Museum dedicates new signs, shelter

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Karl Terry Mary Ruth Gossett, center, points out a photo of Jim Warnica, right, to Rosemary Mathews of ENMU on one of the new interpretive signs dedicated Friday at the Blackwater Draw Site near Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Early man and the way he likely lived got a […]

Local Roundup: City holding press conference

By Freedom New Mexico The city of Clovis will hold a press conference this morning regarding a city event this weekend, and Mayor David Lansford’s political intentions for the 2008 election cycle, according to a city press release. In 2004, Lansford won his third term as mayor, earning 73 percent of the votes in a […]

Aug. 8, 1930

The Clovis Evening News-Journal reported that Jimmy Darr, 159-pound Melrose slugger, and Percy Reed, 154 pounds, of Clovis, put on six rounds of the fightingest fight ever seen in a Clovis ring. The bout was called a draw. … Lillian Ellen Beauty Salon offered a “Eugene” hair permanent for $8.

The bone keeper

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Joanne Dickenson walks the trails at the Blackwater Draw archeological site on March 23. Dickenson lives on the 157-acre sit and works as its curator. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An early morning rain has made the earth soft. On days like this, Joanne Dickenson strolls through her back […]

Students seek to unearth club

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The entrance to the Blackwater Draw Site is located on N.M. 467 between Portales and Clovis. (Courtesy photo) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hollywood archaeologist Indiana Jones never visited eastern New Mexico in his movies, but if he had arrived on the scene at Blackwater Draw in the 1960s, he would have sought out the […]

Day trips: Blackwater Draw

Freedom Newspapers For a day trip that is much closer to home and doesn’t require much more than 15 minutes of driving time, visit the Blackwater Draw Museum outside Portales. This museum was opened to the public in 1969 as a means of displaying artifacts found at the Blackwater Locality No. 1 site. These artifacts […]

Reporters notebook: Card draw decides election

By luck of the draw, Christopher Maestas is Tucumcari’s newest city commissioner. He defeated incumbent Jimmy Sandoval in a card game. The two drew cards on Thursday to break a tie vote for the city commission seat. Maestas drew a nine of spades, and Sandoval drew a two of spades. Both men received 67 votes […]

Tucumcari election ends in tie

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — One Tucumcari city election appears headed for overtime. Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Jimmy R. Sandoval and challenger Christopher Maestas each received 67 votes on Tuesday. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Tucumcari City Clerk Rachel Hicklin. “I’ve heard of it happening in other places but it’s never happened here […]

Clovis Man turns 75 (plus 13,000)

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Sharon Hull, a graduate student in anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, maps a mammoth skull as she works on piecing it back together, in the foreground, Wednesday at the Blackwater Draw Site. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber He lived among saber-toothed cats, hunted giant mammoths and bison and was smart enough […]

Scientists made no bones about Clovis Man evidence

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Blackwater Draw curator Joanne Dickenson points to an Agate Basin point that was found in the remains of a bison mandible in the Bison Bone Bed that dates back to the Archaic Age at the site. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Michelle Seeber Evidence of Blackwater Draw’s Clovis people was hidden for centuries before […]