Roads county priority

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a five-year plan to acquire capital outlay funds during their Wednesday meeting. In presenting the plan, Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county is required to submit it to the state legislature based on input from a committee of department heads, elected officials and […]

Club notes: Altrusa International

CNJ Staff Members of Altrusa International of Clovis met at Muffley’s Backdoor for their monthly program meeting. Hostesses for the evening were Glenda Hileman, Kathy Travis, and Joanne Winslow. The group was treated to a fresh vegetable dinner. The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Stephen Naggs. He talked about coming to Clovis and […]

Killing unnecessary kilowatts a quality of life issue

Janet-Taylor Birkey One of the “bennies” of living in base housing is that Airmen don’t see utility bills in their mailbox or deduct them from their bank accounts. So why should Airmen care what it costs to cool, heat and light their homes? Why should Cannon’s annual $6.2 million utility bill even faze them? Simply […]

Business Briefs 7/11

Big O Tires holds lemonade fundraiser The Big O Tires store on East First Street is joining more than 540 other Big O Tires stores in 21 states to help raise funds for pediatric cancer, according to a news release from the company. The stores are holding lemonade stands through Saturday in their customer service […]

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 […]