Portales officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales city officials have made repeated attempts to revive the movie theater in Portales, which closed in 2009, with no success, according to Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Some city councilors are now seeking to bring a “Fun Center” to Portales. Alisa Boswell City […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Expert: Hotel Clovis project taxpayer funded

Sharna Johnson While the extension of low-income housing tax credits to developers puts implementation and management in the hands of private industry, the projects born of them — including the Hotel Clovis project — ultimately involve taxpayer funds. “The government is financing (the project) essentially but it’s technically true that the government’s not going to […]

Offensive art denounces religious beliefs

Freedom New Mexico Christians have rights and they had best assert them regarding a government- funded exhibit, at a Colorado museum, that depicts Jesus receiving oral sex from a man. No way should Christians have to tolerate this, any more than Muslims should have to tolerate a government-sponsored burning of the Koran. Nobody, but nobody […]

Airport to receive money for runway expansion

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway extension construction, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The runway expansion will be funded from the $4 million appropriation and $2.5 million from the state. Airport Director Steve Summers said the city will […]

Commission moves ahead with Hotel Clovis proposal

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File photo Commissioners unanimously approved a $13 million proposal to turn Hotel Clovis into an apartment complex. The 78-year-old hotel has been closed since closed since 1983 and in city hands since 2004. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has owned the Hotel Clovis for nearly five years. City commissioners took […]

Water authority meeting focused on funding

CNJ staff The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets from 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Ingram Room. This is the first meeting for the authority since the Ute Water Project was authorized and funded by Congress. The authority will oversee the construction and maintenance of a pipeline to deliver water from […]

Ag center ramps up research

By Rex E. Kirksey: Ag Sense Agriculture is the economic mainstay of eastern New Mexico. For 60 years, the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center in Clovis has been conducting research and extension activities to help agricultural producers increase their economic and environmental sustainability. The center’s activities are guided by an advisory committee comprised […]

Legal office may face shuttering sentence

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer For 29 years, Lucy Lopez has guided low-income residents in Curry County through the legal system maze. Now, her job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works as a paralegal has been recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez […]

Fine arts program will be funded despite budget transfer

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Money earmarked for fine arts programs has been transferred into the Clovis Municipal Schools operational budget, but fine arts programs in the district will still be funded in the next school year, school officials said. “When funds are earmarked, your hands are tied,” CMS Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton said. […]