Demolition clearing way for hotel renovation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Demolition work is under way at Hotel Clovis, which is being converted into apartments and business space. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2012. Benna Sayyed On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the opening of Hotel Clovis, a work crew was busy Wednesday knocking down walls […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

Parking signs should have had public’s input

Surprise, Clovis. We have a new rule, and it affects everyone who shops downtown on Main Street. As of Tuesday, there’s a two-hour parking limit. The new traffic regulation was not publicly debated. Most of us didn’t even know a problem existed that needed to be fixed. And most of us includes some of the […]

Parking limit signs installed on Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A recently installed two hour parking sign on Main Street has at least one business owner in an uproar. The signs were placed in numerous locations Tuesday along Main Street. Sharna Johnson Some downtown business owners were surprised to discover new 2-hour parking limit signs being installed along the seven […]

Businesses move out of downtown

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis’ Brown Shoe Fit Co. Manager Scott Crowley said moving the company’s two shoe stores from Main Street in downtown Clovis to North Prince Street will allow them to consolidate both stores under one roof andwhile gaining increased customer traffic. Sharna Johnson After 40 years doing shoe business in downtown […]

Volunteers, entries still being sought for wind festival

CNJ staff Volunteers and entries are still being sought for the April 30 Downtown Wind Festival and its featured Pedal ARTitude Rally. According to a release from Clovis MainStreet, rally vehicles can be as simple as a decorated bike but can consist of as many as four connected bicycles. Sample vehicles and festival information is […]

Wind festival to feature kinetic sculpture race

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CNJ staff Clovis MainStreet is organizing the inaugural Downtown Wind Festival 4-7 p.m. April 30 in downtown Clovis. The event will be held following Cannon Air Force Base’s annual Kite Karnival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. There will be educational booths and food vendors, with the “Pedal Art-itude […]

MainStreet to host wind festival

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet will be hosting a new Downtown Wind Festival April 30 on Main Street, according to a news release. The event will be held in conjunction with Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival, which will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Doc Stewart Park. The main event at the […]

Downtown has made good progress

As 2010 draws to a close, Clovis MainStreet has a lot to be thankful for, especially during these challenging economic times. With the support of the city, county and community, we have made great strides in all four points of the MainStreet Approach. We have been recognized at the state and national levels for programmatic […]

Group seeking volunteers to paint buildings

CNJ staff Volunteers are being sought to help paint buildings Saturday in downtown Clovis. The Facade Squad, a group geared toward revitalizing the downtown area, will work from noon to 4 p.m. on the east side of the Fifth Street block off Main Street, according to a press release. Volunteers will meet at the Patchwork […]

MainStreet aims to raise money with downtown gala

Liliana Castillo An event that started as a wine and cheese tasting nine years ago has evolved to include New Mexico wines, beers, an olive bar, salsa bar and chocolate fountain. The food is part of the attraction at the annual Downtown Gala, which serves as the biggest fundraiser for Clovis MainStreet. Clovis MainStreet is […]

Curry County buys downtown post office building

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File photo Curry County commissioners approved a decision to buy the post office on Gidding Street. Postal service officials proposed in April to close the building as a cost cutting measure. By Sharna Johnson CNJ staff writer Curry County is buying the post office building in downtown Clovis. Commissioners approved the decision Tuesday following an […]

Clovis MainStreet hosting downtown makeover event

Freedom New Mexico Clovis MainStreet is continuing its revitalization efforts by creating a Facade Squad, to help repaint buildings in the downtown district on Saturday. Robyne Beaubien, executive director of the Clovis MainStreet program, said she’s hoping the event will be the first of many. Beaubien said Clovis MainStreet received a grant of $1,500 from […]

Nobody’s set apart to be better

Even though it has been many years ago, I still remember some of the experiences our family had when we lived in Kansas City, Kan. One such experience is when we would go to pick up mother in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Mother taught part-time at a business college. She went to seminary […]

Jesus’ birthday gives Christians chance to connect

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist At times I am able to tune in to Ravi Zacharias on the radio. A dynamic speaker, he is also a wonderful teacher and a Christian theologian that has a world wide ministry. He is highly educated, and a visiting scholar at Oxford. Zacharias speaks to scores of college groups […]

Campaign matter turned into 1960 fiasco

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1960 I was a bachelor, age 29, and I moved into the the downtown building where Dr. Dean Merrritt had his medical practice. He also had an empty “art room” upstairs, where he used to paint. He rented it out to me, and I had my own art […]

Mayor hopefuls discuss water, downtown, city salaries

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mayoral candidates answered questions from an audience of about 30 at the a forum held Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis mayoral candidates are in it to win it. The five mayoral candidates attending Tuesday’s forum said if they couldn’t win the March […]

Construction on Main Street gateway starting soon

CNJ staff Construction on a Main Street gateway should begin soon, according to Clovis MainStreet Director Robyne Beaubien. Construction drawings are being routed through the appropriate offices for approval and construction will begin when permits are obtained, Beaubien said. Two 15-foot-tall pillars will be constructed in the 100 block of Main Street. They are modeled […]

Hotel Clovis fund-raiser founded

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Fund-raising efforts are already under way for redevelopment of the Hotel Clovis. “We want the public to realize there is a possible project out there and to garner their support,” Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said of the plan developed by Jonathan Reed and Associates to convert the […]

Old Fort Days schedule

Fort Sumner: Today Musicfest, 7 p.m., high school multi-purpose room Friday Great American Cow Plop, 10 a.m., north of Chamber of Commerce Windows to the Past, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., downtown Kids goat roping, 11 a.m., south of the Chamber of Commerce Kids Street: pet show and games, noon to 4 p.m., Dallas Park […]