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 By David Stevens    News    January 17, 2021 

Pages past, Jan. 17: Electrical promotions and light in the courthouse

On this date ... 1911: Roosevelt County commissioners ordered there be light in the county courthouse. “It is the order of the board that the court house be wired for lighting by the Public Service...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 13, 2021

Pages past - Jan. 13

On this date … 1931: Hundreds of family and friends had packed Clovis’ First Methodist Church, leaving the balcony and vestibule overflowing, to say goodbye to Walter Stalcup, 45. Stalcup was...

 

Opinion: 'Stain on democracy' can become rallying point for GOP future

There is a bright side for Republicans who still believe in smaller, more conservative government. Wednesday's events at our nation's Capitol cannot be justified or defended, but maybe they offer a...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 10, 2021

Pages past, Jan. 10 - Folk music and Wildcat hoopsters

On this date ... 1966: Folk music was being used by the Communist Party to undermine the morals and patriotism of Americans. That was the message recently delivered by Rev. David Noebel at Clovis...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 6, 2021

Man on a mission

CLOVIS - Nick Cain is on a mission to honor his "colorful predecessors." His goal is to locate and mark the gravesites of 107 men who served as Arizona Rangers between 1901 and 1909. Maybe he'll...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 6, 2021

Pages past, Jan. 6: Milk prices, a car thief and Red Heads

On this date … 1951: Milk prices were on the rise. Both the College Dairy and Price's Dairy in Portales announced they would raise retail prices by one cent - from 22 to 23 cents for pasteurized...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 3, 2021

Pages past, Jan. 3: CB radios keeping law officers busy

On this date ... 1961: The Curry County United Fund had received an unexpected boost to its campaign efforts when the Clovis Retail Liquor Dealers Association pledged $1,800 to the drive. The drive...

 

Opinion: Minimum-wage hikes another blow to economy

New Mexico small businesses not quite down for the count took another punch in the gut on Friday. That’s when minimum wage jumped to $10.50 an hour. First COVID-19 made thinking people think about...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 3, 2021

In tribute: Remembering friends lost in 2020

Editor's note: We may forever remember 2020 as a year best forgotten. But some of the people who left us this year should never be forgotten. Here's a small sampling of friends and neighbors who...

 

Pages past, Dec. 30: Captain's Table and a holiday bazaar

On this date … 1960: Membership had almost doubled at the second meeting of the newly formed Curry County Sugar Beet Association. About 85 farmers, including 63 members of the association, had met...

 

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On this date ... 1940: A.J. Whiting, 68, a pioneer cowboy, railroad worker, retail store owner and city manager, died in Clovis Memorial Hospital from pneumonia. Whiting came to Clovis in 1910 after...

 

Opinion: Responsible return to classroom needs to happen Jan. 18

Yes, there will probably be a post-Christmas surge of COVID-19 cases across eastern New Mexico and the nation. But that won't be a reason to keep public schools closed to the public. The only reason...

 

Pages past, Dec. 23: Dear Santa, I want a Paladin gun

On this date … 1955: Eight teams from eight states and eight collegiate conferences were preparing to play in the eighth annual Sunshine Basketball Tournament at Eastern New Mexico University....

 

Opinion: Wayland Thomas: Workhorse won't be soon forgotten

Wayland Thomas had a full life. He drove a houseboat on the Mississippi River in 2018, caught a 42-pound uku snapper last March in Hawaii, went parasailing in the Bahamas with his granddaughters in...

 

Pages past, Dec. 20: From Lynyrd Skynyrd to Randolph Scott

On this date ... 1950: Ned Houk, a Clovis grocery store owner, had filed his candidacy for election as city commissioner in District 1. James Massey, a railroad brakeman, had also filed for the positi...

 

Pages past, Dec. 16: School dress code, and a new chamber man

On this date … 1960: Checks and cash totaling $3,450 had been taken from Denton's Grocery and Café in Kenna. Roosevelt County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Widener said someone broke into the store after 9...

 

Pages past, Dec. 13: Thousands watched daytime Christmas parade

On this date ... 1975: An estimated 8,000 people lined Clovis’ Main Street to watch the annual Christmas parade. “(A) possible record-breaking 110 entries traveled from Hilltop Plaza to First...

 
 By David Stevens    News    December 9, 2020

Pages past, Dec. 9: Phone calls from Vietnam, birds in trees

On this date … 1950: A “barrel full” of starlings lay dead on the Roosevelt County Courthouse lawn, the result of an organized attempt to discourage them from roosting in trees around the...

 
 By David Stevens    News    December 6, 2020

Pages past, Dec. 6: Furniture, cold temps, and an opera star

On this date ... 1950: Portales was about to be home to a “new and bigger” McGee Furniture Co. at 308 E. State St. The “gigantic grand opening” was set for the weekend with “valuable...

 

Opinion: Leal's owner: 'City attacked my integrity'

Just when you thought government couldn’t possibly inflict any more grief on a small business owner … welcome to the city of Clovis. City officials announced last week they would be capping CARES...

 

Pages past, Nov. 29: Weather windy, preachers on move

On this date ... 1975: The clouds over the High Plains promised more moisture than they delivered, but wind took folks' minds off the breach of promise, the Clovis News-Journal reported. The blustery...

 

Pages past, Nov. 25: Remembering Uncle Bill, 'Helldorado'

On this date ... 1930: Clovis-area residents prepared for "Helldorado," a "miniature wild and wooly Western show" presented in the Main Street Building over four days. Officials said 21 acts of "high...

 

Opinion: Time to fight the virus instead of each other

For months we’ve argued over whether it’s a “hoax” or “just like the flu.” Solutions range from “shelter in place” to “herd immunity.” Some of the talking heads said, “It’s...

 

Pages past, Nov. 22: A fire, sugar beets and BJ's special

On this date ... 1960: Clovis city commissioners set the tax for clubs selling liquor at $500 per year after club representatives complained a planned fee of $1,000 was too high. Men representing the...

 

Pages past, Nov. 11: Fires, coupons and being your own boss

On this date ... 1950: Portales firefighters responded to four alarms - three grass fires and one house ablaze. The first grass fire was reported at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Charles Street and...

 

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