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  • Publisher's journal: Readers focus on future and the past

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Dec 20, 2023

    Two emails caught my attention last week – one about the future, the other about the past. The future came from Mario Caswell. He’s a proud dad whose daughter will likely be seeing her name in the newspaper a lot these next few years. Caswell tells us: “My daughter Janaeh Caswell is an eighth-grader at Yucca Middle school. “They had a game Thursday against Lovington. They fell short, 33-31. But my daughter had an amazing game. “I’m a youth coach and also have coached at the Freshman Academy so I record her games and stats. “This...

  • Publisher's journal: Baseball friends best part of game

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Oct 18, 2023

    I remember the first time I met Jerry Seidenwurm. He told me the saddest baseball story I think I’ve ever heard. Jerry was maybe 10 years old, growing up a Giants fan in New York in the mid-1950s. His dad was drinking buddies with Giants Owner Horace Stoneham. When Jerry learned that his dad knew Stoneham, he made it his mission to speak with the team boss so he could ask him about a dream held by every baseball-obsessed young man: Could he be a batboy for the Giants? Stoneham sized him up and asked if he were serious, because a batboy had a...

  • Publisher's journal: Now some words from our readers

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Sep 27, 2023

    This has been a pretty good month for interaction with readers … A sampling: Ron Mask read a report in the Quay County Sun that New Mexico State’s interim president has decided this “is not a good time” for a merger with Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari. This pleases Mask, who prefers Mesalands link up with Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “NMSU's decision is heaven sent,” he wrote in an email. “ENMU is a much more logical partner for Mesalands Community College students who wish to further their education at a...

  • Publisher's journal: This David Stevens not the Rocketeer

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Sep 20, 2023

    Have you ever Googled yourself? Mostly you don’t find yourself. David Stevens has over 35 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry. David Stevens is an American politician and a former Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives. Highly skilled 168-pounder David Stevens scored a wild last-second KO of Sean Hemphill in January. None of those David Stevens are me. There’s a David Stevens on a wrestling roster, a David Stevens on a football roster, a lawyer named David Stevens who specializes in bankruptcy, a David...

  • Publisher's journal: Gun ban is not realistic option

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Sep 13, 2023

    New Mexico’s governor last week issued an “emergency health order” that bans firearms in all public places in Albuquerque. The only people exempt from the ban are police and security officers. And criminals, of course. Criminals don’t follow laws, so this nonsense does not apply to them either. Michelle Lujan Grisham herself said she expects opposition from those who care about liberty and the U.S. Constitution. She was right. New Mexico’s House and Senate Republicans immediately announced plans to file a federal lawsuit. “It is una...

  • Man charged with arson in Walmart fire

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Sep 13, 2023

    CLOVIS — Twice the previous weekend, police had eyes on Jimmy Guillen, a person of interest now tied to the Sept. 3 Walmart fire. Twice, they let him go. In both cases, officers did the right thing, Police Chief Roy Rice said. “We didn’t have anything to hold him on. If we knew then what we know right now ... they would have placed him under arrest,” Rice said. Going into this weekend, police were actively searching for the 59-year-old California man believed to be transient. “I think he’s still in the area,” Rice said. “Why...

  • Publisher's journal: Bill Richardson: Honorary resident of our community

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Sep 6, 2023

    In May 2005, a federal committee charged with reducing the nation’s military installations recommended that Cannon Air Force Base be closed. Local, state and federal lawmakers joined the community to rally behind the base in hopes of saving it. Area residents wrote hundreds of letters and thousands lined the streets of the city when the federal Base Closure and Realignment Committee came to town for a public hearing. If the local efforts had a vocal leader, his name was Bill Richardson. New Mexico’s governor never claimed he saved Cannon,...

  • Publisher's journal: Terry Funk always a crowd favorite

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Aug 30, 2023

    Before he played the bouncer in “Road House” … before he was the focus in the documentary “Beyond the Mat” … before he was elected to five wrestling hall of fames … before he retired from the sport the first time in 1983 ... Terry Funk was a legend across eastern New Mexico and the High Plains. If you grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, you were a Funk fan, whether watching him wrestle on television or seeing him in person in Clovis, Portales and other small-town venues. We lost the legend last week following a two-year struggle with...

  • Publisher's journal: Newspaper raid 'blatant overreach' and unconscionable

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Aug 23, 2023

    You’ve probably heard the story by now. A small-town Kansas newspaper on Aug. 11 was raided by police who seized the paper’s computers and other electronic equipment. Newspaper officials claim the raid occurred because they had been looking into the background of the local police chief and other leaders in the county of about 12,000 people. Police claimed they had information that the newspaper was gathering information illegally and invading individuals’ privacy. Ironically, the newspaper reported little of the information it gathered in...

  • Publisher's journal: Two-minute warning: Time to watch football

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Aug 16, 2023

    The answer is yes. I am ready for some football. The high school season starts this week. I started liking football in 1967 when the first game I can clearly remember played out on my granddad’s color TV set – the Dallas Cowboys played the Green Bay Packers in the “Ice Bowl.” The temperature was 15 degrees below zero. Most fans considered it pro football’s championship game, though the Super Bowl was still to be played. My granddad was for the Cowboys because … Tom Landry, I think. Everybody in Texas loved the Cowboys coach in...

  • Publisher's journal: Motorcycle awareness on New Mexico plates

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Aug 9, 2023

    You’ve got your standard New Mexico centennial license plate, your standard red and yellow plate and your standard chile plate. That last one’s really pretty and it won the America’s Best License Plate Award in 2017. But did you know the Land of Enchantment has almost five dozen sanctioned license plates, including one that just hit the road last month? Travel with me here … There’s the standard centennial personalized plate, the red and yellow prestige vanity plate, and the Las Cruces plate, because, well, we all know about Las...

  • Publisher's journal: Opinions and another wild goose story update

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Aug 2, 2023

    The weekend brought news that several hundred Cannon Air Force Base personnel and seven MC-130J aircraft are transferring to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. That’s supposed to happen “in the upcoming fiscal years,” according to a news release from New Mexico’s congressional delegation. But Mayor Mike Morris said the announcement is no reason to worry about Cannon’s future. “(A)ny news that the Air Force is moving a squadron from CAFB is definitely troubling,” Morris said. “However, I understand that force structure and personnel n...

  • Publisher's journal: 'Try that' barely worth mentioning

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 26, 2023

    These song lyrics are the latest dividing line in the culture wars: “Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk “Carjack an old lady at a red light “Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store “… Well, try that in a small town “See how far ya make it down the road,” Jason Aldean sings. Aldean’s critics include rocker Sheryl Crow. “I’m from a small town,” Crow tweeted. “Even people in small towns are sick of violence. There’s nothing small-town or American about promoting violence. … This is not American or small town-like....

  • City commissioner strikes back at mayor

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 26, 2023

    CLOVIS — One month after Clovis’ mayor accused him of lying about attending a taxpayer-funded training session in Santa Fe, Clovis City Commissioner David Bryant has responded to the allegations. “Yes,” Bryant wrote in a Facebook message to The News, “I attended” the seminar hosted June 5-7 by the New Mexico Municipal League. Bryant also suggested he is looking into legal action regarding the mayor’s accusation. “I’ve contacted legal with the City and outside legal as well on the matter,” he wrote in his statement....

  • Publisher's journal: Mayor, commissioner must agree to disagree

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 19, 2023

    Did he or didn’t he? Only David Bryant knows for sure if he attended that Municipal League training last month. Bryant said he did. Clovis Mayor Mike Morris still says he didn’t and he wants Bryant to resign and pay back the city about $650 it spent on sending Bryant to Santa Fe. Bryant’s statement last week was not exactly clear about how much time he spent at the seminar. “I’ve attended every session of the program over my attendance at two separate offerings,” he wrote. … Huh? But Morris can’t prove Bryant wasn’t there....

  • Publisher's journal: How's the weather out there? Trivial

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 12, 2023

    Did you know the region’s average high temperature was 95.3 degrees from June 18 through June 30? We exceeded 100 degrees twice in that spell, and hit 90 degrees or more on 12 consecutive days. Those are the numbers recorded at the Agricultural Science Center north of Clovis anyway. Halfway through our weather year, here’s a quiz: What’s the hottest temperature recorded this year at the Clovis ag center? a. 108 b. 103 c. 100 How many times has the temperature reached 100 degrees or more this year at the Tucumcari ag center? a. 3 b. 4 c....

  • Publisher's journal: 'Hate crime' or not, wrongs should be righted

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jul 5, 2023

    The vermin that vandalized the Portales Islamic Center five times last month are probably not our community's high achievers. Statistics show they are not "focused on long-term goals (or) imbued with grit and determination," according to the Dolan Consulting Group, which provides training for police across the country. The research, according to Dolan, shows that most vandals are thrill-seekers, looking for an "emotional rush of the risk, and to lash out at authority. ... (M)ost are generally...

  • Publisher's journal: Tucumcari native, Cowboys kicker earns HOF honor

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jun 28, 2023

    Some of us remember it as the greatest football game ever played. Danny Villanueva was a big part of it. The Dallas Cowboys led the Green Bay Packers, 17-14, in that NFL Championship game of Dec. 31, 1967, that’s come to be known as the Ice Bowl. Gametime temperature was 15-below zero. The wind-chill factor was 48-below. One fan died of exposure to those elements. Players and fans suffered frostbite that plagued them the rest of their lives. Villanueva, the Cowboys veteran kicker, was the difference in his team’s lead with a 29-yard field...

  • Clovis mayor calls for commissioner's resignation

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jun 28, 2023

    CLOVIS — Mayor Mike Morris on Friday called for the resignation of City Commissioner David Bryant, accusing Bryant of “misuse, if not theft, of public funds.” Bryant did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The News. His Facebook page said he was “going off the grid today.” Text messages and phone calls also were not returned. In emails to Bryant obtained by The News, Morris accused the commissioner of being “dishonest” about attending a recent New Mexico Municipal League training. “I believe you lied to your fellow...

  • Publisher's journal: Portales' shelter policy necessary

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jun 21, 2023

    This is not a space that routinely applauds government intervention. If it doesn’t involve securing the blessings of liberty, government needs to back off. The recent actions of the city of Portales’ animal control department clearly fall within the U.S. Constitution’s introduction for how “We the people …” will consent to be governed. Nobody’s happy that city officials are planning to euthanize more stray dogs in a shorter amount of time. But we don’t need another Tucumcari incident in our communities. “People have been...

  • Publisher's journal: He played in the NFL, and he sold cars, too

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jun 14, 2023

    Seventy-five years ago this week, Clovis’ most famous athlete was settling in for a relaxing summer with family. He could not have imagined the challenges he would soon encounter. Jerry Nuzum had been away at college where he was the star halfback at New Mexico A&M in Las Cruces. Late in 1947, he’d decided on a career field. But first, the 1941 Clovis High School graduate was spending time in his hometown. “Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Nuzum and small daughters, Jerry Jan and Sandra, have arrived from State College, N.M., to spend the summer visitin...

  • Publisher's journal: He 'fundamentally' disagrees with Biden, offers voters option

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|Jun 7, 2023

    He has been an outspoken and persistent critic of the COVID-19 vaccine. Mainstream media have described his views on the issue as misleading and dangerous. Instagram kicked him off its platform, accusing him of spreading misinformation about the vaccine. He once suggested vaccines and mask requirements were something Nazis would have implemented during the pandemic. He’s been known to associate with Donald Trump allies Roger Stone and Steve Bannon. And he’s an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden. “I just disagree fundamentally with...

  • Storms rack up millions in losses across our region

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|May 31, 2023

    I almost forgot cattle could swim until I saw their feed lot under water in Hereford last weekend. They weren't the only ones surprised to see so much water. We were all reminded why Running Water Draw northwest of Clovis has that name. And why Ned Houk Park needs a dam. And if you really want to see the power Mother Nature unleashed on us, take a look at the video on the Quay County Sun's Facebook page -- a bridge under construction between San Jon and Endee was destroyed by flash flooding...

  • Publisher's journal: This love story began at home

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|May 24, 2023

    She married her high school sweetheart and best friend on June 23, 1948. Hundreds of people came to her wedding. Most of them had to buy a ticket. The event attracted a fair amount of media coverage. “More than1,900 baseball fans jammed Bell Park Wednesday night to see the Clovis Pioneers win their sixth straight game … and to witness the marriage of Pioneer center fielder Wilcy Moore to Miss Mary Arnold of Muleshoe,” the Clovis News-Journal reported. “The wedding ceremony at home plate was scheduled to get under way at 7:15, but at...

  • Publisher's journal: Grid coach, lawyer will be remembered as fierce competitor

    David Stevens, The Staff of The News|May 17, 2023

    We lost a legend last week. Bill Kelly, one of our region’s best offensive-minded college football coaches of all time, died Saturday. The Amarillo Globe-News reported Kelly, 75, died in Amarillo after an extended bout with pneumonia. The North Carolina native will be most remembered by many for his three seasons coaching at then-West Texas State University, from 1985 to 1987. His Buffs went 18-13-1 before Kelly stunned many in the sports world by switching careers at age 40. He spent his last four decades as a criminal defense attorney....

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