State auditor calls for Patrick Lyons resignation at PRC (updated)

Robin Fornoff Two key state officials spent most of Thursday accusing each other of incompetence over an audit that charges the scandal-ridden Public Regulation Commission is corrupt from top to bottom. State Auditor Hector Balderas, a Democrat, set it off in the morning, calling on PRC chairman and Clovis native Patrick Lyons, a Republican, to […]

Clovis airport director taking state job

The director at the Clovis Municipal Airport is leaving for a state position. Steve Summers, who has been with the airport for 17 years, will become the new director of the State Aviation Division of the New Mexico Department of Transportation. His final day at the Clovis airport will be Nov. 25, and he will […]

Obama accepts McChrystal’s resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermined civilian control of the military and eroded trust on the president’s war team. Obama chose McChrystal’s immediate superior — Gen. David Petraeus — to take over the […]

Obama accepts McChrystal’s resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday, saying his scathing published remarks about administration officials undermined civilian control of the military and eroded trust on the president’s war team. Obama chose McChrystal’s immediate superior — Gen. David Petraeus — to take over the […]

School board member Lora Harlan resigns

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Harlan By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Longtime Clovis Municipal Schools board member Lora Harlan resigned Wednesday after 19 years on the board. Harlan, a former president, said in a letter to the board her resignation is effective May 28. Harlan, the representative for District Three, said she feels the process of choosing a superintendent […]

CMS superintendent will resign in June

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm resigned Wednesday effective June 30. Board of Education President Lora Harlan said this traditionally is the time of year when the superintendent’s contract is up for renewal. Seidenwurm signed a two-year, $138,700-a-year contract in June 2008. Harlan said Seidenwurm had indicated to the board as early as last summer […]

Aid to Pakistan might not do much good

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the only reassuring aspect about conditions in Pakistan after the resignation Monday of former President Pervez Musharraf is that most authorities believe Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is reasonably secure. The military controls the nuclear components, which are held separately rather than as assembled weapons, and a 10-member committee decides how to use […]

County manager to stay through January

Curry County Manager Dick Smith is citing unspecified personal reasons for his recent decision to step down. Smith, a former hospital administrator, said he is going back to the private sector where “I’m not stalked by the paparazzi,” a reference to scrutiny he’s received as a public official. Smith submitted his letter of resignation to […]

Attorney general replacements offer little hope

By Freedom Newspapers The surprise resignation — what took him so long? — of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suggests a curious pattern in the Bush administration. A Cabinet official is seriously criticized, for reasons good and bad, and defends himself poorly. Calls proliferate for resignation or impeachment or prosecution/torture/execution, but the president stands by his […]

Embattled police chief resigns

CNJ Staff Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. […]

Hospital administrator resigns

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PRMC serves more than 110,000 people living within a 100-mile radius of the city of Clovis, according to its Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center officials on Friday announced that Administrator Brian Bentley has resigned. No reason for the resignation was given and officials would […]

Hospital chair resigns

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor The chairman of Plains Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors resigned on Wednesday after 16 years in the position, a hospital spokesman said. “Steve Hudson did step down … He didn’t offer an official statement or anything like that,” said Todd Sandman, a spokesman for PRMC’s parent company, Presbyterian Healthcare […]

County manager resigning

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire and pursue some other […]

School board member resigns

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education member George Banister resigned Friday, saying he no longer enjoys holding the position. Banister delivered a letter to Board President Lora Harlan indicating his resignation as District 2 board member effective immediately. “I have enjoyed the several years I have served and have […]