From the editor’s desk: Happy 100th birthday, house

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By David Stevens Editor Fidel and Teresa Perez are thinking about hosting a birthday party. Their house at 306 E. Ninth St. in Clovis, is 100 this year. Attorney J. S. Fitzhugh built the four-room home with a basement from concrete and wood after his original house on the same property was destroyed by fire […]

Blight battle map

  Rose Riley is one of the more vocal area residents calling for cleaning up Clovis. In October, Clovis News Journal staff asked her to point out properties along Clovis’ entryways she considers blighted. Those properties are pictured in this package.

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Blight battle: Proposed ordinances met strong resistance

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson County Commissioner Frank Blackburn said a proposed county ordinance will focus on health and safety. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Margaret Dindinger was embarrassed by property infested with weeds, junk cars and falling-down buildings. So in February 2008, the Clovis native gathered 70 signatures on a petition asking Curry […]

Blight battle: Clovis not alone in fight

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A business wants to locate in your city. Like most businesses, it wants land cheap. In most cases that means land outside the core city. The business buys, the city expands and all parties are happy. Unless, of course, the older parts of the city get ignored in the […]

Blight battle: Some ‘used to’ blight

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Paula and Jesse Baca said a lot has changed since they moved to the 200 block of Cameo Street a half-century ago. “We had a nice neighborhood at one time,” Paula Baca said. “Everything started falling apart when our neighbors left.” By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer U.S. 60/84 connects […]

Blight battle: Committee taking beautification steps

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Keep Clovis Beautiful committee installed welcome signs at all four main entryways to Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield wants the city to make a good first impression on travelers. That is why the condition of the city’s entryways comes up frequently when the “Keep Clovis Beautiful” […]