Official: Bond money would go to classroom renovation at CCC

Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College is one of six institutions hoping to receive $1 million or less from Education Bond D, one of four bond issues on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Education Bond D sets aside money to help improve infrastructure at colleges and universities statewide. Bond D totals $155.2 million and is […]

Vote no on jail, courthouse

On Nov. 2, thoughtful voters have plenty of reasons to vote against the $33 million judicial complex that Curry County officials want. We believe they should vote no on the two tax issues that will be on the ballot, for these reasons, among others: • The jail’s poor construction is not why prisoners keep leaving […]

Press release: Udall: N.M. receives $1 million to expand nutrition aid for low-income seniors

Texico City Council supports Curry County Criminal Justice Complex

Freedom New Mexico The Texico City Council on Tuesday passed a resolution of support for the proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex in Clovis at its regular meeting. The resolution, like resolutions from Melrose and Grady councils earlier in the last two weeks, indicates support for two ballot questions at the upcoming November general election. […]

Village of Grady supports jail bond

The Village of Grady adopted a resolution Monday supporting a first phase for a proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex. The issue will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. The phase, at an estimated $33 million cost, would be provided through $16.5 million in general obligation bonds and $16.5 million to come from […]

Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]

Commission approves $7 million in bonds for wastewater plant

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission approved $7 million in wastewater treatment plant bonds in short order, and support for the Clovis Area Transport Service in slightly longer order, on Thursday evening. The two items drew the longest discussion at the commission’s regular meeting. Other items, with the exception of a filter replacement at the […]

Meetings watch: Water authority expects $2 million in federal funds

The Eastern New Mexico Utility Water Authority met Thursday morning at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. • Federal consultant John Ryan said a trip in July to Washington, D.C., with Ute Water Project Manager Scott Verhines, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and Portales Mayor Sharon King was a success. King, who made her […]

Bond money would mean new face for Lockwood Elementary

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School teacher Melissa Romero uses a table instead of an adult-sized desk to make room for a crescent-shaped group reading desk in her classroom, that is about half the size of an adequate room. Liliana Castillo Teachers at Lockwood Elementary School plan what to teach each day as […]

Water authority approves finance plan

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Consultants, lawyers and board members prepare for the Eastern New Mexico Water Authority meeting Thursday at the Texico Fire Department. The board approved a finance plan for the $500 million Ute Lake water project. Jared Tucker The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority approved a finance plan Thursday required to […]

Architect: Complete cost for judicial complex around $90 million

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Architect Don May talks to local leaders about the phases of development for a judicial complex in Clovis during the city/county quarterly luncheon at the Clovis Civic Center Wednesday. Sharna Johnson Architect Don May told city and county officials Wednesday that the first of four phases for a proposed Curry […]

Judicial complex: Worth $33 million?

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Courtesy graphic An architectural drawing by Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture shows the layout of a judicial complex color coded to show four developmental phases. Sharna Johnson Curry County officials say they need a new judicial complex that would address court security issues, growing county government and a faulty jail. It’s going to cost $33 […]

Commission proposing tax hike

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Courtesy graphic A proposed judicial complex would create a megaplex of justice and county government facilities occupying three blocks of downtown Clovis. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners on Wednesday approved a $33 million plan that includes raising taxes to fund a new judicial complex. Now they need voter approval. The plan, presented by Kevin Powers […]

Press release: City airport receives another $2 million for runway upgrades

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today announced that airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will receive $6.41 million for runway rehabilitation, including the installation of new perimeter fencing and runway and taxiway markings. “These airports provide dependable and safe air travel for the people of New Mexico and tourists alike,” said Udall, […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Airport to receive money for runway expansion

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Airport will receive $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway extension construction, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. The runway expansion will be funded from the $4 million appropriation and $2.5 million from the state. Airport Director Steve Summers said the city will […]

Judicial complex to cost $33 million

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Courtesy graphic A proposed $33 million judicial complex would occupy three blocks from Seventh to 10th Streets. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A $33 million plan to revamp county offices and the courts got a nod of approval from commissioners Tuesday. The plan — presented by Albuquerque architectural firm Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara — […]

Identity theft threat: Real or hype?

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: It’s Everybody’s Business As I began to research the topic of identity theft, a search of the subject resulted in more 25 million websites and thousands of books that include a wealth of petrifying stories. The subject of identity theft is important to the individual as well as to the business owner. […]

Farmers’ Electric receives $28.1 million USDA loan

The Associated Press CLOVIS — Farmers’ Electric Cooperative of Clovis is receiving a $28.1 million loan to upgrade its electric delivery system for seven counties in eastern New Mexico and three in Texas. The cooperative will use the money to expand service to current customers and extend service to new customers. It also will replace […]

Clovis Housing Authority to receive grant

CNJ staff The Clovis Housing Authority will receive $10,836 of nearly $200,000 in Housing and Urban Development dollars for rental assistance provided to families. Seven state agencies are part of nearly 600 nationwide to receive $150 million in funding through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program because they had additional leasing or experienced other unforeseen circumstances […]