Apartment residents find windows bashed

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This blue Chevrolet is one of at least 10 vehicles parked at the Clovis Apartments that were vandalized early Saturday morning. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Residents of Clovis Apartments awoke early Saturday morning to find that windows in at least 10 vehicles had been shattered. Resident Jackie Brown, a retired […]

Commission votes to contest proposed water rate hike

By Rayn Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted unanimously Thursday to intervene on a proposed rate hike by New Mexico American Water Company. The local water provider filed a rate increase request May 24 with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. If approved, water rates for Clovis residents would raise by an […]

Cannon trying to save water

By David Arkin/Correspondent Southwest landscaping is helping Cannon Air Force Base conserve water. Base officials say they’re concerned about future water supplies like everyone else. Ken Cable, operations flight deputy commander at Cannon, said base officials are trying to put plans together for the outside of their main buildings that include southwest landscaping, or xeriscaping. […]

Water company proposing rate hike for Clovis

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Officials with the local water company plan to increase water rates by an average of almost 19 percent for Clovis residents within the next seven months. New Mexico American Water Company Vice President Kathy Wright said reasons for the proposed increase — between 7 and 27 percent depending on […]

Sex scandal hits Buena Vista nursing home

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A state-appointed volunteer, charged with reporting on the condition of Clovis’ Buena Vista nursing home, solicited sexual favors from nursing home employees, the nursing home’s owner has alleged. A state official said this week she did not know about the allegations, but said the volunteer’s reports played only […]

Officials: Water conservation working

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis residents have been conservative with their water use since mid-June, when city officials set voluntary guidelines for “non-essential use.” Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said residents being frugal with their water and a recent surge of timely rainfall are keeping area water […]

Buena Vista patients moving

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor State officials plan to relocate residents of a Clovis nursing home within 30 days, claiming the health care facility poses health concerns for its occupants. Wednesday’s decision to move all 19 residents of Buena Vista Nursing Home came after a recent barrage of heavy rainfall compounded existing problems with […]

City asking residents to conserve water

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor A scorching summer heat and lack of precipitation prompted city officials and New Mexico American Water personnel on Tuesday to ask Clovis residents to be frugal with their water. Kathy Wright, vice president and manager of New Mexico American Water, said water wells that feed kitchen sinks, shower heads […]

Administrator says new state guidelines will place burden on staff, housing

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The administrator of a Clovis senior care center says a decision to relicense the facility by the state’s health department will create serious staffing and housing-cost issues. Mary Weigl, who oversees the Senior Citizen Resident Center, said the health department will no longer license the center as an independent living […]

Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]

Doctor’s defense of nursing home poor

Michelle Grisham: Guest columnist Regarding the article headlined, “Nursing home owner tells his side of story” published May 9: It appears rumors have spread through the Buena Vista Nursing Home about the consequences to its residents if the facility is placed under state receivership, as recommended by the Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s ombudsman program. […]

Nursing home owner tells his side of story

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When Dr. Ali Ghaffari and his wife moved to Clovis in 1985, starting a facility to help older people was among their goals. “I like helping people,” Ghaffari said. “Me and my wife are both in the medical field; she is a pharmacist, I am a physician. This […]

State may take over nursing home; owner shocked

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis nursing home could be taken over by the state if regulators prove in court that deficiencies at the facility place its more than 30 residents in “immediate jeopardy.” State regulators called a press conference in Santa Fe Thursday to announce that Buena Vista Nursing Home in Clovis is one […]

Study suggests Ute project may cost more than residents willing to pay

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A 2003 U.S. Bureau of Reclamation economic analysis estimates the Ute Water Project could cost more than residents in many communities would be willing to pay. The study — written in May 2003 by Steven Piper, a BOR resource economist, for use in the project’s conceptual design — states […]

Emergency management officials: Residents must stay informed

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base and the Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management use different systems to report severe weather — and residents should be aware of it to avoid confusion, officials of the two entities said Friday. The Clovis-Curry County Office of Emergency Management relies on the National Weather […]

Clovis residents win art awards

Reporter’s Notebook Three Clovis residents won awards at the Eastern New Mexico University 2004 Student Juried Exhibition held Jan. 25-Feb.6. James Estoque won first place for Graphic Design and Motion Graphics. He will graduate this year. Michael Guastaferro won first place for Drawing and Painting and Sandra Reynolds won first place for Photography. Haig David-West, […]

Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Clovis mayoral race is on

By Jack King In the race for Clovis mayor, incumbent David Lansford points to what he calls a record of accomplishment. His opponents say they would work to make city government more open and sensitive to the needs of the average people. Here is a capsule look at each candidate. The election is scheduled March […]

Pipeline cost could increase before completion

By Mike Linn PORTALES — With almost $300 million in taxpayer money sought to fund the Ute Pipeline Project, organizers say public information regarding the intricacies of an increasingly complex plan is essential. Consequently, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority formed a four-member public information committee at Wednesday’s monthly meeting in Portales. “This program […]

Portales residents voice water concerns on TV

By Mike Linn PORTALES — Water may be a simple mixture of hydrogen and oxygen, but attaining the vital substance — at least for long-term use in eastern New Mexico — can be costly and complicated. Such themes surfaced time and again during KENW-TV’s broadcast of “Just Add Water: Facing New Mexico’s Water Issues,” on […]