Commission will discuss county fair funds audit today

Curry County commissioners will discuss a state audit of 2007 County Fair funds today in an executive session,

EPCOG director cleared in investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The head of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been cleared in an internal investigation and recently returned to his duties, according to organization officials. EPCOG Executive Director Lee Tillman was placed on unpaid leave about two weeks ago while the investigation was conducted, EPCOG Executive Board Chairman […]

The pay’s not bad

Tuesday is the day to sign up if you’d like to run for county offices across New Mexico. Did you know a Curry County commissioner earns $19,584.24 a year, plus benefits? Did you know the county clerk and county treasurer each earn $49,120.76 a year, plus benefits? Some people can probably live on those salaries. […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

United Way seeks volunteers

By CNJ Staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico is seeking volunteers to serve on a fund distribution panel. The panel will be responsible for reviewing applications submitted by area programs and recommending funding levels, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. “We (United Way) need people to help […]

Portales Chamber director to leave post at end of month

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Kim Huffman, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. and the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, has resigned for personal reasons, according to a CDC news release. He has held the position since September 2002. His resignation is effective Aug. 31. “I think it is just time that […]

Hoekstra plea shows need for oversight

Rep. Peter Hoekstra wasn’t a likely candidate to complain about Bush administration secretiveness. The Michigan Republican is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and supported the administration when the New York Times published reports about warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens and clandestine surveillance of international banking transactions. He has even hinted that he wouldn’t be […]

Is Ethanol the fuel of the future?

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The ethanol plant coming to Clovis will use 45 to 50 million bushels of corn a year, officials said (CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 105 million-gallon per year ethanol plant will be online in Clovis by 2007. Construction will begin this October. The plant is a joint venture of […]

Not crisis yet, but executive power bears watching

Freedom Newspapers A term few Americans are familiar with has become almost a commonplace during Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings. How has the judge used the term “unitary executive,” and why has President Bush used the term more than 100 times in “signing statements” issued when he signs bills into law? Most recently, in signing […]

Bush’s agenda reckless pursuit of power

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist President Bush is a bundle of paradoxes. He thinks the scope of the federal government should be limited but the powers of the president should not. He wants judges to interpret the Constitution as the framers did, but doesn’t think he should be constrained by their intentions. He attacked Al […]

Play Inc. boards debate basketball program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of the Play, Inc. executive board and basketball board discussed a controversial pilot program at a Monday night meeting. About 500 basketball players this season have been divided into two leagues — competitive and recreational — rather than by district as in the past, but some executive board […]

Play Inc. board adds on former members

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Play Inc. board keeps shifting around. At Monday’s meeting at Clovis-Carver Library, the current executive board voted to admit members of the previous board to stay on, if they so chose. Patricia Grah and Larry Sprague accepted the offer while former board president Andy Sweet said he was […]

Play Inc. elects new executive board

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The longtime executive director of Play Inc. resigned Monday during an organizational board meeting. Steve Muscato gave the board of the city’s private, non-profit athletic organization his two-week notice. His last day is April 25. Muscato said he is moving out of town and his resignation is not job-related. […]

Play Inc. concerns raised

By John Eisel Coaches and parents of athletes are concerned Play Inc. isn’t following its bylaws, properly monitoring its finances, and suffers from a general lack of organization. Officials said they do what they can for the 3,000 to 4,000 Clovis-area residents Play Inc. serves in its youth and adult sports leagues. Volunteers are the […]

School board narrows list of applicants

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ public school board members on Monday selected five finalists for the superintendent’s position, but declined to name them publicly. School board members Max Best and Mark Lansford said the board selected the finalists. Lansford said board members plan to announce the five on Friday after board President Terry […]

United Way surpasses 2003 donation total

Staff reports Curry County United Way has added nearly $40,000 to its pledges in the past week, bringing the tally to $367,557. The late surge puts the organization above the 2003 total, but about 7 percent short of its 2004 goal of $392,500. “I doubt we’ll reach the goal, but we are very happy to […]

Candidate profiles

CNJ Staff Republican Tim Ashley faces Democrat Paul D. Barnes for the District 5 seat on the Curry County Commission. Name: Tim Ashley Occupation: Owner of Clovis Concrete Company Party: Republican Age: 41 Hometown: Clovis Wife: Celeste Children: Travis, 13, Joshua, 11, Connor, 8, Hunter (born on Friday). Hobbies: Singing Gospel music, playing guitar Political […]

Keeping soldiers after enlistment expires dangerous

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the California National Guard have filed a lawsuit contending the military’s controversial “stop-loss” program, which forces those whose enlistment is about to run out to stay in the military, is illegal when applied to National Guard soldiers. About 40,000 National Guard members are now deployed in Iraq. “John Doe,” identified […]

Supreme Court has chance to vote for openness

The White House is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect what it sees as a right of the presidency to solicit advice from private citizens and do so in secret — as vice president Dick Cheney did early in the Bush administration with an energy task force. The high court, which seemed to respond […]

Workshop may have opened the books

By David Stevens: Clovis News Journal Editor Dozens of public officials and associates showed up last week for a workshop explaining New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act sponsored by the state’s attorney general. And it looks like some of our elected and appointed leaders learned several things about what those […]