Ice cream manufacturer buys Clovis business

CNJ Staff A national ice cream and dairy manufacturer announced its acquisition of the Froz Fruit and Chill Ice on Aug. 18. The deal has Wells’ Dairy, Inc., a national manufacturer of more than 2,000 products, acquiring the lease on the manufacturing facility of Froz Fruit and Chill Ice brands here in Clovis, according to […]

AccessBank CFO earns honor

By Tova Fruchtman Ken Huey Jr., chief financial officer of AccessBank in Clovis, was surprised to open a recent letter stating he would receive the 2004 Governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award (NMDPSA). “I didn’t know (I was nominated), but it’s great. It’s nice to see the good things that you do are appreciated,” […]

Fair attendance down in 2004

CNJ Staff Conflicts with school and a rainy Thursday night resulted in the lowest Curry County fair attendance since 2001, officials said Monday. Fair board president Buddy Vaughan said 26,870 people passed through fair gates last week, a 3 percent decline from a year ago and almost 14 percent fewer than in 2002. “We really […]

Police shooting suspect denied deal

David Irvin District Judge Stephen Quinn on Monday rejected a plea agreement offered to a man accused of shooting a Clovis police detective. Timothy Michael Burke, 52, is accused of shooting Detective Keith Bessette in December of 2002. Police returned fire, severely injuring Burke, who is now paralyzed from the chest down. Under the agreement […]

Reform needed to stop more immigrant deaths

Freedom Newspapers It’s time to get realistic about this country’s immigration policy. Our current system has done nothing to stop illegal immigration. Instead, all it has done is put illegal immigrants in greater danger of being exploited, assaulted or even killed. Hidalgo County, Texas, has recently seen two graphic examples of how U.S. immigration policies […]

Stem cell research is morally problematic

By Mona Charen Addressing the Democratic National Convention, Ron Reagan told the delegates that in the debate over funding research on embryonic stem cells, we face a choice between “the future and the past; between reason and ignorance; between true compassion and mere ideology.” Not satisfied with that contrast, he elaborated that “a few of […]

Clovis football coach has responsibility to readers

I noticed that Coach Eric Roanhaus again declined to be interviewed by Rick White in Sunday’s paper. Over the last few years he had Randy Adrian and now Darren Kelley provide comments weekly in the newspaper. It’s not that they do or did a bad job, but it’s the head coach’s responsibility to provide the […]

Horse rides help special needs children

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Valdemar Ortiz, 10, left, of Portales, pets Peanut at the Mini-blessings Horse Show. Volunteer Gwen Regnier, 15, prepares to lead Peanut on their ride Thursday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Fairgrounds provided the stage to showcase some of Clovis’ most unlikely horseback […]

Mondragon receives contract renewal

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford feared if every city commissioner commented on how valuable city manager Ray Mondragon is to Clovis, Thursday’s commission meeting would last all night. Blanketed by a flurry of praise on commission row, Mondragon on Thursday accepted a contract renewal as the Clovis city manager. The […]

Soldier’s death ‘ripped out my heart’

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor LUBBOCK — Fighting back tears and battling to keep control of his emotions, Ernest Galvan told a funeral congregation on Saturday at Lubbock’s St. Theresa Catholic Church the story of his son Daniel’s life. He talked about the day his son was born, when his 4-year-old sister wanted to […]

Rogers, Fern

Fern Rogers Services: Private family services will be held at a later date. Mrs. Fern Rogers, 77, of Clovis, a secretary, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 17, 1927, in Cimarron, Kan., to John and Thelma Naylor Petty. Family members said her time was spent with her beloved […]

Loftus, Marie

Marie Loftus Services: Have been held. Marie M. Loftus, 75, of Albuquerque, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004. She was born on Feb. 17, 1929, in Clovis, to Ray and Ethel Miller. She married Martin Loftus. She moved to Albuquerque in 1982. She was employed by Presbyterian Hospital as a radiology transcription and manager of medical […]

Self, Raymond L.

Raymond L. Self Services: Have been held. Raymond “Ray” L. Self, 88, of Clovis, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Laural Plains Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on April 19, 1916, to Ira L. and Martha Peters Self in Oklaunion, Texas. He married Nellie B. Billington on March 21, 1954, in Clovis. He retired […]

Willingham Sr., Thomas

Thomas D. Willingham Sr., 86, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Granbury Care Center in Granbury, Texas. He was born on July 27, 1918, in Featherston, Okla., to Idus P. and Winnie Willingham. He was raised in Oklahoma but resided in Clovis for 63 years. He worked for AT&SF as a locomotive engineer […]

Torres, George

George Torres Services: Have been held. George “Billy” Torres Jr., 53, of Clovis, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Nov. 5, 1950, in Sinton, Texas, to George Sr. and Susie Herrera Torres. He married Lilly Marmolejo on April 10, 1973, in Loresa, Texas. He worked in […]

Moncayo, Frances

Frances Moncayo Services: Have been held. Mrs. Frances Moncayo, 56, of Texico, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 11, 1947, in Santa Rosa, to Guadalupe and Lucita Marquez Maestas. She married Frank Moncayo on Feb. 6, 1965, in Santa Rosa. She was a long-time […]

Lewis, Damien

Damien Lewis Services: Have been held. Damien Dajuan Christopher Lewis, 5 months, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 16, 2004, in Lubbock, to Marques Lewis and Derenda Tate. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, A.V. “Blue” Tate. Survivors include his […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Nitty-Gritty we raised our scholarly sights recently to delve into that age old conundrum, “Why does a chicken cross the road?” From a variety of sources we found answers from celebrities, some of them dead and rightfully so. Simply precede each quote with the question. • Ernest Hemingway: […]

Profiling system has serious flaws

Freedom Newspapers Some people might scoff when we worry aloud about the potential confusions, embarrassments and delays — not to mention invasions of privacy and abuses of power — that could result from the creation of a government airline passenger screening system. But Sen. Ted Kennedy probably isn’t among them. We have no doubt the […]