Two county capital projects vetoed

Staff and wire reports Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed $105,000 in projects from Curry County’s capital outlay request totaling $960,000. The biggest cut by Martinez on Wednesday was $100,000 requested to help pay for county road improvements. She also vetoed a $5,000 request for a sign at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center in Clovis. Projects in […]

Official: Upcoming projects may eliminate energy farm stumbling blocks

Thomas Garcia The chairman of a local renewable energy landowner association said projects are under way that would eliminate the stumbling block for wind energy farms in eastern New Mexico — transferring the electricity to national markets. Representatives for these projects spoke at the third annual Coalition of Renewable Energy Landowner Associations meeting Saturday in […]

Gifts cheap, words cheaper

Wendel Sloan While recently cruising Dallas projects for Christmas presents, I saw a handwritten Goodwill sign: “1/2 Off Sale!” Although Salvation Army stores are more within my budget, I figured that the sale might allow me to splurge. After entering past burglar bars, I fought my way through Texas politicians’ worst nightmares grabbing mariachi cassettes, […]

Education column: Construction projects beginning

“Nothing without joy!” exclaimed Shelly Norris, principal at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, reiterating the school’s motto during an opening speech at the groundbreaking ceremony held this week. Construction is about to begin on Bella Vista’s new additions, including the multi-purpose/performing arts center building, a highly anticipated new addition. With all of the arts-infused […]

Some Cannon construction projects nearing end

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and should be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and measures 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircraft. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been under […]

Dimensional canvases featured on show

Information on making dimensional canvases and using stabilizers in sewing projects will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Theresa Cifali, mixed media artist and owner of The Altered Canvas, will show how to make dimensional canvases using a gel medium and heavy bodied acrylic paint. By adding […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Bill contains money for Cannon projects

CNJ staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being identified […]

Letters to the editor: New course betters life in Clovis

New course betters life in Clovis Regarding negative comments about the new city golf course: What I understood is the money was already there to be spent on just parks and recreation projects. So I’m not sure where it would be wasted unless we didn’t use it to improve our way of life in Clovis. […]

Major school construction projects on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new special education building at Marshall Middle School will be state-of-the art, said Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Joel Shirley, and will be surrounded by an Americans with Disabilities Act compliant courtyard. Liliana Castillo Each summer is busy for the operations side of Clovis Municipal Schools. But […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Area communities receive block grants

By Kevin Wilson and Sharna Johnson This week five communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties got the more than $2 million boost they need to complete important projects. State community development block grants were awarded Tuesday during an allocation council meeting. Of 11 communities in Eastern New Mexico that applied, Curry and Roosevelt counties were […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Report: Stalled projects costing jobs, revenue

Staff and wire reports A canceled Clovis ethanol plant is among five stalled New Mexico energy projects cited as costing the state jobs and revenue in a national report released Thursday. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a handful of stalled energy projects are costing New Mexico billions of dollars of investment and thousands of […]

Greek cooking featured on show

Information on Greek cooking, craft projects and cooking onions will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Aris Kefalogiannis is the CEO of Gaea Products in Athens, Greece. He’s going to show the Greek style of serving baked potatoes. The secret ingredients are sea salt, Greek yogurt, Gaea […]

Education column: School funds go to much-needed projects

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy People sometimes wonder what happens to the dollars that go into our schools. Lots of wonderful things are accomplished throughout the school year and during the summer. School improvements are ongoing, from year to year, but recent bonds are allowing us do some of the much-needed projects that have been waiting for the […]

Salvation Army reports donation increase

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FNM file photo David Garza of Clovis been a bell ringer for the last five years and said he enjoys doing it and helping people. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive raised $15,000 more than last year. Liliana Castillo The Salvation Army wrapped up 2010 Christmas projects with its most successful campaign in the last […]

State engineer: Ute water pipeline critical

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales Mayor Sharon King, left, and Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield listen to a speaker at the Ute Pipeline news conference Thursday at the Yam theater. They, Congressional aides and water experts talked about the urgent need for federal money for the pipeline. Argen Duncan The proposed $500 million Ute Pipeline […]

Region going green with proposed renewable energy projects

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CNJ staff photo: Alisa Boswell Workers from Sacred Power of Albuquerque put together solar panels on the roof of Lindsey Steiner Elementary School in Portales. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico is going green with several new projects planned in Clovis and Portales to take advantage or solar and wind energy. Eastern New Mexico has been […]

Block grant meeting kept short

CNJ staff The City of Clovis held a quick public meeting for information on the Community Development Block Grant process. Just one member of the public, Michael Sena of Clovis, attended. Burroughes spent the 15 minutes of meeting describing the CDBG process and answering related questions from Sena. The process allows state entities to apply […]