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Opinion: Freedom comes with the burden of responsibility

Does the governor have the right to make us wear facemasks, stay 6 feet apart and avoid crowds because some people are getting sick and dying from a contagious disease? It’s a fair question. But probably not the most pressing question we should be...

 

Opinion: Historic bakery coming back to life

The Roosevelt Brewing Company Tap Room becomes a part of Clovis history at noon on Friday. That's when owner Justin Cole said he plans the next grand opening for the building at 515 N. Main St. You...

 

Opinion: What if we had all started sooner in missing man search?

Josefita Griego wonders if we could have saved Bob Casey. What if a community search party had been organized at 10:30 that Wednesday night when the 83-year-old man was first reported missing? What if more people had known, sooner, that we all...

 

Opinion: Davy Crockett song still in our heads

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, the greenest state in the land of the free, he was raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree. And he killed him a bear when he was only 3. Davy, Davy Crockett, was the king of the wild frontier — and every...

 

Can collector's body found in field

CLOVIS - Drones, dogs, hundreds of volunteers on foot and even a helicopter crew came out to search for Bob Casey after he went missing late Wednesday night. The volunteers found the 83-year-old...

 

Opinion: Police reform must include compassion and perspective

President Trump has ideas. New Mexico lawmakers do, too. All the politicians have the same goal: Reform police departments so no more George Floyds are killed over allegations of fake $20 bills. How exactly to achieve this goal is complicated. Our...

 

Storm brings hail, winds to region

Hail, high winds, even one report of a funnel cloud near Floyd, reminded eastern New Mexico on Monday night that it's still storm season. And there was rain. Glorious rain. "I've heard discussion...

 

Opinion: That time DA, sheriff engaged in 'fracas'

Today we have Facebook. But there was a time when upstanding citizens settled their differences face-to-face. That’s what happened 70 years ago this month when a pair of Quay County law officers engaged in a spirited disagreement that media outlets...

 

Opinion: Let's celebrate - local governments wasting our money

Remember that time, just three years ago, when Clovis Mayor David Lansford told us there was no choice but to raise taxes? That was just so the city could continue operating without cutting services, he said. Thank goodness we don’t have money prob...

 

Opinion: Big-government political candidates not our preference

Our newspaper would never endorse a political candidate who champions big government. There’s a need to be clear about that today because a Republican candidate for Congress recently paid Facebook to link one of our newspaper’s news reports to...

 

Opinion: Pandemic can't stop draggin' tradition

Insubordinate teenagers dragged Clovis Main Street for at least 50 years. Parents forbid the practice, cops harassed the perpetrators, the city even tried to make up laws to discourage the ritual — nothing worked, until gas prices started doubling...

 

Opinion: Restrictions lifted; virus decisions ours

Let us make our own decisions, we said. We can be responsible, we said. And so, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, after two months with much of the state, as well as the nation, in government lockdown, we were essentially freed to do what we...

 

Group says mission to defend citizens and their property

CLOVIS - They call themselves the New Mexico Civil Guard for Curry County. Their stated mission: Defend citizens and their private property. "We will not allow businesses in our community to be put...

 

'Boogaloo' supporter: It's about freedom for all

The Hawaiian shirt O’Rion Petty wears as a member of the New Mexico Civil Guard is not a coincidence. He supports the “boogaloo,” an anti-government movement that Fox News and others have described as “on the verge of a second civil war....

 

Opinion: Pioneers, a lion and the 'Whoozit Gazette'

This weekend was supposed to celebrate the region’s trailblazers. The annual Pioneer Days parade, rodeo, reunions and more were scheduled Thursday through Saturday until we were all thrown by the coronavirus. So that makes today a good day to...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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