Commission incumbents retain seats; Taylor-Sawyer wins District 2

Kevin Wilson Though Clovis voters changed their mayor in the Tuesday municipal elections, the city commission will be mostly unaltered. Randy Crowder, Bobby Sandoval and Chris Bryant retained their seats in Districts 1, 3 and 4, respectively, while Sandra Taylor-Sawyer was elected to the open seat in District 2. Crowder, who will serve his third […]

Commissioner announces intent to run

CNJ staff District 1 City Commissioner Randy Crowder has announced he will run for re-election. Crowder, 61, is a self-employed general contractor who has held his seat since 2004, said he feels he still has some things he’d like to see through as a commissioner. He served as mayor pro tem from 2006-2010, and served […]

Effluent reuse plan gets $4.1 million in financing

CNJ staff A Clovis effluent reuse pipeline plan got a giant injection of financing Wednesday afternoon from the New Mexico Finance Authority and the state Water Trust Board. City Commissioner Randy Crowder said he was floored when he learned the project received a total of $4.1 million from about $5.28 million the WTB reissued in […]

Crowder appointed to commission

CNJ staff Gov. Susan Martinez has appointed Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder to the Interstate Stream Commission. Crowder’s was one of nine appointments to state boards and commissions announced Tuesday by Martinez. Crowder is also chairman of the Water Policy Advisory Committee for Clovis as well as vice chairman of the Ute Reservoir Water Commission. […]

Martinez taps Clovis commissioner for search committee

CNJ staff Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy aims. The committee is […]

Clovis city commissioner named to search committee

Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder is one of nine members for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez’ general services and information technology search committee, according to a release from Martinez. The committee will work with former Rep. Heather Wilson, Martinez’ transition committee chair, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders who will reflect the governor’s policy […]

10-2 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All votes were 6-0. Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder and Commissioner Robert Sandoval did not attend. • Appointments were made to the Quality of Life Task Force. The task force, which covers quality of life issues including the wellness centers and future projects, was […]

City will foot bill for sewer line

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Wednesday he didn’t think the city should be responsible for an $81,000 sewer extension to property in north Clovis recently annexed into the city. Crowder said property owners should reimburse the city for the installation and engineering costs. But his motion to charge a […]

Wind project moving forward

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff writer City commissioners voted unanimously to move toward creating a six megawatt wind farm on land near the city landfill. The commissioners’ decision would allow the city to request bids for the wind generators and find funding for the project estimated to cost $10 million. Commissioner Randal Crowder said the […]

Committee OKs first phase of effluent pipeline

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Water Policy Advisory Committee voted unanimously to start a design of the first phase of the $16 million effluent reuse pipeline project that could carry cleaned water from the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The first phase of the effluent water project will run a pipe from the plant […]

Board will consider effluent project

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee will meet today to consider an effluent reuse pipeline project and the construction of a wind farm. The committee will be asked to recommend authorization to begin the first phase of the effluent reuse pipeline project, according to City Commissioner and Mayor Pro-tem […]

County Commissioner plans to run for mayor

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley said he plans to run for Clovis mayor. David Lansford announced Thursday he is not seeking a fourth term as mayor. “David (Lansford) has done well,” said Ashley, who owns Clovis Concrete. “But there are some things I would like to strengthen.” The mayor’s […]

Commission to vote on wind energy

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is considering building three wind towers to help offset the cost of electricity. The City Commission is expected to vote today on whether to direct its Water Policy Advisory Board to investigate the feasibility of placing three $1.5 million wind towers in the city. Mayor […]

Commission approves water sale negotiations

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission took the first step toward building a $16 million pipeline that will snake throughout the city, carrying recycled wastewater for irrigation and industrial use. The Commission approved in its Sept. 20 meeting negotiations for the sale of water, which will be pumped from the Clovis […]

Year-round water plan suggested

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder expects new water conservation ordinances to come into effect next summer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A new plan city commissioners adopted in their last meeting will lead to year-round ordinances restricting water use next year. City commissioners adopted a water […]

Effluent pipeline report readied

A special water policy advisory committee voted Thursday to give an engineering firm more time to make changes on the effluent pipeline project report before presenting it at a U.S. Senate hearing in August. Committee members noted some structures that needed a connection to the pipeline were not listed in the report. “We noted as […]

Superfund settlement back in area hands

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A cash settlement for environmental damage should be used to restore playa lakes in Curry County, rather than to restore lakes in Roswell, according to a state and federal draft obtained Tuesday by Clovis officials. The newly endorsed plan would give Curry County landowners incentives to protect playa lakes […]

City vetoes health risk study request

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners Thursday voted against a resolution encouraging the New Mexico Environment Department to investigate health impacts of a proposed ethanol plant southwest of Clovis. By a vote of five against and two in favor, the commission opposed a resolution submitted by Commissioner Robert Sandoval that the city […]

City weighs in on water issues

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Water was at the top of the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting, as commissioners took action on three water-related issues: • Private landowners were offered $13,560 and a “compromise” to construct a drainage channel on their property. • A motion was approved to file an intervention opposing […]

City Hall might be moving

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The city of Clovis likely will have a new city hall and perhaps emergency management and regional communications centers in a building at 400 Mitchell St. The building was donated by the Clovis MainStreet Program during Thursday’s City Commission meeting. The building formerly was the Houston Lumber Co. Mayor […]