Street fund shows biggest increase in preliminary city budget

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, during its May 26 meeting, approved a preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, totaling $42.22 million A quick look at the budget, which was due to the state’s department of finance and administration before June: What’s the difference between the last two budgets? The preliminary 2010-11 budget was […]

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Band takes top honors at Zia competition

CNJ staff The Clovis High band pulled an encore Saturday in Albuquerque, winning top honors at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta at the University of New Mexico. The band won the state championship and the grand championship in the 32-band field from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado. Coupled with Tournament of the Bands last weekend […]

Suffocation ruled out in child’s death

By CNJ Staff Preliminary autopsy findings indicate a 2 year-old girl who died Sunday did not suffocate as police initially thought. “There were no indications of suffocation or any means of a physical foul play to have caused her death,” said Clovis police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Medical investigators were not able to reach a determination […]

County rejects revised budget, approves original preliminary plan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 3-2 majority had the Curry County Commission doing an about face Tuesday, rejecting a proposal to add 10 new detention officers at the jail and voting to approve County Manager Lance Pyle’s original preliminary $11 million budget with additional cuts. The vote came during a special meeting set […]

County budget sent back to make room for jail officers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners told County Manager Lance Pyle to reconfigure his proposed preliminary budget Tuesday and come back with the money to hire 10 new detention officers at the jail. Commissioners were expected to vote on both preliminary budget and jail issues at a meeting held at the Grady […]

Fiscal recovery still plagued by toxic assets

Freedom New Mexico There are signs that the financial system has stabilized somewhat, unemployment is not rising as quickly as it had been for a while, and there are preliminary signs of economic recovery. But the “toxic assets” — bad loans, mortgage-backed securities — that were to a great extent at the heart of the […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves preliminary budget

This is a supplemental report on Thursday’s Clovis City Commission at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: • The city approved a preliminary 2009-10 budget of $35.68 million. The state requires a preliminary budget be sent before June 1. Don Clifton, the city’s finance director, said the preliminary total leaves out many items, including grant programs and […]

Preliminary city budget includes new position

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission approved a $33.1 million preliminary budget for the 2009 fiscal year during a special meeting Tuesday at the Bert Cabiness Government Center. The budget includes $83,000 for an assistant city manager position. The assistant city manager position has been vacant and unfunded for three years, according to city officials. […]

Preliminary autopsy: Death ruled suicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 20-year-old Clovis man found hanging from a utility pole on Monday committed suicide, according to preliminary autopsy results. Family members said they do not believe Isaac Zarate intentionally killed himself, but may have suffered a concussion that contributed to his death. Zarate had been missing since Thursday morning […]