Hull Street bids less than expected

The city of Clovis received six bids for the construction of the Hull Street Bridge and all were less than the projected amount of $5.8 million. At Thursday’s City Commission meeting, City Manager Joe Thomas is expected to recommend the lowest bid of $3.3 million be awarded to Hamon Contractors of Denver.

Harden projected to take state Senate seat

CNJ staff Clint Harden is poised to return to the state Senate in an otherwise slow night for Curry County representation. As of 9:15 p.m., state election totals show Harden winning 73.7 percent of the vote over Eagles Nest teacher Jeff Carr. Vote totals are 5,033 to 1,795 in favor of Harden. Harden’s win would […]

AgSense: Need will grow for more forage crops to meet demand for ethanol

By Leonard Lauriault: Guest columnist Federal expectations are to provide for 38 percent of ethanol needs from cellulosic sources, such as crop residue, wood, specialty crops, like kenaf, and traditional forage crops without interfering with projected food and fiber needs. Crop residue is not viable because removing greater than 25 percent is detrimental to soil […]

Federal report: Cannon projections optimistic

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office indicates personnel and plane numbers for Cannon Air Force Base’s Special Operations mission may not be as high as military officials originally predicted. But local officials, as well as the state’s Congressional delegation, said there’s nothing problematic for Cannon […]

Official: Hospital bouncing back

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Tight budgeting and slow growth of competition has brought the Plains Regional Medical Center back in black, according to Hospital Administrator Hoyt Skabelund. The hospital cut 38 positions on Oct. 25 of last year because of lost revenue and further revenue loss anticipated from the Clovis Surgery Center, which […]

Failed spending cuts signal loss of realism

Freedom Newspapers The fading dream that this Congress might ever rise to a level of modest responsibility on spending took a big hit Thursday. House leaders were forced to pull a budget reconciliation bill that would have cut spending over the next five years by about $53.9 billion — a drop in the fiscal bucket. […]

Census Bureau projects growth slowdown

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — New Mexico faces a potential shock if the Census Bureau’s crystal ball proves accurate about population growth over the next three decades. The federal agency projects a dramatic slowdown in the rate of growth in New Mexico’s population between 2000 and 2030. According to projections released last week, […]

Clovis City Commission to discuss budget today

Staff reports The Clovis City Commission will hold a budget hearing beginning at 9 a.m. today in the assembly room at city hall. Finance Director Don Clifton said the meeting is to discuss and plan the 2004-05 fiscal year budget, which projects revenue of $47 million and $53 million in expenses. Clifton said that’s been […]

Future reserves among county budget concerns

By Jack King Curry County commissoners will meet at 9 a.m. this morning in commissioners’ chambers in the Curry County Courthouse to consider a draft budget for fiscal year 2003-2004. Commissioners are dealing with an estimated shortfall of $318,745. County Manager Geneva Cooper said, under the proposed budget, the county will end next year with […]