On this date …
1966: David Cargo and T.E. Gene Lusk were both upset winners in the race for New Mexico governor.
Lusk had swamped ex-Gov. John Burroughs of Portales in the Democratic primary.
Cargo surprised Clifford Hawley for the Republican nomination.
Cargo won in November, by about 3 percentage points over Lusk, for the first of his two terms in office.
Cargo started the state’s film commission, which today is credited with bringing millions of tax dollars into New Mexico.
1961: A Clovis man was awaiting his court appearance after he was accused of trying to use a police car as his getaway car.
The man was pulled over by Clovis police on a driving-under-the-influence charge.
After being placed in the patrol officer’s car, the man “took charge of the wheel, slipped the gear into reverse, stepped on the accelerator and crashed into his own car,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.
Damages were estimated at $70.
1961: Law officers had recovered a safe stolen from Texico High School.
The safe, which contained only school records, was found six miles northeast of Texico, partly submerged in water.
The safe door had been torn off, Curry County Sheriff Nelson Worley said, and was apparently the work of amateurs.