March 2, 1909

New Mexico territorial Gov. George Curry officially declared Clovis a city, by proclamation. … Theodore Roosevelt was in his next-to-last day as U.S. president. New Mexico was almost three years away from becoming a state. … E.R. Hart, the manager of a lumber company, was chairman of Clovis’ Board of Trustees. … The city’s population […]

Texico welcomed settlers, bumper crops

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This column about Texico’s history is based on an article published in the 1913 weekly Clovis News. Full names of the residents mentioned are not available. William M. Franklin was the first man to settle on the spot where Texico now stands. He came here prospecting in March […]

Jan. 17, 1959

Two brothers from Pennsylvania were caught in the act of burglarizing Irby’s Variety Store at 405 Main. Police said they smashed a window at the rear of the business to gain entry. … Officials announced 359 new homes had been built in Clovis in 1958. … The Junior Bowling League had 35 boys and girls […]

Border fence with holes not worth billions

By Freedom Newspapers We weren’t particularly enamored with the decision by Washington to construct a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, believing that it will be far less effective than claimed and that the problem of illegal immigration ultimately requires a much more holistic and balanced solution. But as long as a fence is going […]

Local landmarks show individual pride

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksA mule statue has been a part of Muleshoe for more than 41 years, dating back to its July 4, 1965, dedication. Freedom Newspapers Towns throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas have their own landmarks that tell a story of the town’s history and what brings each one a sense […]

Longtime commissioner paved way for street project

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Isidro Garcia has represented southeastern Clovis — District 2 — for more than 19 years. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside the stucco home Isidro Garcia built is a wall that tells of his service as a city commissioner. More than a dozen certificates hang there, inches away from color […]

5/10 Letters to the editor

Sheriff should be willing to risk life Do you want Matt Murray as Curry County sheriff? I don’t. Murray was a Curry County deputy sheriff on July 13, 1992, when Charles Landgraf killed three people while trying to flee police in a sports car. According to a Nov. 19, 1993, report in the Clovis News […]

Some lawmakers skeptical spaceport plans

By Deboarh Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Richardson administration on Wednesday urged lawmakers to support a state-built spaceport in southern New Mexico as skeptics questioned the risk of investing in what one called a “chancy venture.” The state could be “the birthplace of the second space age” if it built the proposed […]

Texico teenager racks up victories

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent L.J. Jenkins has probably got a pretty good claim to being the richest teenager in Texico. If Jenkins were ever in Texico, he would be basking in the glow of his accomplishments. As it is, Jenkins is busy criss-crossing the nation with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) association as a […]

First doctors in Clovis deserve credit for their services

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist The first doctor of Clovis, Dr. J. Foster Scott, came from a prominent Tennessee family. He was a city physician and head of a general hospital in Knoxville. In 1906, he and his wife traveled to Texico. By the spring of 1907, the doctor had settled in Clovis, his first office […]