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,” […]