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On this date …
1975: Clovis police had formed a Special Weapons and Tactics Team. The team consisted of six members who had taken more than 600 hours of specialized training. “Every city should have one,” said sniper Randy Ellison. “There are numerous situations that can arise in a city, say the size of Clovis, which calls for specially trained personnel.” The SWAT team was led by John Frerichs.
1965: Clovis voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.25 million bond issue to finance school construction. The measure passed by a 6-to-1 margin. Plans called for 91 new classrooms, a new elementary school and additional cafeteria facilities. Zia Elementary School opened in the fall of 1966 with about 300 students enrolled.
1950: Eastern New Mexico University captured its second consecutive New Mexico Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball championship with back-to-back wins over Panhandle A&M. The Silver Pack finished with a conference record of 13-1. Team members included Kenneth Moore, Keigm Harp and Tex Wallis of Portales, Billy Griggs of Clovis and Blossom Dunning of Fort Sumner

Their business …
1959: Boyd’s Brake Shop offered complete brake and front-end service at 509 Mitchell in Clovis. Shop employees also offered wheel balancing and “tire truing.”

Transitions …
1964: George Riddle, 83, a resident of the region for 50 years, died at Jones Rest Home in Clovis. Burial was scheduled for the Taiban Cemetery. Pecos Finley, Pete Muller, Joe May, Jeff Ward, J.D. Fox and R.J. Colter were going to be pallbearers.
1964: Jim Seaver, 34, had been named managing editor at the Clovis News-Journal. Dave Molina, 26, who had been acting managing editor, was returning to his duties as city editor.

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