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 By David Stevens    News    October 18, 2020 

Pages past, Oct. 18: Those darn Republicans and the PD Café

On this date ... 1930: A political ad published in the Portales Valley News asked, “Does a sick man call in a plumber?” The answer: “Not unless he wants to die.” The ad went on to say New Mexi...

 
 By David Stevens    News    October 14, 2020

Pages past, Oct. 14: Remembering the Hy-Tones Mini Mall

On this date ... 1975: The Hy-Tones Mini Mall at 412 Main St. in Clovis was preparing for its grand opening. Stores in the complex included the Hy-Tones Music Studio, Inc., God's Prescription Shop...

 
 By David Stevens    News    October 11, 2020

Pages past, Oct. 11: Railroad ties were floating in streets

On this date ... 1985: Residents in Clovis’ La Salle Drive area packed city hall to ask for better drainage in their neighborhood. Recent rains inspired about 35 people to complain about “soggy...

 

Opinion: This time, governor deserves criticism - let the kids play

It's easy to be mad at New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. She forced private businesses to close or limit interaction with customers. She said churches were dangerous places to gather. She...

 
 By David Stevens    News    October 7, 2020

Pages past, Oct. 7: The circus was coming to town

On this date ... 1930: Tickets were on sale for the Robbins Bros. Circus coming to Clovis. Promotional advertising announced 1,000 people, 300 wild animals, 200 trained horses, 40 clowns and Miss Iowa...

 

Opinion: Only you can prevent spread of COVID-19

Just a few weeks ago, it seemed COVID-19 was on its way out of New Mexico. Now we know it’s not. Curry County had 80 new cases in four days last week, including 33 reported on Wednesday. The state h...

 
 By David Stevens    News    October 4, 2020

Pages past, Oct. 4: Da Hobo Haus had 'thick hobo crust'

On this date ... 1960: A new organization had been formed to “promote greater interest in intercollegiate athletics at Eastern New Mexico University.” Howard Martin of Clovis was president of the...

 

Pages past, Sept. 30: Women voters, Fireballs and the KFC special

On this date ... 1920: Maude Smith, the vice chairman of Roosevelt County, reported the following in The Portales Valley News: “Owing to the fact that women will be permitted to vote in the coming...

 

Pages past, Sept. 27: State theater: Home of star-studded romance

On this date ... 1975: More than 5,000 people were “obviously delighted” with performances of the Air Force Thunderbirds and Golden Knights Parachute Team at Cannon AFB's annual open house, the...

 

Pages past, Sept. 23: Remembering dogs, children with a grenade

On this date ... 1975: Cannon Air Force Base officials had exploded a grenade found by children playing in the 100 block of Thornton Street in Clovis. Police said the grenade belonged to a Clovis man...

 

Opinion: If you're offended by a TV show, then turn the thing off

“Cuties” is about a child’s struggle to find her identity amid contrasting cultures. Or it’s child pornography. You’ll have to watch it to decide for yourself. Or, don’t, which is also...

 

Pages past, Sept. 20: Remembering when fruit pies were 39 cents

On this date ... 1985: Capt. Joe Frank Chavez and Capt. Evelyn Chavez were the new commanders of Clovis’ Salvation Army. Joe Chavez said the organization’s food shelves were sparsely stocked and...

 

Pages past, Sept. 16: Greyhounds 'definitely the underdogs'

On this date ... 1975: Eastern New Mexico University had narrowed its list of candidates for president from 322 to six. Officials said they would keep the names confidential "to prevent any of the...

 

Opinion: Looks like we're winning the fight against the virus

After months of scary numbers with no end in sight, recent weeks have suggested the worst of COVID-19 might be behind us. It’s not time to gather in one large group, burn all our masks and shout...

 

Pages past, Sept. 9: The one for '51 was 'low to the road'

On this date ... 1975: Johnny Mitchum of Harrison, Arkansas, had captured the Old Fiddler Contest at the Roosevelt County Fair. Lorita Baldridge of Clovis had finished second and Dink Essary of Floyd...

 

Pages past, Sept. 6: Motor boats were 'putt-putting' about

On this date ... 1957: Clovis received 5.26 inches of rain between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - the most ever recorded in the city in a 24-hour period. No injuries were reported, but hundreds of sparrows...

 

Pages past - Sept. 2

On this date ... 1910: C. S. Hart of Portales was shot in the arm, face and leg in a dispute over $14 in pasture rent. The injuries sustained from shotgun pellets did not appear life-threatening, but...

 

Opinion: The 'Great Chief:' A man of character to treasure forever

Clovis lost one of its finest citizens on Aug. 21 when longtime educator G.C. Ross died of pancreatic cancer at age 82. Kevin Wilson’s profile in Wednesday’s paper provides multiple examples of...

 

Happy birthday, Clovis High: You're 64

The Clovis High School complex at 21st and Thornton streets opened 64 years ago this week. Some things you might not know about the history of Clovis High: Clovis’ first school, which contained all...

 

Farwell founder man of faith

You can't really do justice to Texas history without mentioning John Villiers Farwell. The last name is familiar to most of eastern New Mexico. The tiny Parmer County community just east of the railro...

 

Opinion: Most of us still believe in trying to live, let live

We’ve seen some eye-opening comments aimed at our presidential candidates, especially in the past few weeks. A few seconds on Facebook reveals: “I don’t think someone that had sex with a porn...

 

V-J Day met with joy, and many tears

The news of peace, The Portales Tribune told us, was received in various moods. It came about 5 p.m. that Tuesday in New Mexico. “When the final news was received some hearers stood calmly and spoke...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 9, 2020

Opinion: News consumers ultimately decide best place for news

Social media platforms are engaged in censorship. (Insert shocked face here.) The high-profile target last week was the president of the United States. The president’s re-election campaign posted a...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    August 5, 2020

A little bit about that time Selena played in Clovis

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Augusts past: • Aug. 1, 1901: The first newspaper in the Clovis-Portales area was published in Portales. The...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 29, 2020

Texas-New Mexico border place to be in August 1967

The celebration didn’t have a name back then, but there was barbecue. Underwood’s of Lubbock fed the hungry at Farwell’s city park. The American Junior Rodeo Association inspired the gathering,...

 

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