Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

Concerts provide lifetime of memories

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Did you go to The Clovis Music Festival last weekend? That was some event. Rock ’n’ rollers from another time came to our town to play electric music and boogie. Folks I talked to said Thursday and Saturday’s performers gave great shows at the Clovis Civic Center. We went to […]

Civic center draws rave reviews

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin WilsonClovis Civic Center Operations Manager Brock Neely lines up glasses Wednesday afternoon at the center. Neely was setting up for a retirement party later that evening. By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Web postings by area residents gave rave reviews to the Clovis Civic Center. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ testimony […]

Operation: Celebration

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleErnie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, hangs a patriotic ribbon at the Clovis Civic Center Friday in preparation for today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The anticipation surrounding today’s “Operation Kept Cannon” celebration was too much to bear for Linda Jackson. On […]

Clovis Civic Center holding open house

CNJ staff Live, upbeat music, tasty treats and decadent cake will be part of the celebration at Saturday’s open house at the Clovis Civic Center. The free event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at 801 Schepps Blvd. According to Manager Neil McMullin, visitors will be able to take self-guided tours through the […]

5/5 Local roundup

Applications sought for new judgeship A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will occur July 1 with the creation of a new judgeship in Clovis by the New Mexico State Legislature. Applications are being solicited from lawyers who meet the statutory conditions. The deadline to apply is May 22. Once applications have been received, […]

Home show makes comeback

Keith Moore, left, of Clovis participates in a speed drill contest at the 2006 Home and Garden Show on Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a three-year layoff, the Home and Garden show returned to Clovis. The 2006 show was in a new facility […]

Civic Center hosting Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff A Home and Garden Show will be held this weekend at the Clovis Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Eastern New Mexico. According to Chairman Todd Farrell, 70 vendors will display products in a show-and-tell setting. Attendees can register to win door prizes or sit and relax […]

THE MATCH GAME: Pairing employees with employers is a challenge

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Carl Hall of Clovis applies for a job Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three years have passed since Lasonia Grissom of Clovis received her degree in criminal justice. Her long search for a job in her field ticks on and on, and continued […]

Officials hoping to book first events for civic center in April

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Javier Madrid Jr. works on the airduct system Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Officials said the center is near completion and has already booked events for May. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Civic Center is welcoming the arrival of its air-conditioner units as well as three new […]

City civic center expected to be completed by mid-December

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Lanny Gass of Clovis hangs wire for decorative sheet rock Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center located on the north side of Seventh Street near Schepps Boulevard. The civic center is scheduled to open by mid-December. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A light coat of tan dirt covers the site […]

City OKs $20,000 for civic center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission on Thursday approved a $20,000 contract to hire a firm to assist in the planning, opening and initial operations of the civic center. The Pennsylvania-based company, Global Spectrum, operates civic centers, arenas and other special events centers across the country. “It’s the feeling of that […]

Committee considers facility management

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Civic Center steering committee is considering several ideas for managing the $6 million facility once it’s complete, including establishing an independent Civic Center Board and hiring a center director. The city-funded center is located at Seventh Street and Schepps Boulevard. “It’s an exciting time,” said Jay Gurley, […]

Center no longer dream

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Clovis Mayor David Lansford (right) celebrates with City Commissioner Juan Garza on Wednesday moments after the groundbreaking for the Clovis Civic Center on Seventh Street near Schepps Boulevard. (CNJ staff photo: Ryan Lengerich) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After about 50 years of planning and dreaming, a frosty winter Wednesday morning and a thick […]

New center will fill city’s need for public venue

CNJ staff Civic center proponent John Bourne was but a pup when the idea first surfaced to build a facility in Clovis back in the late 1950s. And Mayor David Lansford and many other proponents were not yet born. Finally, as Lansford, now in his middle years, noted Tuesday morning, the momentous birth of the […]

Clovis only needs one special events center

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the city’s proposed civic center. Some responses: “AFTER ALL THIS TIME, all I want to see is the finished product and be able to attend an event held in it. Surely before the contract (will be) let there (will be) specs and a time frame to be […]

8/12/04 Events Calendar

All times Mountain Alto “The Pendragons” — 8 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-336-4800. Amarillo “Old West Melodrama” and dinner — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. dinner served, 9:15 p.m. show starts, Friday and Saturday. Big Texan Steak Ranch. Information: 806-372-6000. Starlight […]

Steering committee gives go-ahead on civic center

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer While the proposed Clovis Civic Center continues to shrink in size and rise in price, supporters are applauding its refinement and functionality. A Civic Center steering committee voted Wednesday to advise the city commission to go ahead with plans for a 28,000-square-foot building with two access roads for approximately […]

Proposed civic center appears within budget

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A proposed Clovis civic center may be smaller than some might like, but it fits in a $5 million budget, officials said Thursday. An Albuquerque-based architectural firm presented conceptual drawings of a proposed civic center to Clovis city commissioners and to a steering committee on Thursday. No action was taken, […]

Upcoming entertainment events

All times Mountain Alto The Grass Roots — 8 p.m. Saturday, Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-683-0016. Independence Jazz Reunion (New Orleans, Dixieland, Ragtime) — 8 p.m. June 26. $25 and $28. Information: 505- 867-6500. Albuquerque Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque — Friday through June 19, The National Institute of […]