Small animals cause big problems for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleA population explosion for prairie dogs has intensified what is a constant struggle for Curry County farmers and ranchers. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Uninvited guests are wreaking havoc on Wesley Grau’s land. True, prairie dogs inhabited the grasslands of North America long before Grau began farming and ranching in […]

County marks overpass groundbreaking

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleirt is shoveled Thursday to symbolize the start of the N.M. 467 railroad overpass project. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Fluffy white clouds, a clear blue sky and a light breeze created a pleasant atmosphere for the N.M. Road 467 railroad overpass groundbreaking held Thursday at the future construction site. […]

June 30, 2006 Public Record

The following marriages were compiled from court records from June 22 through Wednesday: • Dan Leslie Gamel, 60, to Laurel Ruth White, 46, both of Grady. • Jesus Antonio Vicuna, 39, to Veronica Rivera, 33, both of Portales. • Ray Arthur Heisch, 21, to Dana Marie Simon, 22, both of Clovis. • Mike L. McClellan, […]

June 30, 2006 Police Blotter

At 11:30 p.m. June 23 an officer investigated a man passed out in a vehicle in the 1200 block of west Seventh Street. The officer woke the man by trying to get him out of the car, noting a strong odor of alcohol, and the man swayed and wobbled. He was transported to the adult […]

Today’s chaos is tomorrow’s memory

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist One day several years ago, I saw an incident in the grocery store that made my heart sad. A mother and father were shopping with their two school-age children and a toddler. The father pushed the cart as the mother barked out orders: “Stay in line!” “Don’t touch anything!” […]

6/30 amos

by amos the churchmouse Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes.   the struggle to get in shape   boss i guess you heard about my recent cheese binge […]

Some Thoughts on “Your Working and Your Living”

By Curtis K. Shelburne A good friend — former mayor of our town, second generation creator of world-class Mexican food, and reader of great books — sent me a great book a while back that I’m seriously into now and seriously enjoying. Written by Wendell Berry, it’s entitled Jayber Crow and it is “The Life […]

Yard cleaning a hassle in New Mexico

By Grant McGee: Local Last weekend’s rains made the soil in the back yard of our house just right for pulling weeds. The Lady of the House does most of the weed pulling. She is merciless; if it doesn’t belong in her garden, it goes. I have a soft spot in my heart for some […]

A penny spurned is not a penny saved

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Sometimes our government does something outrageous and oversteps its bounds. Ok, this has been happening more frequently lately. But we know things have really gotten bad when the feds go after our precious penny. There has been a movement in recent years to get rid of our copper-faced Abe Lincolns. […]

GOP sinking in fiscal woes sends an SOS

Freedom Newspapers I t may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, […]

Backus, William C.

William C. “Bill” Backus, 58, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home after a brief battle with cancer. Born June 3, 1948, to Robert and Gertrude Hoyer Backus in Manitowoc, Wis., he married Nell Van Putten on July 12, 1968, in Amersfoord, Netherlands. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc and […]

Wright, Wayne O.

Wayne O. Wright, 93, of Tucson, Ariz., died Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Tucson. He was born Nov. 12, 1912, in Diller, Neb. As a child he resided in Powell, Wyo. He married Clementine Rassier on April 21, 1935, in Billings, Mont. In 1948, the family relocated to Arizona and were long-time residents of Sonoita. […]

Minyard, Raymond Curtiss

Raymond Curtiss Minyard, 77, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at his home in Clovis. He was born Aug. 31, 1928, to Homer E. and Dollie Thurman Minyard in Holliday, Texas. In 1953, he married Mary Margaret Minyard in Newburg, N.Y. He served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1974 at […]

Offutt, Doug

Doug Offutt, 40, of Portales died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born May 6, 1966, in Carlsbad to June and Sam Offutt of Portales, he and his family moved to Pine Bluff, Ark., when he was 5. He made his home there until 1989 when the family returned to New Mexico.  While […]

Wilson, Gray

Gray Wilson, 93, of Pep died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born Nov. 6, 1912, in St. Paul, Minn., to Irma and Oliver S. Wilson, he grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  On Sept. 2, 1939, in Navada, Iowa, he married Sara Margaret Wilson. He served in the Navy as a cook […]

The Beginning, and the End of Wal-Mart?

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sam Walton was born in Kingfish, Okla., on March 29, 1918. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940. From there he began his career by opening the first of several Ben Franklin franchises in Arkansas. Finding that he couldn’t manage these franchises as he thought best, he gave […]

Barfield III, “J.K.”

“J.K.” Barfield III, 66, of Texico died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at his home following an illness. He was born March 18, 1940, to James Knox Barfield II and the former Thelma Donna Burleson in Stanton, Texas, where he attended grade school. He attended middle school in Clovis and graduated from Fort Sumner High School. […]

Spencer, William G.

William George Spencer, 73, of Clovis, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at home. He was born March 17, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio, to Robert Norman and Elizabeth Wiegel Spencer. He married Stella Salazar on Feb. 24, 1994, in Clovis. He retired from the Army in 1976 and worked as a barber at Bill’s Flightline Barber […]

Romero, Louisa

Louisa Romero of Fort Sumner died Sunday, June 24, 2006, at University Medical Center in Lubbock from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born in Ricardo to Highino Romero and the former Ricardita Martinez. She attended school at Ricardo. She made her home in Fort Sumner for many years, where she was employed […]

Anderson, Douglas J.

Douglas James Anderson, 51, of Lubbock died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at a local hospital. Born Oct. 19, 1954, to Raymond and Midge (Hendriks) Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was raised, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after graduation. He spent the next 20 years serving his country, and was an […]