Officials make calls for open government

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Robin Fornoff An otherwise routine Curry County Commission meeting got startled by calls for more open government Tuesday from two top elected officials. It started with Commissioner Dan Stoddard, who accused County Manager Lance Pyle of trying to hide $7,200 in a cash payout for unused vacation time. Later while announcing her retirement effective April […]

Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health […]

Officials urge caution following rabies outbreak

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Veterinarian Jack Murphy soothes Buttercup after giving her a rabies vaccination at his office on Prince Street. Tonjia Rolan A rabies outbreak in Eddy County has state and local health officials across eastern New Mexico urging caution. While there are no confirmed cases in Curry or Roosevelt counties so far […]

Officials preparing for high-alert fire season

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CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Portales Firefighter Chay Chenault checks a fire truck’s water and fluids, a daily check to prepare for the day and very important during high-risk fire seasons. Christina Calloway Portales and Clovis fire departments are preparing for another high-alert fire season and officials want to make sure residents and farmers are […]

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Officials: Hotel Clovis work on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City officials said all indications point to the Hotel Clovis renovation being on schedule. Tierra Realty, the company converting the historic hotel into part of an apartment complex, has a deadline of Dec. 31 to finish the project to qualify for tax credits. CNJ staff Work on the renovation of […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Officials hope measure will keep Tres Amigas headquarters in state

Alisa Boswell State officials are pushing a new legislative bill that would change tax laws because they believe it will encourage Tres Amigas to build their headquarters in eastern New Mexico rather than west Texas. Tres Amigas is planning to build a power grid near Clovis that will connect North America’s two major power grids […]

Officials: Company could be up and running by April

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The former FrozFruit facility adjacent to the Clovis Industrial Park will soon be transitioned into the home for Beauty Health and Science Innovations, a product of a merger of two cosmetic companies. Officials hope for 120 to 150 jobs by the end of 2012 and 350 jobs within three years. […]

Officials: Tres Amigas groundbreaking set for July

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Benna Sayyed Groundbreaking for the Tres Amigas superstation that will serve as the nation’s first renewable energy market hub is expected in July, according to Tres Amigas officials. The new power facility to be built on 14,400 acres will be located northeast of Clovis, near the intersection of Hwy 209 and Curry County Rd. 31. […]

Graffiti concerns local officials

Kevin Wilson Members of the Clovis City Commission said they’re getting plenty of constituent phone calls about graffiti in the city, and are imploring citizens to say something if they see something. Public Works Director Clint Bunch addressed the city commission during its regular meeting Thursday, noting his staff of about 100 public works employees […]

Officials: School construction right on track

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Micah Howard, left, of Portales tests concrete samples for strength Wednesday at the construction site of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Lance Langan of Clovis tracks the results to see it the concrete is in compliance. This is the first stage of construction for the performing arts center and […]

Clovis scores below state average in A-F grading system trial

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received As for only two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

Area officials share new year goals

Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

Tres Amigas officials tout project’s possibilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Frank Barbera, director of reliability assurance for Tres Amigas, speaks on the future of the power superstation during a legislative luncheon Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. A groundbreaking is planned for the second quarter of 2012, with full operation by the end of 2014. Kevin Wilson Tres Amigas officials […]

Portales police deputy chief arrested (updated)

Freedom New Mexico Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry is accused of destroying traffic tickets issued to a woman and her boyfriend. The accusations are part of a 19-page affidavit filed Thursday in District Court after Berry was arrested and charged with three felony counts of tampering with public records. Berry, a 26-year career Portales […]

Officials offer winter driving advice

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Big Valley Auto Technician Ysidro Gonzales works under the hood of a truck in his shop. Big Valley Service Manager Billy Bagwell said as winter approaches, people need to take their cars in to be winterized. Alisa Boswell Blankets, a flashlight and some nonperishable foods are items drivers should always have […]

CIDC: Hundreds of jobs headed to Clovis (updated)

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Courtesy photo: Nick Mondragon Lee Malloy, president of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., spoke at Wedneday’s press conference about a beauty supply manufacturing facility being buiit in Clovis Benna Sayyed The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation on Wednesday recommended city commissioners approve a $3 million interest-free forgivable loan to a beauty supply manufacturing company that could create […]

Problems continue at jail

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Officials have cited poor construction of the facility, limitations in organizing inmates within the facility and overcrowding as ongoing reasons for the jail’s problems. By Kevin Wilson and David Stevens At least one Curry County jail employee has been placed on paid administrative leave and “more than one” appears to […]