Portales officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales city officials have made repeated attempts to revive the movie theater in Portales, which closed in 2009, with no success, according to Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Some city councilors are now seeking to bring a “Fun Center” to Portales. Alisa Boswell City […]

Portales plans veterans memorial

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Roosevelt County War Memorial Project Committee chairman Larry Smith look over a brochure in the chamber of commerce conference room. Terry created the brochure as a way to advertise and raise funds at the county fair for the $20,000 war memorial […]

Hotel Clovis redevelopment still possible

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File photo The affordable housing ordinance’s failure — more than 58 percent of voters disapproved — has left a gap in funding that will now have to fill to accomplish the proposed project. Sharna Johnson While the Affordable Housing Ordinance died at the polls Tuesday, a proposed project to redevelop Hotel Clovis isn’t off the […]

Project connects airmen with calling cards

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Capt. Ryan Cross, a Cannon Air Force Base pilot, tries out a new international phone card Tuesday night at his home. Cross said when deployed, early on in the deployment is the most difficult time for military families with communication. He said the Clovis Chamber of Commerce working towards buying international […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel project vital to community

There has been much talk recently about the Affordable Housing Plan and the ordinance adopted by the city. In 2002, the New Mexico Legislature passed Constitutional Amendment 6. This amendment allows counties and municipalities to donate land, existing buildings, infrastructure, etc. to the development of affordable housing. This allowed the city of Clovis to donate […]

Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. The board awarded a little more than $29 million […]

Expert: Hotel Clovis project taxpayer funded

Sharna Johnson While the extension of low-income housing tax credits to developers puts implementation and management in the hands of private industry, the projects born of them — including the Hotel Clovis project — ultimately involve taxpayer funds. “The government is financing (the project) essentially but it’s technically true that the government’s not going to […]

Grant: Yard project never ending

When I asked The Lady of the House what she wanted for Mother’s Day she said, “A chocolate cake and an afternoon of yard work.” There’s always plenty of yard work to be done around the Stucco Hacienda. You see, The Lady of the House always has projects on her “honey-do” list: Things to be […]

Concerns raised over Ute Lake intake structure

Thomas Garcia Concerns over the size of an intake structure at Ute Lake for an eastern New Mexico pipeline project dominated discussion Thursday at an Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority meeting in Logan. Members of the ENMWUA met there to discuss details of the $500 million pipeline project that will pump water from the […]

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 […]

Officials: Runway extension set for completion by late September

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A 1,800 foot expansion of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport is underway and will be completed by late September or early October. Kevin Wilson An extension of the runway at the Clovis Municipal Airport should be completed by late September or early October, according to city officials and […]

For veteran, project is labor of love

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Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird is repainting the Duster at Veterans Park. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Kevin Wilson Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it a […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Hyenas may get new enclosure at zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Getti, a 3-year-old hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo, had to be separated from Sere his intended mate because when the pair began fighting, keepers feared they might hurt or kill each other. Sharna Johnson Stephanie Nutter is on a mission to bring a pair of hyenas back to earth. In-between […]

Letters to the editor: Other ways to fund Ute project

Other ways to fund Ute project We hope you read the ad in Clovis News Journal on April 10 newspaper by the High Plains Patriots about the proposed gross receipts tax increase. Read the facts for yourself. There is definitely a way to pay for the Ute water project without raising taxes again. City commissioner […]

Letter to the editor: Citizens right to be leery of tax

Citizens right to be leery of tax Clovis citizens are very cognizant of the fact that water is the lifeblood of our community. At a March 6, 2003, commission meeting, Mayor David Lansford proposed a gross receipts tax increase that would designate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Ute Water Project and 50 percent […]

Press release: U.S. 70 construction in Curry County

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) began pavement rehabilitation work earlier this month on a 6.4 mile section of U.S. 70 (Prince Street) from Brady Street in Clovis to the county line, from mile marker 434 to mile marker 441. This pavement rehabilitation project will cost approximately $6 million. The project consists of a […]

Prince Street overpass closed due to resurfacing project

CNJ staff With the temporary closure of the Prince Street overpass, drivers accessing south Clovis will have to use alternate routes for an estimated four weeks. A state resurfacing project on U.S. 70 is the reason for the closure, said Clovis City Engineer Justin Howalt. In the meantime, drivers can use either south Norris Street […]

Paying attention makes life enjoyable

Spending time up at the Caprock, scouting for a place to make a Project WILD fieldtrip. (That is a classroom-based, project-focused ecology curriculum), we came upon a forensics situation. Nothing to excite CSI Miami fans; this would be more appropriate to Animal Planet. Still, it starts one’s mind turning in several directions. Peering over the […]

No money for Ute water project in 2012 budget

Kevin Wilson If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the Eastern New Mexico Water […]