Clovis grad draws guard duty for escorting of Reagan’s body.

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ STAFF WRITER A Clovis High School graduate and U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard member stood guard as former President Ronald Reagan’s flag-draped casket was escorted from California to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Brian Wanzor guarded the Boeing 747 used to transport Reagan’s body from Point Mugu, Calif., for national memorial services to […]

Fort Sumner man charged in wife’s death

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner man was charged Friday with an open count of murder in the death of his wife, then attempted suicide while in police custody, an official with the New Mexico State Police said. Jose Garcia, 48, is being held at the Quay County Detention Center in Tucumcari […]

Teen charged with first-degree murder

Staff and wire reports PORTALES — A Roosevelt County grand jury has indicted a Portales teenager on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a Portales woman. Richard Baca, 18, is accused in the April slaying of Amber Robinson, 19. Her body was found in the back yard of the house where Baca […]

Man killed four days before armistice

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer In 1907, Charles Ledbetter came to Curry County when it was still a pioneer community only recently connected to the rest of the world via the new Santa Fe railroad line. A few years later he became one of the first three graduates of Clovis High School. “Charles […]

Girl’s body ID’d

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor PORTALES — Portales residents expressed shock and grief on Tuesday after police identified the body of a woman found on Friday, buried in a Portales back yard. Amber Robinson, 20, a former student at Broad Horizons in Portales, made a lasting impression on friends, who described her as a […]

Police to ID body today

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS PORTALES — Portales police said they will know today the identity of a body found buried in a Portales back yard three days ago. That information and the cause of death, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said, would be available this morning after completion of the autopsy. “There’s not enough (in relation to) […]

Buried body found in Portales back yard

By Kevin Wilson and Darrell Todd Maurina: Freedom Newspapers Portales police on Friday discovered a body buried in the back yard of a north Portales home. The body was discovered about 3 p.m. while police executed a search warrant. Two people found at the 717 N. Ave. J residence were arrested on unrelated misdemeanor warrants […]

No re-vote called after ENMU election

By Michelle Seeber: Freedom Newspapers Brett Trembly, a senior at Eastern New Mexico University, recently was named student body president — but not until waves created by students opposing his election were smoothed out by the student body’s supreme court. Gary Musgrave, vice president of student affairs and associated students at ENMU, said there were […]

Frozen dead guy a reason to celebrate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s travelogue takes us to “Frozen Dead Guy Days,” held each spring in the Colorado town of Nederland, a high mountain village west of Boulder, about two miles up where the breathin’ ain’t easy. But let’s go back to the beginning, to Christmas, l993. That’s when a Nederland guy named […]

Sweatin’ for perfection

By Michelle Seeber Healthy lifestyle requires proper nutrition, exercise. Rob Ward has been working out since he was 16 years old. The 25-year-old Clovis resident is a personal trainer at a local gym in Clovis. He began working out to build his body muscle mass. When he first started, he weighed only 125 pounds. Today, […]

Lucero, Charlie

Charlie Lucero Services: Have been held. Mr. Charlie Lucero, 81, of Portales, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Trementina, to Juliana and Gaspar Lucero. He married Julia Urioste on Nov. 28, 1946, in Clovis. They moved to Portales in 1951. He […]

Greene Acres Lake has a dark history

Don McAlavy It seems strange that in all the incidents of life the greatest tragedies come in the hours when least expected. On the morning of Monday, April 29, 1919, a 12-year-old boy, Hubert Bell, son of a prominent real estate dealer of Clovis, left his home, calling back to his mother: “Mother, you must […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]

Muleshoe pastor guided by God to help roper

By Rick White Steve Friskup will humbly tell you he didn’t know what to do, frozen by uncertainty as a crowd gathered around a fellow calf roper who lay sprawled in the dirt, felled by an apparent heart attack. Don West, who had just finished a run in an amateur roping event in Stephenville, Texas, […]

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Death of waitress served notice to politicians

By Don McAlavy Sometime after 3 a.m. on March 30, 1949, Ovida “Cricket” Coogler was killed in Las Cruces. She was 18, stood 5 feet, 4 inches and weighed about 100 pounds. She worked as a waitress. She was called “Cricket” because of the clicking noise made by her spike-heeled shoes as she walked. She […]

CNJ to explore water issues

Water is the mixture of two gases: hydrogen and oxygen. It is a vital solvent for human life. Given that 70 percent of the body is water, it makes obvious sense that water is necessary for the human body to function properly, said Dr. Newton Hilliard, a chemistry professor at Eastern New Mexico University. “Water […]