City seeks to improve with plan

By Jack King The city of Clovis solicited comments from city residents and outside agencies for its infrastructure capital improvements plan for the first time this year at the urging of City Commissioner Catherine Haynes. The plan is a list of projects — usually city equipment, street or public works improvements — for which the […]

Residents concerned about water rights

By Darrell Todd Maurina Nearly 100 people at a regional public comment forum Wednesday night urged staff members of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider views ranging from respecting private property and water use rights to emphasizing a community need for water. Rhea Graham, director of planning and communications for the Interstate Stream Commission, told […]

Private citizens not fair game for letters

By David Stevens Most letters to the editor received by the Clovis News Journal are published, especially when the writer follows the parameters outlined daily on this Opinion page. Letters must be no more than 300 words, they must be on topics of general interest and the writer must be identified. Letters may be edited […]

Water company to seek rate increase

By Jack King New Mexico American Water has asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to grant it a rate increase that would mean a 12 percent increase for an average residential user, said Kathy Wright, a company vice president. The increase must be approved by a majority vote of the commission and is not […]

City commission hearing charter suggestions

By Jack King City commissioners today will consider accepting the recommendations of the city’s Charter Review Committee, which has finished a regular review of the Charter. The commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the North Annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Under a provision of the Charter, a Charter Review Committee is appointed every 10 […]

City formulates cleanup plan for landfill

By Jack King Remediation of ground-water contamination beneath the old Clovis landfill and sewage treatment site will begin in about six months. It could cost between $639,000 and $1.5 million, Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Wednesday. City officials said in May that a plume of perchloroethylene, a toxic solvent, has been found in […]

Sections support schools, hospitals

By Don McAlavy I had a request from June Edwards Locknane who wanted a column on school sections. Unless you live in the country and farm or ranch you probably wouldn’t know much about them. A school section is land owned by the state and leased to private individuals, with the funds used for public […]

Curry County needs memorial to honor fallen

Ruben Rubio was killed in Vietnam on July 6, 1971. He was 21 years old. His sister, Jane Garcia, still lives in Clovis. She called the newspaper a few weeks ago to make sure Ruben’s name would appear among Curry County’s Memorial Day list of war heroes. That list is on Page 1 of today’s […]

City to control fouled water

Jack King Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Thursday the city may have to spend more than $600,000 to treat a half-mile-long plume of toxic solvent that is contaminating groundwater to the east of the old city landfill. City and state officials said the contaminated water is not used for human consumption. The solvent, […]

Police in the market for officers

By Darrell Todd Maurina Police staffing has reached a crisis and will soon become worse, according to Capt. Dan Blair of the Clovis Police Department. “If things happen the way we think they are going to happen, by the end of the summer we will have an emergency,” Blair said at Tuesday’s meeting of the […]

Is it looting if you’re looting the looters?

By Tibor Machen This idea that Iraqis are criminals for looting is full of problems. To begin with, can you loot from a dictator? What about from a dictator who isn’t even in power any longer? After the dictatorship collapses, whose stuff is being looted anyway? To whom does the money in those government banks […]

Good or bad, information must flow

A Curry County jail inmate died early Sunday morning, hours after telling authorities he had swallowed methamphetamine. It’s the second time in a year a jail inmate has died under similar circumstances. Just as disturbing, it is the second time in a year jail officials have been less than open about providing information to the […]

Handling complaints

By David Stevens I received a complaint on Sunday from a Clovis High School band parent. She wanted to see a news report about the band’s recent success in a California competition. We knew about the band’s success and a reporter was assigned to write a feature on that topic for last Thursday’s education page. […]

Cannon families, friends await arrival of deployed troops

By Gary Mitchell CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — More than 200 Cannon “lethal warfighters” deployed at various locations for several months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom will return home to Cannon on Monday and Tuesday. Family members, colleagues and friends will be waving flags and cheering as the Cannon service members come back home, […]

Richardson to visit area

Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to tour 11 communities — including Clovis and Portales today — during a three-day swing through southeast New Mexico, according to a news release from his office. Richardson will discuss the recent legislative session, and talk about upcoming initiatives, including the education-reform election in September […]

Public does have a right to know — and should push it

By Bob Johnson The state Taxation and Revenue Department wanted to make a profit — and compete with private business — by charging whatever it pleased for electronically stored public records of its Motor Vehicle Division. So the department came up with a bill to make that possible. The scheme almost made it through the […]