Billy the Kid byway scenic exploration

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Courtesy photo Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, […]

Borden, Tom

Tom Borden, 85, of Portales died Friday, April 28, 2006, at his home. Born June 6, 1920, in Floyd, he was the son of Nellie and Bill Borden. He grew up in Floyd and married Lyda Mae Conaway of Oklahoma on Dec. 31, 1937. For a while he worked in Portales and later in Clovis. […]

Joiner, James

James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness. Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew up in Portales, Taiban and Fort Sumner. He married Garnita Ford on March […]

More money, fewer duties; sign me up

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear editors, Just a heads up here that I probably will be quitting the column. Let’s keep it just between us. If word leaks to the readers, I am going to be flooded with e-mails saying … “Promise?” Let me take this opportunity to apologize for having recently exposed the […]

Lewis, Eric

Eric Deon Lewis, 41, of Albuquerque, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, in Albuquerque. Born Nov. 21, 1964, in Clovis to Billy Lewis and Minnie Ransom, he served several years in the U.S. Army and worked as an interstate truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Lewis; and grandparents, John […]

Billy the Kid impersonator throws grave into doubt

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Who is this impersonator that looks so much like Billy the Kid that there is talk of digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy that Pat Garrett shot is still there? He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a […]

Wallace, Billy

Billy R. Wallace, 75, of Alamogordo, died Sunday, March 12, 2006. Born Aug. 15, 1930, in Fort Sumner to Ross and Ruby Wallace, he was the hospital plant manager at Holloman Air Force Base before his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, secretary of the Alamogordo Bowling Association and […]

Arnold, Tildon

Tildon Arnold, 84, of Arch died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born June 15, 1921, in Alamo to Diana Lorraine and Robert Jerome Arnold. He worked on ranches around Santa Rosa for several years. He moved to Arch to find work in 1940. He married Imogene Riley on […]

Ford, Earl

Earl A. Ford, 78, of Clovis died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Evansville, Ind., to Earl Anderson and Gladys Hayhurst Ford. He married Ruth Mendoza on Jan. 7, 1947, in El Paso, Texas. He was a longtime Clovis resident. He came to Clovis to […]

Derrick, Billy

Billy Lloyd Derrick, 62, of Portales died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born to Frank and Ina V. Belyeu-Derrick on Jan. 15, 1944, in Roswell. He married Sarah Lee Derrick on May 18, 1963. She died in 1978. Family members said he was a true cowboy. His profession included […]