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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...

 

Tracy Byrd rained out - before or after 'Gump?'

It happened 20 years ago ... or 25 years ago ... or 30 years ago. Can you match the calendar year with the event? • Tracy Byrd was the headline act at the Clovis Music Festival. His concert was rained out after three songs. • Ealy Furniture was...

 

Big government plans celebration for losing money

Curry County commissioners are planning a big celebration. They’ll be using taxpayer dollars of course. The occasion is a reminder of big-government’s eagerness to waste our money entertaining us. Commissioners have decided to spend $50,000...

 

Moon walk forever linked with dead cat

Most Americans remember July 20, 1969, as the night man first walked on the moon. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface at 8:56 p.m. (MDT), telling the world it was “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I watched it...

 

If it's politics, it's complicated (and misleading)

Politics is complicated. And politicians are champions at confusing voters and taxpayers even more than necessary in efforts to sway support. Take, for example, President Trump’s recent threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. New...

 

Billy the Kid ... a complicated fellow

FORT SUMNER — It’s been 138 years, but the kid killer is still making news. Fort Sumner City Councilor Gerald Cline and movie director Michael Anthony Giudicissi are planning a Facebook Live broadcast from Billy the Kid’s grave on Sunday night...

 

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