Library hosting history display

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee, left, and Friends of Clovis-Carver Public Library President Carolyn Shipley, right, discuss sifting through early Curry County photos to select for the library’s upcoming Clovis history display. The photos will be organized in categories such as the evolution of Clovis’ Main Street, the history […]

Letters to the editor: Hotel Clovis has historical value

Hotel Clovis has historical value We can all benefit from having such an historical treasure and local landmark as Hotel Clovis. Its value includes its rich history. At the time of its construction in 1931, it was the tallest building between Albuquerque and Dallas. It was also the host in its elegant ballroom to some […]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

Education feature: Texico students impersonate historical figures in living museum

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castil Texico fifth grader David Martinez impersonated Albert Einstein during Texico Elementary School fifth grade living museum. Teacher Melissa Hartley said the living museum was a culminating activity after a year of studying American history. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer “I am Albert Einstein. I am the most important scientist […]

Old ampitheater friends will never be forgotten

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian The historical drama of New Mexico’s most notorious outlaw opened to a large crowd at the Caprock Amphitheater back in the 1980s. Clovis playwright Don McAlavy created a colorful drama in “Billy the Kid,” which he created using known facts with a little imagination, about a dark period in the […]

Fallon debut historical, not funny

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Monday’s always a great TV day for me, with “24” in primetime and often a new “Daily Show” late. This week, however, I was most excited for what was in between. Monday marked the debut of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” an experience I both feared and anticipated. I’ve never […]

Residents recognize significance of Tuesday’s inauguration

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Briseno, 17, said she didn’t really know how to pack for her trip with 10 classmates to the inauguration. She made sure to pack a map of the metro system subway in Washington D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Among the millions expected to swarm Washington, D.C., for […]

Aug. 15, 2008 Religion Digest

Historical Jesus class offered Clovis Community College will be offering a class on The Historical Jesus. The class begins on Aug. 25 and will be a weekly class. The instructor will be the Rev. Alvin Petty.

Heston: Actor, activist leaves lasting legacy

Freedom New Mexico Charlton Heston was famous for playing such larger-than-life historical roles as Moses, Michelangelo, Andrew Jackson, Buffalo Bill, Cardinal Richelieu, and Ben Hur, a fictional character who seemed more real than life in his portrayal. Heston may have been Hollywood’s last real star, instantly recognizable with that stentorian baritone voice and imposing presence. […]

Clovis native served as head of state historical society

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not too many people will remember Roland F. Dickey. He was famous to us historians. He was born in Clovis in 1914, grew up here, and moved away in 1934. His father, Albert Lull Dickey, homesteaded in 1906, “two miles north of Clovis.” That’s right off Prince and East Manana now, […]

Theater listings create promise

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The Lyceum Theatre on Main Street has hosted such performers as Will Rogers, Gene Autrey and John Phillip Sousa and his band. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The recent listing of two downtown city theaters on the National Register of Historical Places could boost tourism and economic development, according […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Historians run into trouble with historical feud

Don McAlavy: local columnist Haney Tate of Ranchvale was one of my best friends. He was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and I was a smart-aleck Republican, yet we didn’t let politics get in the way of our historian jobs. Many times he would jump in and do my newspaper column when I was away from Clovis. […]

Preserving history

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By Tova Fruchtman Gloria Wicker is full of stories about some of Clovis’ older, more historic sites, many of which are now falling into ruin. Like the pool at Hillcrest Park where some residents used to spend much of their summers. Or the Lyceum Theatre, once a stage for famous artists and singers. She remembers […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]

8/12/04 Events Calendar

All times Mountain Alto “The Pendragons” — 8 p.m. Saturday at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, Airport Highway 220. Information: 505-336-4800. Amarillo “Old West Melodrama” and dinner — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. dinner served, 9:15 p.m. show starts, Friday and Saturday. Big Texan Steak Ranch. Information: 806-372-6000. Starlight […]

County historian not history

By Helena Rodriguez Longtime Clovis historian Don McAlavy has left the dusty plains of eastern New Mexico for the tropical shorelines of St. Petersburg, Fla. But McAlavy insists his days of recording Curry County history are not yet history. McAlavy and his wife, Katherine, recently sold their home on the Pleasant Hill Highway and quietly […]

Sources

Don McAlavy Reading sources on east-central New Mexico, Curry County and Clovis: “Curry County History,” 1978, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “High Plains History,” 1980, published by the High Plains Historical Foundation of Eastern New Mexico. “Our Kind is Hard to Kill,” 1997, by Don McAlavy. “Clovis Revisited – […]