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Pages past, Aug. 10: 7 teenagers killed near Lubbock

On this date … 1962: Seven teenagers on their way to a church picnic had been killed when a passenger train crashed into their car. Those killed were all from Olton or... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Aug. 7: County fair welcomes kids' pets

On this date ... 1982: The Curry County Fair was planning a new event – a youth pet show. Organizers said the show would be open to children of all ages and everyone would... — Updated 8/6/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Aug. 3: Straw hats on sale at Levine's

On this date … 1957: Levine’s department store on Clovis’ Main Street was holding a Super Value Dollar Day sale. Specials included: -- Cotton dresses $3 -- 180 thread count... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
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Candidate Q&A: State representative, District 64

Longtime Clovis Mayor David Lansford and longtime Clovis-Portales District Attorney Andrea Reeb are seeking the New Mexico House District 64 seat open with Randal Crowder’s... — Updated 7/30/2022

 
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Pages past, July 27: Gospel musician has heart for youth

On this date … 1987: Former Miss Black America and Clovis High School graduate Varetta Heidelberg was visiting her home town. Heidelberg played the saxophone and sang at Faith... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
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Pages past, July 24: Police: Burglar stole Bible

On this date ... 1967: Three thefts and two burglaries had been reported in Clovis over the weekend. Thieves snatched bicycles from 221 York and from 316 Merriwether, according to... — Updated 7/23/2022

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Solutions for reducing crime not so simple

It happens all the time in Clovis’ high-crime neighborhoods. Shots are fired. Property is damaged. Sometimes people get hurt. Police don’t always find out right away. And when... — Updated 7/23/2022

 
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Pages past, July 20: Heavy rains flood region

On this date … 1972: Regional rainfall totals had ranged from 1 to 7 inches over the previous 24 hours. Heaviest reports were between Floyd and Melrose. Panny Bigler said she’d... — Updated 7/19/2022

 
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Pages past, July 17: Remembering the 'Polar Bear'

On this date ... 1977: Robert “Polar Bear” Anderson had won a basketball dunking competition at Clovis High School. Anderson defeated defending champion Mike Grant, who... — Updated 7/16/2022

 
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Pages past, July 13: Scouts find adventure in Alaska

On this date … 1972: Texico-Farwell scouts had been exploring Alaska. The State Line Tribune newspaper offered daily reports from their adventure. On a recent Sunday, the group... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
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Texas man found dead in Oasis State Park

Doug Eaton loved mountain climbing. That’s where he’d been the past three weeks, hiking up 23 different peaks, each at least 14,000 feet high. The dream vacation was ending... — Updated 7/9/2022 Full story

 
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Pages past, July 6: Will trade news for pumpkins

On this date … 1912: No money but you want a subscription to The Clovis News? No problem. According to a note in the paper: “To you farmers who haven’t the ready cash to pay... — Updated 7/5/2022

 
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Pages past, July 3: County takes aim at trash dumpers

On this date ... 1962: A warning against persons dumping trash “hither and yon around the county” had been issued by the Curry County Commission. Commissioners said a crackdown... — Updated 7/2/2022

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: City must prioritize before raising taxes

We’ve heard their condescending refrain, like they are speaking to children, a million times: “We can’t live without water.” But have our intellectually superior city... — Updated 7/2/2022

 
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Pages past, June 29: 'Freak' twister hits fruit market

On this date … 1942: A “freak” Sunday-afternoon twister was the talk of Clovis. The Clovis News-Journal reported the twister hit the Williamson Fruit Market at 820 W. Seventh... — Updated 6/28/2022

 
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Pages past, June 26: Building projects at Clovis schools

On this date ... 1962: Completion and acceptance of classrooms at Lincoln-Jackson and Parkview elementary schools was expected in the next two weeks, Clovis schools Superintendent... — Updated 6/25/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, June 22: Hassell Club helps with sewing

On this date … 1972: The Hassell Club had recently met at the home of Mrs. Ronald Lewis. “The members helped Mrs. Lewis catch up with her sewing. They did machine and hand... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
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Homicide victim 'had a huge heart'

PORTALES -- Autumn Duran remembers James Roper as a free-spirit, wandering the streets of Portales, making people laugh. She called him "the statue." "We saw him around a lot," she... — Updated 6/19/2022

 
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Pages past, June 15: Beutler Brothers bring rodeo to town

On this date … 1952: Buck Rutherford had won the most prize money in the Beutler Brothers rodeo in Clovis, but he was not present to collect his winnings. That’s because he was... — Updated 6/14/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, June 12: 41 competing for top Baby Doll

On this date ... 1972: The 41 contestants for Miss Clovis Baby Doll 1972 were preparing to compete. The competition was to be held at the Marshall Junior High Auditorium.... — Updated 6/11/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, June 5: Newspaper promotes freedom

On this date ... 1962: The Clovis News-Journal published its opinion-page philosophies: “We believe that all men are equally endowed by their Creator, and not by any government,... — Updated 6/4/2022

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Tuesday good day to cast votes for small government

Tuesday is Election Day throughout New Mexico. Decisions we make today will impact public policy for the next two to four years. Our newspaper for nearly a century has used this... — Updated 6/4/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, June 1: Clovis senator looks for D.C. seat

On this date ... 1982: State Sen. Caleb Chandler, 39, of Clovis, defeated state Sen. Ben Altamirano of Silver City by more than 6,000 votes to win the Democratic primary in the... — Updated 5/31/2022

 
 By David Stevens    News

Clovis man charged with murder

CLOVIS — Manuel Rodriguez was dying from multiple gunshot wounds when he told bystanders who were trying to help him, “Amanda’s boyfriend did this to me.” Amanda, police... — Updated 5/29/2022 Full story

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Our divided nation must have compromise to reduce mass murders

Politicians on the Left say we need stricter gun laws. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” Beto O’Rourke said in announcing his plans if he’s elected... — Updated 5/28/2022

 

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