Hotel’s future cloudy

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The Hotel Clovis could be up for public auction in September. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Jack King The Hotel Clovis could be on the block in September if back taxes are not paid, County Treasurer Linda Hall said Wednesday. Hall said collection of back taxes on the hotel was turned over to the state […]

City ponders changes to investment committee

By Jack King The city of Clovis may get a new budgeting process if the City Commission acts on a motion by Commissioner Catherine Haynes. At the Commission’s Thursday night meeting, Haynes moved that the city’s Investments Committee, which officially oversees the city’s investment strategy, be changed to an Investment and Budget Committee, with input […]

Center construction still pending

By Jack King County commissioners said this week it will be at least early August before they consider an architect’s contract or a builder’s contract for the proposed special events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds. County commissioners approved a design for the events center at their July 2 meeting, but held off discussing a […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]

City civic center plan continues

By Jack King The Clovis civic center steering committee will report its progress in developing plans for a civic center July 17 to the City Commission. Mayor David Lansford, a committee member, said the group will ask the commission to approve building the civic center on a 27-acre site on the corner of Schepps Boulevard […]

Rodeo promoters discus events center layout

By Jack King The arena floor is where you put on a rodeo — and if all the parts of the floor are there it doesn’t really matter what kind of building sits on top of it. That was the response of most of the rodeo promoters polled last week about the design chosen by […]

County goes with the dome

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Leland Gray of LPDJ Architects of Bountiful, Utah, explains his concrete thin shell proposal to the Curry County Commission on Tuesday during a meeting for a proposed special events center. By Jack King After years of controversy and discussion, Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a design for a Curry County special events center. They tabled […]

Carport owners taking on City Hall

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Iola Battles stands in front of her carport on Tuesday that has been at the Battles’ home since 1997. The city wants homeowners like the battles’ to move their carports from their driveways. By Jack King Iola Battles doesn’t understand why the metal carport at her house is a problem and wants some answers from […]

ENMU president happy about enrollment

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico University President Steven G. Gamble told the university’s Board of Regents on Saturday he is confident that for the first time since 1988, ENMU’s enrollment of full-time freshmen this fall will exceed 600. Gamble spoke at the regents’ regular meeting in Portales. He added the university’s goal this year […]

City accepts gift of Levine Building

By Jack King The City Commission voted Thursday to accept the Levine Building on Main Street as a donation from its current owners. The city of Clovis will accept the building on the basis that current federal and county tax liens on the building will be waived, the commission said. According Susan Freed, a Santa […]

Water authority to discuss fiscal agent

Special to the sun The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Melrose School Building. Among the items on the agenda are: n A new agreement between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the authority. n Evaluation of proposals and selection of a fiscal agent for the authority. […]

Food bank location a concern

By Gary Mitchell A request by Life Saver Food Bank officials to relocate the non-profit organization to a site just west of the Clovis Police Department’s firing range caught the police chief by surprise. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey told Clovis city commissioners Thursday that he was “concerned about the location of their building in […]

Renovations in progress at newly purchased Clovis country club

By Jack King The facelift at Chaparral County Club has begun. The groundskeeping crew has been busy repairing the course’s sprinkler system and reseeding the fairways at what was formerly Colonial Park County Club. Within two weeks, contractors will begin building concrete paths on the course for golf carts. This winter sand traps and water […]

Country club to get redone

By Jack King The facelift at Chaparral County Club has begun. The groundskeeping crew has been busy repairing the course’s sprinkler system and reseeding the fairways at what was formerly Colonial Park County Club. Within two weeks, contractors will begin building concrete paths on the course for golf carts. This winter sand traps and water […]

Money vs. Ministry

Gary Mitchell Michael Covington, general manager of The Master’s — A Parable Christian Store, sees the store’s upcoming move into the new “Master’s Center” business complex as an enhancement of its mission. The Christian bookstore and a travel agency, National Travel Systems, will be among businesses relocating to the former Furr’s grocery store, a 55,000 […]

Tornado safety tips

CNJ Staff The National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross offer these tips on preparing for a tornado: Tornado safety – Develop a plan for yourself and your family, at home, at work or at school. – Know your community and keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement. […]

City hall renovating

By Jack King Innovative thinking and the elbow grease of two city employees has helped the city of Clovis save thousands of dollars in the renovation the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, City Manager Raymond Mondragon said this week. Using leftover funds from a reroofing project, the city now has new offices in its Building […]

Lowe’s store almost a done deal

By Jack King A spokeswoman for Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse said Thursday the company has closed a deal to buy a site in Clovis. Julie Valeant, the company spokeswoman, said partners in the deal are still completing final paperwork and she could not provide more details about the deal until the paperwork is finished. Developer […]

Golden years saw Clovis population double

Don McAlavy A decade that has been called Clovis’ “Golden Era” saw the population double in a 10-year period, and has not been matched since. The decade got off to a slow start with the early 1920s financial recession and Congress enacting prohibition in 1919, which didn’t look good to a lot of people. Even […]