Taxpayers shouldn’t foot hotel bill

I think it is noble to want to save Hotel Clovis from decay or destruction. Personally, I love to see historic buildings preserved and put back to use. I’m somewhat less enthusiastic over the plan to use it for subsidized housing. If you own the building, I think it is yours to use as you […]

Hotel Clovis: Saving a local landmark

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File photo Hotel Clovis was foreclosed on in 2004 and became city property. Sharna Johnson When Hotel Clovis fell into disrepair in the 1980s and its owners failed to address it, the city stepped in. Now, almost 11 years later, around $100,000 of local money has been invested — a figure that could grow to […]

Hotel plan comes with concerns

The issue of what to do about the Hotel Clovis has been a sticking point since the hotel closed in the 1980s. At various times different plans surfaced and were discarded. There was a group planning to buy the property and use it for a radio station, but that fell through. The city of Clovis […]

Group in way of Clovis progress

Once again situations in this community seem to amaze me. After reading a newspaper article on the Hotel Clovis, I once again wonder from what planet a handful of citizens come. We are presented with someone who wants to invest more than $9 million in a project eradicating an eyesore in our community, and one […]

Friday morning briefing: Hotel Clovis, spring break and breaking the color barrier

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing Fast fact Hotel Clovis hosted its grand opening on Oct. 20, 1931. School’s out A reminder — Portales Municipal Schools classes and offices are scheduled to be closed for Spring Recess April 22-25. Classes resume April 26. Quirky quote “Giving money and power to […]

Tucumcari suspect awaiting extradition

Freedom New Mexico A man suspected of killing two Tucumcari men in a hotel awaits extradition from Conroe, Texas. Muziwokuthula Madonda, 33, of Chicago, waived extradition Thursday morning in a Montgomery County, Texas, courtroom, Montgomery County officials said. The Quay County Sheriff’s Office will transport Madonda to Tucumcari, where he will stand trial on two […]

Slaying suspect rented hotel room next to victims

Freedom New Mexico A man suspected of killing two Tucumcari men in a hotel was renting the hotel room next door to the two men found fatally shot, according to New Mexico State Police Agent Joshua J. Armijo’s affidavit. Gabriel Baca, 37, and Bobby Gonzales, 57, both of Tucumcari, were found dead on March 24 […]

Encountering Christ life-changing experience

One time my sister Susie and I saw Harry Truman. We were in grade school and my parents attended a church convention in Kansas City, Mo. We stayed at the Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City. The day after we checked in, the news spread throughout the hotel that former President Harry Truman was attending […]

Business digest —

Hotel awarded by franchisor The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel in Clovis was awarded 2010 Gold Hospitality Award from its franchisor, Choice Hotels International, Inc. The hotel is one of only seven hotels within the state, and one of 94 hotels within the Comfort brand to receive “Gold Award” status. The award is given to […]

Portales Inn getting remodel

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Maxwell Group LLC managing member Bob Morrow talks about the renovation plans for the Portales Inn while standing just inside the hotel’s entry off Avenue B. The group plans to turn the building into a boutique hotel with several kinds of food and beverage service on the first floor. Argen […]

Letter to the editor: Hotel deserves to be put to use

I can sympathize with Kent McManigal’s anti-government stance in Friday’s column, but in the case of the Hotel Clovis there was no other entity that could keep the structure from continued deterioration. Prospective owners, especially those who envision public housing or a nonprofit use for the facility are usually in need of government grants or […]

City’s involvement not necessary

Hotel Clovis keeps turning up in the news. Is it destined to be an eyesore, a money pit, or a slum? Or will tax money be spent to demolish it? As long as government is involved, you can bet those are the only realistic outcomes. I realize the city believes it owns Hotel Clovis, but […]

Commissioners approve agreement toward Hotel Clovis renovations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An artist’s rendering of the planned Hotel Clovis Lofts, a $13 million conversion project by Tierra Realty of Clovis. Kevin Wilson City officials feel tax dollars will be better spent helping a private company renovate the Hotel Clovis than tearing down the city-owned building. The Clovis City Commission met Friday […]

City commission holding special meeting Friday

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission is holding a special meeting 8 a.m. Friday at city hall. The city is asking for approval of a memorandum of agreement among the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Officer, the City of Clovis and Hotel Clovis Housing regarding the Hotel Clovis Lofts […]

Commissioners amend Hotel Clovis lease agreement

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission quickly approved its only agenda item Wednesday, an amendment to the Hotel Clovis lease agreement with Tierra Realty of Taos. The company is seeking Housing and Urban Development HOME funds, and needed to alter the lease agreements to include HUD environmental assessment requirements. The company is trying to renovate […]

City commission to meet on lease agreement

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis City Commission will meet 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in special session at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. The commission will vote on an amendment to a lease agreement with Tierra Realty of Taos, which is renovating the Hotel Clovis into senior housing. The realty company intends to apply […]

Hotel California to perform Saturday

Freedom New Mexico staff Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles, an Eagles cover band, will still be performing tonight. An Eagles concert in Lubbock was rescheduled earlier this week and has caused concern, according to a Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series organizer. Hotel California’s performance, 7 p.m. today at Marshall Auditorium, serves […]

Press release: Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” Still On in Clovis

The kickoff concert of the 2010-2011 Cultural Arts Series, “Hotel California—A Salute to the Eagles” scheduled for October 9 at 7 pm at Marshall Auditorium is still on, according to Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts Director at Clovis Community College. “The real Eagles concert in Lubbock this week was canceled and rescheduled for later this month,” […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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Courtesy photo An Eagles tribute band will mark the first performance in the Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series this year. The show is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California […]

Hotel offers historic experience

Karl Terry Do you believe in ghosts? For me I guess the answer would be no but I do enjoy the stories and legends. If a ghost story helps put a person in a period of history and brings that history to life in some way that’s pretty cool whether you believe in ghosts or […]