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April 7, 2017

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1987: More than 50 police officers and private citizens responded to a report that a 3-year-old boy was missing near Yeso, west of Fort Sumner.

State police said the call turned out to be a prank.

A woman who identified herself as a resident of Yeso said the child was in a camper when she and her husband left a rest stop north of Floyd, but was gone from the camper when they stopped again at Yeso.

Police said it took about two hours before they realized the call was a prank. They located the couple whose names were provided by the caller and determined they had not been involved in the incident.

Police said they had no way to trace the phone call.

1962: The chairman of the Communist Party in Southern California would not be speaking at Eastern New Mexico University despite an invitation from a student.

ENMU President Donald Moyer said Dorothy Healey's planned appearance was not approved by school administrators.

Student Kathy Murphy of Hobbs said she was responsible for efforts to bring Healey to Portales and she called off the plan after hearing concerns from students, school officials and others.

"I was presumptuous," she said, "because I was enthusiastic in getting discussions organized here, not specifically as relates to communism, but as also related to other personalities and subjects."

Murphy said school officials had approved the idea of the forums, but had not specifically approved or disapproved any individual speaker.

"I was a one-person committee for the student forum," Murphy said.

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