June 9, 1951

John Wilkins, 63, operator of Wilkins Grocery, died after suffering a heart attack at his home at 612 W. 10th. … More than 400 people participated in American Red Cross-Youth Service Organization swimming classes during the week. … Gregory Peck was starring in “Only the Valiant” at the State theater. “They were six and they […]

June 8, 1976

Local veterinarian E.E. Kraus was the Cattle Capital CowBelles’ “Father of the Year” for his civic leadership. … Dee Johnson of 716 1/2 Fourth Street was sharing onions and radishes he had harvested from his garden, which would later produce carrots, beans and tomatoes. … Micki Taylor and Mark Eastham had been voted eighth-grade class […]

June 7, 1914

Mayor B.D. Oldham, who established Clovis’ First National Bank in the city’s infancy, said he was moving to Dallas for a position with a “large mercantile firm.” Oldham was also president of Clovis’ Chamber of Commerce and school board. … Former Clovis resident Geraldine Buchanan jumped into a “raging river” in California in an attempt […]

Upcoming events

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis’ Smoke on the Water fireworks display will be held at dusk on July 4 at Greene Acres Park. CNJ staff The following is a list of some of the area events scheduled this spring and summer: June 4-9 — Pioneer Days, Clovis June 6-9 — Old Fort Days, Fort […]

Week in review: Fuller testimony at heart of case

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Jerry Fuller told Albuquerque jurors Stanley Bedford helped him plan and execute a robbery of his aunt and uncle, Odis and Doris Newman of Portales. He also testified that when he realized the Newmans could identify him, it was later Bedford’s idea to kill the couple by […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]

Smithsonian’s partnerships should be focus

With no apparent sense of the ironies involved, congressional Democrats have been holding highly politicized, extremely one-sided hearings on allegations that the Bush administration relies on highly politicized, one-sided science in policy decisions. The Climate Change Inquisition is about to shift its focus to the venerable Smithsonian Institution, which stands accused of the usual heresy […]

Democratic Party hosting women’s luncheon

Freedom Newspapers The Curry County Democratic Party women’s luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Golden Corral restaurant, 3501 N. Prince St., Clovis. Reorganization will be discussed. For information, contact Elaine Howell, vice chairman, Curry County Democrats, at 763-7019.

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]

Clovis body identified as 52-year-old

Freedom Newspapers Fingerprints have established the identity of a body discovered in Clovis Tuesday as that of a 52-year-old transient with ties to Arizona and California, according to Clovis police. Howard Payne’s badly decomposed remains were found in an abandoned house near Wal-Mart, according to police. There were no signs of foul play at the […]

Martial arts fight promoter arraigned

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers A martial arts fight promoter was arraigned Thursday in Quay County Magistrate Court on charges alleging he killed Albert “Jason” Pacheco, 31, of Tucumcari, on Feb. 1. James Burleson, 33, of Socorro pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Burleson, accompanied by his […]

Defense: Witness has ulterior motive

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Jerry Fuller answers questions Friday from Gary Mitchell, the defense attorney for Stanley Bedford, during Bedford’s trial in District Court in Albuquerque. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutors spent Friday walking Jerry Fuller through inconsistencies in his statements made over more than two years about his and Stanley […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

Blackmail affects Clovis citizen

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Arthur E. Curren, first newspaper publisher in Clovis, told a strange story that happened in Clovis in its early days. Curren had come to Clovis from California in 1929. He came to celebrate the joining of his old Clovis News to the Clovis Journal and creating the Clovis Evening News-Journal. Arthur […]

Teachers, parents must work together

By Clyde Davis: Columnist School is, by this time, almost universally on summer break. It seems an appropriate time, then, to focus on teachers of all levels and the gifts which they bring to our world. The attitude of some families came to light, once again, in a recent conversation. A person in his mid-20s […]