March 29, 1937

The proprietor and an employee of Long Horn Café were facing charges they sold liquor to minors and sold liquor after designated hours. The arrests came on the heels of Clovis Mayor L.J. Stone’s promise to residents that the city would crack down on liquor regulations. … The entire region received 2 to 3 inches […]

1960 election in Clovis changed drinking habits

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Between 1943 and 1960, Clovis citizens called for a vote and we went dry, meaning no liquor sales. Curry and Roosevelt counties were the only dry counties in New Mexico. One had to go to De Baca, Quay or Chaves county or to Amarillo to buy legal liquor. The 1950s […]

Officials investigate liquor license for fairgrounds

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer County officials are researching obtaining a license to serve liquor at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson is gathering information on how county officials would acquire the license, he said during a Tuesday Curry County Commission meeting. Officials envision serving alcohol in a contained and […]

Jan. 21, 1934

City officials were working with law enforcement to clarify laws related to liquor sales. Bottle sales would require a special permit under the proposed new law. … Fifth-grade English classes at La Casita had organized a “Better English Club.” … The “Orient Express” was playing at the Mesa theater downtown. … And Clovis homemaker Ruth […]

Fixing all the right keys on the typewriter

Don McAlavy : Local Columnist A friend of mine, Jack Chambliss, and I had the fortunate luck to work with an honest man who would not accept $75 a week pay. This was at the old Clovis Printing Co., at 313 Main, where Chambliss worked in the typewriter shop in the back of the print […]

5/5 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: An officer called to the 1400 block of Oak Street at 8:30 p.m. Monday advised a person bitten by a stray cat to seek medical attention. The cat was taken to the animal shelter for a 10-day quarantine. • • • Officers […]

Regulations make beer and wine licenses hard to acquire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers By Tony Parra Freedom Newspapers tony_parra@link.freedom.com PORTALES — A beer and wine license option for restaurants passed six months ago by Portales voters is having little impact. As of last week, no business owners had applied for the license, which is significantly less expensive than a liquor license but has […]

Bootleggers were two steps ahead of the law

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Tom Jernigan began his professional career in Portales when he was elected sheriff of Roosevelt County in 1929. Those were the wild days of prohibition. There were quite a few shoot-outs and drunks being rounded up in the enforcing of the prohibition. You young whippersnappers don’t recall prohibition, but that was […]

Decision on sales of alcohol should rest with owners

Freedom Newspapers The recent rise in the number of Clovis restaurants selling beer and wine with meals alarms some people who see alcohol consumption of any amount as wrong. Not us. We see the change as market driven — owners who are responding to customer requests for a glass of beer or wine, and to […]

Liquor license requests on rise

By David Irvin:CNJ staff writer Clovis’ diners have more opportunity to drink alcoholic beverages with their meals these days. More than half of Clovis’ 12 restaurants licensed to sell beer and wine have received their licenses in the past 18 months, according to the New Mexico Alcohol and Gaming Division. Only three of the city’s […]