Johnson, Annie Louise

Annie Louise Johnson Services: Have been held. Mrs. Annie Louise Johnson, 87, of Pulaski, Tenn., died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Hillside Hospital in Pulaski, Tenn. She was born on July 27, 1917, in Athens, Ala., to Otha and Lessie Wakefield. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.F. Johnson; and a son, Jimmy […]

Estrada, Enrique

Enrique Estrada Services: Have been held. Enrique Estrada, 55, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004 in Lubbock. He was born Sept. 30, 1949, in El Paso, Texas.  He graduated from Los Angeles United School District in 1968. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 1969 until 1981. Family members said he […]

Grundman, Howard

Howard Grundman Services:  Have been held. Howard “Axel” Grundman, 82, of Storm Lake, Iowa, formerly from Albuquerque, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was born on Nov. 15, 1921, in Pella, Iowa, to Ralph S. and Katherine Elvira Burtness Grundman.  He was baptized on Dec. […]

Bethel, Royce D.

Royce Dale Bethel Services:Have been held. Royce Dale Bethel, 51, of Farwell, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 31, 1953, to A.V. and Fern Bethel in Portales. He graduated from Floydada High School in 1971, and he became a farmer. He married Jamye Berry on May […]

Gooden, Miracle Tiana

Miracle Tiana Gooden Services: Have been held. Miracle Tiana Gooden, infant, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was preceded in death by a sister, Precious Shantel Gooden; and two great-grandfathers. She was survived by her mother, Mary Wood of Clovis; her father Tyrone Gooden of Clovis; […]

Anderson, Joe

Joe Anderson Services: Have been held. Joe Anderson, 68, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Lubbock Health Care in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 16, 1936, in Littlefield, Texas, to George C. Anderson and Lizzie C. Gleaton. He was raised at Fort Sumner where he attended school, graduating in 1956. He […]

Houston, Millie

Millie Houston Services: Have been held. Millie Jo Houston, 74, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on March 29, 1930, in Kenna, to Raymond and Nettie Cavett Archer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, G.C. Houston Jr.; a brother; and […]

Culley, Ann

Ann Culley Services: Have been held. Ann Elizabeth Faris Culley, 96, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Manhattan, Kan. She was born on March 12, 1908, in Clovis, to Joel Clary and Nancy Faris. She was an accomplished pianist and after graduation she taught music for a number of years. She moved to Albuquerque in […]

Cooper, Harry

Harry Cooper Services: Have been held. Harry Doyle Cooper, 71, of Broadview, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Lubbock Heart Center. He was born on May 20, 1933, in Roy, to H.B. and Mellie Garrett Cooper. He married Rose Ella Mote, on Aug. 18, 1951, in Tucumcari. He retired as a master sergeant from the […]

Rodarte, Christopher

Christopher Rodarte Services: Have been held. Christopher Jonathan Rodarte, 24, of Santa Rosa, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, near Dilia. He was born on Sept. 21, 1980, in Santa Rosa, to Joseph Fredrick Rodarte and Barbara Ann Moncayo. He was raised in Santa Rosa where he attended Santa Rosa High School. He participated in football, […]

Najera, Maria

Maria Najera Services Have been held. Maria De La Luz Torres-Najera, 52, of Hobbs, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, in Lubbock.   She was born on Dec. 31, 1952 in Durango, Mexico, to Domingo and Martina Torres. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hobbs. Family members said […]

Christmas lasts longer than one day

By Curtis Shelburne: Local Columnist I’m afraid that in the first column I write after Christmas Day each year I’m beginning to sound like Johnny One-note, but I’ll risk it again as I remind you that Christmas is not over once Christmas Day is over. Now I can easily see why tired to the bone […]

Wildcats rally in third quarter

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet is fouled by Tascosa’s C.J. Johnson Monday at the Milk Cow Holiday Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Escaping with a one-point victory against Tascosa earlier in the season, the Clovis boys basketball team surely looked forward to showing the Rebels what it could do with its […]

Defensive duo sparks Lady Cats

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Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton scored three points and added four rebounds in Monday’s first-round game against Abilene Cooper. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis senior guard Melissa Roberts’ job is to harass opposing point guards. Sophomore Tori Northcutt draws the opponent’s top scorer. The pair teamed to disrupt Abilene […]

Top 10: Baskett catches on in breakout year

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The University of New Mexico coaching staff challenged Hank Baskett after the last year’s season-ending Las Vegas Bowl. As the only returning wide receiver on the roster with Division-I experience, the former Clovis High standout needed to step up his game. The 6-foot-4 junior responded with a breakout year. […]

Base readies for deployment

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Members of the 523rd Fighter Squad at Cannon Air Force Base check the inventory of their chemical protection gear during the war readiness mobility deployment process Monday morning at the base. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for […]

Holiday spending surprises retailers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Positive thinking and confidence in the Clovis economy may have contributed to a strong holiday season for local retailers. Local store owners and managers have seen a healthy bump in sales this month, and some are saying the perception of a strong Clovis economy may be part of the […]

Economy booming in Clovis

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Updated photo of construction on the cheese plant in November of this year. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Property values in Clovis are on the rise, a surge in the residential home market has begun, gross receipts taxes made big gains, new businesses and restaurants moved into the area and one of the largest […]

Hispanic women business owners thrive

by Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the […]

Clinical trials are prescription for marijuana

Freedom Newspapers During U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich, the latest medical marijuana case, Justice Stephen Breyer said last month that instead of passing a patchwork of state laws, medical marijuana advocates would be better off petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to have marijuana, or cannabis, reclassified as a prescription drug. […]