Reader-submitted content: WWII soldiers return home to bury comrade

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Courtesy photo From left, George Gushwa, Jim Robinson, Johnny Morgan, Oliver Fenton, RE Self, Carol McClusty, J.W. Capps, George Barton (kneeling). By Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for […]

Police: Former Clovis chief victim of extortion plot

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, threatening to ruin […]

God’s rules more important than man’s

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Not long ago my wife and I were away for a couple of days at a hotel in the Dallas area for a training seminar. For almost 20 years, I was the one attending the classes and she was the spouse along for the ride. For a number of years […]

Hotel magnate had short political career

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Conrad Hilton was born on Christmas day in 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus “Gus,” was born in Norway and arrived in New Mexico by way of Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1882. His mother, Mary Laufersweiler, also from Fort Dodge, married Gus on Lincoln’s birthday in 1885. […]

Business digest: Hotel gets gold status

Hotel gets gold status The Comfort Inn and Suites hotel of Clovis recently received a 2010 Gold Hospitality Award from parent company Choice Hotels International As a top performing property among the company’s more than 4,800 U.S. franchised hotels, the Clovis hotel is among the top 10 percent of properties within the Comfort brand. It […]

Zoning should be a case-by-case decision

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was couched under fiction, but a cursory reading revealed that it almost had to be factual. A brief Internet research time confirmed that to be the case. Mountain Gazette, a no-frills chronicle for outdoor lovers, carried the original story. In a ski town in Colorado, a ski town in […]

12-8 Business digest

New hotel holding ribbon-cutting Clovis’ newest hotel, Holiday Inn Express, will be holding a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. The hotel is located at 4728 North Prince. Guests at the ribbon cutting are invited to take a tour of the hotel and meet the staff. Light snacks will be served.

Book tribute to woman, history she preserved

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian While working to help establish the outdoor drama theatre near San Jon, I first met Eula Mae Edwards at her Southwestern Artifacts Museum in San Jon. Eula Mae (Smith) Edwards was the only child of Robert and Estella Smith who lived in Quay County for almost 40 years. Her father […]

Contractor seeking damages after falling down Hotel Clovis elevator shaft

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A contractor who fell 16 feet down an elevator shaft in Hotel Clovis is seeking unspecified damages from the city and a biohazard abatement company. In a lawsuit filed in the 9th Judicial District Court, John Smith said he fell down the shaft because the city and GranCor Enterprises […]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

CNJ staff The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Clovis Holiday Inn Express opens

Holiday Inn Express has opened a new hotel in Clovis. According to a press release, the new hotel on North Prince includes 80 rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center. A spokesperson for Holiday Inn said the hotel represents a $7 million investment by the corporation. The hotel opened its doors for business May 28.

June 5, 2009 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight May 17 an officer responded to a hotel in the 1000 block of Mabry Drive for theft of services. A cab driver said he had transported a man from a bar to the hotel and the man was refusing to […]

Hotel Clovis remediation complete

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Work is still remaining on the Hotel Clovis, but it’s no longer an environmental hazard to walk through the long-closed building. A boiler is still to be removed from the building, Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said Monday, and the next step will be to complete negotiations with Tierra […]

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders at a press conference Wednesday about an accident at Hotel Clovis injuring Building Inspector Pete Wilt and John Smith of Portales. Both men fell 20 feet down an elevator shaft Tuesday morning and remain hospitalized. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Police revealed few details […]

Hotel proposal raises hopes

Steve DeLeon is getting set for his 10th anniversary of owning his Sports Angle shop on Main Street. He’s hopeful that Thursday night was a great anniversary present. Count DeLeon among those excited about the possibility of the Hotel Clovis, a few blocks south of DeLeon’s sports collectible business, being converted into an apartment complex. […]

Commission moves ahead with Hotel Clovis proposal

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File photo Commissioners unanimously approved a $13 million proposal to turn Hotel Clovis into an apartment complex. The 78-year-old hotel has been closed since closed since 1983 and in city hands since 2004. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has owned the Hotel Clovis for nearly five years. City commissioners took […]

City commission to decide on Hotel Clovis bid

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission is looking at a $13 million bid to redevelop Hotel Clovis during today’s city commission meeting. The bid comes from Taos-based Tierra Realty Trust, according to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval. Sandoval said the redevelopment project proposes renovating the 78-year-old hotel and turning it into a residential property with shops […]

2012 deadline for Hotel Clovis development

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hotel Clovis should either be in a private developer’s hands or torn down by 2012, according to Community Development Director Claire Burroughes. The city has owned the building since 2004. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cleanup at the Hotel Clovis must take place before any plans can be made […]

City to hold Hotel Clovis meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city is planning a meeting today to update citizens on the progress of cleanup efforts at Hotel Clovis. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Ingram Room of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Claire Burroughes, the city’s community development director, said the meeting falls under the umbrella […]

Hotel Clovis remediation agreement

New Mexico Environment Department Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the New Mexico Voluntary Remediation Regulations, the following proposed Voluntary Remediation Agreement has been submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department.