Hodge, Mae D.

Mae Dell Hodge, 82, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Care Center in Clovis following an illness. She was born Dec. 4, 1923, in Springer, to George C. and Lizzie Anderson. She attended school in Springer, Littlefield, Texas, and Fort Sumner. She worked for the Fort Sumner superintendent, at the […]

Two thumbs down: Gay cowboy movie gets poor reception

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“Brokeback Mountain,” a story about two cowboys who fall in love, had a poor showing in Clovis despite good reviews and Academy Awards nominations. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There are many in this town of roughly 35,000 who have built a life around agriculture. It is an industry that […]

Assistant Air Force secretary says Cannon mission not identified

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William Anderson, an assistant secretary of the Air Force, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Wednesday. He said there has been progress in the mission-finding process, but no specific mission for Cannon yet. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, […]

Air Force official to visit region

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A high-level Air Force official is to visit the region next week, according to military officials. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics William Anderson will tour Cannon and the surrounding area on Jan. 4, said Air Force spokeswoman Shirley Curry. It will be his […]

Fires leave two Roosevelt County families displaced

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Donald “Andy” Anderson flips through some of his collectible comic books on Thursday that were destroyed when his home caught on fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Fires have destroyed the homes but not the spirits of two Roosevelt County families. L.A. Davis of Floyd said he lost everything in a […]

Day Trip: Ski Apache opens Dec. 17

Courtesy Photo A skier hits the powder at Ski Apache. The southern New Mexico ski resort opens Dec. 17. Compiled by Mike Jimenez It’s time to think skiing for those who have been anxiously waiting for the season to begin. Dec. 17 is the scheduled date for Ski Apache to officially open, according to the […]

Honor Roll: Bella Vista Elementary School

CNJ Staff Bella Vista Elementary School Third Grade: A Honor Roll – Denicia Aragon, Lendel Brown, Mariah Chavez, Marquese Gaither, Delicia Garcia, Anthony Gutierrez, Sarita Martinez, Deja Robinson, Josh Rodriguez, Jaime Sierra. Third Grade: A/B Honor Roll – Devyn Alvarado, RJ Alvarado, Angel Anaya, Whitney Anderson, Teddy Bargas, Kenny Castillo, Shianne Diaz, Terry Hill, Janae […]

Early TDs lift Foxes to 1A title

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Fort Sumner’s Ryan Fikany gets ready to stiffarm Texico’s Billy Scott in Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game at Fort Sumner. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — Outside of two sustained drives, Texico held the Fort Sumner offense in check Saturday afternoon. But the top-ranked Foxes made […]

Texico routs Jal for district title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Just in time for a seeding committee near you: A statement game from the Texico Wolverines. With more struggles than they’ve been accustomed to over the last two state championship years, the Wolverines capped off the 2005 regular season by clobbering Jal 47-7 on Friday night in a […]

Texico school to update P.E. curriculum

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The days of dodge ball at Texico Elementary School are done. The game wasn’t doing enough to increase health awareness and fitness among students. One of the first people to notice was school nurse Karen Stevenson, R.N. During annual check-ups, the nurse saw more and more students suffering from […]

Sasser , Jewel

Jewel A. Sasser Services: Have been held. Jewel A. Sasser, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Nov. 6, 1922, in Springer, to George and Lizzie Gleaton Anderson. She married Nolan A. Sasser on July 16, 1944, in Clovis. She was a co-owner of […]

Smelley, Archie

Archie Smelley Services:Have been held. Archie “Short” Smelley, 92, of Clovis, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on May 16, 1913, in Denton County, Texas, to Sylvester Newton and Ider Mae Jackson Smelley. He moved to Clovis from Lubbock in 1955. He owned and operated American Metals […]

Cultural performance draws crowds to street

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Bella Vista fifth-grader Colleen Campos performs the Folkorico dance “Las Perlitas” during the second annual Brickroad to Cultural Friendship Saturday on Main Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sidewalks along Main Street were bulging with onlookers Saturday as students from 13 Clovis elementary school sashayed, twisted, and spun across […]

Reporter’s notebook: Music education top 100 lists Clovis

Clovis Municipal Schools is listed in “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America,” an annual nationwide survey conducted jointly by the country’s top organizations devoted to music and learning. “I am so very proud of our total music program,” said Wayne Anderson, coordinator of music with Clovis Municipal Schools. “We have consistently set the […]

Swopes, Raymond

Services: Have been held. Mr. Raymond Durwood Swopes, 74, of Roswell, died Friday, March 11, 2005, at his home in Roswell. He was born on Aug. 24, 1930, in Melrose, to Edna and Walter Swopes. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1939. From 1949 until 1977 he was employed by the state Highway Department. […]

Farwell native killed in Wisconsin shooting

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By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Will Anderson remembers Randy Gregory as one of “the two finest unicyclists in town” — with Anderson being the other. He remembers Gregory’s “bright silver caps” after getting his two front teeth knocked out around age 7. He also remembers them tapping out messages in Morse code to people […]

Activists, actors shouldn’t influence ban

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lawmakers have once again decided to consider banning cockfighting. Why? The sport is a Mexican-American tradition, and a New Mexican tradition. New Mexico and Louisiana are the only two states in which cockfighting is legal, but that’s no reason to ban it. Animal-rights activists contend cockfighting is a form of […]

Brewton, Gary

Gary Brewton Services: Have been held. Gary R. Brewton, 54, of Roswell, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 16, 1951, in Artesia, to Elmer and Esther Brewton. Family members said he never met a stranger, and his unconditional love, giving, and compassion for others will […]

Anderson, Joe

Joe Anderson Services: Have been held. Joe Anderson, 68, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Lubbock Health Care in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 16, 1936, in Littlefield, Texas, to George C. Anderson and Lizzie C. Gleaton. He was raised at Fort Sumner where he attended school, graduating in 1956. He […]

Anderson’s thoughts not only assets

by Ned Cantwell Those of us who have fought long and hard to eliminate cockfighting in New Mexico saw our crusade take on an ample new profile with the addition of Pamela Anderson to our cause. Har. Har. Har. Ample new profile. That will be the last cheap reference to the busty attributes of the […]