Religion feature: New pastor joins Iglesia Boutista Belen

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Bene and Terri Fasanando recently moved to Clovis when Bene accepted the position of reverend at Iglesia Boutista Belen. Sunday at 3 p.m. a special service will be held welcoming him as pastor. Sharna Johnson In his role as new reverend of Iglesia Boutista Belen, Benedicto “Bene” Fasanando hopes to […]

Feb. 4, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Sen. Sanchez meets the press: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, on Wednesday unexpectedly dropped in the Capitol Media Room to give an impromptu, informal press conference. Sanchez said he believes there’s a very good chance that serious ethics legislation will pass the Legislature this year. The mounting number of […]

Portales doctor arrested for drug trafficking

Freedom New Mexico A Portales doctor was arrested Thursday in Belen on a charge of trafficking methadone, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Dr. Patricia Green, 54, operates the Sparrow Family Medical Clinic, 1500 S. Ave. D. Officers found out Green was working at a clinic in Belen and contacted Valencia County officials, who […]

Shorthanded Cats earn first at Belen

CNJ staff Despite being shorthanded, the Clovis Lady Wildcats won six events Friday at the Belen Invitational on their way to a first-place finish in their season-opening meet. Clovis placed in nine events for 115.5 points, with Las Vegas Robertson taking second with 79 1/2 points and Belen third with 76 points. The defending Class […]

Rury, Elbert W. “Ebb”

Elbert W. “Ebb” Rury, 78, of Belen died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Loveland Hospital of Albuquerque. Born on June 20, 1927, in Oklahoma, he had been a Belen resident since 1971 and previously lived in Clovis.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served in Korea, his family said. He retired from Mountain […]

Brent, Kenneth A.

Kenneth Arnold Brent Services: No date has been set. Kenneth Arnold Brent, 56, of Clovis died Aug. 27, 2005, in Sante Fe. He was born Jan. 25, 1949, in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1967. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1970. He […]

Moffett, Margia

Margia L. Moffett, 76, a longtime resident of Belen, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005. She was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Vanoss, Okla. Family members said she was a caring mother who devoted her life to the care of her disabled son, along with the care of her entire family. She was preceded in death […]

Violet Orr

Violet May Orr, 91, of Belen, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at her residence following a long illness. She was born May 5, 1914, in Trenton, Mo., to Frank and Grace Marrs. She spent most of her early life in Hereford, Texas. She married her high school sweetheart, Walter Milton Orr, on Dec. 10,1933. She […]

Clovis survived railroad office closing

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist O n Nov. 18, 1987, Santa Fe Railroad spokesman Richard Hall announced the division offices in Clovis and La Junta, Colo., would shut down and consolidate in Albuquerque during the latter half of 1988. Sure enough, Clovis suffered a closure on June 27, 1989, but we lived through it. After […]

Green, Polly

Polly Green Services: Have been held. Polly Green, 82, of Belen, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, at her home. She married Elton Green on Feb. 14, 1937. They farmed and ranched north of Clovis. Family members said she enjoyed gardening and horse races, and was an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her […]

Felty, Clara

Clara Felty Services: Have been held. Clara Lucille Felty, 83, of Belen, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was raised in Clovis and on Dec. 25, 1937, she married William Roy Felty in Clovis. Family members said she loved to sew, collected knickknacks and her indoor plant gardening skills […]

Galloway, Gene

Gene Galloway Services: Have been held. Gene Russell Galloway, 78, of Belen, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004. He was born in 1925. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force having served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. His second retirement was from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft after 23 years of service. He […]

Tipton, Thomas

Thomas Tipton Services:,/b> Have been held. Thomas J. “T.J.” Tipton, 81, of Texico, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in Belen. He was born on April 15, 1923, in Plainview, Texas, to O’Connell “Charlie” and Esther Moore Tipton. He was raised in New Mexico and married Marcine Pardue on Jan. 18, 1947. He joined the Conservation […]

Steam locomotives helped build Clovis

By Don McAlavy Hear that lonesome whistle sound As it passes through the night. It’s the old Santa Fe freight train As it rumbles out of sight. Back around 1971, I wrote this piece about the steam locomotives leaving Clovis for good. I never published it until now. I wasn’t an historian then, but felt […]

Marquez, Juan C.

Juan C. Marquez Services: Have been held Juan C. Marquez Sr., 82, of Belen, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004. He worked as a boilermaker with AT&SF for more than 35 years, retiring in 1980. He spent his retirement years pursuing his passion of farming and raising cattle. He was preceded in death by daughters Mary […]

Wright, John

John Edward Wright, 90, of Belen, Rio Communities, died July 16, 2004, following short illness. He was born on April 20, 1914 in El Paso, Texas. He was a member of Sierra Vista Baptist Church. He was owner of Johnnie’s Sheet Metal and Roofing in Clovis before retiring to Belen in 1985. Johnnie loved spending […]

Cooley, Kenneth

Kenneth Cooley Services: Have been held. Mr. Kenneth DeWayne Cooley, 50, of Clovis, a registered nurse, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 15, 1954, in Belen, to Kenneth and Donna Hodge Cooley. He was a registered nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center. He worked for the Santa Fe […]

Patterson, Erma

Erma Patterson Services: Private family services will be held at a later date. Erma Patterson, 61, of Belen died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2004, in Belen. She was born on March 24, 1942, in Mountainair to Frank and Theresa Bernal. As a child she lived in the Monzano Mountains and later moved to Belen where she […]

Wildcats dominate own meet

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Clovis senior Ben Teconchuk swept the 100 and 200 meters. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Clovis coach Darren Kelley knows winning Saturday’s Clovis Invitational was little more than a formality. He knows the quality of competition over the next three weeks will be greatly improved. It’s what he doesn’t know that keeps the […]

Edmonds, James Lee “Jimmy”

James Lee “Jimmy” Edmonds Services: Have been held. James Lee “Jimmy” Edmonds, 66, of Belen died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, in Albuquerque. He was born on July 28, 1937, in Portales to Don and Faye Edmonds. He attended Grady schools. He worked for Hadley for 27 years, retiring seven years ago. He was a member […]