Funds requested to detox old hotel

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Whether the city decides to develop or demolish Hotel Clovis, they will have to detoxify the building first, according to Clovis MainStreet representatives. Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien went before the City Commission on Thursday to request approval for the community development organization to ask legislators for about […]

Local Roundup: County to discuss manager position

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission should start discussions on the search for a new county manager during its next meeting, according to Commission Chairman Albin Smith. The Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The Commission terminated Dick Smith’s contract as county manger during its Oct. 10 meeting. In the same meeting, commissioners unanimously appointed […]

Construction on Main Street gateway starting soon

CNJ staff Construction on a Main Street gateway should begin soon, according to Clovis MainStreet Director Robyne Beaubien. Construction drawings are being routed through the appropriate offices for approval and construction will begin when permits are obtained, Beaubien said. Two 15-foot-tall pillars will be constructed in the 100 block of Main Street. They are modeled […]

Clovis MainStreet wins award

CNJ Staff Clovis MainStreet was recognized by New Mexico MainStreet at its annual award ceremony for its efforts in historic preservation and downtown revitalization, according to a news release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Clovis MainStreet received the Lt. Gov. Diane Denish Award in Partnership. According to Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien, […]

Business Digest: Governor’s awards nominees sought

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Nominations are being accepted until Sept. 17 for the Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Awards, according to a release from the awards group. Each year the group selects 10 people from cities, small towns and remote villages whose work-related public service has been notable and whose activities outside of work […]

Hotel Clovis plans give officials hope

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CNJ file photo Jonathan Reed and Associates proposed a $10 million plan to turn the Hotel Clovis into housing units. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor City officials say they are watching with interest a $10 million plan by an Albuquerque developer to convert the Hotel Clovis into housing units. They’ve seen similar ideas evaporate […]

Hotel Clovis fund-raiser founded

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Fund-raising efforts are already under way for redevelopment of the Hotel Clovis. “We want the public to realize there is a possible project out there and to garner their support,” Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien said of the plan developed by Jonathan Reed and Associates to convert the […]

$10 million Hotel Clovis plan proposed

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The city and Clovis MainStreet would seek grants to cover their costs of $1 million, according to Clovis MainStreet’s vice president, Lisa Dunagan. By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Hotel Clovis may become a home for seniors under a $10 million plan proposed by Clovis MainStreet. The Clovis City Commission […]

Business digest — May 8

Forum set for findings on Clovis’ economy The University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research will present the findings of its assessment of Clovis’ economy at a public forum hosted by Clovis MainStreet, according to a Clovis MainStreet news release. The forum will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 22 in […]

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 […]

Business Digest: Companies form joint venture

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Engineering firm ARES Corp. and Blue Sun Biodiesel have formed a joint venture to improve biodiesel processing technology and to build biodiesel production facilities in North America, according to a press release. The new company — ARES Blue Sun Development — has already selected a site in Clovis to […]

Hotel Clovis fate in officials’ hands

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners want a deadline set for a use to be found for the vacant Hotel Clovis — or have it torn down. During a study session after adjournment of Thursday’s formal meeting, commissioners heard from outgoing Clovis MainStreet President Zala Smith that money is needed for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]