County releases salary records

By Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr […]

Rodeo arena cover subject of today’s county meeting

By Jack King Curry County commissioners will consider a proposal to cover the rodeo arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds, turning it into a county special events center, at today’s regular meeting. The commission will meet in commission chambers in the Curry County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Commissioners have been considering various plans for a […]

Curry County continues history of secrecy

David Stevens Welcome to Curry County, where Big Brother rules. It isn’t a motto the chamber of commerce would want to adopt, but the moniker is accurate for a community whose government bodies seem serious about closed-door meetings, hiding public documents and limiting or impeding the flow of information. Two weeks ago, I complained about […]

Hinkley: Least dangerous man on earth

Steve Chapman Forty years later, there are still unanswered questions about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But one is unanswered only because it has never been asked: If Lee Harvey Oswald were alive today, would we let him walk the streets a free man? The question hasn’t been considered because it seems preposterous to […]

City approves ‘inducement’ for cheese plant

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission on Thursday approved issuing $250 million in industrial development bonds as incentive for bringing Southwest Cheese Co. to Curry County. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission the bonds are “an inducement, not a commitment.” They put the property on which the cheese […]

City to consider industrial proposal

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission will consider a proposal to issue $250 million in industrial development bonds to defray the cost of Southwest Cheese Co. moving to Curry County. The bonds will be paid off by the company, through revenues from the project, and not by the city, according to commission documents. The commission […]

Water usage drops

By Jack King City residents appear to be listening. Following a request by city officials to conserve, water use in Clovis dropped significantly between Thursday and Saturday morning, said New Mexico-American Water Co. operations manager Jim Bonner. “If it keeps up at this rate, we’ll have our tanks filled in four or five days,” Bonner […]

Water needs to be conserved drop by drop

Don’t water your lawn every day. Don’t wash your car every weekend. Don’t use your dishwasher until it’s full. Save water whenever you can. Those are common-sense ideas to follow any day in the arid West, but they take on more urgency today. If we don’t follow them, we may have serious water shortages in […]

Board to seek fed money

By Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute […]

Commission to discuss investment committee

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission will consider a request by City Manager Ray Mondragon to make adjustments to the city’s investment committee and a request by a resident to extend a chain link fence into city right of way at its regular meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight in the Clovis-Carter Library North Annex. […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: n A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. n Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. […]