Officials break ground on Hotel Clovis renovation project

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Benna Sayyed Stephen Crozier believes each building project should be authentic, and vary in design, construction and environmental efficiency. When the Taos real estate developer looks at the dilapidated Hotel Clovis — once among the city’s economic strengths — he envisions an opportunity to revive the city’s downtown area. Crozier plans a $12.8 million renovation […]

Attorney to seek injunction against Hotel Clovis sign

An attorney who has demanded the city of Clovis remove a “Save me” sign from Hotel Clovis says it will be Monday before he can seek a court injunction. Eric Dixon, who said he works for the High Plains Patriots and their treasurer Kim Runyan, submitted a second letter to the city Friday after demands […]

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 […]

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 […]

New plans for old hotel

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Argen Duncan The Portales Inn is getting a facelift, a new name and a presidential atmosphere, the new owners say. Maxwell Group LLC, a consortium of professionals, has purchased the inn, vacant for 12 years, with plans to remodel it into an exclusive hotel with restaurants and space for events, said managing member Bob Morrow. […]

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 serves as the kick off for the […]

Eagles tribute band to perform

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 Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. Cannon Connections staff An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Saturday. Hotel California is renowned […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California is renowned as the leading Eagles tribute band, reaching audiences world-wide with a “dynamic” stage show, according to a press release from CCC. The performance is expected to include Eagles’ hits such as “Take […]

Portales past: Sept. 26,1950

Portales Daily News: Steel for the new Portales Hotel was being unloaded at the building site today, and steel riggers are due here tomorrow to start work. Most of the brick and tile for the four-story, 60-room structure was on the ground.

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 […]

Portales past: Aug. 4, 1950

Aug. 4, 1950: Final plans for the new Portales Hotel were in the hands of the Lambie Construction Co. Orders were being rushed for all materials needed to complete the structure, the Portales Daily News reported.

Reader submitted content: Soldiers helped bring comrade’s body to Portales

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Johnny Morgan On March 11, 1941, 26 young men from Roosevelt County left Portales to be drafted into the U.S. Army in Santa Fe. We walked from our hotel to the armory for our physicals. I will never forget what the major said when he saw us: “What do we have here? A bunch of […]

Report: Former police chief victim of extortion plot

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon was the victim of an extortion scheme and robbery at an Albuquerque hotel early Wednesday morning. Three men have been arrested, court records show. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Albuquerque Metro Court, the three admitted hatching a plan to blackmail Mondragon, […]

Hotel magnate had short political career

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist Conrad Hilton was born on Christmas day in 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico. His father, Augustus “Gus,” was born in Norway and arrived in New Mexico by way of Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1882. His mother, Mary Laufersweiler, also from Fort Dodge, married Gus on Lincoln’s birthday in 1885. […]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Two hurt in Hotel Clovis fall

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Police revealed few details at a Wednesday evening press conference, more than 30 hours after two men were injured in a fall down an elevator shaft at Hotel Clovis. Clovis police said they have ruled out criminal activity in the incident. The city’s Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt […]

Public meeting on Hotel Clovis project rescheduled

The City of Clovis is preparing to abate the Hotel Clovis to remove asbestos, pigeon guano and lead based paint.

Portales woman shot in leg in Albuquerque hotel

Freedom New Mexico A Portales woman was shot in the leg early Friday morning while she slept at an Albuquerque hotel, according to Albuquerque police. Sylvia Montano, 56, is listed as stable after receiving treatment at University of New Mexico Hospital, Officer Nadine Hamdy said Friday afternoon. It is a unique case, Hamdy said, considering […]

Destructive fires historic problem for Elida

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elida has had more than its share of trouble with disastrous fires during its century of existence. But in the early days residents kept rebuilding. Within a little over a year of the town’s incorporation on July 3, 1907 fires had pretty much destroyed the simple plank buildings on […]

Lessons learned while traveling

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]