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GOP leadership heading down familiar path

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans, having won back control of the House of Representatives with campaigns that suggested they had learned their lessons about extravagant spending during the Bush years, named their committee... Full story

 

Congress anxious to put pork back on its menu

Editorial Congressional Democrats did an admirable job of purging pork barrel projects — also called earmarks — from spending bills that were left unfinished when Republicans were ousted from power last fall. They had to do... Full story

 
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Some city jobs come with long hours

"We need to add police and firefighters and we need to add sanitation workers to speed trash pickup, and employees to do upkeep on our alleys." Raymond Mondragon, city manager Clovis officials say overtime and longevity are the... Full story

 
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Tax increase takes effect

Most people in a man-on-the-street poll Wednesday said they support the city of Clovis’ 1/4 of 1 percent gross receipts tax increase, which goes into effect today. The tax increase, approved by voters March 2, will fund... Full story

 
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Senator: Project timing wrong

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales...

 
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Udall: Timing wrong for water project

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici told members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority last week that he will not support federal funding of the Ute Water Project for at least two years, an ENMRWA official said Wednesday. Portales...

 
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County manager’s contract renewed

Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a... Full story

 
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State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday....

 
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Cheese plant work on schedule

Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at the Southwest Chees site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million...

 
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Cheese plant construction on schedule

Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at Southwest Cheeses’ site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million... Full story

 
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Ag group to host breakfast

In the spirit of Clovis’ successful Committee of 50, the recently organized Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico aims to work for the best interests of agricultural producers and the community, the group’s Chairman Blake Curtis said Wed...

 
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Divided stormwater taskforce approves draft

“Philosophical differences” over who should bear the cost of stormwater management systems divided members of a taskforce developing a city ordinance on stormwater management in residential subdivisions Tuesday. Despite their... Full story

 
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School board introduces ‘career pathways’ course

New curricula for Clovis Municipal Schools junior high and high schools were introduced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. A final vote on the new courses will be held at the board’s July 27 meeting, board members said. The... Full story

 
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Federal agency helps disabled purchase homes

Ralph Gallagher’s lifetime dream was to own a home, said Tammy Lewis, executive director of Alliance Behavioral Health Services, a private, for-profit agency that helps the developmentally disabled. A long-time client of mental h... Full story

 
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Ute Water bill in trouble

The commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation told members of a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday the Bush administration does not support authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project as it is written. And in a press... Full story

 
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Water usage reduced

Clovis residents reduced their water use by more than one million gallons in response to a water shortage warning from New Mexico American Water Co. this week, Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Thursday. “Of course, the...

 
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Letter-writing campaign aimed at re-opening IRS, state taxation offices

Curry County commissioners are sending letters to state and federal legislative representatives protesting the closing of federal Internal Revenue Service and state Taxation and Revenue offices in Clovis. Letters will go to U.S.... Full story

 
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Buena Vista attorney says his clients haven’t told their side of story

A temporary administrator testified Monday that Buena Vista Nursing Home had a leaky roof, black mold and a “very dirty” kitchen when she was asked to step in and oversee operations on May 20. But an attorney representing...

 
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Police: Wages not only concern

Clovis Police Officers Association officials said Friday they want a conference with City Manager Raymond Mondragon as soon as possible to discuss whether or not some members of the city police department will be left out of a...

 
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New classrooms at Clovis High

Ross Sanchez, of Condeck of Albuquerque, smoothes out freshly poured concrete Thursday that will be a light-weight roof at Clovis High School. Condeck has been working on the roof for two weeks and will finish today. CNJ staff phot...

 

Upcoming entertainment events

All times Mountain Alto The Grass Roots — 8 p.m. Saturday, Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-683-0016. Independence Jazz Reunion (New Orleans, Dixieland, Ragtime) — 8 p.m. June 26....

 
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Pay raise passes by police

Clovis City Commissioners approved pay raises for city workers at their regular meeting Thursday, but excluded, for now, those city police officers who have signed a petition to form a union. Clovis Police Officers Association...

 

Novelty, regular balloons will dot Clovis sky during second annual Pioneer Baloon Jubilee

Alamogordo residents Terry and Mary Jo Drake began hot-air ballooning in 1991 and began offering balloon rides to students at the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, in Alamogordo, in 1993. But, they were never able to... Full story

 
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Company denies problem with voting program

Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered...

 
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County facing budget crisis

County Manager Geneva Cooper told county commissioners Tuesday a preliminary county budget does not include raises for county employees. “When we get the final budget, if we have enough money, we can look at that,” she said. Co...

 

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