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Stormy weather this way comes

Weather forecasters on Monday began warning about “two significant storm systems” expected to bring widespread rain — and possibly 40-mph winds — to eastern New Mexico today and Thursday. The phrase “significant storm systems” tends to...

 

Whatever happened to that airline?

Carol Nash has a question. The Clovis woman perhaps best known as the pronouncer at local spelling bees for years is also the granddaughter of a Quay County newspaper publisher and a regional history...

 

Public outrage inspires Clovis to get creative

Of course you can fight City Hall. Clovis residents proved last week you can even win, sometimes. OK, let’s call it a moral victory. City commissioners, no doubt alarmed at the community outrage over another tax increase, came up with a plan...

 

Clovis' Rizzo could really hit

Today is a good day to remember former Clovis Pioneers second baseman Phil Rizzo. Stay with me here. Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo is front and center in the baseball world. That’s because of his old-school approach as an...

 

Prioritizing would be more responsible than raising taxes

Dear Clovis city commissioners, Please don’t rob us. We get it. This is for a really good cause — funding the development of the interim groundwater portion of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. We can’t live without water. And we’re...

 

A look back at New Mexico's baseball players

The World Series began this week in Houston with the Astros hosting the Washington Nationals. That makes today a good day to look at eastern New Mexico ballplayers who appeared in the Fall Classic. This won’t be a long story. The Baseball Almanac...

 

ENMU should try planning to avoid 'exigent' situations

We’ve all heard the term before. Police sometimes use “exigent circumstances” as a reason to enter someone’s home without permission or a warrant. According to a legal definition cited in a 1984 court case, those are “circumstances that wou...

 

1964 fire featured exploding paint cans

Flames shot an estimated 100 feet in the air. Smoke could be seen 25 miles away. Firefighters had to watch out for falling power lines and for paint cans that “exploded and rocketed out of the main building,” the Clovis News-Journal reported....

 

That time Audie Murphy had business in town

Audie Murphy was perhaps America’s greatest war hero and one of its most decorated soldiers. After World War II his fame grew through his acting career. He starred alongside James Stewart and Sandra Dee in movies that included “Night Passage...

 

Supporting alcohol measure on ballot is vote for freedom

Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties are being asked whether alcohol sales should be permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Let’s hope they approve. Yes votes don’t mean alcohol is good. Yes votes mean private business owners...

 

Octobers past: Grady gunfight, folk singer gone

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Octobers past: • Oct. 2, 1933: Coleman De Laney, a 26-year-old farmer, was shot and killed outside the post office in Grady. Officials said De Laney and his...

 

Looking for Lopes, and his WWII story

The man's name was apparently Lopes. He seemed to have World War II ties to Company L, Second Division, Saipan, Tarawa, and Clovis, N.M. At least that's what was carved on the sheath of his knife,...

 

Opinion: All God's creatures have something valuable to say

John Calvin for president. Our nation could use some leadership from a guy like the owner of the Casa Rondeña in Albuquerque. Calvin’s winery made news last week when it hosted a group of President Trump’s political supporters and — in...

 

Trump rallies in NM

RIO RANCHO - She saw diversity. She saw young people. Roosevelt County Republican Chairwoman Tina Dziuk saw hope for New Mexico. "Given the overreach by our current (governor's) administration, I...

 

Good time to celebrate success

She came to Clovis with her military family when she was 10 years old. In 1975, she graduated from Clovis High School before entering Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. She...

 

Potter Park namesake could milk a goat

He was a champion goat milker. He had audience with a president. And when you think about the only outdoor public swimming pool in Clovis, it's his name that comes to mind. This is a good day to...

 

Gun violence issue cannot be solved by GOP or Dems

No one has all the answers regarding the recent spate of gun violence across the country. But it seems unlikely government can end it. We should stop asking government to end it. We have to end it ourselves. One on one. That’s our only hope. We’v...

 

Yes, banana splits were less than a dime

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Septembers past: • Sept. 1, 1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe by Gil Lamb from the living room of his home at the...

 

25 years ago: A lifetime ago for some

Bill Clinton was president. O.J. Simpson was accused of murder. And Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards. Schindler’s List won seven Oscars. For the old-timers among us, 1994 seems like yesterday. But today’s high school seniors, and many...

 

Remembering a red-headed Pioneer

Clovis has a proud history of professional baseball teams, beginning in the 1920s, through 1957. At least nine Clovis Pioneers had a cup of coffee or more in the Major Leagues, including n Harry...

 

Responsible reporting includes respect for the right to privacy

We don’t usually report on personal disputes or private matters. Whether it’s a parent asking for help in locating a teenage runaway — who may or may not have a good reason for running away — or if it’s a customer unhappy with service at a...

 

Midway lights and corn dogs fairly fun

County fairs have been around as long as counties in New Mexico. In Clovis’ case, the county fair began before Curry County was even formed. On Oct. 2, 1914, The Clovis Journal reported the “Seventh Annual Curry County Fair” was about to take...

 

Opinion pages as diverse as our communities

A half dozen readers contacted the newspaper last week to express outrage at Wednesday’s editorial cartoon. Mostly they said it was racist. Several demanded an apology. One described it as “unacceptable hatred!” I didn’t see it that way. If...

 

August history warns: Beware of robbers

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first week of Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first Portales newspaper, The Progress, began weekly publication. The Portales Herald followed in 1902,...

 

RIP, you old gentleman jewel

Reliable grocers all recommended it. When you asked for the best, you received Golden West. That's what the newspaper ads claimed anyway. "The experienced housewife will ... use no other flour...

 

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