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 […]

Restitution to be paid for bad investment

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 13,000 military investors who bought and later terminated a “Systematic Investment Plan” marketed by First Command Financial Planning Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, are due restitution payments in the coming weeks that likely will average a little over $300. Letters of explanation are being mailed to a list of […]

Local lawmakers head for Legislature

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CNJ photo illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The […]

Bush, Congress share fiscal irresponsibility

The Bush administration and Pentagon have taken a lot of heat, some of it probably deserved, for an alleged shortage of armored Humvees in Iraq. The issue came to a boil several weeks back, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by a G.I. on the issue during a widely seen press conference in Kuwait. […]

United Way wants public more involed in funding choices

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County United Way is changing the way it approves distribution of funds to area agencies, a move designed to get the public more involved in the funding process and make information on fund uses more available to area donors. The new process will allow the United Way […]

Special funds invite legislative raiding, lawsuit

Freedom Newspapers We found fascinating a wire story appearing recently that reported the filing of a $442 million class-action lawsuit against our neighboring state of Colorado. It charges legislators with raiding and draining a number of special accounts in their attempts to balance the state’s budget without having to severely slash services or raise taxes. […]

Domenici requests funds for cheese plant roadway

CNJ Staff U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici will request federal funding to improve the roadway infrastructure in Curry County to serve the new Southwest Cheese Plant, he said in a news release Tuesday. Domenici, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said he would submit a $2.375 million request to the Transportation, Treasury and General Government […]

Fighting drugged driving laudable, but tactics aren’t

Freedom Newspapers When the Founding Fathers set up our federal government they envisioned a system under which the national government was responsible for things that concerned all the states and would be difficult if not impossible for the individual states to handle themselves. This covered such issues as waging war and taxing imports. The national […]

Legislature approves $5.8 million for Clovis, Curry County

By David Arkin Clovis officials didn’t get everything that was on their Legislative wish list. But they are still pleased with almost $6 million in capital outlay money that was approved for the city and county by both the House and Senate on Thursday, which was the last day of the session. The bill now […]

Railroad overpass on schedule, city says

By Jack King Work to build an overpass on State Road 467 over the railroad tracks, which may lessen residents’ concerns about the closing of the Wheaton Street crossing is on schedule, said City Manager Ray Mondragon. However, funding for the project is still $300,000 short, he added. The New Mexico Department of Highways and […]

Water authority looks ahead to funds

By Jack King TEXICO — Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s board on Wednesday approved two proposals aimed at helping secure federal funding. Officials have said the Ute Water project will cost about $250 million and the board hopes 80 percent of funds will come from the federal government. A request is expected to go before […]

Governor doles out funds

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Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Brian Condit, right, with legal and political affairs, and Caleb Chandler, center, of Clovis, after a press conference Wednesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King Clovis will get $800,000 from $10.5 million in federal money allocated for the southeastern and southern parts of the state, Gov. Bill Richardson announced […]

Roosevelt County to collect from parents of juvenile offenders

By Mike Linn County officials are taking parents of Roosevelt County juvenile offenders to court to retrieve the costs of transporting and housing the inmates to area detention centers. Roosevelt County Attorney Eric Dixon filed 53 civil summons seeking roughly $50,000 the county paid to Curry and Quay counties for housing the juvenile inmates because […]

Water authority discusses money

By Mike Linn The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met on Wednesday to once again discuss many pieces of the giant jigsaw puzzle that is the Ute water pipeline project. The meeting included the bonding of 12 entities — including the cities of Portales and Clovis — when officials from each signed on to […]