Tucumcari schools to be revamped

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — The Tucumcari Municpal School Board voted to award a hefty construction and renovation contract to a Clovis-based construction firm Tuesday afternoon. William Reents, superintendent of Tucumcari schools, said the nearly $1.4 million contract awarded to Wilson and Wilson company is for phase one of a three-phase renovation process. […]

Cheese plant agreements approved

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The City Commission approved three agreements related to launching the Southwest Cheese Plant in Curry County at its meeting Thursday. Unanimously approved were a project participation agreement, a memorandum of understanding and approval of preliminary engineering work on a pipeline and storage lagoon to handle the cheese plant’s wastewater […]

Mall theater adding screens

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Black plastic covered the fronts of two businesses in North Plains Mall Monday — L.A. Subs and C.N. Express — leaving employees and shoppers no option but to seek food elsewhere. The closings are temporary, according to Cindy Banister, property manager for North Plains Mall. But not so temporary […]

Entrance to Cannon restricted

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission approved traffic restrictions Tuesday on a county road bordering Cannon Air Force Base during construction of a new gate at the base. County Roads Superintendent Danny Davis told the commission base officials have closed Cannon’s main entrance at U.S. Highway 60/84 during the construction, which […]

Matt. 25 hires pastor to remodel old hosptial

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Spanish-speaking pastor raised by missionaries in Central America will be the first executive director in charge of turning the abandoned Clovis Memorial Hospital into a community ministry resource center. The steering committee for the Matt. 25 project voted Monday night to name the Rev. Steve Brown, 37, a licensed pastor […]

Business Licenses 3/2

The following are business licenses issued in Clovis in January 2004, according to information provided by city officials. • Unlimited Woodworks Inc. Contractor No owner listed 216 Mitchell • Charles R. Williams Caretaker Rocky Williams 509 W. Yucca Ave. • Bejeweled Jewelers Patsy Paiz 420 Merril Dr. • Ragz “2” Riches Clothing Travis Martin 119 […]

City awaits word on car ports

By Jack King City officials said Tuesday they are still waiting on a letter from state General Construction Bureau Chief Fermin Aragon to decide whether to adopt an ordinance on prefabricated carports in the city limits. Aragon said Tuesday he has written a letter providing some guidelines on the issue, but has asked an attorney […]

Cheese plant construction to begin

By Glen Seeber Ground breaking for the Southwest Cheese plant will be Feb. 6, Alan McEntee said Friday night at the conclusion of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. “It’s been a lot of months of hard work, coming to this point,” said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. […]

Strong faiths, foundations built on solid rock

Judy Brandon Here’s a good thought for the year 2004: build on the Solid Rock. Let me explain. When I was a child living on the outskirts of Kansas City, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or shop at Macy’s. I remember one cold January day we headed downtown. […]

It’s about face

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Wednesday, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete […]

Habitat for Humanity picks up Clovis-area volunteers

By Gary Mitchell Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties picked up an additional seven or eight volunteers from the Clovis area during Tuesday’s orientation meeting in Curry County. “We were given a lot on Hinkle Street,” said Sandra Hidalgo, vice president of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We thought it would benefit Habitat, […]

Southwest Cheese Company hopes to begin construction within months

Eric Butler Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant south of Clovis is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been selected. Officials hope that the Southwest […]

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 […]

County to discuss events center

Jack King While Curry County commissioners prepare to discuss hiring management for the proposed multi-purpose events center on the county fairgrounds, other members of the community are still attempting to challenge the design choice for the building. On the agenda for today’s meeting of the commission is a request for proposals for a “management consultant” […]

Company plants seeds for wind turbine farm

By Angela Peacock Taking advantage of New Mexico’s most abundant natural resource — the wind — Caprock Wind, LP announced its plans Tuesday to install up to 80 wind-driven turbine generators near Tucumcari. The wind farm, which will be located about 20 miles southeast of Tucumcari, is the second of its kind for Quay County. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Clovis basking in the glow of retail industry’s growth

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Construction workers work on the new Lowe’s Home Center building Friday on North Prince Street in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell The sudden emergence of Clovis as a business destination for national chains is due to a change in perception, according to local officials and developers. The designation of the Clovis-Portales area […]

Editorial: Visitor’s center classic case of mismanagement

A new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol — under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2005 — is already telling a more accurate story of Congress than planners had hoped. The underground 580,000-square-foot facility, located on the east side of the Capitol, and intended to share the history of Congress, is symbolizing the […]

Healthy expansion

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Dave Sikes of Myers Electric works on the new storage facility being built as part of Plains Regional Medical Center expansion project. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell The Plains Regional Medical Center expansion is gaining momentum — much to the delight of the hospital staff. In fact, the Healthplex building — which will […]