Officials: Hotel Clovis work on schedule

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City officials said all indications point to the Hotel Clovis renovation being on schedule. Tierra Realty, the company converting the historic hotel into part of an apartment complex, has a deadline of Dec. 31 to finish the project to qualify for tax credits. CNJ staff Work on the renovation of […]

Community rallies to help fire victims

Tonjia Rolan Officials and staff from 13 local and area organizations converged on the Lighthouse Mission Wednesday evening armed with phone cards, toothbrushes, clothing, hotel vouchers and food for the victims of Wednesday’s fire. Aid workers did more than address food and shelter issues, however. They faced challenging questions such as how to replace destroyed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hotel Clovis project to move forward

Sharna Johnson A Taos developer has bridged a funding gap and will be cleared to move forward with renovation of Hotel Clovis in as little as a week, according to state officials. Developer Stephen Crozier is poised to close his loans by next week and has satisfied underwriting requirements, said Linda Bridge, housing development director […]

Commission discusses Hotel Clovis, parks plan

Kevin Wilson A special Clovis City Commission meeting scheduled generally to deal with Hotel Clovis renovation matters ended up putting just as much attention on upcoming parks and recreation additions. The commission quickly tackled a six-item agenda Tuesday afternoon, approving all items on unanimous votes inside of 20 minutes. The special meeting was mainly called […]

Commission makes changes in hotel ‘Plan B’

Kevin Wilson Going with what Mayor Gayla Brumfield called a “Plan B,” the Clovis City Commission passed three items in a special meeting Tuesday regarding the city-owned Hotel Clovis. Tierra Realty Trust of Taos, which plans to convert the building — which many residents regard as a historic gem and/or albatross — into a series […]

No one ‘box’ can contain God

I once saw John Denver, hair wet and with a clothes bag tossed over his shoulder, heading through a hotel lobby toward the desk. Two weeks or so later, he crashed his plane and died. Christian author Max Lucado is still very much alive and writing fine books. In his book Fearless he tells about […]

City holding special meeting on Hotel Clovis issues

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission is holding a special meeting Tuesday, with three agenda items regarding the city-owned Hotel Clovis. City officials said the items regarded changes in agreements made necessary by the Aug. 3 city election, when voters rejected an affordable housing ordinance. On the agenda for the 5:15 p.m. meeting at the […]

Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible

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File photo The affordable housing ordinance’s failure — more than 58 percent of voters disapproved — has left a gap in funding that will now have to fill to accomplish the proposed project. Sharna Johnson While the Affordable Housing Ordinance died at the polls Tuesday, a proposed project to redevelop Hotel Clovis isn’t off the […]

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands […]

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 […]

High Plains Patriots threaten city with lawsuit over Hotel Clovis sign

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. The High Plains Patriots, a group opposing the plan, has threatened the city with a lawsuit if it does not take down the […]

Hotel Clovis sign raises concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A sign hung from Hotel Clovis seeking support of an Aug. 2 election to decide an affordable housing plan for the city has drawn concern from opponents. Sharna Johnson Just one week from election day, we have a sign. It reads: “SAVE ME VOTE YES AUGUST 2nd” in large red […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel Clovis has historical value

Hotel Clovis has historical value We can all benefit from having such an historical treasure and local landmark as Hotel Clovis. Its value includes its rich history. At the time of its construction in 1931, it was the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It was also the host in its elegant ballroom to some […]

Five meetings scheduled on affordable housing plan

CNJ staff The city of Clovis has scheduled five neighborhood meetings to present the Affordable Housing Plan and Ordinance, and answer questions regarding implementation of the plan. The city had previously scheduled a citywide town hall 6 p.m. Monday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. A representative from the New Mexico Mortgage […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel project vital to community

There has been much talk recently about the Affordable Housing Plan and the ordinance adopted by the city. In 2002, the New Mexico Legislature passed Constitutional Amendment 6. This amendment allows counties and municipalities to donate land, existing buildings, infrastructure, etc. to the development of affordable housing. This allowed the city of Clovis to donate […]

Stop sniping, focus on issues with Hotel Clovis

Freedom New Mexico Much has been written and said about plans for renovating Hotel Clovis. Some of what’s been written and said has even been true. We’d like to see the next few weeks of debate focus on substance, not political rhetoric. Voters will decide Aug. 2 whether Clovis will implement the Affordable Housing Plan […]