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Historic Pages - July 3

July 3, 1979 40 years ago: Gibson's Discount Center - Where you could get motor oil and tank tops. Click Here to Download...

 

What's happening, July 3

• The Dream Big Clovis Wildcat volleyball camp is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. The camp is separated into two sections. The morning session, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. will be for players entering grades 1-4 at a registration pri...

 

Lone Star Conference becomes D2's largest

RICHARDSON, Texas — On Monday, Eastern New Mexico officially became part of the largest conference in Division II. The Lone Star Conference officially added eight new members, pushing the conference to 19 members with some level of participation...

 

Starlac made me appreciate a cold glass of milk

The recent observance of National Dairy Month may have left you thirsty for an icy cold glass of milk. As for me, my appreciation of the good stuff came from a childhood of drinking Starlac. If that n...

 
 By David Stevens    Voices    July 3, 2019

From Dizzy to the Kid - July a memorable month

I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from Julys past: • July 1, 1908: A fire wiped out the east half of Portales' business district, causing $30,000 in...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 3, 2019

Happy anniversary to this column

I started this column one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than...

 

Genuine freedom must be cherished - or lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is the responsibility of governments to recognize and...

 
 By Patti Dobson    Voices    July 3, 2019

Can't control others - only my response

It was a bad pain day. My usual “peopley” self was amped down a couple of notches. We had parked close to the front of a grocery store, and I made my way from the jeep to the door, wincing with...

 

Events calendar - July 3

Today • Clovis Summer Reading Program: Tiny Tots Storytime — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main St., Clovis. Information: 575-769-7840 • Stitch Addicts stitch group — 1:30-3 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library, 701 N. Main...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    July 3, 2019

Festivals at their best

CLOVIS - Two years ago, the organizers of Draggin' Main and the organizers of the Clovis Music Festival decided to hold their events on the same weekend. Last year, they decided to be one committee....

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Family hopes for settlement with city

CLOVIS — While many this week will celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for some in Clovis the day marks a more somber and recent event: two years since 12-year-old Gevion Lewis drowned in the pond at the...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Clovis, Portales prepping for Independence Day events

The fireworks are at night, but the cities of Clovis and Portales welcome you to come out early to celebrate Independence Day in eastern New Mexico. Preparation for Clovis' annual "Smoke on the...

 

Meetings calendar - July 3

Monday • Portales Municipal Schools board — 12-1:30 p.m., Board Room, L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices, 501 S. Abilene, Portales. Information: 575-356-7000 • Clovis Astronomy Club — 7 p.m., Room 143 or 145 (look for signs), Clovis...

 

Pages past - July 3

On this date ... 1974: Clovis was preparing to celebrate Independence Day with a “fireworks spectacular” at Leon Williams Stadium. The football field would also host a concert by the Clovis High School Summer Band, beginning at 8 p.m., with the...

 
 By Peter Stein    News    July 3, 2019

Artist depicts imaginary escape

MELROSE - Who hasn't opened a book and embarked on a journey? Whether it was down a rabbit hole, into outer space, back to a bygone century or into a future one, everybody has been taken on a trip by...

 

Cannon benefits from spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While it wasn’t included in any military construction projects, Cannon Air Force Base did reap some rewards as the Senate passed the annual defense spending bill in late July. According to a release from Sen. Martin Heinrich, D...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Court martial ends in conviction

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A court martial for the July 4, 2018 shooting death in Clovis of a Cannon Air Force Base airman ended Monday with an involuntary manslaughter conviction and dishonorable discharge, according to base officials. Airman First...

 

Update: City truck found

CLOVIS — The city vehicle stolen Friday from Hillcrest Park was recovered early Tuesday evening, according to city officials. A 1995 Ford Ranger belonging to the Parks & Recreation Dept. and reported stolen Friday afternoon from outside the golf...

 

UNM should be held accountable on transparency

“Access to public records is one of the fundamental rights afforded to people in a democracy.” This is the first sentence found within the introductory paragraph of the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) compliance guide published by the...

 
 By Kent McManigal    Voices    July 3, 2019

Keep American spirit of 1776 alive

America was born in an act of secession. Those future Americans told an overbearing central government — the world’s most powerful empire and military at the time — it was no longer welcome. It...

 
 By Tom McDonald    Voices    July 3, 2019

Most vulnerable deserve care

Healthcare is a right. Raise your hand if you agree. The reality is, America is divided on this question. We’re not talking about emergency care here. I think most people with an ounce of compassion would agree that if someone’s life is in...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Former superintendent appointed to county board

CLOVIS — Former Clovis schools superintendent Jody Balch was appointed to Curry County’s Labor-Management Relations Board in a brief commission meeting Monday morning. “What this does is keep local control,” County Manager Lance Pyle said of...

 
 By David Grieder    News    July 3, 2019

Suspect in killing to be committed to mental institution

CLOVIS — Attorneys agreed Tuesday morning to commit the suspect in last year’s killing at a Texico dairy to the state’s mental institution in Las Vegas, finding he is not competent to stand trial. Juan Flores Espana, 33, was charged June 14,...

 

Holiday set to be a hot one

CLOVIS — The days leading up to the Independence Day holiday might give eastern New Mexico residents some pause. Will it be a scorcher, like the weekend that preceded it? Will rain get in the way of things, like it did to some extend Monday? The...

 

Declaration to be read

CLOVIS — The Clovis branch of the Law Office of the Public Defender will read the Declaration of Independence today on the front steps of the Curry County Courthouse. The event begins at 11 a.m., and is in its second year. Information:...

 

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