Public works director finishes final day

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Harry Wang said goodbye to a job, and a place he considers his hometown. Wang, the outgoing public works director, finished out his final day on the job after 15 years with the city, and was recognized for his service during an otherwise light Clovis City Commission meeting. Wang […]

Officials consider repair of Hull Street bridge

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials are looking into a more permanent solution for the Hull Street bridge. Public Works Committee members discussed Wednesday a plan of action to repair the bridge, which was built in the late 1950s. Members also agreed to recommend to the City Commission the extension of Axtell Road […]

Funds sought to fix roads

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The City of Clovis Public Works Committee decided at its meeting Wednesday to recommend the city pick up the balance for funding road improvements that include Sycamore and Main streets. The committee initially asked the state for $222,000, but received $62,000, leaving the city to provide $160,000. Public Works […]

Group discusses Hull Street overpass repair

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City officials discussed Wednesday funding the repair of the Hull Street overpass at the Public Works Committee meeting. Public Works director Harry Wang said BNSF Railway officials complained of chunks of concrete from the structure falling onto the railroad. “Structurally it’s fine,” Wang said. “The surface will cause them […]

Round and round they go

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Motorists make their way at dusk around the roundabout at the intersection of Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street. (CNJ file photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer City officials and residents said the roundabout at Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street has proved a success since it opened to traffic one year ago this […]

Officials look to solve intersection congestion

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A new median on North Prince Street from 21st Street to Commerce Way prevents illegal left turns from businesses. Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said city officials are considering ways to alleviate congestion. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A new Prince Street median built to eliminate illegal left-hand […]

Snowy aftermath

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Hayden Hukill snowboards Monday down a snow-covered dirt mound in an empty field off of Norris Street. The 12-year-old said he wishes it would snow every day. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Snow dropped on Clovis last weekend continued to cause headaches. Clovis Municipal Schools were closed Monday and […]

Officials approve sewer project

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission approved a stormsewer project Tuesday designed to keep a busy section of Prince Street from resembling a lake when it rains. The estimated cost of the project that would pipe the rain runoff underground along Prince north of 21st Street in the area of Triangle […]

Drainage problem floods roundabout

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unforeseen drainage problems at the new roundabout on Llano Estacado Boulevard and Norris Street will require an extra $18,000 to fix, according to Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. “There is no outlet for water, and it gets caught in the terrain,” said Wang, who successfully petitioned the City […]

Landfill trash lands in nearby back yards

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Brent Myers of Clovis unloads trash from his truck Friday at the Clovis Landfill. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An odd assortment of items ended up on the lawn of Clovis resident Tana Williams: A list of airmen from Cannon Air Force Base and their assignments, graded school papers, an […]

Area recycling options sparse

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Aluminum cans line the bottom of an old cotton trailer that sits in the parking lot of Zia Elementary school. Six years ago, Clovis resident Trudi Ford purchased the trailer with grant money. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis eschews all but aluminum and tin recycling because […]

Storm-water debate deserves public input

Freedom Newspapers Numerous Clovis residents are unhappy with the city’s storm-water management solutions. Particularly unsettling are the trash- and weed-collection points, euphemistically known as retention ponds, that are championed by Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. Those voices will be heard and we urge you to join them, even if you favor the present methods. […]

New China Star on its way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent When his restaurant went up in flames on July 18, 2004, Harry Wang was sadly there for the end of an era. The Main Street restaurant was the first in a chain of China Stars that eventually sprouted in Amarillo, Lubbock, Roswell and Albuquerque. At the urging of former customers […]

Proposed traffic congestion solution tabled

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The city of Clovis Public Works Committee tabled an idea Wednesday that would include a 6-inch curb in the middle of Prince Street, extending from 21st Street south to Commerce Way. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A proposed solution to traffic congestion at the Prince and 21st streets intersection was […]

Increase in development puts strain on city’s drainage system

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Mark Autrey, with the Curry County Road Department, digs out a path on Friday for the water drainage line between Sugarbeet and Humphrey Road. ( CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Budget cuts, developments sprouting like mushrooms, and a year of heavy rain have exacerbated drainage problems in Clovis. Tack […]

City accepts storm-water deal

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Chad Lydick, with Lydick engineers, explains the four different solution possibilities to the Clovis City Commission Thursday for storm water drainage retention for Copper Manor #2 in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The Clovis City Commission on Thursday accepted a fee to manage storm-water drainage for an area […]

Officials say China Star blaze was accident

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Investigators ruled Wednesday morning that a fire at the China Star restaurant was accidental, Assistant Fire Chief Ray Westerman said. Westerman said the fire began Sunday morning near a deep fryer where a cook, Zhang Tingfa, had been changing the oil and left the room to make a […]

Officials have China Star fire set for investigation

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Clovis firefighters work to put out a fire Sunday at the China Star restaurant on Main Street. Fire officials said the building was a total loss. (Courtesy photo: John Bourne) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis firefighters have secured the premises of the China Star restaurant, which burned Sunday morning, and don’t plan […]

Fire wipes out China Star

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Clovis Fire Department Capt. Karen Burns, left, and fire investigator Jeff Allen look over damage near the entrance to the China Star restaurant on Sunday afternoon. (Staff photo: David Stevens) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Fire gutted the China Star about 9:30 on Sunday morning, closing one of Clovis’ more popular restaurants indefintely. Fire officials […]

City makes plan for storm water

By Jack King Few people worry about storm-water runoff in a drought, officials admitted, but the subject generated almost two hours of debate at Wednesday’s meeting of the city’s public works committee. The public works department developed a plan for managing storm-water runoff from commercial lots that was approved by the city commission Jan. 22. […]