Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Sharna Johnson Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, “parted ways” with EPCOG. Williams […]

Police: Former Clovis chief victim of extortion plot

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, threatening to ruin […]

Raymond Mondragon’s appointment to Economic Development Commission confirmed

CNJ staff A state Senate committee has confirmed the appointment of Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon to the state’s Economic Development Commission. Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Mondragon to serve on the nine-member committee, according to a press release. The Commission advises the Economic Development Department on policy matters and helps create the state’s five-year economic development plan, […]

Richardson appoints Ray Mondragon to State Economic Development Commission

CNJ Staff Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Raymond Mondragon to the Economic Development State Commission. Mondragon was appointed last month, according to a spokeswoman at the governor’s office. Mondragon, the director of economic development/government relations at ENMR Plateau, replaces George Munoz who resigned from the position after winning a seat in the state senate in November. […]

Mondragon recognized for economic development

CNJ staff The New Mexico Industrial Development Executives have awarded Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon the 2008 Dallan Sanders Award for excellence in economic development. The award, given in honor of Dallan Sanders of Portales, recognizes a person with a direct connection to rural economic development in New Mexico. Mondragon, director of economic development and government relations […]

Time capsule sealed away

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Mayor David Lansford locks the time capsule Friday while 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Timothy Leahy looks on. The capsule, entombed at Clovis-Carver Public Library, will be opened in 2057, City officials said. By Liliana Castillo The Clovis Centennial Committee placed a time capsule in a vault in the Clovis-Carver […]

Mondragon receives award for service

CNJ Staff Raymond Mondragón of Clovis has received the Bronze Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Mondragón is chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership and director of area economic development for ENMR-Plateau. “In January 2002, I called […]

Centennial banquet held on rails

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Leo Delaloye, a BNSF Railway chef, prepares a cheese tray Friday in the railway’s Red River car. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer It’s been an adventurous month for Leo Delaloye, a chef with 17 years experience from Kansas. He has spent his time cooking in a kitchen zooming by […]

Secretary setting sights on rural areas

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragon, left, is briefed Wednesday morning by ENMR-Plateau Chief Executive Officer Tom Phelps about operations in this region. Mondragon spoke Wednesday to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bringing business to rural cities is the goal of the New Mexico […]

CCC candidate profiles

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Position 1 Candidate: Gayla Brumfield Occupation: Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate broker and owner Experience: Brumfield has been a Clovis Community College Trustee since 2005. She helped establish the CCC Cultural Arts Committee and served on the CCC Foundation, a group that distributes scholarships and purchases art for the […]

CCC candidate forum Q&A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following is a summary of the Q&A portion of Tuesday’s forum. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity. Candidate answers were limited to one minute. The election is March 6. Early voting runs weekdays through March 2 and is held from 8 a.m. […]

Former city manager named to state post

CNJ Staff Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon was appointed Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership on Monday by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to a press release from Richardson’s office. The Partnership works with the New Mexico Economic Development Department to generate economic growth by attracting businesses to the state, the release reads. The public-private nonprofit […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Candidates compete for college board

Compiled by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Let the race begin. Clovis Community College Board of Trustees candidates registered Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Vying for Position 1 are Dr. Ken Merritt, Gayla Brumfield and Warren David Woodward, and Position 4, Charles Guthals and Raymond Mondragon. The election will be March 6. The candidates […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe holding fund-raising fiesta

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Sally Romero of Clovis hangs decorations Thursday for the Fiesta weekend celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The annual fund-raiser begins tonight with a dinner and variety show. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot across from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was abuzz with activity […]

Mondragon, Jose “Adan”

Jose “Adan” Mondragon, 62, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 29, 1943, in Clovis to Conrado and Juanita Cordova Mondragon. He married Lucy Baca on Oct. 20, 1972, in Clovis. He was a foreman at Clovis Steam Laundry. He was a member of Our […]

Mondragon, Maria E.

Maria Elena Mondragon, 86, of Albuquerque, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at her home. She was born on April 28, 1919, in Pintada, to Lorenzo and Carolina Cordova Garcia. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She came to Clovis in 1940. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former band member travels with drum corps

Chris Mondragon marches to the beat of some of the best drummers in the country. The former Clovis High School band trombone player auditioned for Drum Corps International last December and was chosen to tour with the prestigious group over the summer. Drum Corps International is a non-profit organization serving junior drum and bugle corps […]