Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

Forensic results pending in Causey death

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Authorities said Tuesday they are still waiting on forensics results and have not filed any charges in connection with the homicide of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. A warrant obtained in district court showed Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was identified as a person of interest in Chunn’s death. Taylor has […]

Racially based legislation blow to national unity

Freedom Newspapers An arcane bill that might reach the U.S. Senate floor this week has garnered little attention outside of Hawaii, but if it passes it could do more to ruin race and ethnic relations in this country than anything since “separate but equal.” Known as the Akaka bill, named after Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, […]

Laid-back times losing sense of respect

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist What would you wear if you were invited to the White House? My daughter, all of 14, got this look on her face like I’d threatened to take her to a Motown concert. “Ew,” she said, “do we have to go to the White House?” No, I said. I just […]

Tribe mentality disguises individual wrongs

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in […]

Gonzales, Aaron

Aaron Gonzales Services:Have been held. Mr. Aaron Steven Gonzales, 23, of Clovis, died July 24, 2005, in Curry County. He was born Feb. 8, 1982, in Clayton to Gilbert and Sharon Gonzales. He married Bethany DeFoor on Aug. 3, 2002, in Clayton. He graduated from Clayton High School in 2000. He had been a resident […]

Gilman, Ethel

Ethel Gilman Services: Have been held. Ethel Gilman, 87, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care. She was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Marietta, Okla., to Sophia and Ellis M. Frazier. She was married to Roy Gilman, on June 2, 1939, in Clovis. She moved to New Mexico with her family as […]

Dodd, B.J.

B.J. Dodd Services: Have been held. Mr. B.J. “Bill” Dodd, 82, of Melrose, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 30, 1922, in Crowell County, Texas, to R.E. and Helen May Dodd. He married Mary Doyle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Portales. Family members said […]

Childers, Joel

Joel Childers Services: Have been held. Joel Childers, 72, of Foley, Ala., died Friday, July 15, 2005. He was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in Kentucky, to Laura and Clint Childers. He was a concrete contractor in the Foley area for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Thelma Deaton; […]

County projects surplus

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commission-ers approved an $8 million budget Monday during a special meeting at the courthouse. More than 50 percent of budget revenues are raised through property taxes, 40 percent through gross receipts taxes, and the remaining 10 percent through motor vehicle taxes and miscellaneous fees, according to County […]