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100th anniversary good time to remember Lyceum

Clovis has been home to movie theaters and/or vaudeville entertainment since Clovis began. The earliest theaters were less impressive than most living room entertainment centers today — small spaces, sometimes located in the second story of a...

 

Opinion: Information key to overcoming the coronavirus

We can probably all agree hand washing and social distancing are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But there’s another safety component some officials around the state seem to not understand: Information should be shared, especially...

 

Opinion: Service station burglaries and giant rattlesnakes

I collect historical 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. Vance said he would pay a $25 reward if someone could identify...

 

Reflections of stress: Let's hope COVID-19 more bark than bite

The coronavirus has hit home. Hard. Hundreds of businesses across eastern New Mexico are closed or limited in services they can provide. Schools have been closed for two weeks and soon switching to a... Full story

 

1918 flu pandemic shut down Clovis

Myrtle Gurley was the first to die, on Oct. 7, 1918. She left two small children and a husband. Ten days later, Clovis’ number of influenza deaths had swelled to 23. “This is by no means whatsoever a large death rate, considering the hundreds of...

 

A look at a handful of local legends

Langdon Skarda was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also an attorney, farmer, rancher and banker with wide-ranging hobby interests. Skarda lived most of his life in Clovis, having been born in the city on Feb. 8,...

 

Presidential history: Super support for GOP

Fourteen states held primary elections on Tuesday, including Texas. That makes today a good day to look back on the region’s choices for president through the years. Some interesting tidbits from Bailey, Curry, De Baca, Parmer, Quay and Roosevelt...

 

Roosevelt County walking line between liberty, bureaucracy

Congratulations to the Roosevelt County Commission. That was some impressive politicking it did on Tuesday. Commissioners seem to have successfully walked a fine line — supporting the county sheriff who doesn’t want to enforce the state’s...

 

Soldier was 'too lively for a corpse'

Rumors of his death were “slightly exaggerated.” That was according to Portales’ Don Holderman, 23, who had supposedly died in a Japanese prisoner camp near the end of World War II. His good health was substantiated by newspaper reporters just...

 

Municipal elections seem focused on growing government

A few thoughts on Clovis’ municipal elections: n Where did anyone get the idea crime in Clovis is rising, as several candidates have suggested? Clovis police statistics show calls for service have been dropping steadily since at least 2014. Police... Full story

 

Memories of a clown, and $17 hospital rooms

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Februarys past: n Feb. 5, 1929: Ridge Whiteman, 19, of Portales wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institute reporting he’d found an arrow point with elephant...

 

L as in Librado - builder of early Clovis

Newcomers to Clovis might misinterpret the name of L. Casillas Boulevard near the Lighthouse Mission as Las Casillas — as in The Casillas. That’s not far off. Librado Casillas was the Casillas who helped build Guadalupe parish, a mission of Sacre...

 

'Red flag' law won't make us any safer

Some New Mexico lawmakers are supporting a proposed “red flag” law they hope will protect us from crazy people. No, thank you. The idea that government can protect us from anything is crazy enough. Senate Bill 5 — which is being debated in the...

 

1970: Year of the woman in politics

Their names are long forgotten, at least in Clovis' political circles. But they laid the groundwork for other women to become active in city government. Phyllis Wood, Tommy L. Turner and Lela Bainum...

 

Give thought to candidate who gets your vote

Voting begins next week for municipal seats in Clovis and Portales. This election offers us more hope than usual because we have choices. A lot of choices in some cases. Clovis has six contested races on the ballot, including five candidates who...

 

When Tucumcari hosted a celebrity bowler

Temperatures hovered near zero. Visibility was about the same. Actor Jimmy Stewart was flying the first plane he'd ever owned from Kansas City to Los Angeles when he had to set it down at Tucumcari....

 

Police really are the good guys most of the time

Occasionally, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Recent allegations about local law enforcement officers stealing cash from criminal suspects is a good example. But as troubling as those incidents are, it’s encouraging to learn...

 

A look back when nearly the entire police force quit

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Januarys past: • Jan. 7, 1941: “Bales and bales of hay” had been moved into Clovis’ Armory for members of two National Guard units staying there. “The...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 15, 2020

Police detective charged with embezzling

CLOVIS — A Clovis police detective has been charged with embezzling $166 from a man he arrested in June. Francisco Hernandez, 33, faces misdemeanor charges of embezzlement and tampering with evidence, court records show. Records show Hernandez is s... Full story

 

Region still making stars in pro rodeo

Eastern New Mexico and our Texas neighbors have produced some of the world’s greatest athletes. Hank Baskett (2006-2010) and Jerry Nuzum (1948-1951) played pro football. Bubba Jennings was a major college basketball star (Naismith Award winner in...

 

Remembering cowboys from 35 years ago

Just 21, newly married, he wasn't quite 6-foot tall and he wasn't close to 150 pounds. Lane Frost loved riding bulls. The Pro Rodeo official media guide in 1985 gave us a glimpse of his passion for...

 

60 years ago: 'Mr Tapp got shot'

Three 12-year-old girls were putting air in their bicycle tires early that Sunday evening. Then the Texaco service station attendant told them they needed to leave. As they were riding away, a shot rang out. “Mr. Tapp got shot,” Kathy Wilkinson...

 

Plenty to remember about Gov. Mabry

On Dec. 28, 1950, the Clovis News-Journal's front page featured two noteworthy stories: the retirement of New Mexico Gov. Thomas Mabry and the death of a man who claimed he was Billy the Kid. Mabry...

 

Something obvious: Both political parties are out of control

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, as expected. Republicans called it a kangaroo court, as expected. Even some Trump supporters agree it’s clear the president threatened to withhold...

 

How about a Grafonola for Christmas?

Clovis was the happening place for Christmas shoppers 100 years ago today. That was the top story in The Clovis News on Dec. 11, 1919. “People have traveled a greater distance to trade at Clovis this fall than ever before,” the story read....

 

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