‘Everybody’s a little nervous’ as Cannon fate nears.

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press As suspense built with each passing hour, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained in limbo Thursday while residents held out anxious hope that their months-long wait would soon end in celebration. “I think everyone is pretty optimistic, but we all know Uncle Sam does things in mysterious […]

Rowley pick solid, abstention puzzling

Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College’s Board of Trustees made a sound decision last week when they appointed Becky Rowley as interim president. She knows the programs, faculty and direction in which the school is headed, which should make the transition to the next presidency a seamless experience. Recommended by Beverlee McClure, who leaves next month […]

Principles outlined for base challenges

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or […]

Community leaders interested in exploring Cannon redevelopment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Should Cannon Air Force Base close, its F-16s bequeathed to far away places, Mayor David Lansford wants to be prepared. That’s why the mayor invited the government entities of the Clovis-Portales area together for a Wednesday morning, closed-door meeting. The guest speaker is Eric Williams, the executive director of […]

Clovis mayor testifies before Senate committee

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Mayor David Lansford testified Wednesday before a U.S. Senate Committee about a bill that may help rural communities secure long-term sources for drinking water. His testimony comes at a time when eastern New Mexico communities are working to secure federal and state funding for a massive pipeline project […]

City OKs $20,000 for civic center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $20,000 contract to hire a firm to assist in the planning, opening and initial operations of the civic center. The Pennsylvania-based company, Global Spectrum, operates civic centers, arenas and other special events centers across the country. “It’s the feeling of that […]

Clovis schools close to hiring superintendent

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The search for a new superintendent for Clovis schools may end today after about four months of work by school officials. Board members will go into executive session tonight in hopes of reaching a consensus on who will lead the district into the future. If they reach consensus at […]

Clovis schools staring at deficit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools may be facing a $1.3 million budgetary shortfall for the 2005/2006 school year. Interim superintendent G. C. Ross and other school officials told members of the school board Tuesday that unfunded state mandates, increases in health insurance costs and property insurance costs account for the budget […]

School board narrows list of applicants

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ public school board members on Monday selected five finalists for the superintendent’s position, but declined to name them publicly. School board members Max Best and Mark Lansford said the board selected the finalists. Lansford said board members plan to announce the five on Friday after board President Terry […]

Ute Water Project may get new manager

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The $300 million Ute Water Project for eastern New Mexico communities may have a new project manager by May. Or the job could go to the current project manager. Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members announced that Scott Verhines submitted his two-weeks notice to Louis Berger Group Inc. of […]

Rural water authority considering lobbyist

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The governing body of the Ute Water Project hopes this spring to have an analysis that would show what would happen if the project is not completed. Clovis Mayor and Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Chairman David Lansford told the project’s engineering consultants that meetings to distribute federal funds […]

Hoskins, Lola

Lola Hoskins Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lola Elizabeth Hoskins, 90, of Clovis, died Jan. 19, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on July 8, 1914, in Ceevee, Texas, to Clarence and Bertha Treece. She moved to Melrose in the 1940s. She married Woodrow Hoskins in 1976 in Clovis. She worked […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Clovis reinstates mandatory 8th-grade PE

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board approved a motion Tuesday to reinstate the requirement for physical education for all eighth graders starting in the next school year. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton said junior high principals and staff members had approached her about concerns for student well-being and wanting […]

2004 brought cycle of success primed for repeat

Freedom Newspapers E very new year is filled with anticipation of the possibilities and fear of the unknown. Those emotions are magnified for our eastern New Mexico communities as we step into 2005. The futures of Cannon Air Force Base and a major water project likely will be decided by this time next year. The […]

School district set for change after losing superintendent


By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer When former Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall accepted a position as president at North Central Missouri College, he set the district up for sweeping changes in 2005. Applications to fill Nuttall’s vacancy permanently will be accepted beginning Jan. 3. A 60-day state legislative session begins in January. School board […]

Water authority wants to renegotiate

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer PORTALES — How much water do you need? That’s the question Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority Project Manager Scott Verhines asked ENMRWA members on Wednesday in Portales. Verhines said he wants the information so engineering consultants have an idea on the specifications of the pipes leading to each community […]

City takes ownership of Hotel Clovis

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The City of Clovis on Monday took over ownership of the Hotel Clovis, a one-time glamorous building for those who remember the hotel as the city’s landmark of luxury. And some residents would like to see the building — dilapidated and boarded up for years — return to its […]

Nuttall leaving office late next month

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday officially and unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who will remain under contract through Jan. 31. He said his last day in office will be Nov. 23. He will use the remainder of his vacation and personal days from that point. Nuttall […]

Officials concerned development may contaminate water at Ute


Dan Synnott of Clovis rides a jet ski during a May visit at Ute Lake near Logan (CNJ file photo). Mike Linn Two area developers with big plans for Ute Lake have met resistance from officials who fear development may contaminate the lake’s water, reserved as a future drinking supply for residents of eastern New […]