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 By David Stevens    News    September 27, 2020 

Pages past, Sept. 27: State theater: Home of star-studded romance

On this date ... 1975: More than 5,000 people were “obviously delighted” with performances of the Air Force Thunderbirds and Golden Knights Parachute Team at Cannon AFB's annual open house, the...

 

Pages past, Sept. 23: Remembering dogs, children with a grenade

On this date ... 1975: Cannon Air Force Base officials had exploded a grenade found by children playing in the 100 block of Thornton Street in Clovis. Police said the grenade belonged to a Clovis man...

 

Opinion: If you're offended by a TV show, then turn the thing off

“Cuties” is about a child’s struggle to find her identity amid contrasting cultures. Or it’s child pornography. You’ll have to watch it to decide for yourself. Or, don’t, which is also...

 

Pages past, Sept. 20: Remembering when fruit pies were 39 cents

On this date ... 1985: Capt. Joe Frank Chavez and Capt. Evelyn Chavez were the new commanders of Clovis’ Salvation Army. Joe Chavez said the organization’s food shelves were sparsely stocked and...

 

Pages past, Sept. 16: Greyhounds 'definitely the underdogs'

On this date ... 1975: Eastern New Mexico University had narrowed its list of candidates for president from 322 to six. Officials said they would keep the names confidential "to prevent any of the...

 

Opinion: Looks like we're winning the fight against the virus

After months of scary numbers with no end in sight, recent weeks have suggested the worst of COVID-19 might be behind us. It’s not time to gather in one large group, burn all our masks and shout...

 

Pages past, Sept. 9: The one for '51 was 'low to the road'

On this date ... 1975: Johnny Mitchum of Harrison, Arkansas, had captured the Old Fiddler Contest at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lorita Baldridge of Clovis had finished second and Dink Essary of Floyd...

 

Pages past, Sept. 6: Motor boats were 'putt-putting' about

On this date ... 1957: Clovis received 5.26 inches of rain between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - the most ever recorded in the city in a 24-hour period. No injuries were reported, but hundreds of sparrows...

 

Pages past - Sept. 2

On this date ... 1910: C. S. Hart of Portales was shot in the arm, face and leg in a dispute over $14 in pasture rent. The injuries sustained from shotgun pellets did not appear life-threatening, but...

 

Opinion: The 'Great Chief:' A man of character to treasure forever

Clovis lost one of its finest citizens on Aug. 21 when longtime educator G.C. Ross died of pancreatic cancer at age 82. Kevin Wilson’s profile in Wednesday’s paper provides multiple examples of...

 

Happy birthday, Clovis High: You're 64

The Clovis High School complex at 21st and Thornton streets opened 64 years ago this week. Some things you might not know about the history of Clovis High: Clovis’ first school, which contained all...

 

Farwell founder man of faith

You can't really do justice to Texas history without mentioning John Villiers Farwell. The last name is familiar to most of eastern New Mexico. The tiny Parmer County community just east of the railro...

 

Opinion: Most of us still believe in trying to live, let live

We’ve seen some eye-opening comments aimed at our presidential candidates, especially in the past few weeks. A few seconds on Facebook reveals: “I don’t think someone that had sex with a porn...

 

V-J Day met with joy, and many tears

The news of peace, The Portales Tribune told us, was received in various moods. It came about 5 p.m. that Tuesday in New Mexico. “When the final news was received some hearers stood calmly and spoke...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 9, 2020

Opinion: News consumers ultimately decide best place for news

Social media platforms are engaged in censorship. (Insert shocked face here.) The high-profile target last week was the president of the United States. The president’s re-election campaign posted a...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 5, 2020

A little bit about that time Selena played in Clovis

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first newspaper in the Clovis-Portales area was published in Portales. The...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 29, 2020

Texas-New Mexico border place to be in August 1967

The celebration didn’t have a name back then, but there was barbecue. Underwood’s of Lubbock fed the hungry at Farwell’s city park. The American Junior Rodeo Association inspired the gathering,...

 

State police: No more warnings

New Mexico State police will no longer issue verbal warnings or “cease and desist” orders to businesses that violate the governor’s public health orders. That’s according to Lt. Ramon Terrazas, who informed officers under his command in an...

 

Remembering the man under the hair

Perhaps you've never heard of August Doyle, but his hair was famous. His story played out 50 years ago, which makes today a good day to remember the former airman at Cannon Air Force Base. Doyle grew...

 

Opinion: Freedom comes with the burden of responsibility

Does the governor have the right to make us wear facemasks, stay 6 feet apart and avoid crowds because some people are getting sick and dying from a contagious disease? It’s a fair question. But probably not the most pressing question we should be...

 

Opinion: Historic bakery coming back to life

The Roosevelt Brewing Company Tap Room becomes a part of Clovis history at noon on Friday. That's when owner Justin Cole said he plans the next grand opening for the building at 515 N. Main St. You...

 

Opinion: What if we had all started sooner in missing man search?

Josefita Griego wonders if we could have saved Bob Casey. What if a community search party had been organized at 10:30 that Wednesday night when the 83-year-old man was first reported missing? What if more people had known, sooner, that we all...

 

Opinion: Davy Crockett song still in our heads

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, the greenest state in the land of the free, he was raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree. And he killed him a bear when he was only 3. Davy, Davy Crockett, was the king of the wild frontier — and every...

 

Can collector's body found in field

CLOVIS - Drones, dogs, hundreds of volunteers on foot and even a helicopter crew came out to search for Bob Casey after he went missing late Wednesday night. The volunteers found the 83-year-old... Full story

 

Opinion: Police reform must include compassion and perspective

President Trump has ideas. New Mexico lawmakers do, too. All the politicians have the same goal: Reform police departments so no more George Floyds are killed over allegations of fake $20 bills. How exactly to achieve this goal is complicated. Our...

 

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