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November 30, 2017

On this date ...

1982: Members of the New Mexico Board of Economic Development were in Clovis to discuss the pending loss of the Levi Strauss plant, which was scheduled to close later in the year.

"Losing Levi Strauss is something which should not be taken lightly," Ed Tatum told the board.

"It's a loss to the city but we must move forward."

At its peak, the local Levi Strauss facility employed 310 workers making jeans and other clothing for toddlers through early teens. At the time it was scheduled to close, 235 were employed there with an annual payroll of $2 million.

1962: The Clovis News-Journal had multiple stories and photos from the arrival home the day before of numerous planeloads of Cannon Air Force Base airmen who had been deployed to the southeastern United States in October for the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Col. Albert W. Schinz, 832nd Air Division commander, and Col. P.J. Markham, base commander, were on hand as the troop-laden C-130s began landing shortly after noon.

The returning airmen were treated to a red-carpet ceremony welcoming them home to waiting family members and friends.

"We are proud of what our units accomplished during the recent international crisis," Schinz told the airmen, "and we take great pride in welcoming all of you home. I am well aware of the lonely hours your loved ones endured while you were gone. We appreciate your contribution toward preserving freedom and peace throughout the world."

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