Sept. 11, 2007 Business Digest

Cotton research program available Cotton producer and importers who want USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service to conduct a referendum regarding the Cotton Research and Promotion Program can sign-up at their local Farm Service Agency office through Nov. 30. No action is needed if a continuance referendum is not desired. In March, USDA endorsed continuation of the […]

Rodeo comes close to being cancelled

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The annual Pioneer Days Rodeo will get started Thursday as scheduled. But there were a few anxious moments at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. County officials said the event was in danger of being cancelled because the event organizer — Curry County Mounted Patrol — had not signed a contract […]

Albuquerque or bust: Feds revisit air service bid

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Passengers disembark from a Great Lakes plane that arrived at the Clovis Municipal Airport from Albuquerque. (CNJ file photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ air service deal with Great Lakes Aviation has been grounded. City and state officials raised concerns after the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Wyoming-based company a contract to […]

Fire training facility OK’d

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman is getting his wish for a fire training facility he estimated to cost $1.4 million. Clovis City Commission awarded contracts for $192,351 at Thursday’s meeting to lay the groundwork for the facility on city-owned property north of Station No. 5 on Brady Avenue near […]

School extends superintendent’s contract

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Schools Board of Education extended Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract until 2009 on Tuesday, but postponed salary and benefit negotiations. Those terms will be settled during the annual budgeting process, which usually occurs in April, board members said during Tuesday’s school-board meeting. Seidenwurm’s annual salary is $128,500, according […]

Airport expansion plan takes flight

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis Municipal Airport expansion got off the ground Thursday as the Clovis City Commission approved the Airport Action Plan and an agreement for design of the 1,800-foot runway extension. ASCG Incorporated of New Mexico was awarded the runway contract for $238,508, with the Federal Aviation Administration paying 95 […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board met Tuesday evening at 1009 Main St. The following is a summary of the meeting: • Enrollment figures for the first week of school are comparable to last year, according to Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. She reported about 8,040 students enrolled in the […]

County approves budget, balks on jail costs

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Curry County Commission approved the $8,890,000 final operating budget for 2006-2007 at Tuesday’s meeting. According to Curry County Finance Director Mark Lansford, two-thirds of the budget is allocated for the Sheriff’s Department and Curry County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. Lansford said the money is used for employee […]

Board approves CCC prez contract: Neibling’s deal similar to predecessor’s in terms of salary and allowances.

Neibling Starts CCC tenure June 26 By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER A contract for the new Clovis Community College president was unanimously approved Wednesday during a regularly scheduled CCC Board of Trustees meeting. John Neibling of Arizona will be paid $135,000 annually to pilot the community college. The Kansas native, who has served as […]

Base agencies can help you read a contract’s fine print

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Everyone has heard the phrase about needing to “read the fine print” before signing a contract. But what exactly is the “fine print”? The American Heritage Dictionary defines “fine print” as the portion of a document, especially a contract, that contains qualifications or restrictions in small type or obscure language. It […]

County discusses system used to monitor inmates at home

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Two incarceration alternatives designed to lessen jail overcrowding were presented to the Curry County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting. Audrey Barriga, assistant detention administrator, addressed the commissioners regarding jail electronic home monitoring and pre-trial release. Barriga said the programs would save the county money by reducing the number of inmates […]

School board members waive nepotism policy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A school policy that prohibits nepotism was waived by school board members during a Tuesday school board meeting. School board members voted unanimously to allow the husband of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to continue to work in the school system. School board member Lola Bryant was absent […]

New maintenance contract now includes small appliance repair for dorm residents

27th Fighter Wing staff report Starting Jan. 1, Ameritac Incorporated will provide all current housing maintenance and repair needs plus several additional services including appliance repair for dorm residents, said Mr. Tim Farmer, Housing Flight Chief, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron. Ameritac Inc. will also handle tree maintenance and grounds maintenance within the housing common areas […]

Both sides endorse too much government

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist In the beginning of the American republic there was a debate between the Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians. Neither side was advancing a fully consistent, coherent vision of politics for America, but, in the main, Hamiltonians defended the idea of a strong federal government, while Jefferson’s supporters argued for limited and mainly […]

Airport history explored and explained

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Several times in the past couple of years I have been asked about the history of the Clovis Municipal Airport on East 21st Street. I didn’t have any history of this airport. And when I started researching, I ran into a brick wall, so to speak. It seemed all the […]

Ute Water Project may get new manager

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of […]

Cops & courts: Schools receive payment for contract dispute

Clovis schools recently received a one-time payment of $35,000 after a settlement was reached over a beverage contract dispute. The settlement, signed in November and released to the Clovis News Journal last week, was made after officials said Clovis schools was owed about $42,000 in commissions from a 2000 contract with PepsiCo. The contract was […]

Airport loses daily flight

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The air service at the Clovis Municipal Airport will be changing in the next couple of months. The city’s request made to the Department of Transportation for service change has been upheld at the federal level. However, the number of flights in and out of the airport will decrease […]

Commission hires former hospital administrator to run county

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Former hospital administrator Dick Smith will succeed Geneva Cooper as Curry County manager, commissioners announced Tuesday. Smith, a certified public accountant, has signed a six-month contract beginning Jan. 3. Cooper, who announced her resignation in September, has held the position for 15 years. Her final day will be Dec. 17. […]

Committee formed to secure drinking water

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Members of the Ute Water Commission on Friday voted to form a subcommittee to research options for renewing a contract that reserves water as a drinking supply for eastern New Mexicans. Members of the commission said extending the water reservation for 10 years could hamper the $307 million Ute […]