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 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

 By David Stevens    News    June 22, 2018

Record: Inmate called accomplice from jail day before escape

CLOVIS — A man accused of hiding escaped inmates was told about last Friday’s escape from the Clovis jail before it occurred, according to court records filed Thursday in Curry County Magistrate Court. Aaron Clark, one of three county inmates... Full story


Reflections on Sod Poodles, Hart Attacks

I’m no stranger to sports nickname controversy. In the 1990s, I wrote a newspaper column suggesting a few changes for regional school sports teams. That’s been a long time and I can’t find the column online, but I do remember a few of my...

 By David Stevens    Voices    April 22, 2018

Gentleman athlete worth remembering

MULESHOE — Everyone in Muleshoe knows David Wood. He's the retiring high school football coach who led the Mules to their first state championship in 2008 and averaged almost nine wins per season... Full story

 By David Stevens    Sports    April 19, 2018

Clovis baseball team finds itself in rare territory

Clovis High School’s baseball team may soon reach standards it’s seldom approached in its 78-year history. By all accounts, the 19-3 Wildcats need just five more victories to break the school... Full story


Cancer claims Portales mayor

In March 2015, a line break left Portales without water for more than 24 hours. Mayor Sharon King was facing far more serious problems at the time, fighting for her life against cancer. But her... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    February 8, 2018

Analysis - Records: Police knew Flores was 'suicide threat'

CLOVIS - It's been almost a week since Wesley Flores somehow managed to bring a gun into the Curry County Adult Detention Center, briefly hold a hostage, keep law enforcement at bay for four hours,... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    February 3, 2018

Detained man in ICU after shooting

CLOVIS — The man involved in Thursday's standoff at the Curry County Jail pulled a handgun from his clothing as he waited to be booked following his arrest, Curry County Sheriff Wesley Waller said F...

 By David Stevens    News    February 2, 2018

Police: Jail standoff ends with life-threatening injuries

CLOVIS — A four-hour standoff at the Curry County Adult Detention Center ended when a detainee shot himself about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sheriff Wesley Waller said in a news release. Wesley Flores,... Full story

 By David Stevens    News    January 30, 2018

Lonnie Allsup remembered for philanthropy, burritos

CLOVIS — Lonnie Allsup first became interested in retail grocery sales when he was 10 years old in his hometown of Morton, Texas. "He used to stand on a box to stock and bag. Allsup liked the fast... Full story


A little perspective, please; it's not that cold

Monday morning was so cold the cows were milked for ice cream. Coffee was being sold on a stick. Politicians had their hands in their own pockets, and they stopped blowing hot air. A guy chipped a...

 By David Stevens    News    January 16, 2018

Hazing incident under investigation

CLOVIS — Police are looking into an alleged hazing incident that took place at the New Mexico state track meet in May, Clovis schools Superintendent Jody Balch confirmed on Monday. Balch said he is...


Today's a good day to remember Albert Dillon

Albert Dillon was a physician, a surgeon, a popular public speaker, a newspaper owner, a farmer, a public servant and a poet. Clovis has a street named in his family’s honor; it’s parallel to the...


Lost ring must have a story

“Semper fi” — Marine Corps motto, meaning always faithful or always loyal. You could probably find one just like it on eBay, or maybe in one of the second-hand shops on Clovis’ Main Street....


Dear Santa: Bring me some zectron

It was made of “amazing zectron.” It could leap tall buildings in a single bound. Not even the Super Bowl offered “50,000 pounds of compressed energy” like that modern marvel. At 98 cents, the... Full story


'Certified' jail feels a little safer

Congratulations are in order. After enduring one mess followed by another and another for years, the Curry County Adult Detention Center has attained “certified” status. That’s government talk... Full story


Big news in a small town: Carr will be missed

FRIONA - Dana Jameson first met Ron Carr maybe 20 years ago. Her vehicle was on fire. Carr, who worked for the Friona Star newspaper, rushed to the scene so he could take a picture. "I said, 'I...


Anybody else hear canteens rattling?

Today, it’s best described as a ghost settlement without anyone or anything to haunt for thousands of acres around. Located 20-something miles southwest of Tucumcari, between the ghost towns of Ima... Full story


Moore to the World Series story

Baseball’s World Series begins on Tuesday, which makes this a good day to remember Wilcy Moore. The Oklahoma farm boy was a 30-year-old rookie when he pitched in the Fall Classic 90 years ago this m...


5 things to know about Cannon

Happy birthday, Cannon Air Force Base — however old you are. Five things you may not know about the history of the military installation located eight miles west of Clovis: Let’s just say age... Full story


Yes, a soda jerk can become president

They called him Maggie. Ernest Marsh came by the nickname as a teenager working in Clovis’ Elite Confectionery downtown more than 100 years ago. Slaughter Murray, the ice cream parlor’s owner,...


Best good cause up to private donors

CLOVIS — The Clovis Library Victims Memorial Fund has raised more than $30,000 already. Another $10,000 is almost certain to be added when four quarters of beef are awarded via raffle at the Oct.... Full story


Gotta be a book in there somewhere

I’ve always wanted to write a book. I’ve written parts of several books, but never an entire book all by myself. I have some ideas: “Just Play Catch with Jay” I was a terrible athlete growing... Full story


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