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 […]

Missouri junior college hiring Clovis schools superintendent

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Neil Nuttall said presiding at a college is something he always prepared for as he pursued his doctorate degree. The Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent agreed Monday to chase what he called a “new dimension” in life by accepting a position as president at North Central Missouri State in Trenton, […]

Questions arise over beverage contract

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer School officials raised concerns Tuesday about $42,000 they feel may be owed to the district as part of a beverage contract. Board Vice President Mark Lansford and Superintendent Neil Nuttall agree the board is owed the money from the New Mexico Research and Study Council, an Albuquerque-based group that […]

Lawsuit questions ‘stop-loss’ authority

Tom Philpott Without evidence that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is protecting America from terrorism, the Army has no legal basis to use “stop-loss” authority to keep thousands of soldiers on active duty and serving in Iraq involuntarily, according to a lawsuit filed this month in federal court. Brought on behalf of a California National […]

School board addresses salary discrepancy issue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board on Tuesday passed a motion allowing it to rectify salary discrepancies that may have occurred in the calculation of the employee pay schedule this year. “One of the school board members said an employee came to him and said his salary was lower this year […]

County renews manager’s contract

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to issue a four-year contract to County Manager Geneva Cooper. All commissioners except Ed Perales voted for the renewal. A person answering the telephone at his business who identified himself as Perales’ son said Perales would not comment. County Attorney Steve Doerr […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]

Commission votes more than $62,000 for water authority

By Jack King The City Commission voted to contribute $62,476.20 to an operating fund for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority at its regular meeting Thursday night. City Finance Director Don Clifton said the money is part of matching funds water authority members are providing this year under a contract with the U.S. Bureau […]

CCC president recieves more than $43,000 bonus

Ryan Lengerich It pays to stay at Clovis Community College. At least it has for President Beverlee McClure, who has received a bonus of $43,496.31 as part of an incentive plan she agreed to in 1999. CCC’s board of trustees voted unanimously last week to reward the bonus and to amend McClure’s contract, which will […]