Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

Freedom New Mexico Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon […]

Survey: Majority of potential Cannon airmen have families

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steven Blakeley of Spriggs Electric in Clovis wires a home under construction Monday on Lowe Avenue. Blakeley said that business is steady. The number of new residential building permits issued by the city of Clovis in 2009 is up from a year ago. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The […]

Cannon growth plan approved, implementation discussed

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A plan for how the community should respond to potential growth at Cannon Air Force Base was approved Monday morning in a joint meeting of the Local Growth Management Organization and Local Growth Management Committee at city hall. Members also agreed to discuss implementation further and to consult with […]

Ute water meeting set in Tucumcari

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Reservoir Advisory Group is holding a 10 a.m. meeting Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center to discuss water supply management at Ute Lake. The session is about a proposed water pipeline to bring water to Clovis and Portales, according to Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager for the Interstate Stream […]

County will consider events center management contract

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to consider a management contract for the Special Events Center from Global Spectrum at today’s meeting. In addition to discussing the contract, Global Spectrum is expected to address concerns the Commission had about aspects of the contract. In April, commissioners approved a six-month contract […]

Teachers union representative: School labor board unnecessary

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools creation of a labor management board Tuesday was in response to the National Education Association’s potential to seek collective bargaining, Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said. The National Education Association, a public sector union, came to Clovis in March to resurrect its following. Consultant Andres Becerra said […]

School board establishes labor board

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education on Tuesday resurrected a local labor management relations board. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the board would serve as a go-between between a union and the district. The board will be made up of three people, Seidenwurm said. One member would be a […]

Drought management for alfalfa

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist While alfalfa is one of the few legumes that can go dormant during extended dry periods, alfalfa growers should consider several strategies to protect their alfalfa stands during drought to protect it for future years. If enough plants survive the drought (5 plants per square foot or 40 stems per […]

Public meetings scheduled for regional growth plan

The following meetings have been scheduled to gain public input on the Regional Growth Management Plan. Presentations of the plan will be presented at: • Cannon Air Force Base Theater, 4:00 p.m., Monday April 20th • Portales City Hall, 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 20th • Melrose Senior Center, 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 21st • Clovis-Carver […]

City plans to revise flood map

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer If the Federal Emergency Management Agency can’t do it, the city will. During Tuesday morning’s Public Works meeting City Engineer Justin Howalt said it looks like the city may be on its own to revise a FEMA floodplain map and get credit for more than 20 years and $20 […]

Ratios important management tool

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist

Students receive in-depth dairy lessons

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kimmi Devaney, a student from Washington State University, observes a herd of dairy cows feeding at Southern Draw Dairy north of Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The students look intently as professor Mike Hutjens sifts through the corn silage cupped in his hands, pointing out crucial components of […]

Stubble management can have big benefits

By Sangu Angadi In the semiarid climate of the southern Great Plains, strong winds promote evaporation and wind erosion, while unpredictable precipitation patterns expose crops to severe environmental stresses and the high intensity of rains often leads to water erosion. Strong winds in the region frequently cause wind-blown soil abrasion injury (sand blasting) of delicate […]

Management skills important

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Running a business and managing employees can appear as two separate and non-related skills. However, management is an integral role of owning a business. Some people do not like supervising; others have the knack and thoroughly enjoy it. Similar to other skills, managing people can be learned. Most small businesses start out with […]

Consultant hired to help area adjust to base changes

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico After nearly a year of meetings and preparation, community transition efforts related to Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission are about jump into high gear, according to members of the Local Growth Management Organization. Lonnie Leslie, LGMO president, said Keystone International of Albuquerque has been selected as consultant to […]

County commissioners talk fairgrounds management

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners on Wednesday discussed a potential contract with Global Spectrum to manage the county fairgrounds and events center. Commissioners heard the Philadelphia-based facility management company’s proposal during its last commission meeting. In what became his last meeting as county manger, Dick Smith said the company would be […]

Education Digest: Eastern receives nursing grant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year to expand its nursing program, according to an ENMU news release. ENMU nursing program director Leslie Paternoster said the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage. “We are going […]

Everybody’s Business: Disaster planning necessary evil

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Business columnist Two words that should become part of every business owner’s regular vocabulary are, What if? The “what if” factor is the beginning stage of preplanning to prevent or minimize the damage of a catastrophe. According to David Russell, author of “Insuring the Bottom Line,” a business owner’s obligation is to […]

April 15, 1916

Clovis City Council had passed a new driving ordinance scheduled to become law within the week – all drivers had to “keep to the right” or risk substantial fines. … The Chamber of Commerce had elected Claud Miller as its president. … A. Weidmann Shoe Store announced it had received a shipment of Florsheim Oxfords. […]

It’s their business: A-Key Storage and Clovis File Management

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Name: A-Key Storage and Clovis File Management Locations: 2121 E. Llano Estacado Boulevard and 2220 N. Ross St. What they do: A-Key Storage is climate-controlled self-storage. Its Clovis File Management division provides business record storage and management. Who’s in charge: Bill Mitchell and Ric Justus are owners. Spencer Odom […]