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 […]

Sometimes the river flows smoothly

Grant McGee: Local Columnist I make no apologies for feeling the need to get out of Clovis every now and then on a road trip. I wanted some mountains, I wanted a break from the heat. Flagstaff, Ariz., is known for being cool. It’s directly west of us once you get up on I-40. So […]

Officials: Recognition indicates Downtown Revitalization on track

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Clovis’ Main Street program was recognized statewide on Tuesday as one that has set a vision rolling for the city’s downtown development. The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program was among nine programs statewide to be named a “certified Main Street Community,” by the National Main Street Center. This was the first […]

Clovis downtown revitilization hires new program manager

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Julie Charters, a former accountant with the Bechtel Corporation and the wife of a Cannon Air Force Base pilot, has been hired as program manager for the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program. “After a very extensive search of some great candidates, we decided that Julie was the best fit for […]

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. […]

Big stores have not hurt Clovis’ shops on Main St.

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Victoria (left) and Giavanna Scarafiotti shop for gifts for family members Monday at the Main Street Crafters Mall. Victoria, who lives in Grants, was visiting her sister Giavanna, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University. CNJ photo: Rick White. By Darrell Todd Maurina While most of the new businesses coming to Clovis recently have located […]

Train still waiting for move across town

CNJ STAFF The Clovis Rotary Club has donated $1,000 to help move an historic steam locomotive to a new home, Clovis Depot Model Train Museum owner Phil Williams said Wednesday. The Rotary Club made the donation at its Nov. 6 meeting. Williams said he needs between $8,000 and $10,000 to move the Atcheson, Topeka and […]

Managers’ program arrives in Clovis

CNJ staff reports Representatives of cities around New Mexico will meet in Clovis Monday through Wednesday for the quarterly New Mexico Main Street managers training session. Main Street is a statewide program, sponsored by the Economic Development Department, that concentrates on downtown revitalization and historic preservation, providing technical assistance for businesses locating within Main Street […]

Arts festival lights up downtown

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Lincoln Jackson sixth-grade teacher Chris Harrell, dressed as Spike the Clown, juggles as he walks in Saturday’s 2003 Downtown Arts Festival Children’s Parade/Ethnic Fair Parade. By Darrell Todd Maurina Vintage cars, Scottish bagpipers, Hispanic and Native American dancers and music groups shared Clovis’ Main Street on Friday and Saturday with handmade crafts and artists painting […]

Christianity needs a proper focal point

By Judy Brandon Memphis, Tenn., holds fond memories for me. During my childhood, our family made many visits to relatives who lived in the area. So it was during my early years that I began to develop an affinity for the city of Memphis. In fact, that was carried through to years later when Charlie […]

Udall congratulates area on landing cheese plant

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Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. (center) walks down Main Street in Clovis during a Monday visit. Udall congratulated area officials on landing the Glanbia cheese plant. Photo by Rick White. By Jack King On a visit to Curry County some years ago, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., watched in amazement as a local dairyman loaded containers […]

City seeks to improve with plan

By Jack King The city of Clovis solicited comments from city residents and outside agencies for its infrastructure capital improvements plan for the first time this year at the urging of City Commissioner Catherine Haynes. The plan is a list of projects — usually city equipment, street or public works improvements — for which the […]

Event revs up downtown

By Gary Mitchell Sunday’s blessing of the bikes ceremony may not have affected the motorcycle machinery, but motorcyclist and Lighthouse Mission director Richard Gomez said he felt certain it was helpful. Members of the Christian Motorcycle Association conducted the blessing of the bikes as part of the Badlands Street Party held in downtown Clovis on […]

Park train move will cost $10,000

By Jack King The Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program and area train enthusiasts are looking for donors to help them move an historic steam locomotive to a new home. The locomotive, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe 9005, has sat in Hillcrest Park since 1954. Phil Williams, owner of the Clovis Historic Depot Model Train Museum, said […]

Conceptual drawings of downtown include lofts, hotel restaurant

By Eric Butler Residential lofts, a dance nightclub, a farmer’s market with an outdoor movie screen — all within a few-block radius at the south end of Main Street? It may or may not be an accurate view of the future of downtown Clovis, but it is the vision of several graduate students at the […]

Conceptual drawings to be shown downtown

By Jack King Ten students from the University of New Mexico’s Design Planning Assistance Center will exhibit conceptual drawings of what downtown Clovis could look like from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Xcel Energy Building, 500 Pile. The exhibit is sponsored by the Clovis Downtown Revitalization Program, said Catharine Johnson, the program’s […]