Nuzum an NFL first for Clovis

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Jerry Nuzum and his wife, Mary, embrace after a Las Cruces judge declared the Pittsburgh Steelers halfback innocent of murder charges in 1951. This photo appeared on Page 1 of the Clovis News-Journal on July 2, 1951. By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Hank Baskett is Clovis’ only pro football player these days. He’s heading into […]

Death of waitress served notice to politicians

By Don McAlavy Sometime after 3 a.m. on March 30, 1949, Ovida “Cricket” Coogler was killed in Las Cruces. She was 18, stood 5 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 100 pounds. She worked as a waitress. She was called “Cricket” because of the clicking noise made by her spike-heeled shoes as she walked. She […]