Memorial to Navajo Long Walk to be dedicated near Fort Sumner

CNJ staff The forced relocation of the Navajo and Apache people to the Bosque Redondo, a crumbling internment camp located in Fort Sumner, began in 1862. The grueling 350-mile march is now known as the Navajo Long Walk. A host of dignitaries will gather at the historical site Saturday for the Bosque Redondo Memorial opening […]

Women’s conference offers spiritual journey

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer In 1963, an 11-year-old girl stood on the front steps of her Corpus Christi home and cried, clutching her Chihuahua. She had just witnessed her father strangle her mother to death and then fire a 32-caliber bullet into his head. She and her siblings were put in separate foster […]

6/3 amos: a rodeo comes to bugtussle

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. a rodeo comes to bugtussle boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – must have been misquoted i […]

Sin of pride greatest detriment to any Christian

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Summer is upon us and church camp is part of the warm-months experience. I’ve had some requests to retell this story. There is something about church camp in the wilderness where impressions are made in solitary away from the city. Back in the early 1960s, I regularly attended church camp […]

French rejection of EU constitution all for good

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of the […]

Late-learning Spanish not easy as ABC

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Coyotes reminder that West still wild

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I’m not going to choose sides when it comes to ranchers and coyotes. That’s another one of those political hot potatoes. Let’s just say I admire the coyote for expanding its range despite being shot, trapped, poisoned and dodging the growth of civilization across the North American continent. The first […]

Naylor, Nelson

Nelson Naylor Services: Have been held. Nelson Naylor, 92, of Littlefield, Texas, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 21, 1913, in Portales, to Joe and Esther Naylor. He married Alice Betts on Aug. 28, 1938, in Portales. He managed Kemp Lumber Co. in Portales and […]

PRCA rodeo begins weekend run

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Chase Runyan of House looks to get out from under a cow during the Wild Cow Milking Contest in the 35th annual PRCA Rodeo Thursday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler The 35th annual Pioneer Days Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo kicked off in grand fashion Thursday […]

Taylor, Ara

Ara Taylor Services:Have been held. Mrs. Ara May Taylor, 96, of Portales, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at Laurel Plains Nursing Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 16, 1909, in Spiro, Indian Territory, Okla., to Mandy and James C. Coggin. She was 13 when the family was left orphaned. She and her twin […]

Smith, Jack

Jack Smith Services: Have been held. Jack Lewis Smith, 65, of Clovis, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 26, 1939, in San Jon, to Paul Harvey and Ruthie Riley Smith. He was a cowboy who worked at the racetracks in Albuquerque and Aurora, Colo. He was preceded in […]

Smith, Frances

Frances Smith Services: Have been held. Frances Estelle Brown Smith, 97, of Glencoe, Okla., formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, in Pawnee, Okla. She was born on Nov. 30, 1907, in Austin, Texas, to C.L. and Ella Brown. She married Tom Burnett and later Roy Smith, who preceded her in death. She attended […]

Smelley, Archie

Archie Smelley Services:Have been held. Archie “Short” Smelley, 92, of Clovis, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on May 16, 1913, in Denton County, Texas, to Sylvester Newton and Ider Mae Jackson Smelley. He moved to Clovis from Lubbock in 1955. He owned and operated American Metals […]

Everhart, Leo

Leo Everhart Services: Have been held. Leo Franklin Everhart, 78, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at his residence in Belleville, Kan. He was born Feb. 5, 1927, in Belleville, Kan., to Frank and Lydia Peal King Everhart. He grew up and attended schools of Belleville, Kan. He served with the U.S. Navy as a seaman […]

Connelly, Bert

Bert Connelly Services: Have been held. Bert E. Connelly, 79, of Artesia, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 28, 1925, in Atoka, Okla., to Herbert and Edna Usher Connelly. He married Joyce Byrum. He came to Artesia in March of 2005, from Bent. He was a former resident […]

Byars, Gus

Gus Byars Services: Have been held. Gus Byars, 90, of Portales, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 20, 1914, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Augustus “Gus” Byars. He grew up in Tucumcari and Fort Sumner. He married Thelma Potter on Oct. 15, 1932, in […]

Teacher leaves retirement to teach at juvenile detention center

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Jerry Peckinpaugh, who has been teaching at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center for five years, uses art as a teaching tool. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A chair in Jerry Peckinpaugh’s home acts as a stand for his art, mostly sketched landscapes, one stacked behind another. The Indiana native is soft-spoken and […]

State congressman suggests national publicity campaign to aid Cannon fight

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer A question posed by Congressman Steve Pearce made one local business owner think of the Oscar Mayer Weiner. Specifically, Sid Strebeck envisioned the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, or something equally recognizable and memorable that eastern New Mexico could use to glean national attention to help save Cannon Air Force base. […]

Yucca student makes it to second round of national spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer WASHINGTON — Clovis’ Zachary Gillooly spelled decoupage — the art of decorating surfaces by applying cutouts — without a hitch, but he did not advance beyond the second round of the 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Gillooly, two-time regional spelling champ, did not score enough points Wednesday in […]

6/2 Education Digest

CCC holding lifeguard training class A lifeguard training class will be held at Clovis Community College on June 6-11, according to a CCC press release. The two-credit course will offer lifeguard certification through the Red Cross. For more information call Clay Hawk at 769-4157 or log on to www.clovis.edu to register. Grady students earn national […]