Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Wednesday at Melrose City Hall. • Project Manager Scott Verhines said he was happy the authority was included as part of the joint land use study being undertaken by Cannon Air Force Base and neighboring municipalities. He said the Ute Water pipeline project, as proposed, has three […]

EPCOG representative calls for more openness, accountability

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments met Wednesday at the Tucumcari Convention Center with Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler calling for more openness and accountability from the organization. Chandler took over representing Curry County in place of Isidro Garcia. “I am still trying to get up to speed,” Chandler […]

Meetings watch: Local Growth Management Committee

The Local Growth Management Committee met Tuesday at the Clovis Police Department. • The committee approved the usage of a $133,030 grant from the Office of Economic adjustment, on behalf of the Department of Defense. The money will be used for a regional growth planner position, with up to $90,000 budgeted. Portales Community Affairs Coordinator […]

Meetings watch: ENMU board of regents

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents met Friday at the ENMU-Ruidoso campus. According to ENMU President Steven Gamble, the board: • Elected new officers. Regent Marshall Stinnett is president, Regent Chad Lydick is vice president and Student Regent Robert Wachter is secretary/treasurer. • Approved administrator emeritus status for Dwight Rogers […]

Retiring soldier recalls experiences

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Thanks to his military career, a native Texico resident has seen the Berlin Wall come down, met with the president of an African nation and helped set up the interim Iraqi government after Saddam Hussein lost power. Lt. Col. Arthur Salguero has spent more than 20 years total in the […]

Blight battle: Proposed ordinances met strong resistance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said a proposed county ordinance will focus on health and safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Dindinger was embarrassed by property infested with weeds, junk cars and falling-down buildings. So in February 2008, the Clovis native gathered 70 signatures on a petition asking Curry […]

School board meets in executive session, takes no action

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the recent resignation of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The board took no action before adjourning after about an hour. Seidenwurm announced last week she will resign on June 30. Board members said the closed session was held to discuss plans […]

Meetings watch: CCC board approves name for health building

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday morning at Room 512 of the college. • The board approved a resolution to name Phase II of the the Allied Health Center the Joe and Charlyne Sisler Allied Health Building. The Sisler Foundation is planning a donation tp assist construction of the center. • The […]

Book tribute to woman, history she preserved

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian While working to help establish the outdoor drama theatre near San Jon, I first met Eula Mae Edwards at her Southwestern Artifacts Museum in San Jon. Eula Mae (Smith) Edwards was the only child of Robert and Estella Smith who lived in Quay County for almost 40 years. Her father […]

10-2 Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. All votes were 6-0. Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder and Commissioner Robert Sandoval did not attend. • Appointments were made to the Quality of Life Task Force. The task force, which covers quality of life issues including the wellness centers and future projects, was […]

Meetings watch: Water authority discusses finances, forms

The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority met Thursday in the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Public Library: • David Boswell, purchasing agent for the city of Clovis — the fiscal agent for the authority — spoke about the future need for an RFP (request for proposal) on final engineering and design services for the […]

Meetings watch: School projects OK’d

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the campus of Barry Elementary School. • Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said she and Deputy Superintendent for Operations Joel Shirley heard news to go ahead on renovations at two elementary school campuses and to start work on a new middle school at the Public Schools Capital […]

Republican governor hopeful tests political waters across state

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico It may be a year off, but the New Mexico Gubernatorial race already has candidates out and about. In a swing through eastern new Mexico, Republican hopeful Doug Turner of Albuquerque met Curry County, Roosevelt County and Quay County Republican party members Wednesday to talk issues. He is traveling […]

Meetings watch: $19k in lodgers taxes distributed

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Discussion items included: • Presentation of a proclamation — Aug. 4 as National Night Out. Mike Ingram of the Clovis Police Department said the event, scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at Greene Acres Park, is intended to heighten crime prevention awareness and generate community support […]

Fight strengthens against post office closure

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City Commissioner Len Vohs, addresses those in attendance Thursday at the Town Hall meeting about the closing of the Gidding Street post office at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Sharna Johnson Their ranks have tripled from just a week ago and now they are planning to take the fight to […]

My version of ‘When Harry Met Sally’

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist There was an important lesson to be learned from a recent movie night. If not learned, history will repeat itself … even if that history is complete fiction. Last week, I wrote about a movie experience and changed friends’ names to protect the innocent because I didn’t seek their permission […]

June 7 Club Notes

ENM food bank On May 29 the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico hosted its first luncheon party to honor volunteers that staff commodity sites within the eight northeastern counties the food bank serves. Twenty-seven people attended. Honored were: Frances Johnson and Marjorie Watkins of Clovis and Ann Duncan, Jeanie Meeks and Mary McClure of […]

Meetings Watch: Clovis Community College Board of Trustees, May 6

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday at the college. • Board members approved a food services contract with Canteen of Central New Mexico to run the school’s snack bar. The school currently operates the snack bar, and has done so at a loss of about $15,000 annually over the last two years, […]

May 3 Club Notes

Llano Estacado Quilt Guild The Llano Estacado Quilt Guild met April 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 12 members attending. Elizabeth Lawrence called the meeting to order. Sheryl Abdill read the minutes and Leigh Reynolds gave the treasurer’s report. An appreciation donation was given to the church. Reports were given on the charity projects. Upcoming […]

April 8 Meetings Watch: Clovis Community College Board of Trustees

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday at Room 512 of the college. • Board officers were elected in the first meeting since the re-elections of board members Terry Martin and Russell Muffley. Former board secretary Arnold Martinez moved up to board chair, replacing Gayla Brumfield. Charles Guthals filled Martinez’ previous role as […]