Warning: Grumble at your own risk

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grumbling is risky business.   Of course, like any temptation, it feels good at the moment we fall to it. The act of grumbling stokes the fires of our sinful pride. It also stokes the fires of hell — the one hereafter and the one we may be creating […]

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 […]

Dairies spur alfalfa production

By Leonard Lauriault: Ag Sense Alfalfa acreage continues to increase in the Texas counties west of I-27 and Curry and Roosevelt counties despite the declining availability of water for irrigation in the region. This increase is directly related to an increase in the number of dairies in the area. Although alfalfa may not produce as […]

Ag Expo features drought lessons

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Visitors attending the first day of the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales today can receive useful information on a common problem facing farmers and ranchers of the Southwest — drought. New Mexico State University extension range management specialist Chris Allison will lead the seminar “Planning For the […]

Economic office will provide growth advice

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The Office of Economic Adjustment will fill a mostly advisory role in addressing growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new Special Operations mission, according to OEA project manager David Witschi. In Wednesday’s joint meeting between the Local Growth Management Organization and its parent group, the Local Growth Management […]

Growth groups focus on future

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer An infant organization formed to ease the transition to a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base met for the first time Thursday. The Local Growth Management Organization — consisting of hand-picked community members — discussed the road ahead with their governing body, the Local Growth Management Committee. “We’ve […]

Growth management organization selected

CNJ Staff The Local Growth Management Committee, consisting of elected representatives from Portales, Clovis, and Curry and Roosevelt counties, appointed the nine members of the Local Growth Management Organization on Friday. The organization members will make recommendations to the Local Growth Management Committee regarding the anticipated growth brought about by an expanded mission at Cannon […]

Richardson appoints Clovis realtor to growth committee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate broker Gayla Brumfield was chosen by the governor last month to serve on a volunteer organization to consider growth issues that may arise with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a spokesperson for the governor, Jon Goldstein. The 16th Air […]

Cannon group presses forward

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A local committee formed to address growth issues associated with Cannon Air Force Base’s new mission hammered out bylaws and organization framework Wednesday. Comprised of representatives of the cities of Clovis and Portales and Curry and Roosevelt counties, the Local Growth Management Committee also agreed to advertise for […]

Task force framework sketched

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Framework for a volunteer organization and its oversight group was sketched Wednesday at a Local Growth Management Committee meeting. The yet-to-be-formed volunteer organization will advise the Local Growth Management Committee regarding growth development and the availability of federal funding for the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base. The […]

Park management plan won’t destroy delicate balance

Freedom Newspapers Bush administration critics have been demanding to know what prompted it to draft a controversial new management plan for national parks, which detractors claim will sacrifice conservation values on the altar of commercialism. “First, I question the necessity of the proposed revisions,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., wrote in a Feb. 17 letter to […]

Assisted living option coming

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Area residents seeking an alternative to living alone or residing in a nursing home will soon have another option for assisted living. Bill Giese, owner of Giese Realty Investments, said his company is serving as the “point people” in the development of Wheatfield Senior Living Community. “This is the […]

Storm-water debate deserves public input

Freedom Newspapers Numerous Clovis residents are unhappy with the city’s storm-water management solutions. Particularly unsettling are the trash- and weed-collection points, euphemistically known as retention ponds, that are championed by Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. Those voices will be heard and we urge you to join them, even if you favor the present methods. […]

5/22 Letters to the editor

Sport schedule can’t please everyone This is a rebuttal to the Clovis resident who is upset about having to choose between sports and church. First of all, we are sorry the schedule has inconvenienced any family. The Clovis Girls Athletic Association has been operating for more than 30 years. We have had the Monday through […]

Defense wants officer managing change

By Tom Philpott The Defense Department has asked Congress for authority to test new promotion, pay and retirement policies on four small communities of officers, the results of which could lead to a “revolution” in officer career management, said David S. C. Chu, the Pentagon’s top manpower official. The officer management experiments would involve all […]

Prairie chickens draw crowds

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A male prairie chicken performs part of his elaborate mating dance Saturday morning at the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Clovis this weekend to […]

Committee considers facility management

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Civic Center steering committee is considering several ideas for managing the $6 million facility once it’s complete, including establishing an independent Civic Center Board and hiring a center director. The city-funded center is located at Seventh Street and Schepps Boulevard. “It’s an exciting time,” said Jay Gurley, […]

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 […]

Security agency candidate has plenty to prove

Freedom Newspapers At the top levels, law enforcement is mainly about management. That’s why we hope the Senate Government Affairs Committee confirmation hearings on Bernard Kerik closely examine whether he has the management skills to run the mammoth and labyrinthine Department of Homeland Security, the job for which he was nominated by President Bush. There’s […]

Divided stormwater taskforce approves draft

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer “Philosophical differences” over who should bear the cost of stormwater management systems divided members of a taskforce developing a city ordinance on stormwater management in residential subdivisions Tuesday. Despite their differences, members of the taskforce approved a draft ordinance, which will be considered today by the city’s public works […]