Hotel catches fire

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Firefighters surround the south side of Hotel Clovis, which was once New Mexico’s tallest building. CNJ staff photo Rick White. Darrell Todd Maurina A late-night fire at the Hotel Clovis spewed acrid smoke over downtown on Monday, but fire officials said no one appears to have been injured and damage was relatively light. Battalion Fire […]

New stores mean new jobs in Clovis

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The parking lot at the corner of 21st and Prince, vacant since Kmart left Clovis, is now filling with cars of shoppers at the new Hobby Lobby store. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. Gary Mitchell Hobby Lobby Creative Center co-manager Roger Lusk said he was pleasantly surprised at the warm reception the new arts […]

ENMU builds cross country program from bottom

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Greg LaSage took the Eastern New Mexico University cross country job last year knowing he was basically building a program from the bottom up. The Greyhounds and Zias had modest success in 2002 — neither finished last in the Lone Star Conference — but LaSage is determined to see them do […]

Elida church celebrates centennial

By Gary Mitchell Elida Methodists are planning to have a party on Sunday. They’re celebrating 100 years of ministry to the community. “We’re coming together in this celebration to praise God and give him honor for 100 years of continuous Christian ministry,” said Fred Anthony, co-chair for the event for Elida Methodist Church. “We hope […]

Portales firefighters promote plan for emergency access

By Kevin Wilson FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com The Portales Fire Department is encouraging business and home owners to think inside the box. The Knox Box is a small, metal mini-safe that is placed on the exterior of a building. It has space for keys, passwords or other devices that can provide access into a building and […]

City to study building code issue

By Jack King The city of Clovis moved closer Thursday to taking a position on a statewide debate over building codes with the City Commission appointing an International Building Codes Task Force to study the implementing one of two rival sets of codes. The commission approved the move 7-0. Mayor David Lansford and Commissioner Kevin […]

Explosion rocks U.N. headquarters in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A suicide truck bomb ripped through the hotel housing the U.N. headquarters on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. At least 15 people were killed and 40 wounded, including the chief U.N. official in Iraq, who was trapped in the rubble, U.N. officials said. A U.N. worker in Baghdad, Tharer al-Tikriti, said that […]

Residential building has tripled in less than three years, officials say

By Gary Mitchell Not only are major businesses — such as the new cheese plant, Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s — coming into the area, but new homes are on the increase as well. In fact, residential construction in the Clovis area has tripled since 2001, according to statistics from the city of Clovis Inspections […]

Building parts given new life with project

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Carla Givens, solid waste manager for Cannon’s 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Dan Gould of Habitat for Humanity work together to keep reusable building materials from being dumped into local landfills. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Demolition begins today on the old 27th Security Forces building at Cannon Air […]

New building codes considered

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By Jack King The city of Clovis has been asked to take a position in a statewide debate over building codes. The issue will also require an important decision by the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson by year’s end. Randy Crowder, past president of the Building Contractors Association of Curry County, on Thursday urged Clovis’ […]