Citizens request splash pad delay

Kevin Wilson A group of citizens requested city commissioners hold off on a plan to convert the long-unused Hillcrest Park Pool into a splash pad. But commissioners were adamant they’d already dove in headfirst. More than an hour of conversation took place regarding the pool’s recreation as a splash pad, one part of the city’s […]

Pet projects leave troops ill-prepared

Freedom New Mexico This country would be much safer, with its core national interests better served, if the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan were ended immediately. While U.S troops are in the field, however, it is difficult to express just how utterly unconscionable it is for Congress to divert money requested for fuel, ammunition […]

State moving closer to repealing death penalty

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican New Mexico for centuries has been reluctant to execute criminals, even though the state has had some form of capital punishment law on its books for virtually all of its history since the Spanish colonial era. Even during the blazing days of the Wild West, judges routinely requested Territorial […]

FY09 Omnibus bill headed to president with $44 million in Udall requested investments

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today praised the long-overdue Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill, saying the legislation includes $44 million to support important project investments he requested to benefit New Mexico. The bill is now headed to the president’s desk to be signed. “This legislation includes essential funding for investments […]

ENMU Athletic Director Requests Reassignment

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Alcohol waiver requested for Portales festival

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Portales City Council is considering approval of a resolution that will allow a downtown Beer and Nut festival. The topic was discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and will come back at the Oct. 7 meeting in the form of a resolution. The MainStreet Program requested […]

Sheriff voices departmental desires to commission

Compiled by Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray outlined his department’s wish list at Wednesday’s Curry County Commission meeting, which included two patrol units, personal safety equipment and salary increases. Murray, who was elected sheriff in November and took office this month, said the department has 10 patrol units for 12 […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be divided […]

Domenici requests funds for Cannon military construction

CNJ staff WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-NM, requested $15.2 million Monday to support military construction needs at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. Domenici is requesting the funding be included in the fiscal year 2006 Military Construction Appropriations Bill that the committee will develop this spring and summer. The Senator is […]

Judge postpones mansalaughter sentencing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A district judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a Clovis man convicted of voluntary manslaughter, saying he needed a diagnostic evaluation of the defendant before making his decision. District Judge Joe Parker said he would like to learn specific anger issues that affect James Rogers, 43, of Clovis. […]

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 […]

City seeks to improve with plan

By Jack King The city of Clovis solicited comments from city residents and outside agencies for its infrastructure capital improvements plan for the first time this year at the urging of City Commissioner Catherine Haynes. The plan is a list of projects — usually city equipment, street or public works improvements — for which the […]