Commission terminates county manager’s contract

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday to terminate Dick Smith’s contract as county manager immediately. Smith submitted his notice of resignation last week, giving 60-days notice as required under contract. Commissioners had the option of terminating the contract sooner, which they did during Wednesday’s special meeting. “We’ve just chosen to […]

Weeds growing problem

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer This year’s abundant rainfall has made weeds abundant too, leading to a growing number of weed control violations. The number of violations in May was about triple that of May 2006: 356 compared with 118. By city ordinance, property owners must keep grass, weeds and similar plants below 12 […]

Some thoughts on a four-word discovery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The best discoveries we make in life are not about anything new; we make them when we finally “see” something that has long been much at work but hitherto unexamined and taken for granted — sort of like gravity.   Unless we’re falling in the shower, gravity is the […]

Cannon impact study released for public review

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A draft of an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the effect of Cannon Air Force Base’s switch in October to the 16th Special Operations Wing is available for public review at public libraries in Clovis, Portales and Fort Sumner, according to base officials. Residents are welcome to view the […]

Permit process delayed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The location of a proposed ethanol plant in Clovis was unclear in a public notice, temporarily halting the approval process for the plant, according to a New Mexico Environment Department spokeswoman. The proposed ethanol facility is to be located along U.S. 60/84, approximately two-tenths of a mile from city […]

Local spent time as captive of Germans in WWI

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Fred M. Davis received a notice from the Curry County draft board on Oct. 17, 1917. He was to go to Camp Funston, Kan., for induction. One of his orders, in handwriting on the notice, was to “bring an easy pair of shoes.” The data herein was researched by Juanita […]

City backs off on sprinkler use

By Jack King Because water storage tanks that serve the city are low, the city of Clovis has suspended the use of sprinkler systems in all city parks and the municipal golf course, Assistant City Manager Joe Thomas said Wednesday. Use of the sprinkler systems will be suspended until further notice, although the city does […]