Six Portales subdivisions show development

Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, City of Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said, four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase […]

Press release: USDA Grants for Rural Community Development Available

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County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base […]

Information sharing should be part of policy

I mmigration activists are rightly starting to rethink their trust of the Obama administration. They have good reason: This administration has been more active in pursuing and deporting illegal residents than its immediate predecessors. Those advocates might, however, be a bit too sensitive about one recent development. People are voicing alarm that the government is […]

Rep. Lujan attending area events Friday

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., will visit Clovis on Friday, according to a news release. Lujan will attend Cannon Air Force Base Appreciation Day 11:30 a.m. Friday at the base and participate in a ribbon cutting 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Eastern Plains Housing Development Corp.

Cannon starts operations for CV-22 Osprey

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Officials applaud as 5-year-old Quran Mighty, left, 4-year-old Kiara Morgan, middle, and 4-year-old Zoe Jones, right, officially break ground for the new Child Development Center Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base started down two new roads Friday. Base officials kicked […]

Press release: Board and committee positions available

The City of Clovis currently has the following volunteer positions available on city boards and committees: Representatives to the Clovis-Carver Library Board. This board meets quarterly at 5:30 p.m. on a Monday. The Board makes recommendations regarding the Clovis-Carver Library to the Clovis City Commission. Representatives to the Commission for Older Adults. This board meets […]

Area communities receive grant money

CNJ staff Local municipalities are set to receive $1.5 million of allocations in Community Development Block Grant money. The allocations, made Wednesday in Albuquerque, were part of five, granted to entities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, which helped lobby for the monies. Gregg Williams, director of economic development for EPCOG, said he was […]

EPCOG sharing grant money

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Government is one of seven New Mexico groups that will share in more than $2 million in economic development grant money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. EPCOG is a consortium of seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure […]

Business workshop being held

CNJ staff A training workshop is being held Wednesday to help businesses evaluate and improve their progress. Free and open to the public, the workshop helps business people evaluate where they are in their business and how to continue improving the overall performance of their business. Trainer Retha Shiplet provides professional development to businesses and […]

Clovis housing agency receives federal grant

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received $41,212 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding came from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The program helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Business feature: Local commercial development slowing down

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Pete Wilt, Clovis’ director of building safety, said new commercial development is down, though the city has seen some expansion of existing local businesses such as the addition of a new location for the Soapy Springs car wash on west 21st Street. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s […]

Raymond Mondragon’s appointment to Economic Development Commission confirmed

CNJ staff A state Senate committee has confirmed the appointment of Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon to the state’s Economic Development Commission. Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Mondragon to serve on the nine-member committee, according to a press release. The Commission advises the Economic Development Department on policy matters and helps create the state’s five-year economic development plan, […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Western Dairy Transport LLC Chief Executive Officer David Shelton stands with his trucks at its new Portales location. With Greatwide Logistics Inc. trucking company also expanding in Portales, around 100 net new jobs are expected. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to […]

Cannon power to be shut down for repairs

Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following services and offices […]

Military feature: Base to expand child development centers

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in […]

Meeting covers wind energy land leases

Freedom New Mexico A meeting discussing the opportunities and pitfalls of leasing land for wind energy facilities and the benefits of joining a landowners association is set for 6 p.m until 9 p.m. Monday in the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation board room, 100 S. Ave. A. An expert will speak at 6 p.m. and […]

$18,000 reward offered in vandalism case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Six weeks since heavy equipment was used to ransack a budding housing development, there are still no leads. Workers arrived at the development early Sept. 19 to discover a front-end loader and dirt compactor were used to damage three houses on Carmel Street, northwest of the Clovis Civic Center. […]

Community Development Director treated after auto accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes was treated and released from Lovelace Hospital after she was involved in a crash in Albuquerque Wednesday while attending the New Mexico Municipal League Conference. Burroughes said she was driving to a meeting at the New Mexico Environment Department when she was struck […]

Bingaman: Contractor selected to construct $7.9 million child development facility at Cannon Air Force Base

CLOVIS – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Department of Defense has selected a contractor for construction of a new 23,304 square foot child development facility at Cannon Air Force Base. The cost of construction is $7.9 million; the contractor is based in California. “I visited Cannon Air Force Base Tuesday morning and […]