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 […]

Current Cannon wing won’t be idle

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing […]

Officials aim to take CCC to next level

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Neibling talks with Mary Caffey (left) after he is introduced as the new president of Clovis Community College on Tuesday. Caffey worked with Neibling at San Juan College for about two years. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the vantage point of its newly appointed president, Clovis Community College […]

Fifth arraigned in connection to shooting

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, of Clovis was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were […]

June 28, 2006 Meetings Watch

The Clovis Municipal School Board met Tuesday. The following is a summary of their meeting: • A resolution was approved which will enable board members to attend board meetings via telephone. The telephone option is to be used by board members when illness or unavoidable schedule conflicts preclude them from attending a meeting in person. […]

Hilburn honored by Journal

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CNJ file photoAimee Hilburn was recently named the female prep athlete of the year by the Albuquerque Journal. Hilbrun will play basketball at Texas State University. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent To be a lifeguard, one has to prove proficiency in certain areas — swimming and life-saving techniques being the most prominent. You don’t have […]

Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project. Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May. “Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was […]

Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

Freedom Newspapers The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, […]