Cemeteries help keep life in proper perspective

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m weird, and I know it. But I sort of enjoy spending some time in cemeteries. I’m talking, of course, about the times when I want to be there, not the times when I have to be. Big difference. There’s been way too much of the latter recently, it seems to me. […]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

Quintana, Richard “Ricardo”

Richard “Ricardo” Quintana, 64, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Jan. 25, 1941, to Santiago and Andrea Garcia Quintana in Newkirk. He worked for Vohs Company in Clovis and in maintenance for the Clovis cemeteries. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic […]

Confusion arises over local cemetery care

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In non-endowed sections of cemeteries, as seen here, the upkeep duties fall to the family of the deceased. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Instead of sitting quietly in meditation Saturday at her father’s-in-law grave in Lawn Haven Cemetery, Clovis resident Shelly Grim found herself ripping out weeds and even cutting […]