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 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, April 11: Mrs. America contest included cooking, ironing

On this date ... 1951: A 1951 Philco radio-phonograph was being promoted as the “best buy in town,” by Shaw's in Clovis. The Philco was “beyond compare in tone, performance an... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Let's play ball, and keep game free from politics

Major League Baseball has decided it won’t play its annual all-star game in Atlanta this summer. That’s because, it alleges, Georgia lawmakers are engaged in voter suppression.... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, April 7: Greg Hyder jokes, Poor Boy's had shrimp

On this date … 1971: Former Eastern New Mexico University basketball star Greg Hyder was back in Portales, speaking to the Greyhound Booster Club. Hyder joked his voice was raspy... — Updated 4/6/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, April 4: Jailer's wife steps up, egg hunt goes bad

On this date ... 1921: A Portales jury found Tom Gregory innocent of allegations he shot cattle belonging to Richard Robinson on Feb. 6. “It appears that on the day of the... — Updated 4/3/2021

 
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Opinion: Let's hope cannabis legislation gateway to more freedom

By this time next year, pot will be legal and openly for sale across New Mexico. The Legislature approved cannabis legislation in a special session last week and the governor is... — Updated 4/3/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 31: Predicting weather, remembering Baskin-Robbins

On this date … 1956: J.W. Crim, a descendant of Blackfoot Indians, had made his annual moisture prediction for the region - another tough year for crops. Crim was in his 30th year... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 28: A series of burglaries, and honoring vets

On this date ... 1961: Police had arrested three people who claimed responsibility for burglaries at 35 Clovis-area businesses. The suspects, ages 15, 17 and 21, had most recently... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 24: Calves to rope, movies to watch

On this date … 1951: Fifty head of Brahman calves, each weighing about 300 pounds, were purchased for an upcoming calf-roping competition. Officials with the Clovis Mounted... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 21: That time a Dolphin visited Clovis

On this date ... 1921: The Portales Valley News published a front-page story headlined, “Do Rabbits Lay Easter Eggs?” “The little tots are asking if rabbits really lay Easter... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
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Opinion: Maybe somebody wants to own a nice collection of our region's history

New Mexico’s third governor lived in Portales about 100 years ago, and Washington Ellsworth Lindsey’s house is still standing. Any building that old deserves our respect and... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Clovis hospital seeing fewer COVID-19 patients

CLOVIS — Plains Regional Medical Center hit a milestone on Thursday. For the first time in 300 days, it reported zero hospitalized COVID-19 patients. “I wrote down that number... — Updated 3/13/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

In tribute: Colorful Clovis publisher dies at 77

Bill Salter had an opinion about everything and he loved sharing. Whether he was promoting the revitalization of downtown Clovis, criticizing the liberal politicians in Washington... — Updated 3/13/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 14: Beer gone, Sonny James rescheduled

On this date ... 1961: Pioneer Tavern employees in Kenna learned they'd been victims of an overnight burglary. Officials said the thieves took 302 cases of alcoholic beverages, valu... — Updated 3/13/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 10: Dancing, a black duster and Easter clothes

On this date … 1941: The region was recovering from “the worst duster since the Black blizzard days of January 1935,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. A teenage Clovis... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Texas has chance to show a nation freedom works

Don’t blow it, Texas. The eyes of the nation are on the Lone Star State these next few months after its governor, Greg Abbott, lifted mandates on face coverings and restrictions... — Updated 3/7/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Opinion: Clovis fire victims never had a chance

William Nelson still isn’t sure how it started. But his mother and two brothers had no chance to escape their three-bedroom trailer when fire broke out in his brother Al’s room... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, March 3: That time we debated ballot counting

On this date … 1951: Eastern New Mexico University was fighting for its life as a four-year college. State Comptroller Richard Strahlem had proposed the university's budget be... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 24: Big fish story, and clock-radio bargains

On this date … 1936: John Teal, the alleged slayer of a Bailey County school teacher 18 years earlier, had been apprehended in the Pacific Northwest and was awaiting trial in... — Updated 2/23/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages Past, Feb. 21: The lady had game, and Victor was back

On this date ... 1961: Joel Smith had arrived in Portales to assume duties as manager of the Tower and Varsity theaters. Smith was transferred to Portales from Crane, Texas. He was... — Updated 2/21/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 17: Safe found and Tylenol off shelves

On this date … 1956: Two women, “out looking for their adventurous sons,” had stumbled onto a safe stolen Jan. 31 from the Clovis bus terminal. Mrs. John Cornell and Mrs. Jame... — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 14: Old coins and a piece of art

On this date ... 1921: Two men accused of criminal activity from Nebraska to Texas and New Mexico had been arrested in Kenna. Local authorities became involved when the men gave a... — Updated 2/13/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 10: A time for thieves and your Valentine

On this date … 1951: Burglars and thieves had a busy weekend in Clovis. The Clovis News-Journal reported four businesses, the Clovis Country Club, two parked cars and 17 parking... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 7: Record snowfall and bad Valentine's gifts

On this date ... 1956: A Continental Trailways bus driver was recuperating in a Tucumcari hospital after walking 13 miles through a blizzard to bring aid to 15 passengers of his... — Updated 2/6/2021

 
 By David Stevens    Voices

Opinion: Awful words don't warrant time in jail

Couy Griffin is a divisive, self-aggrandizing politician with a smart mouth that too-often spews hate. But he doesn’t belong in jail for employing disgusting, racist words that... — Updated 2/6/2021

 
 By David Stevens    News

Pages past, Feb. 3: No nude models at ENMU art class

On this date ... 1971: Regents at Eastern New Mexico University had voted 3-2 against the use of nude models in an upper division art class on the campus. ENMU President Charles W.... — Updated 2/2/2021

 

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