Pipkin, Leonard

Leonard Pipkin Services: Have been held. Leonard W. “Scooter” Pipkin, 59, of Flint, Texas, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004. He was born on March 17, 1945, in Clovis, to Hubert and Billie Jean Pipkin. He graduated from Lee High School in Midland, Texas, and Texas Tech University. He was a certified public accountant working as […]

Kelly, Fern

Fern Kelly Services: Have been held. Fern Kelly, 92, of Clovis, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 17, 1917, in Tyrone, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Harrell. She lived in the tri-state area of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas all her life. She was preceded in death by […]

Pond, C. Dale

C. Dale Pond Services: Have been held. C. Dale Pond, 78, of Trinity, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, Texas. He was born on Nov. 8, 1926, in Muenster, Texas, to James W. and Eula M. Pond. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman in the […]

Aday, Dixie

Dixie Aday Services: Have been held. Mrs. Dixie Jean Aday, 79, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on May 17, 1925, in Hollis, Okla., to Bessie and Claude E. Gamble. She moved to Clovis in 1925, when she was a few months old. She […]

Cathey, Jessie

Jessie Cathey Services: Have been held. Mrs. Jessie May Cathey, 94, of Pep, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Feb. 11, 1910, near Gilmer, Texas, to Emma and James A. Bryce. She grew up at Antlers, Okla. The family later moved to Dalhart, Texas. She married […]

Galloway, Gene

Gene Galloway Services: Have been held. Gene Russell Galloway, 78, of Belen, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004. He was born in 1925. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force having served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. His second retirement was from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft after 23 years of service. He […]

Webb, Mabel

Mabel Webb Services: Have been held. Mabel Helen Johnson Webb, 95, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Laural Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 15, 1909, in Plankenton, S.D., to Hans and Maud West Johnson. She married Creed Webb on Oct. 11, 1924, in Farwell. She grew up in the […]

Martin, Mildred

Mildred Martin Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mildred Belle Martin, 87, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on March 25, 1917, in Ardmore, Okla., to Clarence Davenport and Mary Lula Long. She was a member of the Fairfield Extension Club, the 16th and Pile […]

Montoya, Filomena

Filomena Montoya Services: Have been held. Filomena “Mena” Montoya, 90, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 1, 1914, in La Pintada, to Severo and Conrada Cordova Sisneros. She married Eugenio Montoya on Nov. 27, 1933, in Willard. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed spending time at […]

Families can spend New Year’s Eve together

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Freedom Newspapers photo: Patrick Wyrick of Garden Grove, Calif., has a collection of 300 to 400 games. Studies have shown games are growing more popular as a family activity. Though most people have far fewer games than Wyrick, they may be a way to By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ Staff Writer As many fight that end-of-the-year […]

Elderly woman found dead in home

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Kevin Duncan of Muffley Funeral Home (center) removes the body of Essie Thomas, 75, from her home at 716 W. Grand Ave. on Wednesday as Agent Roman Romero of Clovis police follows behind. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Police are investigating the death of an elderly Clovis woman as a […]

Tsunami hits close to home

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Arjune Mirchandani and girlfriend Kimberly McRae, seen here in this 2003 photo, were visiting Southern Sri Lanka when they survived a tsunami that leveled the country’s coast. (Courtesy photo) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis doctor Rajan Mirchandini spoke to his son on Christmas eve. Arjune was vacationing near the southern tip of Sri […]

Wednesday holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff Boys Wednesday Valley 56, Pampa 47 The Valley Vikings scored 26 in the fourth quarter after trailing 32-30 to beat Pampa 56-47 in the Milk Cow Classic third place game. Travis Vigil scored 21 points and hit all seven free throws as the Vikings (9-2) made 11 of 12 from the charity stripe. […]

First-hand account — tsunami almost killed me

Editor’s note: The following is an e-mail sent from Arjune Mirchandini to his father Rajan, a doctor in Clovis, and his brother Kush. The e-mail was received in Clovis on Monday and describes the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and neighboring countries late Saturday. Hey! Well, I happened to get caught up in the tsunami […]

Clovis grads on national TV

CNJ staff Hank Baskett and Joey Garcia hogged plenty of headlines as multi-sport standouts at Clovis High School. Teammates for a season at Clovis in 2000, Baskett and Garcia take their talents to the national stage today when New Mexico and Texas Tech play in separate bowl games on ESPN2 and ESPN. Baskett and the […]

Jail overcrowding growing burden on county

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Adult Detention Center Director Don Burdine stands before the commission at each meeting and reads a list full of numbers chronicling how many inmates are incarcerated in and outside of the county. In 2002, he said those numbers averaged about 170 inmates. Last week he reported 340 […]

Lady Wildcats crunch Rio Rancho for Plateau title

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Clovis coach Miles Watters prods his team to keep playing hard during Wednesday’s championship game of the Plateau Holiday Classic. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent They tried to front the Clovis post players. They tried to play behind them. They tried to lay off the outside shooters. In the end, Rio […]

Wildcats three-peat

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Wildcats’ Dominique Easterlin shoots over a Rio Rancho defender during Wednesday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic. Easterlin scored nine points in the win. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Tigg Bunton scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Clovis Wildcats pulled away in the fourth […]

Top 10: Wildcats baseball makes championship game

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent When he became Clovis High’s baseball coach three years ago, Shane Shallenberger knew what kind of historical precedent that came with the Wildcats’ program. In essence, that was no playoff appearances in 40 years: Not when Clovis had an unusually strong team, not as a second-place squad in an off […]

Democracy works best when handled locally

Freedom Newspapers The unfolding election drama in Ukraine continues to fascinate Americans. We want to see democracy succeed. But we must insist that Ukraine be allowed to work out its future without U.S. government interference. Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko appears to have handily won Sunday’s vote for prime minister, which was scheduled after last month’s […]