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 By David Stevens    Voices    October 17, 2018 

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

 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


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