Hotel Clovis visionary dead at 67

From the editor’s desk

Two obituaries caught my attention recently.
Don Trull, 67, a retired Clovis business owner, died Thursday. Several months ago, he made known his intention to restore Hotel Clovis to its original glory and the newspaper published a couple of stories reporting that information.
A lot of people had doubts about Trull’s realistic ability to follow through on his goal, but I was rooting for him.
The other sad notice was news that Melba McCamish died on Sept. 18.
I worked at Sears in Muleshoe with McCamish when I was in high school. She had a no-nonsense outlook on the world and a great work ethic and I admired her for those assets.
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Our newsroom received a call on Wednesday from Jere Beasley, a former Portales resident who now lives in San Antonio, Texas.
Beasley said he is in possession of a 1957 Clovis High School class ring with the initials GDB. He found it in the early 1960s while on a training mission with the Portales National Guard at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The Clovis National Guard also participated in that training mission.
Beasley said he’s tried previously to locate the ring’s owner, but with no success. He found the ring again recently while rummaging around in his belongings and decided to call the newspaper.
Loretta Kos, the newsroom’s administrative assistant, suspects the ring may belong to Don Bell. She’s trying to track him down through a sister.
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Here are highlights from mail that I’ve been saving for awhile, unsure what to do with it:
n Mary Josephine Speed of Portales writes: “Like all adults, women like small gestures of thoughtfulness and HATE big surprises.
“Similarly, women like to explore the parameters of their emotions and HATE having our emotions played with by others.
“Actually children have similar perspectives and these perspectives form respectfulness and are supported by the Holy Bible for men, women and children.”
n Jason Gutierrez delivered two letters in person and mailed one in hopes of telling “the other half” of the story related to an abandoned baby case on which the Clovis News Journal reported in July.
Gutierrez believes he has been wrongly portrayed in media reports as an irresponsible father. He has since been incarcerated, but maintains he’s a good father.
“My goal in life at this point is to get released from here and regain custody of my two precious children, and hopefully with the Lord’s help, my goals and daily struggles can be resolved so that a father and son and little miracle daughter can be reunited,” he wrote.

From the Editor’s Desk is a weekly memo to CNJ readers. David Stevens can be reached at 763-6991, extension 310, or by e-mail: