Battle brewing on cage fights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From all indications, city groups may have a fight about fights. The Clovis Civic Center policy committee discussed allowing contact sports at the city-owned center in October’s meeting, and more discussion is planned for Monday’s meeting. The contact sport in question is mixed martial arts, and MarkAnthony Baca of […]

Legislature timing key in water project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The […]

Water authority explores legalization

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Following what the members called a successful field hearing for the Ute Water Project, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority discussed a roadmap toward becoming a true authority at Wednesday’s meeting. Clovis City Attorney Dave Richards, answering legal questions on request of Clovis Mayor and ENMRWA Chairman David Lansford, […]

Senators coming to town for Ute water meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford calls the Ute Water Project the largest, and most important, operation eastern New Mexico has undertaken. The next three days could be the most important in the project’s more-than-40-year lifespan. “I think that is a good characterization of the position we’re at at this point […]

Aug. 19, 1973

Between 5,000 and 6,000 gallons of gasoline and several above-ground storage tanks were destroyed when a blaze erupted at a fuel storage facility behind Hap’s Smorgasbord Restaurant in east Clovis. … Eddie Gallegos and brothers Chuck and Randy Baca sponsored a back-yard carnival to benefit the National Muscular Dystrophy campaign, using a fund-raising packet from […]

Commissioners adopt 4 percent budget increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners adopted a $9.3 million operational budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year at a special meeting Wednesday, about 4 percent higher than the previous year’s budget. The 2006-2007 budget was $8.9 million, although only about $7.9 million was spent. County Manager Dick Smith said county departments received […]

Commission gives go-ahead to seek grants

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Water and wastewater project funding was on the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners passed resolutions to enable acceptance of grants from the New Mexico Environment Department for $800,000 for wastewater improvements related to Southwest Cheese and $100,000 to be used for the wastewater effluent reuse project. […]

Hotel Clovis fund-raiser founded

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Fund-raising efforts are already under way for redevelopment of the Hotel Clovis. “We want the public to realize there is a possible project out there and to garner their support,” Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said of the plan developed by Jonathan Reed and Associates to convert the […]

Senate committee approves $1 million in water funds

CNJ staff The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1 million in water funding for eastern New Mexico on Thursday, according to the staff of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Two separate allocations of $500,000 will be used for water supply planning and in local water recycling studies, a news release from Domenici’s office said. Clovis officials […]

Growth group considers hiring consultant

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Local Growth Management Committee members say they’re impressed with the efficiency of their sister organization, the Local Growth Management Organization. They say planning for the transition at Cannon Air Force Base to Special Operations is falling in place right on cue. “It’s amazing the people they have surrounded themselves with,” […]

Rusty memories: Time capsule unearthed

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford, left, and Fire Chief Ray Westerman examine a time capsule Friday that was buried in 1957 at the Clovis Fire Department. The unearthing was the first event of Clovis’ centennial celebration. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The star of the show was a rusty metal […]

Meeting’s message: Help still here

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FEMA’s Martin Blake explains how Clovis residents can obtain FEMA assistance Wednesday at a Town Hall meeting. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Nine students from Lockwood Elementary School received hugs at Wednesday’s Town Hall meeting from Clovis Police Chief Dan Blair, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray and Clovis Fire […]

Water funding request cut short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Consideration of just how much project funding is likely this year topped discussions of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority’s monthly meeting Wednesday in Clovis. ENMRWA requested $5 million in Ute Water Project funding from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature thinking the timing was right for their request since […]

General to serve on growth group

CNJ staff Retired Gen. Hanson Scott of Albuquerque has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to a subcommittee formed to explore growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a city of Clovis press release. Hanson will serve as one of two state representatives on the Local […]

Film leaves locals satisfied

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Marta McGonagle of Los Angles, an actress in “Believe in Me,” and John Manulies, a co-producer of the film, take a few moments to chat Thursday evening with Clovis fans at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis took itself out for a […]

Water officials say meetings crucial

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority has long held public education and federal authorization as its two biggest keys for the Ute Water Project. If the next few months go to plan, they’ll take care of both. The plan is to have two hearings related to the pipeline […]

Hotel Clovis fate in officials’ hands

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners want a deadline set for a use to be found for the vacant Hotel Clovis — or have it torn down. During a study session after adjournment of Thursday’s formal meeting, commissioners heard from outgoing Clovis MainStreet President Zala Smith that money is needed for the […]

Portales mayor opposes more Ute studies

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer TEXICO — All members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority stress they believe in the Ute Water Project and believe it’s a necessary destination. How they get there became the debate during Wednesday’s authority meeting. At issue was ENMRWA Vice Chairman and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega’s decision […]

County Commission enters new term

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Albin Smith and Frank Blackburn were tabbed by fellow Curry County Commissioners to lead the five-person governing body during Wednesday’s meeting. Smith, a local dairy owner, was unanimously elected as chairman. He replaced Tim Ashley. “Thank you. I appreciate it,” Smith said after switching seats with Ashley. “I look […]

Lodger’s tax won’t be allotted for basketball tournament

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners have decided not to play ball with Gus Macker for 2007. Commissioners declined a request for a $4,000 disbursement from Lodger’s Tax Funds to help with a Gus Macker basketball tournament scheduled for March 16-18 at Clovis Community College. Lodger’s Tax money is awarded to promote […]