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 By David Stevens    Voices    May 27, 2020

Stevens: Before Bluitt became a ghost town

If you’ve ever been to Bluitt, you probably didn’t know it. It’s located about 48 miles southeast of Portales, or at least that’s where the Bluitt Cemetery is located. That’s about all...

 

Opinion: Government has purpose: ensure liberty for us all

With Election Day scheduled June 2, it’s time to ask candidates a favorite question: What’s the purpose of government? Many are stumped and need a little time to think about it, apparently having never before considered the issue. The correct...

 

Clovis Dillard's location planning to close

CLOVIS - After two decades of dressing eastern New Mexico, Dillard's department store is planning to close its North Plains Mall location. Dillard's has been the southside anchor for the mall since 20...

 

Weekend sees spike in COVID-19

The weekend was a dark one for eastern New Mexico in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Saturday, the region set a one-day record for new cases and two local nursing homes reported confirmed cases. But officials said there is little reason...

 

COVID-19 detected at Heartland CCC

PORTALES — When the Heartland Continuing Care Center resident first learned on Friday that she’d tested positive for COVID-19, she was none too happy about it. “She gave us an earful,” Heartland CEO Ranelle Tweedy said of the 96-year-old...

 

Opinion: Let's hope for fair-ly good rain storm

Rich, poor, tall, short, masked, unmasked — most of us have one thing in common: We love a good county fair. Let’s hope it happens this year. Curry County commissioners in the next few weeks will have to decide if the COVID-19 pandemic will preve...

 

Opinion: Governor edicts aren't helpful in combating virus

A few thoughts on the pandemic, the state’s latest directives, and being responsible for ourselves: • The governor on Wednesday announced she’s relaxing more of her public health orders aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. Most retail...

 

Mall anchors struggling in pandemic era

JCPenney on Friday filed for bankruptcy and announced it will “reduce our store footprint to better align our business with the current operating environment.” A company spokesperson declined to say if the Penney’s in Clovis’ North Plains...

 

Counties: Cargill not virus hot spot

Parmer County’s per-capita rate for COVID-19 cases is well above Texas’ state average. But county officials are not tying those cases to the Cargill meat-processing plant near Friona. “I can’t tell you how many total cases have come out of...

 

Buster Blakey's well wasn't any good in 1955

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Mays past as reported by newspapers in Portales: • May 2, 1910: The Roosevelt County Herald reported Portales...

 

Opinion: Before Air Jordans, we had Buster Browns

Before Air Jordans, we had Buster Browns Buster Brown had come to town, making the front page of the Roosevelt County Herald. It happened on May 3, 1910. He performed to a full house at Portales'...

 

Opinion: We best embrace the new 'normal' headed our way

Sid Strebeck had an idea. Clovis’ steakhouse owner understood he had to comply with the governor’s social-distancing guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic, but he also wanted to keep his business going. And so he proposed “a different...

 

Opinion: Pandemic good time to dig up memories

Stuck at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phyllis Roeder has decided to write her life’s story. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for 25 years, since I retired,” she said. So that’s what got her started thinking about her childhood...

 

Back-in-business plan: gradual, purposeful

The governor’s Economic Recovery Council is looking for “low-hanging fruit” out the gate as it tries to refuel the economy as quickly as safely possible in the wake of COVID-19. Members of the advisory council said Friday they expect New...

 

COVID-19 victim was 'a man of values'

TUCUMCARI — Warren Frost called him “the consummate farmer and rancher, always on the cutting edge of new developments.” Thom Moore said he was “a man of values. Just an upstanding citizen. A huge supporter of rural eastern New Mexico....

 

Opinion: Clayton showed her faith in stories

Joan Clayton wrote nine books, hundreds of articles for magazines and anthologies, 13 essays for the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and — as many faithful readers probably know — more than 1,000 religion columns for this newspaper. She ne...

 

Opinion: Be on the lookout for man-eating sharks (and the government)

In-person voting is safe. So are overflowing parking lots at big-box retailers. But it’s too dangerous for a small nursery to sell Easter lilies to individuals curbside. And if you see any suspicious activity downtown — say an alley door closing...

 

Opinion: Governor needs to reconsider business closings

These are extraordinary times. They call for extraordinary measures. But let’s not give up our liberty — especially when government’s “help” in trying to save us from ourselves doesn’t make any sense and won’t prove helpful. Recent exec... Full story

 

100th anniversary good time to remember Lyceum

Clovis has been home to movie theaters and/or vaudeville entertainment since Clovis began. The earliest theaters were less impressive than most living room entertainment centers today — small spaces, sometimes located in the second story of a...

 

Opinion: Information key to overcoming the coronavirus

We can probably all agree hand washing and social distancing are key to preventing the spread of COVID-19. But there’s another safety component some officials around the state seem to not understand: Information should be shared, especially...

 

Opinion: Service station burglaries and giant rattlesnakes

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Aprils past: • April 3, 1945: Bill Vance of Portales announced his dog, Buzz, had been poisoned. Vance said he would pay a $25 reward if someone could identify...

 

Reflections of stress: Let's hope COVID-19 more bark than bite

The coronavirus has hit home. Hard. Hundreds of businesses across eastern New Mexico are closed or limited in services they can provide. Schools have been closed for two weeks and soon switching to a... Full story

 

1918 flu pandemic shut down Clovis

Myrtle Gurley was the first to die, on Oct. 7, 1918. She left two small children and a husband. Ten days later, Clovis’ number of influenza deaths had swelled to 23. “This is by no means whatsoever a large death rate, considering the hundreds of...

 

A look at a handful of local legends

Langdon Skarda was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also an attorney, farmer, rancher and banker with wide-ranging hobby interests. Skarda lived most of his life in Clovis, having been born in the city on Feb. 8,...

 

Presidential history: Super support for GOP

Fourteen states held primary elections on Tuesday, including Texas. That makes today a good day to look back on the region’s choices for president through the years. Some interesting tidbits from Bailey, Curry, De Baca, Parmer, Quay and Roosevelt...

 

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