High Plains Patriots hosting candidate forum

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots are hosting a forum to meet candidates in the March 6 Clovis municipal election. The forum is 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Master’s Center. Patriots spokesperson Diane Davis said all candidates for the city commission and mayoral races are invited and the meeting is open to the public.

Year in review: Tax dollars in spotlight

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File photo Renovations on the Hotel Clovis began in October. The $12.8 million project is expected to to completed by December 2012. Political conservatives calling themselves High Plains Patriots forced two elections hoping to overrule city of Clovis spending plans. One failed — the city was allowed to implement a tax hike to help fund […]

High Plains Patriots threaten city with lawsuit over Hotel Clovis sign

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. The High Plains Patriots, a group opposing the plan, has threatened the city with a lawsuit if it does not take down the […]

Weekly update — June 26

Absentee ballots available for Aug. 2 election Tuesday is the first day voters can request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 city election on the affordable housing plan. It was approved by the city commission May 5 in a 6-1 vote, but forced into a referendum election through petitions filed by the High Plains […]

Patriots submit petition signatures to city

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon numbers petitions filed Monday by the High Plains Patriots. If 456 signatures are verified, the petitions will force a special election for an area Affordable Housing Plan. Melancon said verification should be complete by Wednesday. Kevin Wilson The High Plains Patriots Citizens group turned in […]

Patriots: Enough signatures to force election

A spokesperson for the High Plains Patriots said Saturday they had verified enough petition signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. Kim Runyan, president of the citizens group, said 496 signatures from registered Clovis voters had been verified, with a few more hours left to go Saturday night. That’s 40 […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

Apathy, not obstruction to blame

The High Plains Patriots are in the process of getting petition signatures to require a referendum election on the Clovis City Commission’s May 5 vote to approve an affordable housing plan. The petition came less than a week after citizens upheld a gross receipts tax increase — also in a referendum election forced by the […]

High Plains Patriots have counter effect

Freedom New Mexico When citizens rise up to fight city hall we usually applaud the effort. Not this time, however. It smells like sour grapes. And it hints at a never-ending war between elected city leaders and a few hundred disgruntled citizens who, every time they dislike a vote, could try to disrupt community business […]

City GRT proposal not necessary

Water is the lifeblood of civilization, and something that is in short supply in eastern New Mexico. It should go without saying that most members of the High Plains Patriots (a local tea party group) are in favor of securing a renewable water source for our community. This fact has somehow been distorted in the […]

Tax ordinance to go to vote

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the city verified enough signatures to force a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. The election would be May 3, pending city commission approval. Kevin Wilson An ordinance approved by the Clovis City Commission to raise gross receipts taxes will now […]

Group: Tax petition has two thirds of necessary signatures

Kevin Wilson A little more than one week into their efforts, the High Plains Patriots appear roughly two thirds of the way into forcing a special election on a .25 percent gross receipts tax increase. “We have somewhere around 300 (signatures), is what I’ve gotten from people we’ve talked to over the weekend,” High Plains […]

Gross receipts tax petition circulating

Kevin Wilson The countdown has begun for a citizens group to put a gross receipts tax hike to a public vote. The High Plains Patriots have circulated a petition throughout Clovis stating, “The undersigned registered voters of the City of Clovis ask that a special election be conducted on the adoption or rejection of the […]

Lieutenant governor candidates display few differences

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kent Cravens, left, answers a question while Brian Moore, center, and John Sanchez look on during Thursday’s Republican lieutenant governor forum at the Master’s Center. About 70 people attended the hour-long forum. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The three lieutenant governor candidates who visited Clovis Thursday had little differentiation […]

Republican lieutenant governor candidates participating in forum

CNJ staff All three Republican candidates for lieutenant governor are participating in a forum Thursday in Clovis organized by the High Plains Patriots. President Kim Runyan said candidates John Sanchez, Kent Cravens and Brian Moore will be at the organization’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Masters Centre conference room. A candidate forum will follow the […]

More than 200 attend Clovis TEA rally

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fannie Brown of Clovis said she attended the Taxed Enough Already rally Thursday because “I want to see a change in American government. The government should work for the people. The people shouldn’t work for it.” CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots hosted a Taxed Enough Already rally in front […]

Giants upset Patriots

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Except maybe Eli Manning. A masterful magician when the stakes were highest, Manning engineered one of the best drives in Super Bowl history Sunday to help the New York Giants squash the New England Patriots’ run at history-making perfection with a 17-14 victory. In a game, and […]

She’s rooting for Patriots … to lose

Cathy Olona is looking forward to Feb. 3. “I am going to watch the Super Bowl,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I always do, and I will be cheering for the Patriots to take a fall. “The commercials are a big draw as well.” • • • Clovis’ Mac McDonald on the nation’s economy: “I […]

Ex-CHS standout Pinckney transfers to Dallas Baptist

CNJ staff DALLAS — Justin Pinckney, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, has transferred from Abilene Christian to Dallas Baptist this year and will be a part of the Patriots’ inaugural basketball season. Pinckney spent two years at Abilene Christian and will be a redshirt sophomore this season. In 2005-06, he played in 20 games and […]

America’s leaders brought their team to victory

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist “Any resemblance in persons living or dead in the following story is purely on purpose,” said Mark Morris, Clovis High School sports editor of the Purple Press back in 1976. “The spirit of ’76 is now upon us in shades of red, white, and blue, and everywhere one looks, Ben Franklin, […]