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April 8, 2020



On this date ...

1960: A Democratic candidate for governor said if he’s elected he would close the port of entry in Texico and “remove this trade barrier once and for all.”

Joseph Bursey said he had been informed that “a great many potential customers refuse to come across the (Texas) line to trade in Clovis because of the port.”

Bursey instead proposed opening ports of entry near Melrose and Elida, which he said would “produce more revenue from truckers ... and these two ports would not offer a trade barrier to either Clovis or Portales from the big Texas market.”

Bursey finished second to incumbent Gov. John Burroughs in the Democratic primary. Edwin Mechem then defeated Burroughs in the November election.

The port of entry remains outside Texico.

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