Police Blotter: June 27, 2004

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to the 800 block of Hull Street on June 18 in reference to a woman who said her sister was harassing her, driving by her home, putting the car in neutral and revving her engine in a taunting manner. Police […]

Ex-Texico hoop standout sitting out at Eastern

By Rick White Elizabeth Richards, who led Texico to three straight state titles and was a driving force in Eastern New Mexico University’s dramatic turnaround last season, has decided not to play basketball this upcoming season. The Zias’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer told ENMU coach Dan Buzard Wednesday that she plans to sit out […]

Davis, Frederick

Frederick Davis Services: Have been held. The remains of Christian Frederick “Sonny” Davis, well known area cowboy and steer roper, were re-interred in the Kenna Cemetery Saturday, June 12, 2004 with family and close friends present. He died April 14, 1991, at the age of 56, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born […]

Umpiring at Custom Classic not a 9-to-5 job

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Umpire Jesse Gonzales of Clovis waits to make the call on a close play at the plate in a game between the Budweiser of Amarillo and the El Paso Jazz. Gonzales called the runner out. CNJ photo by Rick White By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Brandon Harris was just getting up Friday night when many […]

Deadly shooting leads to arrest

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Detective Keith Farkas (standing) and detective Kirk Roberts investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot before noon Friday. (CNJ Staff Photo: Mike Linn) By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe the man suspected in Curry County’s sixth homicide of the year ran to a nearby daycare […]

City officials credit low unemployment rate to an influx of business.

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Bethany Hanner of Clovis searches for jobs online Thursday at the New Mexico Department of Labor in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her […]

Cheese plant work on schedule

Jack King Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at the Southwest Chees site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million project is on schedule, with plans to begin production sometime in October 2005. Four of […]

Austin, Daniel P.

Daniel Patrick Austin Services: Have been held. Daniel Patrick Austin, 17, of Ruidoso, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in Ruidoso. He was born on Feb. 14, 1987, in Ruidoso, to Dan and Mary Austin. He was a lifetime resident of Ruidoso. He had just completed his junior year at Ruidoso High School. He played basketball, […]

Mr. Robinson, the grandkids will be proud

CNJ Editorial Seldom do we stand on formality or political correctness. Most times the fans of those forms of group-think use them to stifle voices and opinions that disagree with theirs. However, a recently successful effort to change the racially insensitive and derogatory nickname of an eastern New Mexico landmark deserves loud applause. The site, […]

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist

Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of excuses and blame […]

Sometimes the river flows smoothly

Grant McGee: Local Columnist I make no apologies for feeling the need to get out of Clovis every now and then on a road trip. I wanted some mountains, I wanted a break from the heat. Flagstaff, Ariz., is known for being cool. It’s directly west of us once you get up on I-40. So […]

Custom Classic cranking up again

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Rebels shortstop Chad Davis leaps for a liner during last year’s annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. CNJ file photo. By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent After sweeping through the recreation division undefeated in last year’s Custom Classic, members of the Clovis X-Treme women’s softball team thought maybe a step up in […]

Clovis comedian uses family as material

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Life is kind of funny, especially when you start looking for the moments that really make you laugh. At least that’s how budding Clovis comedian Leticia Zarate sees it. During the past few months, Zarate has taken a long, hard look at her life — at home, at work, among […]

‘Dodgeball’ a painful pleasure

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In a cheesy “how-to” film reel on dodgeball, in the movie called “Dodgeball,” viewers are taught the five Ds of dodgeball — Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive — and Dodge. After about 90 minutes, it’s evident that the fifth “D” in the weekend’s top movie should stand for dumb. Still, “Dodgeball” […]

Ag group to host breakfast

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer In the spirit of Clovis’ successful Committee of 50, the recently organized Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico aims to work for the best interests of agricultural producers and the community, the group’s Chairman Blake Curtis said Wednesday. Ag 50 will hold a breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Friday at […]

American Legion to host state convention

CNJ Staff Roughly 500 members of American Legion posts statewide will be in Clovis today through Sunday for the state’s annual convention. The event will kick off this morning with a golf tournament for American Legion members at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. American Legion members across the state voted to have Clovis American Legion […]

Fireworks fun, but menace to police

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The Jackpot can reach upwards of 40 feet in the air. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent In the world of fireworks, the Jackpot is just that for both pyrotechnic aficionados and sellers of the products this year. Priced around $35, the multiple-shot rocket has a cannon-sized body and is what […]

Babers, George Jr.

George Babers Jr. Services: Have been held. Mr. George Babers Jr., 53, of Clovis, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on May 13, 1951, in Dawson, Texas, to Frank and Jewel Stevenson Babers. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1969 and then from Eastern New […]

Portales golfer on par with big boys

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Ryan Hohn, 17, of Clovis, tees off on the ninth hole during Sun Country Junior PGA tournament Wednesday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Not much bigger than the average Callaway driver, pint-sized Portales golfer Will Archibeque is adjusting to playing with the big boys. Riding back-to-back birdies […]

Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or a bit dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as much as it should, but what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. Like this, for example: I was heading toward home from Lubbock […]