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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...

 

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...

 

Prioritizing would be more responsible than raising taxes

Dear Clovis city commissioners, Please don’t rob us. We get it. This is for a really good cause — funding the development of the interim groundwater portion of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. We can’t live without water. And we’re...

 

A look back at New Mexico's baseball players

The World Series began this week in Houston with the Astros hosting the Washington Nationals. That makes today a good day to look at eastern New Mexico ballplayers who appeared in the Fall Classic. This won’t be a long story. The Baseball Almanac...

 

ENMU should try planning to avoid 'exigent' situations

We’ve all heard the term before. Police sometimes use “exigent circumstances” as a reason to enter someone’s home without permission or a warrant. According to a legal definition cited in a 1984 court case, those are “circumstances that wou...

 

1964 fire featured exploding paint cans

Flames shot an estimated 100 feet in the air. Smoke could be seen 25 miles away. Firefighters had to watch out for falling power lines and for paint cans that “exploded and rocketed out of the main building,” the Clovis News-Journal reported....

 

That time Audie Murphy had business in town

Audie Murphy was perhaps America’s greatest war hero and one of its most decorated soldiers. After World War II his fame grew through his acting career. He starred alongside James Stewart and Sandra Dee in movies that included “Night Passage...

 

Supporting alcohol measure on ballot is vote for freedom

Voters in Curry and Roosevelt counties are being asked whether alcohol sales should be permitted in the unincorporated areas of the counties. Let’s hope they approve. Yes votes don’t mean alcohol is good. Yes votes mean private business owners...

 

Octobers past: Grady gunfight, folk singer gone

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Octobers past: • Oct. 2, 1933: Coleman De Laney, a 26-year-old farmer, was shot and killed outside the post office in Grady. Officials said De Laney and his...

 

Looking for Lopes, and his WWII story

The man's name was apparently Lopes. He seemed to have World War II ties to Company L, Second Division, Saipan, Tarawa, and Clovis, N.M. At least that's what was carved on the sheath of his knife,...

 

Opinion: All God's creatures have something valuable to say

John Calvin for president. Our nation could use some leadership from a guy like the owner of the Casa Rondeña in Albuquerque. Calvin’s winery made news last week when it hosted a group of President Trump’s political supporters and — in...

 

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