Businesses: Windy days mean fewer customers

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Paul Ramirez, middle, and his son Sergio, left, purchase a drill extension Thursday at Burns Do It Center. Burns cashier, Patty Gallus rings Ramirez up. Benna Sayyed When winds go up in Clovis, business goes down. Mariah Smith said she becomes bored on windy days as business slows at the […]

Twelve families displaced by Clovis Apartments fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Firemen from the Clovis Fire Department take time Wednesday to rest and regroup before continuing their battle with the fire at the Clovis Apartments. Tonjia Rolan Nathan Alvarado was home with his 5-year-old son Kaiden and his mother, Angela Copeland, when the fire started Wednesday morning at the Clovis Apartments. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cleaning up, citizen police and down under

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Scoop the poop For the convenience of those who walk pets on campus, Eastern New Mexico University has installed four pet waste stations. Each station provides bags and a trash can. They are located by the Administration Building, Campus Bookstore, between the Campus Union […]

Proposed flood maps available for viewing

Proposed new Curry County flood plain maps can be viewed at the Department of Building Safety in Clovis City Hall. The maps are located in the office of Louis Gordon, planning and zoning administrators. Gordon can be contacted at 763-9639. The maps can also be found at www.fema.gov.

Commissioner seeking re-election

CNJ staff Christopher Bryant has announced that he will seek re-election as for his seat in District 4 of the Clovis City Commission. Bryant, 61, owns and operates the Foxy Drive-In. He has served on the water advisory council and the 400 Mitchell St. Project, a project geared toward seeking funding for an emergency operations […]

Former bank building sold

CNJ staff The building that formerly housed First Community Bank is in new hands. The building was purchased recently by Jim Sitterly, who has owned Curry County Title and Abstract for 31 years. “We’re still trying to decide (a purpose),” Sitterly said, “but I believe we’re going to make a professional business center. It’s going […]

Friday morning briefing: A new building, herding dogs and remembering Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Groundbreaking They’re breaking ground today at Eastern New Mexico University for a new $15.6 million residence hall. It’s at 1:30 p.m. at 17th and K streets in Portales, the former site of the now-demolished Lincoln Hall. It’s open to the public. Thunder road The […]

Officials break ground on Hotel Clovis renovation project

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield addresses the crowd to open the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at the Hotel Clovis. The hotel, closed since 1983 and in possession of the city since 2004, will be converted into an apartment complex. Benna Sayyed Stephen Crozier believes each building project should be authentic, and […]

ENMU Constitution Week ends with discussion panel

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty member Dan Acheson-Brown, right, shares his thoughts on a Balanced Budget Amendment Friday afternoon at a Constitution Day discussion panel at ENMU as his colleague Donald Elder listens. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University ended Constitution Week with their own Constitution Day as they held […]

Resident remembers Hotel Clovis history

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Anna Wyatt looks at the spot where her styling chair was once anchored to the floor in the Hotel Clovis. Wyatt said in the 1960′s when she worked at the hotel, she was only the third female barber to be licensed in the state. Sharna Johnson A lot has changed […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items include: • A discussion of the name, mascot and school colors for the district’s new middle school. Suggested names include Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis, and Jim McDaniel. Suggested mascots […]

City rejects demand to remove sign

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A card identifying Clovis People for Progress as the sponsor of a sign hung from Hotel Clovis is affixed to the bottom left corner of the banner encouraging support of an Affordable Housing Plan in an Aug. 2 special election. Sharna Johnson The city has rejected a demand to remove […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Education column: Elementary schools getting facelifts

Continuing with news from the Clovis Schools’ Operations Department and their summer activities: The front of Barry Elementary got a facelift recently. The multi-colored rocks and plants replaced the long row of juniper trees along the front of the building. The new look is cleaner, crisper and there’s no more chance of junipers blowing over […]

Commission advised events center needs horse stalls

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CNJ file photo Curry commissioners instructed the county manager to develop a plan to build horse stalls at the events center in response to rising interest in the facility from the equestrian world. Sharna Johnson A horse sale manager told commissioners Tuesday that Curry County, because of its event center, could be the equestrian center […]

James Bickley renovation becomes new building project

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools administration has asked that architects incorporate the front of the current James Bickley Elementary School into a new building for the school if the project is approved by the state. Liliana Castillo With cost estimates to renovate James Bickley Elementary School coming in at about $9 million, Clovis schools is […]

Reader-submitted content: Hotel Clovis unpolished gem

Here on the eastern edge of New Mexico is an unpolished gem on Main Street. This historic building — a most impressive building at nine stories high, needs not the fate of a crumbling remnant of another era. Major structural damage, prohibited expense and the immensity of the undertaking all argue against saving the grand […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Citizens’ committees given three-month extension

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Thursday to seek an architectural study to remodel the postal building and gave jail and courthouse citizens’ committees a three-month extension. The unanimous votes came during a special meeting held in the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Proposing both, Commissioner Bobby Sandoval said he believes the county […]

Commissioners hear jail, courthouse proposal

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners Caleb Chandler, left, and Wendell Bostwick listen Tuesday as County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk gives a presentation on options for the courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County commissioners Tuesday heard a new and far less expensive plan to address jail and courthouse issues using existing county facilities. Under […]