study raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Group Commander Col. Steven Kimball talks about the need for two-way communication as a component of the Joint Land Use Study during Monday’s meeting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Kevin Wilson Four-plus hours of meeting for the Cannon Air Force Base Joint Land […]

Educators seek budget solutions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Dennis Roch talked about the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and its plans for education at the meeting Saturday. Liliana Castillo State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and […]

Residents express concerns over wind turbines

Jared Tucker Talk early, talk often. That was the message during Tuesday’s public meeting in Melrose to discuss the findings and recommendations of a joint land use study. The $140,000 federally funded study is geared at preventing incompatible land uses between entities, such as Curry County and Cannon Air Force Base, according to Rudy Bauer, […]

Cigarette tax hike concerns local merchants

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Maggie Cheverez, a clerk at Cigarette Express, rings up a carton of cigarettes Tuesday. Cheverez reminds every incoming customer of the tax increase of 75 cents per pack, which takes effect Thursday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less […]

CCCC defined by unfounded allegations

Freedom New Mexico When Concerned Citizens of Curry County first appeared last month, we welcomed their voice, wanted to know more about their concerns of racial inequality in Clovis Municipal Schools’ leadership, wanted to hear their solutions to problems we know exist. Then their stunning allegations were quickly proven false, their demands were clearly unreasonable, […]

Citizens group to meet with Department of Justice representative

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The group Concerned Citizens of Curry County is hosting a public meeting on May 20 with Justo Garcia from the U.S. Department of Justice to voice concerns about hiring and instructional practices at Clovis schools. The group is requesting a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department. CCCC is […]

Verbal attack was without merit

By Lola Bryant: Guest columnist I am the only Hispanic board member on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board, and as such members of the community often come to me with their concerns. When the Concerned Citizens of Curry County (CCCC) asked to meet without Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm being present, alongside another board member, I agreed. […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Security concerns prompt changes to courthouse access

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission voted Tuesday to close the front doors of the courthouse and channel traffic through the south entrance for security reasons. The move was made in the interest of improving security by screening courthouse visitors before they gain access to the upper floors where the courts […]

State officials address residents’ water concerns

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Esteban Lopez, right, chairman of the Interstate Streams Commission, addresses the crowd at Tuesday’s regional water planning meeting. At left is Chris Shaw, counsel for the ISC. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — The Northeast New Mexico water region has two issues to balance — a growing population […]

Press release: State departments see no reason to close schools for flu concerns

For Immediate Release

School athletics back on again in Texas

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The University Interscholastic League has pulled a backflip. After being deluged with complaints about its decision Wednesday to cancel regional track meets amid swine flu concerns, the governing body for Texas high school athletics has rescheduled the state track meet to June 5-6 and reinstated the 20 preceding regional […]

USDA responds to producer concerns by extending sign-up date for DCP and ACRE programs

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1, to Aug. 14, 2009, for both the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) and the forthcoming Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. This action extends the sign-up deadline […]