Decision due soon on proposed racino

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The decision is due Monday. All Quay County can do now is wait for members of the New Mexico Racing Commission to decide which of three proposals it will choose for the site of New Mexico’s sixth racetrack and casino. Raton and Santa Fe have also submitted proposals. Commissioners […]

Proposed ordinance deemed too vague by residents

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for middle ground on a proposed county nuisance ordinance continues. While most agreed something needs to be done to clean up unsightly properties, the majority of Curry County residents who spoke at Tuesday’s county commission meeting said there are problems with the latest proposed nuisance ordinance. More […]

Proposed nuisance ordinance concerns dairy owners

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Action on a proposed nuisance ordinance for Curry County is being placed on hold pending some “tweaking” to ensure fairness to dairy, agriculture and business entities. County Manager Lance Pyle said in the last two weeks he has received letters and phone calls from ranchers, farmers, dairy owners and […]

Residents voice opinions on proposed racino

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Residents turn out to show support for proposed ‘racin

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Melanie Jones, 8, of Tucumcari rode 8-year-old Burro, ‘Jack Rabbit,’ during a tailgate party, which preceded a racing commission hearing. The mule’s owner, Jack Smith, right, said a racetrack and casino would bring much needed revenue to Tucumcari. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer TUCUMCARI — Dressed in race-horse attire, […]

Don’t forget the taxpayers

While most of the money needed to build and operate a proposed racetrack and casino in Tucumcari will come from private investors, Quay County taxpayers have not been forgotten.

Proposed voting rights should be reciprocated

Freedom New Mexico According to National Public Radio, Europe has seen rising interest in something many Americans can’t or won’t take the time to do — voting for president. It seems commentators in England and other countries see their continent’s fortunes inextricably tied to ours. By their reasoning, the residents of other nations deserve to […]

Neighborhood watch program unnecessary

Freedom New Mexico The capital city is facing a wave of violence that calls for drastic measures. The government has proposed a radical change in tactics, a “surge” if you will, to control it: Entire neighborhoods will be sealed off and designated as “Neighborhood Safety Zones,” patrolled by armed officers who will have the authority […]

Turf plans shelved

By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer A proposed artificial turf for Leon Williams Stadium will have to wait. The Clovis Board of Education tabled indefinitely a decision to install an artificial turf on Clovis High School’s football field during Tuesday’s visitation meeting at the Bella Vista Arts Academy. The school district would use money from […]

Proposed trade agreement met with opposition

Freedom New Mexico It’s sad, really. For most of the last century, the Democratic Party, as the most significant advocate of an internationalist perspective in American politics, understood that promoting international trade was a key aspect of being an internationally oriented world power that valued multilateral relations. With its latest action on a proposed trade […]

Residents say proposed county ordinance becoming a nuisance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Margaret Dindinger wanted was to make Curry County a little more attractive. She said she never imagined her petition to clean up the highway entrances to the county would snowball into nuisance ordinance proposals that have divided residents. On one side are residents who want their neighbors to […]

CCC Board of Trustees approves architect contract

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved hiring an architect to design the proposed Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center on Main Street. Board members approved a $48,000 contract with Albuquerque architectural firm Van H. Gilbert Architect PC. “It will provide a main venue for our […]

Fish farm officials ready to dive in

Gabriel Monte The state has approved the permits needed to operate a proposed fish farm in south Clovis, according to Mike Sloane of the New Mexico Game and Fish Chief of Fisheries. AquaRanch president Garth Watson said Thursday that work to continue the conversion of the former Frozfruit plant off Brady Street into a $4 […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ConAgra withdrew its plans to build an ethanol plant near Peavey Grain Elevators located on highway U.S. 60/84 west of Clovis. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an […]

Lawmakers must be fed

One of the first bills New Mexico lawmakers pass each year is the “feed bill,” which allocates funds for the legislative session. This year, they’ve proposed almost $5 million for 30 days. Those fees include $144 per day per lawmaker for expenses. New Mexico legislators are not otherwise paid for their work, but that could […]

Cannon addresses “Air Force Roadmap”

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – The Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, released today the Air Force’s weapon system “roadmap,” a long-term plan for providing the Air Force the capabilities needed in the 21st century to meet threats to the Nation’s security. General Moseley’s roadmap outlines where future advanced […]

Number of elderly, disabled facilities growing in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Construction continues Thursday on the Wheatfields Senior Living Community on North Prince Street. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis looks like prime real estate for developers hoping to build living facilities for senior citizens and the disabled. Six housing development projects for the elderly and the disabled have either […]

$10 million Hotel Clovis plan proposed

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The city and Clovis MainStreet would seek grants to cover their costs of $1 million, according to Clovis MainStreet’s vice president, Lisa Dunagan. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Hotel Clovis may become a home for seniors under a $10 million plan proposed by Clovis MainStreet. The Clovis City Commission […]

Clovis water-rate decision delayed again

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Public Regulation Commission has again postponed a decision on the proposed water rate hike in Clovis and Edgewood for New Mexico American Water, according to a PRC news release. District 1 Commissioner Jason Marks discovered an accounting error in documentation overstating the utility’s tax costs for Edgewood, the […]

Local officials ready to assist Air Force Special Ops, adapt to changes

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Ronnie Birdsong, vice president for Student Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, speaks Tuesday in the public comment portion of the Air Force public hearing. The meeting was held at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico civic leaders expressed support Tuesday for proposed tenants […]