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On this date ...

1983: Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis was holding a naming contest for its newest resident, a tiny male black bear cub that had been rescued from the Gila National Forest and given to the zoo by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Zookeeper Mike Rodriguez said the cub tipped the scale at 20 pounds and was estimated to be about 2 weeks old. The hope was he would grow up to be a mate for Maxine, the zoo's 3-year-old bear.

Tina Faulkner won the Zoological Society's $25 savings bond by submitting the name "Max" before anyone else.

Max was the most popular name submitted in the contest.

1968: A report on Past Masters night at Elida Masonic Lodge 31 was included in Velma Hathcock's Elida column in the Clovis News-Journal.

Ninety area Masons attended the event, enjoying a supper served by Holmes Lovejoy, Darwin Ward, Fred Van Eaton, and Jimmy Ted Bilberry.

Chris Burrell of Fort Sumner delivered an address on "What a Mason should tell his wife about Masonry."

I.J. Dixon Jr., a past master of the Elida Lodge, gave an overview of the history of the lodge, and 25-year pins were presented to Dr. E.L. Miller of Portales and George W. Littlefield of Roswell.

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