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 […]

Trammell, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in 1946. He briefly attended Eastern New Mexico University and then went into […]

McKeown, Mary J.

Mary J. McKeown, 81 of Clovis, died Friday, June 23, 2006 at her home. She was born June 28, 1924, in Winslow, Ark., to Louis Franklin and Sarah Josephine Epley Jackson. She managed a fabric store for 12 years, worked as a beautician, and assisting with the family mortuary in Carrizozo for 10 years. She […]

Christensen, Lila

Lila Christensen, 85, of Lubbock, died Friday, June 23, 2006.   She was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Clovis to Hilary and Ruby Lee (Cook) Looper. Her parents raised her in Clovis. She married F.B. “Chris” Christensen on June 2, 1948. They moved to Lubbock in 1954 and established Chris’ Rexall Drug. He preceded her in […]

Wakefield, Milton E.

Milton Eady Wakefield, 87, of Roswell, died Friday, June 23, 2006. He was born July 9, 1918 in Mexia, Texas, to Grady and Blanche Wakefield. He was raised in Portales. He graduated from Portales High School, Amarillo Barber College and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He married Otero Pate on April 29, 1938. After serving […]

Bird droppings making way from roof to offices inside county courthouse

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Curry County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk said about 50 pigeons call the roof of the Curry County Courthouse home. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The melodic, soft cooing of numerous pigeons can be heard emanating from the Curry County Courthouse. Although the birds’ calls are musical, the proliferation of pigeon […]

Unit tackles terror

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By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s Note: Mladen Rudman is a staff writer for the Northwest Daily News, a Freedom Newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — One of the keys to taming insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan is ensuring that each country has a military that can handle itself, said the […]

Fireworks fund $2,000 short of goal

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, the anxiety level over contributions for the annual Smoke On the Water fireworks display is also rapidly diminishing. On Wednesday event coordinators said they were within $2,000 of meeting their goal. According to Clovis businessman Tom Martin, the city’s businesses and organizations have […]

Drug war is losing battle, setbacks show

Freedom Newspapers There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” which comes to mind when we see news reports about expanding the international drug war. Two stories from Colombia recently support that belief. The first was a United Nations report that noted that despite record-setting eradication measures […]

GOP change suggests bloody campaign

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist After winning the primary election as the Republican nominee to face Gov. Bill Richardson in November, Santa Fe physician Dr. J. P. Damron was fired by his party. Check that. He wasn’t fired. He voluntarily resigned as a candidate. Dr. Damron’s resignation so surprised New Mexico Republicans who did not […]

Call for more aid for Africa will not help

By Walter E. Williams : syndicated columnist British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other G-8 leaders, have called for the doubling of foreign aid to African nations by 2010. The idea that foreign aid is a route out of poverty and political instability is not only bankrupted but a cruel and evil hoax as […]

Marie Spears

Marie Spears, 101, of Texico died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at her home in Texico. She was born Dec. 24, 1904, in Springfield, Mo., to W. E. and Laura Maxwell. She homesteaded in the Melrose area with her family in 1908 and moved to Clovis in 1914. She married L. J. “Roy” Spears in September […]

Mental care sought for suspect

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis judge ruled Tuesday a 72-year-old murder defendant be sent to the Department of Corrections so he may receive psychiatric care while he awaits trial. Jimmy Bentley’s mental condition has deteriorated since being in the jail, according to the testimony of Leslie Johnson, administrator of the Curry County […]

New mission, new market

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocksales consultant Eric Hall shows Betsy Matthies the inside of a Ford Expedition on Tuesday at Hamilton Ford on Prince Street. Matthies and her husband, who is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, ordered a Ford Focus. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping […]