Lay, Ora

Ora Lay Services: Have been held. Ora Lay, 85, of Melrose died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on May 12, 1918, in Berlin, Okla., to George and Pearl Basham Blackburn. She married Curtis Lay on Dec. 4, 1936, in Berlin. They moved to Melrose in 1949 […]

Disbanding task force helps avoid another Tulia

Freedom Newspapers Nearly five years ago, the legal system committed a grave injustice against residents of the Texas Panhandle farming town of Tulia. An undercover lawman’s court testimony — uncorroborated by witnesses or any evidence — led to the arrests on drug charges of more than 40 people, nearly all of them black. It was […]

Tolerance for taxes, censorship waning

Tibor Machan The Laffer curve is about how much imposition or other types of trouble people are willing to tolerate from their fellows. Arthur Laffer, a professor at the University of Southern California, is supposed to have drawn a bell-shaped graph on a napkin once to show that up to the peak point of it […]

Strength better than ‘golden’ diplomacy

Mona Charen The vice president suggested in a recent speech that the election of 2004 will be the most significant in 20 years. He’s right. In 1984, we were engaged in a worldwide struggle that one party was committed to winning and the other party did not even want to fight. If Walter Mondale had […]

Forecaster says smoke in wind foretells weather

By Jack King Local long-time practitioner repeats ceremony taught by Plains Indians. In a more than 80-year-old spring ritual, Weldon Crim built a bonfire at his Parmer County family farm Monday to predict the weather in the coming year. Crim, 67, of Clovis, said setting the fire is a weather-forecasting method his grandfather learned from […]

CHS weekend tennis results

CNJ STAFF Claire Higgins Invitational Friday, Saturday at Carlsbad Boys Team standings (top 3 finishers): 1. Carlsbad; 2. Silver; 3. Fort Stockton. Clovis results Singles Jared Cole, No. 1 (0-3): L Dustin Ipsom (Andrews) 6-0, 6-1; L Jacob Leyva (Carlsbad JV) 6-2, 6-2; L Matt Helm (Midland Christian) 6-2, 6-2. Justin Brummett, No. 2 (0-3): […]

Hounds get a look at younger players

CNJ STAFF BLACKWATER DRAW — Several veterans are nursing injuries during Eastern New Mexico University’s spring football drills, but coach Bud Elliott and his staff aren’t too concerned. It just gives them more opportunity to look at less experienced players. The Greyhounds, who have been practicing for three weeks, had an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning […]

Gunshot to head kills Clovis man

By Michelle Seeber A Clovis man has been arrested and charged with an open count of murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Clovis resident, said Lt. Jimmy Glascock, public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. Jacob Roberts, 18, was booked into the Curry County Detention Center in the shooting death of […]

Standoff in Friona ends with gunfire, suspect’s death

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By Michelle Seeber Robby Lynn Vaughn, 37, of Muleshoe, was shot and killed Sunday by a Lubbock SWAT team member’s bullet after taking hostage a Baptist minister and his family in their Friona home. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries, who led negotiations with Vaughn, said he died about 2:30 p.m. Sunday after about a 19-hour […]

Year after war’s start leaves stories to tell

By Darrell Todd Maurina It’s been a year since the war in Iraq began. While many servicemembers assigned to the initial assault have rotated back home, some are still deployed in Iraq, some have been sent there more recently and others have just recently returned. Here are some of their stories. — Julian Urioste, a […]

Intelligence adn terrorism define Iraq after a year

Editorial Perhaps the recent bombings of and attacks on hotels in Basra, Baghdad, Falluja and Baquba should be viewed in some context. Even if things were going reasonably well, Americans could have expected opposition forces to be able to muster enough resources to create some chaos around the first anniversary of the start of the […]

Endless number of colors far too complicated

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Because I was so successful last week eliminating the brouhaha about gay marriages, I’m willing today to wrestle with an even thornier topic — the names of colors. What I’m saying is, if you don’t want to start World War III, don’t ask what color “puce” is, or even “heliotrope.” […]

Congress ready to SBP offset at 62

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A quarter of a million surviving spouses of military retirees have moved two steps closer to seeing a dreaded drop in survivor benefits, which occurs at age 62, be phased out over the next decade. As the House and Senate in mid-March set spending ceilings for fiscal 2005, surviving spouses […]

Glover, Bennie F.

Bennie F. Glover Services: Have been held. Mr. Bennie F. Glover, 88, of Clovis, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at his home in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 2, 1915, in Nunon, N.D., to Jack and Allie Duncan Glover. He grew up in Littlefield, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War […]

Selling CD for a cause makes horse sense

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Trenton Meeks, 17, of Farwell, brushes 3-year-old quarter horse CD before taking the horse out for a ride Saturday during the Spring Horse Sale at the Clovis Livestock Auction. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis Livestock Auction owner Danny Rogers estimated 1,000 horses would be sold this weekend in the business’ annual […]

Friona car chase, gunfight ends in hostage standoff

By Michelle Seeber and Darrell Todd Maurina FRIONA — Law enforcement officers from throughout the area were joined here Saturday night by a SWAT team from Amarillo in response to a hostage standoff involving a local church pastor. Cpl. John Gonzalez of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Community Relations Office said the incident began […]

Matt. 25 hires pastor to remodel old hosptial

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Spanish-speaking pastor raised by missionaries in Central America will be the first executive director in charge of turning the abandoned Clovis Memorial Hospital into a community ministry resource center. The steering committee for the Matt. 25 project voted Monday night to name the Rev. Steve Brown, 37, a licensed pastor […]

Clovis citizens can be health aware at the fair

By Michelle Seeber A father, Casey Najera of Clovis, held his baby in his arms as he listened to parenting information. He was at the Health Fair held by the Clovis News Journal on Saturday at 21st and Prince Streets, where more than 50 groups represented health awareness. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff today […]

Party antics end in death

CNJ STAFF REPORT Curry County deputies and the New Mexico State Police responded about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a shooting incident in a trailer at the 1300 block of County Road 13. Details were sketchy at press time, but preliminary reports indicated that a young adult male was shot in the head by another person, […]

Grand jury indicts three men in January homicide

Darrell Todd Maurina Three men were indicted Friday for murder by a Curry County grand jury in connection with the Jan. 4 shooting death of Carlos Murillo, 27, of Clovis, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter. Santiago Miguel Calbert, 19, Christopher Meier, 20, and Eric Duran, 26, all of Clovis, face charges of […]