The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Articles written by David Stevens

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 169



If it's politics, it's complicated (and misleading)

Politics is complicated. And politicians are champions at confusing voters and taxpayers even more than necessary in efforts to sway support. Take, for example, President Trump’s recent threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. New...

 

Billy the Kid ... a complicated fellow

FORT SUMNER — It’s been 138 years, but the kid killer is still making news. Fort Sumner City Councilor Gerald Cline and movie director Michael Anthony Giudicissi are planning a Facebook Live broadcast from Billy the Kid’s grave on Sunday night...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 3, 2019

From Dizzy to the Kid - July a memorable month

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Julys past: • July 1, 1908: A fire wiped out the east half of Portales' business district, causing $30,000 in...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 26, 2019

At least that ballplayer was 'gentlemanly'

Newspapers have long been criticized for crossing the line between “reporting” and “editorializing,” and for prying into people’s private lives. That may have been the case in June 1910...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 23, 2019

Car solution showed fiscal responsibility

Fiscal responsibility and Curry County commissioners: Now those are a couple of terms you don’t see in the same sentence every day. Today it’s warranted. Commissioners last week decided to send a...

 
 By David Stevens    News    June 23, 2019

Draggin' Main Music Festival: Holograms could be ticket to past

What if we could see Buddy Holly perform on stage, 60 years after his death? We can, as soon as this fall, as close as Albuquerque. The Rock ’n’ Roll Dream Tour, featuring holographic images of...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 19, 2019

Remembering the plane-train days

You could fly from Clovis to Kansas City for $47 in those days. If you were brave enough. Newspaper Editor Mack Stanton and Santa Fe railroader Charles Reichart were overheard discussing safety and he...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 16, 2019

Hatch Act remains spiritual path for our public officials

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel last week recommended President Trump fire an aide for “persistent, notorious and deliberate Hatch Act violations.” Trump said no, he would not fire Kellyanne...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 12, 2019

Will Bates: Much of Pep called him 'Dad'

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Junes past in Roosevelt County papers: • June 1, 1950: Eastern New Mexico University formally dedicated three...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 5, 2019

Parade likely less dangerous than that of yesteryear

Clovis hosts its annual Pioneer Days events this week, highlighted by a parade on Saturday. Promoters are promising fun times for all involved. That may be true, but the times probably won’t be as...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    June 2, 2019

Sound of sirens means 'Danger!' - not just potential

The city of Clovis is an easy target for criticism, and it’s often deserved. Last week’s “failure” to activate tornado warning sirens did not warrant the disapproval expressed by those...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 29, 2019

Some of those stories might be true

When Clovis hosts its annual Draggin’ Main/Music Festival June 22-29, a number of high school graduation classes will be joining the festivities for reunions. There will be talk of long-ago hooky...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 26, 2019

Don't forget to honor sacrifice of veterans as we mark summer

Saturday marked the unofficial beginning of summer. Schools are mostly out, the weather is mostly warmer and it’s the heart of a three-day weekend for many of us. It’s usually a great time for...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 22, 2019

Good day to remember first Clovis grad

More than 440 students were scheduled to graduate from Clovis High School last weekend. That makes today a good day to remember CHS’ first high school graduate. Victor Bieler was also the only Clovi...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 15, 2019

There's always something new to see in baseball

It’s said you can watch 1,000 baseball games and see something you’ve never seen before every time. I’m pretty sure that was true for Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller’s mother, at least on...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 12, 2019

Decision to publish graphic lapel video made with purpose

Our news organization last week published online a graphic video associated with the October shooting death of a suspected car thief. The video, from Clovis Police Officer Brent Aguilar’s lapel...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    May 8, 2019

A few May tidbits from newspapers past

I collect tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Mays past published in Roosevelt County papers: • May 1, 1955: Portales Valley Mills workers...

 

Here comes that rainy-day feeling

Welcome to Monsoon Season. Yes, there is sarcasm in the term since our region barely averages 16 inches of rain annually. But most of whatever moisture we receive this year will probably fall between...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    April 24, 2019

This little piggy sold groceries

I miss Piggly Wiggly. There are probably better grocery stores around here today, but they don't have better names or histories. My dad worked at the Piggly Wiggly in Muleshoe for four decades,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    April 17, 2019

That time Gene Autry got a ticket

I collect tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Aprils past: • April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales announced his dog, Buzz, had been poisoned and he would pay $25...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    April 14, 2019

Clovis police officer should have been cleared months ago

Six months after a Clovis police officer shot and killed a suspected car thief, officials last week finally determined the officer was justified in his actions. The process lasted about five months to...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    April 10, 2019

Good day to honor the 'Aaaah!'

You’ve heard the sound effect a hundred times. It’s been used in the “Indiana Jones” films, as well as in cartoons, video games and many, many television shows. It sounds like “Aaaah!...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    April 3, 2019

Remembering when Bubba got 75

The Clovis High Wildcats were easily winning their district-opening basketball game that night, Jan. 11, 1980, in Roswell. But Coach Jimmy Joe Robinson called time out about halfway through the third...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 27, 2019

Good day to remember Lila Leeds

If you took a poll asking who is eastern New Mexico’s most famous resident of all time, the choices would likely include: • former pro football star Hank Baskett • music producer Norman Petty...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 17, 2019

Time to applaud those oft-forgotten first responders

“I am a lineman for the county “And I drive the main road “Searchin' in the sun for another overload …” — Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman” They gather annually to compete for fun,...

 

Page Down

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2019