Purcell, Margie

Margie Purcell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Margie Purcell, 74, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her home. She was born on Dec. 14, 1929, in Melrose, to Bessie Mae and Charles R. Vance. She attended school at McAlister and House, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948. She married Bill Purcell […]

Lary, James

James Lary Services: No services are sheduled Mr. James William Lary, 75, of Clovis, died April 14, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Melrose, to William and Blanche Matthews Lary. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He married Josephine Scoma on […]

Brazell, Richard

Richard Brazell Services: Have been held. Richard E. Brazell, 71, of Clovis, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at Laurel Plains Health Care Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 28, 1933, in Milnesand, to James Arthur Dollie Elizabeth Lankford Brazell. He attended schools at Portales, Clovis and Fort Sumner. He served in the U.S. […]

Pine, Ola Mae

Ola Mae Pine Services: Have been held. Ola Mae Wylie Pine, 77, of Albuquerque died Monday, April 12, 2004. She was born on Feb. 20, 1927, in Larned, Kan. She moved to Fort Sumner shortly after she was born. She spent several years working in Santa Fe before moving to Albuquerque. She was a charter […]

Sumners, Clifford Lee

Clifford Lee Sumners Services: Will be held at a later date. Clifford Lee Sumners, 72, of Nocona, Texas, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, in Nocona. He was born on June 19, 1931, in Aurora, Mo., to Wilmer and Gertrude Forrester Sumners. He lived in Clovis for 45 years before retiring in Nocona Hills, Texas, in […]

First-degree murder charge dropped in trial

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Fernando Garcia no longer faces the possibility of life in prison after prosecutors dropped the most serious charge of first-degree murder for lack of evidence. Deputy District Attorney Bryan McKay told the court on Wednesday that testimony so far hasn’t provided enough evidence to prove Garcia acted intentionally […]

Mayor promotes youth council

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer A mayor’s youth council and a city youth center are among the goals set by city officials Wednesday in a strategic planning session for city government. Other goals are continued work on efforts to get a sustainable water supply, completion of a salary and benefits package for city employees […]

U.S. ambassador must try to build a nation in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has appointed veteran diplomat John Negroponte, now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be the ambassador to Iraq, heading what is slated to be the largest U.S. embassy in the world, with 3,000 employees. His job, which will in some ways be more like nation-building than traditional diplomacy, will […]

‘Whiner’ gets mixed replies from readers

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Thank you, reader, for letting me get that off my chest. I have spent the last couple of hours going over reader response e-mails and letters to the editor. I was shocked — be prepared, this is going to knock your socks off — to find not everyone thinks I am […]

Learning tough ladder to climb for blacks

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Drs. Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom’s new book “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” shows the government education whites receive is nothing to write home about, but for blacks, it’s no less than a disgraceful disaster. According to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) findings, only in writing do less […]

CCC student: New library is a good environment for studying

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First-year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza of Clovis works on a research paper Wednesday at the Dr. W. D. Dabbs Library. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer First year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza didn’t like the school’s old library. The space was cramped, he said, and the […]

Education Briefs 4/29

Teachers of the month honored The Clovis school board honored employees of the month for April at Tuesday evening’s board meeting. Those honored were: • Marshall Junior High — Larry Cloud, history teacher, and Diana McGhee, educational assistant. • Ranchvale Elementary — Carrie Rogers, third grade teacher, and Doris Sierra, custodian. • Sandia Elementary — […]

Billy the Kid — Outlaw’s authenticity no issue for museum

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Tourist destinations at Fort Sumner certain they have the correct body in the proper grave. Fort Sumner’s Lula Sweet is pretty adamant that Bill the Kid rests below the ground not far from where she works. Sweet, wife of Don Sweet and mother of Tim Sweet, all of whom own […]

Education Calendar 4/29

Today • Lockwood (3,4) Spring Program at 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Lockwood Multi-Purpose Room. • Parkview (5,6) Spring Musical at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Parkview Gym. • Cameo (3,4) Spring Concert at 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. Sunday • High Plains Chorale Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m at Clovis Community College […]

Film review: ‘The Punisher’ violent yet entertaining

By Ben Kessler, CNJ Staff Writer As a comic book collector, I have looked forward to movies like this since X-Men showed that a comic book movie didn’t have to be based around a weightlifter in green paint. The Punisher was not a comic book I followed closely, since Frank Castle was a regular guy […]

Jenkins, Jasper Collins

Jasper Collins Jenkins Services: Have been held. Jasper Collins Jenkins, 84, of Texico, a farmer, died Monday, April 26, 2004, in Clovis, He was born on May 11, 1919, in Grapeland, Texas, to R.Q. and Mattie Duncan Jenkins. He had been a resident of Clovis since 1952 moving from Grapeland, Texas. He farmed in this […]

Tuesday’s Hobbs qualifier track results

CNJ STAFF Boys Team standings: 1. Clovis 118; 2. Carlsbad 58; 3. Lovington 57; 4. Loving 51; 5. NMMI 46; 6. Hobbs 42; 7. Artesia 32; 8. Portales 22; 9. Jal 17; 10. Eunice 6. Field events High jump: 1. Gabriel, Portales 5-10; 2. McBee, Lovington 5-7; 3. McBride, Lovington 5-7. Shot put: 1. Caudillo, […]

Cats able to fill graduation gaps

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Clovis sophomore Eric Smith, seen diving for a ball during fly-ball drills at Wednesday’s practice, is in his first year of high school baseball in America after spending five years playing baseball in England. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger knew he had holes to fill around a solid core […]

Experience vs. fresh approach in DA debate

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District Attorney Brett Carter, left, and Matthew Chandler debate during the 2004 District Attorney Candidate Forum Tuesday at the Clovis Community College Town Hall. Rick Cornelison, center, monitored the debate. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In a 90-minute debate of Republicans seeking the position of 9th Judicial District […]

Defense: Witness’ stories deviate

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors began their first full day of presenting witnesses on Tuesday in the case of Fernando Garcia, who is charged with murdering Moises Ortiz during a February 2003 dogfight at Ortiz’s home in south Clovis. The defense attempted to discredit a witness of the alleged crime during questioning, […]