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 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,...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 10, 2019

NM Legislature full of bad ideas, with more on way

The number of terrible ideas that have come from New Mexico’s lawmakers this legislative session must be in the hundreds by now. But at least the illogical gun-control measures, the liberty-robbing...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 6, 2019

Bailey County namesake died defending Alamo

Peter James Bailey was born in Springfield, Kentucky, in 1812. Bailey County, where Muleshoe is located, is named in his honor. Today is a good day to remember Bailey because it’s the date of his...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    March 3, 2019

Left, Right ... wrong; Time to reduce size, impact of government

Many New Mexicans are outraged because the state’s Democrats are about to pass the largest tax increase in the state’s history. A news release from House Republicans reads: “Democrats passed...

 

Every business has story to tell

Tom and Louise Snell operated the Bible Book Store at 101 W. Fifth St. in Clovis for about 15 years. Fifty years ago this week they were featured in the Clovis News-Journal’s “Business Review &...

 

Newspaper morgue is full of life

Turkish author Mehmet Murat ildan maybe said it best: "A good photograph never belongs to the past; every time you look at it, it is with you, it is alive and it is in the present moment." There is a...

 

Library sentencing provides beginning in search for peace

Finally, at least officially, it’s over. The nightmares following the deadly Aug. 28, 2017, rampage at Clovis’ public library will never be over for its dozens of victims. But at least Friday’s...

 

Good day to remember the Loves

With Valentine’s Day a day away, this seems a good time to tell a Love story. It’s two Love stories, actually. Frank Love met Lillian Nicholson in Vaughn in the early 1920s. He was a railroad man....

 

And now a round of applause for the workers among us

“Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.” ...

 

Minimum-wage bill 'a little much,' but state winning fight

The concept seems so ... un-American. Government can decide how much a Mom and Pop shop has to pay its employees? That has to be unconstitutional, doesn’t it? But just as we’ve allowed government...

 

Look out, citizens: NM's Legislature is back in session

Longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle, the Republican from Portales, reminds us as often as he has the opportunity: We’re never safe when the Legislature’s in session. That’s never been more true...

 

Opinion: Past time to release reports on shooting that involved officer

It’s been three months since a Clovis police officer shot and killed a suspected car thief. It’s been two months since investigators completed their review of the incident. And yet reports...

 

Year to bring change driven by readers

The new year will bring a few more changes to The Eastern New Mexico News. But this time, those changes won’t involve cost cutting as they have so often in recent years. This time, the change will...

 

Opinion: Hopeful to see new ideas in public schools

Probably the biggest knock against public education is that one size is expected to fit all. That’s understandable given that one classroom teacher cannot teach 25-plus children individually. But...

 

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