Mayor honored at banquet

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico

A crowd of more than 400 people stood and applauded after Mayor David Lansford spoke about the successes of the last year.

He attributed successes of the past year and his 12 years as mayor to community involvement and to the support of his family.

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet Friday night to highlight the accomplishments of the past year and recognize Clovis citizens and community leaders it worked with the last year.

The Chamber also ushered in a new president, Jim Sours, president of First Community Bank. He replaced Terry Moberly.

Lansford focused his speech on thanking the community which he said showed teamwork during the base closing process and tornado recovery. He also commented on the optimism, determination and selflessness the community has shown in his 12 years as mayor.

“We’ve had special times and I’m thankful for those special times,” said Lansford, who announced in November that he would not seek re-election.

Eight Clovis citizens and one business received awards from the Chamber:

• Lansford and wife Debbie were recognized as the Citizens of the Year. The Chamber recognized David Lansford’s efforts as mayor of Clovis, in which he supported the Economic Development Tax and for his work to address the water needs of the community through the Ute Water Project, which proposes to build a pipeline that will connect Clovis and other entities to the Ute lake.

Debbie Lansford was recognized for supporting her husband and for the sacrifices she while her husband served as mayor.

• The Chamber awarded David Petty The Hearth Award, which is given to individuals who dedicate their time to charitable causes.

Petty has served the community through his efforts as a business mentor, and is a consultant to Clovis Community College and the city on their building plans. He was also instrumental in building several churches and a Christian campground.

• Raymond Mondragon and Rhonda Bargman were the Chamber’s Volunteers of the Year.

Mondragon, manager of area development for ENMR Plateau, raised about $75,000 for events of the Clovis Centennial as the Centennial Committee Chairman, according to Chamber officials.

Bargman, who owns the American Classified /Thrifty Nickel, volunteers her time for the United Way, according to Chamber officials. She also organizes the Pioneer Women’s Breakfast and served as vice chairwoman of the Centennial Committee.

• Southwest Cheese received Business of the Year, which is awarded to a business that impacted the economic growth of the community, according to chamber officials.

The $210 million plant came to Clovis in 2005 and produces 250 million pounds of cheese a year. The plant also sponsors the Clovis Music Festival.

• Ken Huey received the Chamber’s first Patriot Award. The award is given to an individual who has shown unwavering patriotism and dedication to the military.

Huey retired as the chief executive officer of Access Bank. He is a veteran of the Air National Guard and served a one-year tour in Korea during the Vietnam War.

He has supported Cannon Air Force Base by raising funds for its air shows.

• Other awards included the Ambassador of the Year, which was given to Mark Anderson, and the Ambassador Spirit Award, which was given to Bonnie Cross.