Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday in […]

Area’s first baby also family’s first girl

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alex and Anna Barraz welcomed their first daughter Yvette Barraz into the world at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, making her the first baby born in Clovis in 2011. Liliana Castillo The first baby born in Clovis in 2011 was Clovis residents Alex and Anna Barraz’ first daughter. Yvette Barraz was born […]

Jesus’ birth ignites hope for all people

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

In Search of Ponies: Unorthodox relationship good for both parties

Sharna Johnson Ah, Moses and Jael, now theirs was a love like none other. It was an arranged relationship, born of necessity and convenience. It didn’t start with a spark or a glance across the room that stirred butterflies into action. In all reality, the dainty, leggy blond suffering from depression and the small dark […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

LeBron James makes his pick: He’s going to Miami

The Associated Press LeBron James wanted to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The only place that could happen was Miami. Get ready, NBA: A superstar trio is born. Ending weeks of silence and drama, the two-time MVP said on his ESPN special from Greenwich, Conn. on Thursday night that he’s decided to join […]

Former teacher left gardening legacy

Don McAlavy A wonderful lady named Jean Scheihing, age 94, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Dec. 6, 2002, of natural causes at her home. She was one of the best ladies I have every known when she lived in Portales. She was born Dec. 4, 1908, in Bonham, Texas, to Jane Read Page and Harry […]

Office store originally printing plant

By Don McAlavy: FNM columnist L ester Wallace Oswald started work at the Clovis Printing Plant at 313 Main in 1932. (I worked for Wallace Oswald at the print shop from around 1947 for 40 or more years.) Oswald was born Oct. 18, 1902, in Delaware, Ohio. Mildred Ufferman was born in the same city […]

Blight battle: Codes born from citizen concerns

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis city leaders can’t remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of ordinance on the books controlling the condition of private property. “You can go back to the ’40s and ’50s and find ordinances that require some kind of property (standards),” said City Manager Joe Thomas. Curry County […]

Two darling little ladies born in Clovis

By Don McAlvy: CNJ columnist Oscar Klein and his wife moved to a dugout home about 15 miles northwest of Clovis. Soon the family moved into Clovis around 1909. They had two daughters, Elizabeth, born in 1911, and Virginia, born in 1913. Oscar Klein bought the three houses on the northwest corner of Main and […]

County museum named for ‘Pappy’

By Don McAlavy Born in 1913 on the north side of the Running Water Draw near Pleasant Hill, Ardale “Pappy” Thornton started cowboying at age five by herding cows on horseback. When Pappy was old enough, he decided to try his hand at homesteading. Since there was no more homesteading land in Curry County, he […]

Ingle ready to lead Legislature

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan State Sen. Stuart Ingle expects the financial shortage to be the biggest issue in this year’s Legislative session. Here, he sits in his Portales home next to photos of his daughters. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Hunter, family man, farmer, state senator for 24 years. Portales resident Stuart Ingle […]

Rodeo great called New Mexico home

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist Robert Anderson Crosby was born to ranching parents in Midland, Texas,Feb. 27, 1897. Called “Bob” Crosby, he was one of four other youngsters when the family moved to a ranch near Kenna eight years later. From a very young age a horse was his mode of transport whether it be […]

Border town founder had ‘zest for life’

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist James D. Hamlin founded the towns of Farwell and Texico. He was born in 1871 in Kentucky and received a classical education. By some accounts, he left home at 28 to seek his fortune in Alaska, but he ended his journey in Amarillo to relieve his chronic asthma. According to […]

First local baby born in 2009

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sherry, Shawn and Landen Stewart, left to right, of Portales welcomed a new addition to their family Thursday. Lexi Peyton Stewart was the first baby born in 2009 at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Amos on the loose

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Author Gary Mitchell says some of his characters in Amos columns are based loosely on observations of people he encounters in and outside of church. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Born in the active imagination of a shy teen hoping to contribute to his church’s newsletter, Amos the Churchmouse has wiggled his way into […]

Sept. 14, 2008 Births

Williams DeMarcus Rashad Williams was born Sept. 2, 2008, at Plains Regional Medical Center to DeMarcus and Brittni Williams of Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds and 1 ounce. Grandparents are Stephen and Rachel Page of Clovis and DeMarco and Cynthia Williams of Lawton, Okla. Great-grandparents are Edward and Thelma Villa of Clovis; Longino and Alice […]

Aug. 17, 2008 Births

Cottone Landyn Garrett Cottone was born Aug. 5, 2008, at Plains Regional Medical Center to Mike and Rebecca Cottone of Clovis. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounces. He has a brother, Trey, 8 years old. Grandparents are Gilbert and Arla Ferran of Abiquiu and Howard and Maureen Orgass of Logan.

Portales native blasts No. 17

Portales-born Cody Ross hit his 17th home run of the season on Monday for the Florida Marlins.

July 6, 2008 Births

Lansford Raegan Ashleigh Lansford was born at 12 a.m. June 11, 2008, to Matthew and Jennifer Lansford of Clovis at Covenant Women’s Hospital in Lubbock. She weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces. Grandparents are Edwin and Doris Ford and David and Debbie Lansford, all of Clovis. Great-grandparents are Frank and Marcella Blackburn and Lynn and […]