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Roosevelt County walking line between liberty, bureaucracy

Congratulations to the Roosevelt County Commission. That was some impressive politicking it did on Tuesday. Commissioners seem to have successfully walked a fine line — supporting the county sheriff who doesn’t want to enforce the state’s...

 

Soldier was 'too lively for a corpse'

Rumors of his death were “slightly exaggerated.” That was according to Portales’ Don Holderman, 23, who had supposedly died in a Japanese prisoner camp near the end of World War II. His good health was substantiated by newspaper reporters just...

 

Municipal elections seem focused on growing government

A few thoughts on Clovis’ municipal elections: n Where did anyone get the idea crime in Clovis is rising, as several candidates have suggested? Clovis police statistics show calls for service have been dropping steadily since at least 2014. Police... Full story

 

Memories of a clown, and $17 hospital rooms

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Februarys past: n Feb. 5, 1929: Ridge Whiteman, 19, of Portales wrote a letter to the Smithsonian Institute reporting he’d found an arrow point with elephant...

 

L as in Librado - builder of early Clovis

Newcomers to Clovis might misinterpret the name of L. Casillas Boulevard near the Lighthouse Mission as Las Casillas — as in The Casillas. That’s not far off. Librado Casillas was the Casillas who helped build Guadalupe parish, a mission of Sacre...

 

'Red flag' law won't make us any safer

Some New Mexico lawmakers are supporting a proposed “red flag” law they hope will protect us from crazy people. No, thank you. The idea that government can protect us from anything is crazy enough. Senate Bill 5 — which is being debated in the...

 

1970: Year of the woman in politics

Their names are long forgotten, at least in Clovis' political circles. But they laid the groundwork for other women to become active in city government. Phyllis Wood, Tommy L. Turner and Lela Bainum...

 

Give thought to candidate who gets your vote

Voting begins next week for municipal seats in Clovis and Portales. This election offers us more hope than usual because we have choices. A lot of choices in some cases. Clovis has six contested races on the ballot, including five candidates who...

 

When Tucumcari hosted a celebrity bowler

Temperatures hovered near zero. Visibility was about the same. Actor Jimmy Stewart was flying the first plane he'd ever owned from Kansas City to Los Angeles when he had to set it down at Tucumcari....

 

Police really are the good guys most of the time

Occasionally, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Recent allegations about local law enforcement officers stealing cash from criminal suspects is a good example. But as troubling as those incidents are, it’s encouraging to learn...

 

A look back when nearly the entire police force quit

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Januarys past: • Jan. 7, 1941: “Bales and bales of hay” had been moved into Clovis’ Armory for members of two National Guard units staying there. “The...

 
 By David Stevens    News    January 15, 2020

Police detective charged with embezzling

CLOVIS — A Clovis police detective has been charged with embezzling $166 from a man he arrested in June. Francisco Hernandez, 33, faces misdemeanor charges of embezzlement and tampering with evidence, court records show. Records show Hernandez is s... Full story

 

Region still making stars in pro rodeo

Eastern New Mexico and our Texas neighbors have produced some of the world’s greatest athletes. Hank Baskett (2006-2010) and Jerry Nuzum (1948-1951) played pro football. Bubba Jennings was a major college basketball star (Naismith Award winner in...

 

Remembering cowboys from 35 years ago

Just 21, newly married, he wasn't quite 6-foot tall and he wasn't close to 150 pounds. Lane Frost loved riding bulls. The Pro Rodeo official media guide in 1985 gave us a glimpse of his passion for...

 

60 years ago: 'Mr Tapp got shot'

Three 12-year-old girls were putting air in their bicycle tires early that Sunday evening. Then the Texaco service station attendant told them they needed to leave. As they were riding away, a shot rang out. “Mr. Tapp got shot,” Kathy Wilkinson...

 

Plenty to remember about Gov. Mabry

On Dec. 28, 1950, the Clovis News-Journal's front page featured two noteworthy stories: the retirement of New Mexico Gov. Thomas Mabry and the death of a man who claimed he was Billy the Kid. Mabry...

 

Something obvious: Both political parties are out of control

The House Judiciary Committee on Friday adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, as expected. Republicans called it a kangaroo court, as expected. Even some Trump supporters agree it’s clear the president threatened to withhold...

 

How about a Grafonola for Christmas?

Clovis was the happening place for Christmas shoppers 100 years ago today. That was the top story in The Clovis News on Dec. 11, 1919. “People have traveled a greater distance to trade at Clovis this fall than ever before,” the story read....

 

A look back at Decembers past

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Decembers past: • Dec. 1, 1971: Tucumcari District Attorney Vic Breen was shot to death outside his home by a mental patient Breen helped commit to the state...

 

Good day to remember Clovis' namesake

We’re pretty sure the city of Clovis was named for a Frankish king named Clovis. There is no known documentation to prove this theory, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence. An Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe document in 1906 provided a...

 

After $75 million, it's too late to back out of water project

Curry County commissioners decided last week to withdraw from the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. Of course it’s complicated, but mostly it feels like another example of why you can’t trust government. Government doesn’t even trust...

 

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...

 

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