Making every penny count

Mike Linn With members of the Curry County United Way hoping to raise at least 9 percent above last year’s sum, this year’s success may depend on donations as small as a penny — literally. To help meet a $392,500 goal, Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall is spearheading a friendly competition among teachers and students […]

Officers receive wanted pay hike

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis city commissioners gave a group of police officers the pay raise they were excluded from in June. But with that raise came some harsh words for the roughly 35 officers who signed a petition to form a union. The commission approved the pay raise by a 7-1 vote, […]

Drill team member raising money (reporter’s notebook)

Lola Barrows, a 14-year-old member of the Gattis Junior High drill team, is selling candles to raise money for a trip to New York City where she is slated to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “I’m looking forward to being in some place big and some place new,” Barrows said. “I’ve only raised […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]

Record breaking 65 teams sign up for Relay for Life

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Kay Prater is a statistical rarity: A survivor of two different types of cancer. That’s one reason why she is serving as one of two co-chairs for the 2004 Relay for Life, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and run until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ned Houk […]

Small church seeks community help for repairs

Reporter’s notebook One of the smallest churches in Clovis had to cancel services over the winter and is seeking community help to raise $2,000 needed for repairs. According to Elder R.D. Wesson, pastor of the By the New and Living Way Church of God in Christ at 121 Thornton, the church’s central heating unit cannot […]

Congressman could raise up to $10,000 for Matt. 25

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A student group at Clovis High School is bringing a U.S. Congressman to Clovis to help raise money for the Matt. 25 ministry center. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, led by organizational president Jordan Strebeck, is selling $25 tickets to an April 23 dinner at which Rep. Steve […]

Think about all new fees, taxes before you vote

This Tuesday’s election in Clovis is not one registered voters should miss. Too many tax dollars are at stake, plus the makeup of the next city commission and the mayor will be decided. Besides deciding contested and unopposed races, city voters also will determine whether to impose a new quarter-percent gross-receipts tax on goods anyone […]

Prince Street traffic due to old system

Letters to the Editor I read in Wednesday’s paper that citations were issued by Clovis police to many motorists that blocked the intersection of Prince and Commerce Way. This has been a problem for quite some time. Could it possibly be that the traffic system in Clovis is outdated? It seems there is quite an […]

Economy not cause of job losses

The more I hear about our “bad economy” and the loss of jobs in this country, the more sick to my stomach I become. What Americans should realize is that a good portion of job loss in this country is likely the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted by our former president […]

Big problem with pay raise is timing

C lovis faces a few financial challenges this year – along with a monkey wrench its commissioners created. Among the city’s priorities are staff raises, particularly police and firefighters seeking wage hikes they say better meet what other cities and agencies pay. Then there’s a proposed pipeline to pump water from Ute Lake near Logan […]

Some reactions to pay raise based on untruths

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: Clovis city commissioners on Jan. 8 voted 5-3 to raise salaries for commissioners and the mayor by $2,000 each. I normally don’t respond to letters to the editor, but after reading those from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez (Jan. 8 CNJ), I feel I have to respond. I respect […]

Readers react to city commission pay increase

Project reader reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis’ city commissioners recently voting themselves a 29 percent pay raise and whether that action might impact the March 2 vote on a proposed sales-tax increase. Some responses: “The representatives in the early republic were essentially men of independent means who would go to […]

Pay raise only fair for city commissioners

Gordon Smith In response to Friday’s letters to the editor from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez: First thank you for noticing what goes on in your city. The vast majority of the population doesn’t notice. Both letters question the reasoning behind the recent pay increase for city commissioners, and I would relish the opportunity to […]

City officials’ pay raise was unjustified

On Jan. 8, our city officials voted themselves an exorbitant 29 percent pay raise while asking for tax increases to fund important projects. This is unconscionable. The Ute water project is looming on the horizon, as is increased compensation for deserving city workers including the police and fire departments, emergency response personnel, and many other […]

Moon to stay in box to raise money for Make-A-Wish

CNJ News Staff Duffy Moon, half of the Mix 107.5 morning team Rooney and Moon, said last week in a news release that he plans to be raised 30 feet above Clovis in a 4-by-8-foot metal box until the radio station raises $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The official “raising” will take place at 7:20 […]

United Way: 2003 goal is $375,000

By Eric Butler Curry County United Way officials are looking to raise about 20 percent more money than a year ago. “It’s an aggressive goal, but we need to let the community know that this is the bare minimum that we need to raise,” Director Erinn Burch said. “Our groups took a hit three years […]

County tax issue goes down by more than 500 votes

Jack King Fifty-seven percent of Curry County voters on Tuesday rejected a request by the county commission to raise gross receipts taxes by one-eighths of one percent. The vote was 2,371 against, and 1,807 for. County Commissioner Pete Hulder, who opposed the gross receipts tax increase from the beginning, said the voters have spoken. “I […]

Clovis residents favor better pay for cops

Clovis residents have been informed there are not enough police officers on staff and this shortage could result in an escalated crime rate. At a recent city commission meeting, Commissioner Kevin Duncan suggested property taxes be increased to help pay for raises for existing officers and to hire new recruits. I am in favor of […]

Cyclists raise money, awareness

By Mike Linn Jane, a fictional character in the form of a puppet, said she had Down syndrome and was a slow learner. She said she wasn’t like others because she had an extra chromosome. She also said with practice she can do many things ordinary people can — and she proved she can do […]