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 By David Stevens    Voices    December 9, 2018 

Opinion: Too many hoops to jump through

And now we have example No. 7,369,083 for why you don’t want to do business with the government if you can avoid it. On Thursday, New Mexico’s Racing Commission decided to table its decision on...

 

Opinion: That dern Bruce and other fun memories

I saw a lady wearing a Princess Leia t-shirt on Monday. That made me think of Oklahoma. Here’s how my mind got there: I grew up next door to a drive-in movie theater just outside Muleshoe. Between...

 

Opinion: Yes, freedom is 'worth a shot'

Tuesday was an interesting day in local government history. That’s the day Curry County commissioners reluctantly approved a resolution supporting economic development. No word yet on how they feel...

 

Opinion: City's dad of old an illustrious warrior

“Old Clovis was a Frankish king, “Some fourteen hundred years ago; “He was a warrior fierce and bold, “And vanquished every bloomin’ foe.” — The Story of Clovis, 1909 We can’t...

 

Opinion: Unsigned editorials going away, just like our editorial board

For decades, our newspaper has published unsigned local editorials. That ends today, but not without one final defense of the way we used to do things. Our unsigned editorials — under the Viewpoint...

 

Opinion: Treasures lost, now treasures found

After 17 years in the same room, at the same desk, in the same chair, I cleaned last week. Oh, I've allowed the cleaning crew to run a vacuum through a few times, and I dusted once, and Kevin Wilson...

 

Opinion: That time the flu kept us all home

Remember that time when nobody was allowed to go to restaurants or to school or even to the movies? Fortunately, none of us are old enough to remember. But that’s what happened 100 years ago....

 

Opinion: It's a cat-astrophe that can be solved

Joni Anthony has no idea why wild cats seem to like her yard so much. On Tuesday morning, there were at least 12 out there, she said. “My neighbor said she gets them, too,” said Anthony, who...

 

Opinion: Today our eyes focus on a hero

When the United States entered the Great War against Germany in April 1917, Tucumcari’s Isaac Kirkpatrick was attending law school at Valparaiso, Indiana. He withdrew from school immediately and...

 

Opinion: We could use Will Rogers' humor today

He is best known today for his notes, quotes and anecdotes, still popular and often repeated nearly 100 years after he first wrote them, said them and acted them out: • “I am not a member of any...

 

Black Jack's life, death were scary

Thomas “Black Jack” Ketchum failed in his attempt to rob the Colorado and Southern Railway on Aug. 16, 1899. That happened near Folsom in northeast New Mexico. He ultimately got himself killed... Full story

 

NM rich in baseball history - sorta

Football is probably our best sport. From Brian Urlacher to Hank Baskett — and Jerry Nuzum in your granddad’s day — New Mexico has turned out multiple gridiron stars who’ve been celebrated...

 

Opinion: Tucumcari quakes don't kill people

We don’t know much about Charles Franklin Petitt. He was from Cleveland, Tennessee, he’d apparently gone to Tucumcari, and his mother was worried about him in the fall of 1937. Ray H. Smith was...

 

Opinion: On baseball, bubble gum, Buddy Biancalana

In 1987, Thomas Boswell wrote a column for the Washington Post listing 99 reasons baseball is better than football. • “Baseball has a bullpen coach blowing bubble gum with his cap turned around...

 

Opinion: They did what they had to do

Clovis’ Harold Gilman never really planned to put his life on the line for the American way of life. Neither did his dad. But looking back over the past 80 years, you’d be hard pressed to find a...

 
 By David Stevens    News    October 14, 2018

In tribute: Longtime judge was studious and fair

A longtime local district judge and prosecutor died early this month in Austin. Fred Hensley, a Ninth Judicial District attorney for four years and a district judge from 1976 to 1996, was 81. “Fred...

 

Opinion: Big government not a friend

I have leaned libertarian most of my life. I didn’t know what that word meant until I went to work for Freedom Communications in 2001 and they sent me to “freedom school.” That’s when I found...

 

Remember Skip Sirnic as more than a murder victim

Skip Mohr made the front page of the Friona Star newspaper on May 14, 1970. The high school senior was featured in a photo, next to his proud mother and stepfather and younger brother. The sign...

 

He definitely believes in karma

And now a story to renew your faith in mankind. His name is Trey Mimbs. He found money in a Clovis ATM on Sept. 29. He’s trying to give it back to the person who lost it. No luck so far, but he’s...

 

No, she won't forget about it or get over it

She was barely 20, a third-year college student, paying for that education by working 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at a 7-Eleven. After the cop pulled her over on her way home that early morning, he asked her to...

 

Udder danger: Don't hit a cow, man

CLOVIS — Matthew Moore was on his way home from work about 1 a.m. Wednesday, when his vehicle bounced over something in the road. The jolt knocked off his glasses, and sent his Ford Explorer out of... Full story

 

Five apply for racino license

Warren Frost has long been convinced the race for New Mexico’s sixth racetrack/casino is between Clovis and Tucumcari. He is even more convinced now that the New Mexico Racing Commission has announced only five groups met last week’s deadline to... Full story

 
 By David Stevens    News    August 14, 2018

Friends: Reporter's lust for life his legacy

TUCUMCARI — He was always joking. He had the kindest heart. He was a legend around Quay County. The tributes to Thomas Garcia could fill a newspaper. The longtime senior writer for the Quay County... Full story

 

Female inmate escapes from Clovis jail

CLOVIS — A 25-year-old female inmate overpowered a health-care worker and escaped from the Curry County Adult Detention Center shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, officials said. Kaitlyn Martinez-Arington... Full story

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 15, 2018

Ida Jackson - 'Always something positive'

CLOVIS — Bruce Pollard was in third or fourth grade when he first remembers Ida Jackson, one of his school's teachers. "She called everybody 'Baby,' or 'Sugar,'" he said. "It was always something... Full story

 

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