Study: Downtown key to future

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Workers in the downtown make more on average than workers in other areas of Clovis, according scientist Jeffrey Mitchell. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis’ commercial corridor is creeping north on Prince Street, pulling businesses and residents away from the city’s once-vital downtown. Yet Main Street holds the key […]

‘Man downtown’ deserving of good meal

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Within Clovis’ hundred years of history, some colorful characters have called Clovis home. There was once a man our then-grade school children called the “strange guy.” Many readers will remember this man. The first time we noticed him was at the old Furr’s grocery store at 10th and Main streets. […]

Theater listings create promise

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The Lyceum Theatre on Main Street has hosted such performers as Will Rogers, Gene Autrey and John Phillip Sousa and his band. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The recent listing of two downtown city theaters on the National Register of Historical Places could boost tourism and economic development, according […]

Panhandle town bears charm of yesteryear

Filled with history that dates back to the 1800s, Pampa, Texas, has a wide variety of activities and attractions for visitors to experience. Located in the Texas Panhandle, northeast of Amarillo, Pampa is home to industries that include oil and gas, cattle and railroad. High school sports are also an integral part of the community, […]

Scrambling season

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Vickie McCormick of Clovis does some Saturday shopping at Wal-Mart. McCormick said after Wal-Mart, she was headed to the North Plains Mall. McCormick said she is usually done shopping for Christmas very early. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Shopper Jim Zaikowski scoured the shelves of downtown stores Saturday, searching for […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at […]

Portales downtown renovation shows progress

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly as […]

Market offers fresh veggies, fruit

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Joe and Laurie Haseloff of Farwell load their pickup truck with watermelons and cantaloupes Friday evening to take to the Clovis Farmer Market that opens today at Pile and Fourth streets. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer THE FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to […]

Clovis MainStreet honored

CNJ staff FARMINGTON — Clovis MainStreet was honored at the New Mexico MainStreet Summer Institute in Farmington with three awards and national accreditation, according to news releases from the New Mexico Economic Development Department, which sponsors New Mexico MainStreet. Clovis MainStreet received awards for Excellence in Fundraising— for the Clovis Downtown Cultural Arts Fest wine […]

City adopts downtown renewal strategy

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Downtown Clovis is one step closer to renewal. City Commissioners on Thursday night adopted a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan for the downtown area that enables the city to acquire, own, lease, improve and dispose of properties in order to attract economic activity. Bob McCabe and Phyllis Taylor with Sites […]

Main Street programs hope for downtown revival

By Marlena Hartz The quaint, red bricks that pave Clovis’s Main Street are at odds with other parts of the downtown district. Available parking is sparse and obstructs traffic, with spots for vehicles laid at an angle. Minimal lighting, in the form of utilitarian lampposts, bathes tiny portions of the district at night, leaving blocks […]

Business partners comb garage sales for decor

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Connie Carnes, left, and Laura Ellis have recently expanded their operation, from a small, rented corner in a downtown craft store to a Main Street storefront of their own. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their artistry is revealed in details: a rocking chair with a carefully woven fabric bottom; a […]

MainStreet Web site pushes tourism in Clovis/ Portales area

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis may be off the beaten path as far as tourism, but a new Web site’s goal is to attract more tourists to cities such as Portales and Clovis. The new Web site is http://offtheroad.NM.com and it gives viewers a feel for what attractions there are in places […]

9/28 Business Digest

Public invited to attend meeting at City Hall The public is invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. today at City Hall to provide input and help shape future projects in the downtown area. The meeting will focus on the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area and the issues, goals and visions the public has regarding downtown’s […]

Curbing liberty not appropriate response

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Driving through downtown Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago, I asked myself: What’s happened to the character of the American people? There were barricaded landmarks, armed guards and people waiting to be searched. Several weeks ago, I visited downtown Philadelphia in the vicinity of Independence Hall. Again there were barricades, […]

Group looks at future of Clovis, Portales downtown areas

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Department of Transportation members viewed futuristic appearances of Clovis and Portales downtown areas on Thursday. Portales and Clovis MainStreet members discussed and displayed conceptual designs to members of the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Advisory Committee of the New Mexico Department of Transportation in the Memorial Building in Portales. The BPE advisory […]

State funds Clovis Hotel study

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Built in 1931, Hotel Clovis has been unoccupied for 22 years. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hotel Clovis still towers above the city, but after 22 years of dormancy and neglect, the nationally recognized historic site still has no tenant. The state recently pledged funds to assess the level of […]

Is your foundation made of rock or sand?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist In some of my early growing up years in Kansas City, Miss., mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or to shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. We would shop all morning and then at noon we would head to the nearest Katz […]

Officials thinking growth

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The city of Clovis is getting more involved in the future of Main Street. It’s also getting more involved in the health and well-being of the city’s youth. City commissioners Thursday voted to designate downtown as the Clovis Downtown Metropolitan Redevelopment Area, meaning the city would be able to […]

Metro designation could aid downtown growth

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer If the Clovis City Commission votes later this year to establish a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area downtown, 14 blocks of Main Street and the surrounding area could be transformed. Private contractors representing the state economic development department presented a plan to area residents last week that would hand control to […]