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Trump rallies in NM

RIO RANCHO - She saw diversity. She saw young people. Roosevelt County Republican Chairwoman Tina Dziuk saw hope for New Mexico. "Given the overreach by our current (governor's) administration, I...

 

Good time to celebrate success

She came to Clovis with her military family when she was 10 years old. In 1975, she graduated from Clovis High School before entering Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She...

 

Potter Park namesake could milk a goat

He was a champion goat milker. He had audience with a president. And when you think about the only outdoor public swimming pool in Clovis, it's his name that comes to mind. This is a good day to...

 

Gun violence issue cannot be solved by GOP or Dems

No one has all the answers regarding the recent spate of gun violence across the country. But it seems unlikely government can end it. We should stop asking government to end it. We have to end it ourselves. One on one. That’s our only hope. We’v...

 

Yes, banana splits were less than a dime

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Septembers past: • Sept. 1, 1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe by Gil Lamb from the living room of his home at the...

 

25 years ago: A lifetime ago for some

Bill Clinton was president. O.J. Simpson was accused of murder. And Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards. Schindler’s List won seven Oscars. For the old-timers among us, 1994 seems like yesterday. But today’s high school seniors, and many...

 

Remembering a red-headed Pioneer

Clovis has a proud history of professional baseball teams, beginning in the 1920s, through 1957. At least nine Clovis Pioneers had a cup of coffee or more in the Major Leagues, including n Harry...

 

Responsible reporting includes respect for the right to privacy

We don’t usually report on personal disputes or private matters. Whether it’s a parent asking for help in locating a teenage runaway — who may or may not have a good reason for running away — or if it’s a customer unhappy with service at a...

 

Midway lights and corn dogs fairly fun

County fairs have been around as long as counties in New Mexico. In Clovis’ case, the county fair began before Curry County was even formed. On Oct. 2, 1914, The Clovis Journal reported the “Seventh Annual Curry County Fair” was about to take...

 

Opinion pages as diverse as our communities

A half dozen readers contacted the newspaper last week to express outrage at Wednesday’s editorial cartoon. Mostly they said it was racist. Several demanded an apology. One described it as “unacceptable hatred!” I didn’t see it that way. If...

 

August history warns: Beware of robbers

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first week of Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first Portales newspaper, The Progress, began weekly publication. The Portales Herald followed in 1902,...

 

RIP, you old gentleman jewel

Reliable grocers all recommended it. When you asked for the best, you received Golden West. That's what the newspaper ads claimed anyway. "The experienced housewife will ... use no other flour...

 

Tracy Byrd rained out - before or after 'Gump?'

It happened 20 years ago ... or 25 years ago ... or 30 years ago. Can you match the calendar year with the event? • Tracy Byrd was the headline act at the Clovis Music Festival. His concert was rained out after three songs. • Ealy Furniture was...

 

Big government plans celebration for losing money

Curry County commissioners are planning a big celebration. They’ll be using taxpayer dollars of course. The occasion is a reminder of big-government’s eagerness to waste our money entertaining us. Commissioners have decided to spend $50,000...

 

Moon walk forever linked with dead cat

Most Americans remember July 20, 1969, as the night man first walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface at 8:56 p.m. (MDT), telling the world it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I watched it...

 

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...

 

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