Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday morning at the Tucumcari Convention Center. During the meeting: • EPCOG Director Sandy Chancey discussed several items with the board including news of an audit update being awarded to Hinkle and Landers of Albuquerque, and the intent to hire workforce development administrative entity and fiscal agent. An […]

Thursday morning briefing: Closings, important meetings and Pat Boone tops the charts

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Holiday closings A reminder that most government offices and financial institutions are closed Monday for the New Year holiday. For a complete list, check this website. Meetings watch Two important meetings Tuesday: Roosevelt County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. […]

EPCOG to discuss policies

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. today at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Strong mayor system offers checks, balances

Some on the Colorado Springs, Colo., City Council are openly confused about their roles under the executive-mayor form of government. The issue arose several times two weeks ago as councilors marked up Mayor Steve Bach’s proposed budget. Tensions had arisen weeks earlier, after Bach unilaterally fired Police Chief Richard Myers and then eliminated red-light ticketing […]

Monday morning briefing: Trick or treat, game of the week and The Reformation

Good morning and happy Halloween. Welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Trick or treat Pack up the kids and head for North Plains Mall. Trick or treating around the mall is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Treats from merchants and the Clovis High School Student Council will be doing face paintings. […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

Demographics drive economic growth

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, preparing to announce his big new economic fix, appointed labor specialist Alan Krueger on Monday as chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. Need more jobs? Hire a labor expert, of course. Obama and Krueger will not think beyond the paradigm of government stimulus. It worked for Obama’s predecessors, […]

Boy Scouts to honor Lydick

CNJ staff The Conquistador Council of Boy Scouts of America will honor the late Robert Lydick of Clovis during its annual Flag Plaza Memorial Dedication ceremony. The event, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. July 16 at Wehinahpay Mountain Camp near Sacramento, N.M., honors deceased scouters who significantly contributed to the council’s camping program. Lydick was a […]

Meetings watch: Portales City Council

The Portales City Council met in executive session Friday afternoon to discuss possible litigation. No action was taken when the council convened in open session. — Compiled by Alisa Boswell

EPCOG hosting ‘day of discovery’

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is sponsoring “A Day of Discovery” to teach participants how to “tap into the richness that people with disabilities bring to our communities, workplaces and organizations,” according to information from EPCOG. The program aims to help people with disabilities find opportunities to work. “A Day of Discovery” […]

Scouting council hosting summer camp

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host another summer of week-long camps in June and July at Camp Wehinahpay, located in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft. The council oversees troops in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Scout Executive Guy Eichsteadt said scouting is an educational opportunity for area boys. […]

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Sharna Johnson Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, “parted ways” with EPCOG. Williams […]

Letters to the editor: County losing valuable resource

While it is commendable that Clovis Community College is willing to support the literacy council (March 23 article in CNJ), the loss of the Curry County Literacy Council’s one-to-one tutoring program will have a negative impact on the low-level readers in Curry County, where the demonstrated need is so great. We trained and certified their […]

Meetings watch: Eastern Plains Council of Governments

During a Wednesday meeting, the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board of directors: • Heard a presentation on USDA rural development programs. There are a variety of loan and grant programs available to rural communities which can help finance everything from water, waste water and solid waste to needed community facilities such as day care […]

State education department warns of fake letters

By Russell Anglin A New Mexico Public Education Department spokesman said a form letter sent under a New Mexico Family and Parent Involvement Advisory Council letterhead to school superintendents and media outlets, including Freedom New Mexico, was fabricated. “The letter is a fake,” said Beverly Friedman, NMPED Public Information Officer. “Someone is using the letter […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

EPCOG holding special meeting

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is holding a special meeting Tuesday to consider updated policies. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 418 Main Street.

Texico City Council supports Curry County Criminal Justice Complex

Freedom New Mexico The Texico City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution of support for the proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex in Clovis at its regular meeting. The resolution, like resolutions from Melrose and Grady councils earlier in the last two weeks, indicates support for two ballot questions at the upcoming November general election. […]

Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]