Fred Van Soelen says he won’t seek third term

CNJ staff Fred Van Soelen announced Tuesday he will not seek a third term in March. “When I first ran for office in 2004,” Van Soelen said in a release, “I had a three-part platform: Improving pay for our police and firefighters, improving our parks, and improving our streets. I believe that the city has […]

Letter to the editor: Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the […]

Press release: Clovis’ Van Soelen appointed to state commission

Albuquerque, NM (February 25, 2011) – The NM Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce the appointment of the following New Mexico residents to the Board of Commissioners: Agnes Maldonado, Chair (Albuquerque) Justine Fox Young, Vice Chair (Albuquerque) Dolores (Lori) Kitts (Flora Vista) Adolfo Alarid (Santa Fe) Gerald Gallegos (Ojo Caliente) Jennifer […]

City switching insurance provider

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer After 19 years, the city is changing its provider for property, casualty and liability insurance. Following more than two hours of discussion, the Clovis City Commission awarded coverage to Aon Consulting, beginning in 2008. Stacy Martin of Clovis Insurance Center, which had handled the insurance for 19 years, had […]

Seven vie for judicial position

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A seventh applicant’s name was added to the list for a judicial vacancy in the 9th Judicial District, according to a press release from the Judicial Nominating Commissions. Fred Van Soelen’s name was left off the original list released on Friday. Van Soelen’s application was turned in on time but […]

City approves wellness center recommendation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Discussion about the future locale of the Wellness and Youth Development Center turned into an emotional debate over the lack of quality sports facilities in Clovis at Thursday’s meeting of the Clovis City Commission. Commissioners approved a recommendation from the center’s steering committee to locate a future aquatic and […]

Magistrate voting system debated

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A yellow and green map had some citizens seeing red at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. The map depicted a proposed plan to change the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system, which attorneys for two county residents say is racially biased, from at-large to two districts. Clovis residents Terry […]

Killer given 21 1/2 years

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent A 23-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 1/2 years in prison for his role in an argument over a cigarette lighter that turned deadly. As part of a plea bargain, Mark Madrid pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for shooting and killing Porfirio Gonzales, 52, of Clovis in March […]

Commissioner proposes manditory energy-effecient water heaters ordinance

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer City Commissioner Randall Crowder posed a question to attendees at Thursday night’s City Commission meeting: Do you turn your shower on and wait minutes for hot water? Crowder said his research shows this common practice wastes approximately 25 gallons of water a day per household. “I would like to […]

Escape attempt hits dead end

CNJ staff A Curry County Juvenile Detention Center inmate learned the hard way: A life of crime can lead to a dead end. A 17-year-old male tried to escape from his holding cell Thursday afternoon by standing on a chair and crawling into a 1-foot-square vent, Assistant District Attorney Fred Van Soelen said. The problem […]