Concerns about water project addressed

TV Hagenah TV Hagenah FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS tv_hagenah@link.freedom.com SAN JON — A U.S. senator’s aide had a handful of concerns about the proposed legislation concerning the Ute Lake Pipeline Project, but after hearing of them, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority on Wednesday smoothed out those concerns. And because of that, ENMRWA officials hope the […]

Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

Tax hike effective July 1

By Jack King A quarter-percent increase in the city’s gross-receipts tax approved by voters Tuesday will not go into effect until July 1, when the city begins its next fiscal year, City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “Our first collection won’t be until September, because we get the reports from the state every two months,” he […]

Voters OK tax hike

Gena and Kevin Wilkerson of Clovis walk into Marshall Junior High School before voting in Tuesday’s election. By Jack King Clovis voters approved a quarter-percent gross-receipts tax increase for the city by a more than 2-to-1 margin Tuesday. Voters favoring the tax hike numbered 2,234; those opposed were 1,077. City officials attributed the success to […]

Texico and Melrose consider quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase

By Michelle Seeber Clovis is not the only eastern New Mexico community asking for an increase in gross-receipts taxes. The issue is also on the ballots in Texico and Melrose in city-wide elections today. Texico is proposing a quarter-percent gross receipts tax increase for distributing, acquiring, storing and heating water to meet the future needs […]

Tax proposal response mixed from readers

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the proposed quarter-percent increase in the gross-receipts tax, which is on Tuesday’s election ballot. Some responses: “I wholeheartedly support this tax increase. As explained by the city government, it will once and for all quell the need for pay raises for our city employees […]

Town hall has light turnout — one guy

By Michelle Seeber Clovis’ city officials held their first town hall meeting Friday to explain their request for a quarter-percent increase in the gross-receipts tax. Aside from media and city officials, only one man showed up. He was from Friona and is unable to vote in the March 2 election. Alvin Petty, 55, said he […]

Receipts tax issue subject at town hall

CNJ STAFF Clovis city officials will begin a series of town hall meetings tonight to discuss the proposed .25 percent gross receipts tax election scheduled for March 2. If citizens approve the .25 percent gross receipts tax increase, the city would generate — based on current receipts, Mayor David Lansford said recently — $1.2 million […]

Town hall meetings set for tax discussion

By Glen Seeber Clovis city officials have scheduled a series of town hall meetings beginning Friday to discuss the proposed quarter-percent gross receipts tax election scheduled for March 2. “Over the last several years, compensation and benefits of city employees has been an issue,” Mayor David Lansford told directors of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

ENMU to see tuition increase

By David Arkin Eastern New Mexico University would have a few things to look forward to and a list of items that aren’t so favorable if a senate committee’s budget proposal holds up. The Senate Finance Committee’s budget, which was approved Tuesday and now is headed for the Senate, requires universities to increase tuition by […]

Report: Crime rising

By Darrell Todd Maurina While national and regional statistics show an across-the-board drop in violent crime reported to the FBI for each of the last four years, crime statistics reported by the Clovis Police Department show an increase over the same period. FBI statistics report murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults as subcategories of violent […]

Fund requires help from those invovled

Danny Joe Lyle The Clovis News Journal recently reported the state of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the past three years. That number is closer to $1.7 billion. The ERB portfolio has for many years held a strong commitment […]

Readers react to city commission pay increase

Project reader reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis’ city commissioners recently voting themselves a 29 percent pay raise and whether that action might impact the March 2 vote on a proposed sales-tax increase. Some responses: “The representatives in the early republic were essentially men of independent means who would go to […]

Pay raise only fair for city commissioners

Gordon Smith In response to Friday’s letters to the editor from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez: First thank you for noticing what goes on in your city. The vast majority of the population doesn’t notice. Both letters question the reasoning behind the recent pay increase for city commissioners, and I would relish the opportunity to […]

Mayor, commissioners get a raise

By Jack King On a 5-3 vote Thursday, the City Commission approved raising pay for the mayor and commissioners a total of $18,000 a year. Under the measure, commissioners pay would increase from $5,000 a year to $7,000 and the mayor’s pay would go from $6,000 to $8,000 a year. The pay increase will go […]

Candidates file for city offices

By Jack King Ten candidates registered Tuesday to run for Clovis mayor and City Commission positions in the March 2 election. Tuesday was the only day to register for the race. The mayor’s position and one chair in each of the four commission districts are up for election. Randal S. Crowder was the only candidate […]

Commissioners mixed on bids for another term

By Jack King Three city commissioners and the mayor will be up for re-election March 2, in a city election that will include questions about a one-quarter of a percent gross receipt tax increase and two changes in Clovis’ city charter. The deadline to file as a candidate in the election is Jan. 6. Mayor […]

United Way donations up 13 percent

By Glen Seeber lthough this year’s United Way campaign has come to a close in Clovis and Curry County, that doesn’t mean additional money would be turned down if it was offered. “We always take money — that’s never a problem,” said Erinn Burch, executive director of the Curry County United Way. Friday marked the […]

United Way open house is today

CNJ STAFF REPORT CNJ STAFF REPORT The Clovis/Curry County United Way has completed the 2003 campaign drive and will hold an open house today to celebrate the results. The event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the organization’s offices on 105 E. Grand, will include cookies and light refreshments. Executive Director […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]