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. […]

Senators: Cannon funds being improperly withheld

Freedom Newspapers Federal construction funds awarded to Cannon Air Force Base by Congress are being improperly withheld by the government, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M, and Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. More than $9 million earmarked for construction of an airmen’s center, complete with a dining hall, a postal center, and […]

County grants sheriff purchase of van to transport prisoners

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher is eyeing a new van for transporting prisoners. The van would be purchased in part with about $10,500 from drug assets seized during a joint-drug operation in November that included the sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Another $17,000 in funds previously allocated […]

Decision reminder government funds come with strings

Freedom Newspapers Despite all the legal analysis in Chief Justice John Roberts’ 21-page opinion, announced Monday, in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), it’s hard to resist the notion that it comes down to this: He who pays the piper calls the tune. When the military decided early in the Clinton administration […]

United Way reaches goal with late push

Freedom Newspapers Eleventh-hour gifts by Eastern New Mexico University staff members and an anonymous couple have helped the local United Way achieve this year’s $482,005 fund-raising goal. The donations bring the overall total received to exactly 100 percent of the goal. In Curry County $421,950 of the $412,005 goal or 102 percent has been attained. […]

Curry reaches United Way goal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. […]

CCC targeted for state funds

CNJ staff Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office. “With a strong financial outlook, now is […]

City pursuing overpass funds

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners chose a railroad overpass project over three other less extensive projects to submit for a Community Development Block Grant at Thursday night’s regular commission meeting. According to commissioners, they opted for the overpass construction project because it benefits the most people in the community and has […]

Wastewater expansion project cost doubles

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Construction equipment sits in what will be the new lagoon for the Southwest Cheese plant on the property of the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Construction was on hold Wednesday due to the cold weather. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer In the three years since the city agreed to expand its […]

11/29 Business Digest

United Way taking applications soon The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon begin to accept applications requesting donor funds to serve area families and individuals. According to the charitable organization, distributing donor funds is the most important function they perform. The funds will eventually serve local families, individuals or children in four priority […]

Thrift savings plan more investor-friendly

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The number of active duty and reserve component members enrolled in the federal Thrift Savings Plan will hit a half million this month. Recent improvements could encourage many more to join, say plan administrators. In July, TSP began year-round enrollment, in place of twice-yearly “open seasons.” The open seasons didnít […]

Senate approves bill including base money

CNJ staff WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved a Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill that contains $13.2 million for a project at Cannon Air Force Base, according to press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. Domenici, R-NM, urged the committee to keep construction funds in the bill for Cannon Air Force Base, […]

8/18 Local Roundup

Staff reports Clovis woman sentenced for chase Deanda Rose, 26, was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated fleeing an officer, aggravated assault on a police officer and a DWI. Rose was sentenced to one year in the state department of corrections, followed by two years of supervised probation. The DWI was Rose’s first, and the other […]

New Mexico gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Governor suggests applying for funds

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday said the state should tap federal jobs transition aid while still pursuing a strong bid to overturn the Pentagon recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base. The Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the availability of almost $50 million to […]

Local save-base funds mostly for law firm

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico entities have mapped out a system of accountability for donations pledged in support of “Operation Keep Cannon.” A mutual aid agreement was signed Friday and will be in place in a matter of days, officials said. The agreement, drafted between the city of Clovis, the city […]

County joins drive to save base

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County has officially joined the drive to save Cannon Air Force Base from extinction. The Curry County Commission pledged $100,000 at Tuesday’s board meeting for efforts to spare Cannon from Base Realignment and Closure list. Donations gleaned from the cities of Clovis and Portales, the state, and private […]

Proposed business center unveiled

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A preliminary plan for a Business Enterprise Center was presented Thursday at the Clovis City Commission meeting. The project includes two museums, computer labs and a business help center. “With all of the growth we have experienced, with all the people who might want to start their own business, […]

ENMU clarifies missing funds

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — An Eastern New Mexico University official said Tuesday that most of the money alleged to have been embezzled by a former university employee came from the New Mexico Higher Education Assessment Association. Tammy Jo Garcia, 32, is charged with embezzling $138,314 from a NMHEAA fund and $1,359 from ENMU, according to […]

Poor planning leads to poor management

CNJ staff It is seldom really shocking to hear that a government agency has wasted large sums of money, or spent it in ways that would be viewed as sloppy or even criminal in the private sector. After a certain number of examples, one is almost beyond being scandalized. How does it happen? A government […]