Religion Digest

Sandia Baptist choir presents musical The adult choir of Sandia Baptist Church, 1100 W. Manana Blvd., will present the musical, “Bound for Glory,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The musical is directed by Michael Hailey, and the drama directed by Sandy Williams. Solos will be performed by Sarah Stevens, Robin Evans, Joyce Pruitt, T.J. Watson and […]

Deaths rare in rodeos, officials say

Mike Linn Local, state and national rodeo officials say bull riders are more likely to die in traveling accidents to and from rodeos than in the arena. But while the death of Eastern New Mexico University freshman Rolland Ellsworth Jr. — who was thrown and stepped on by a bull at a rodeo last week […]

Martinez, Joaquin

Joaquin Martinez Services: Have been held Joaquin Martinez, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Mosquero to Frank and Barbarita Martinez. He worked as a ranch hand most of his life and came to Clovis three months before his death. Mr. Martinez […]

Stanley, John

John Stanley Services: Have been held. Mr. John V. Stanley, 52, of Portales, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at his home. He was born on Sept. 30, 1950, in Charleston, W. Va., to Eulah and Vincent Stanley. He grew up in Wilmington, Del., where he graduated from high school in 1968. He went on to […]

Gonzalez, Samuel

Samuel Gonzalez Services: Have been held. Mr. Samuel Vic Gonzalez, 39, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at his home. He was born on Jan. 27, 1964, in Banger, Maine, to Ventura and Yuiko Iwasaki Gonzalez. He lived in Clovis from 1970 until 1987 when he moved to Florida. He married Marilyn Gilliand on […]

Davis, Frank

Frank Davis Services: Have been held. Frank Davis, 38, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003, as the result of a boating incident on Ute Lake. Mr. Davis was born Sept. 30, 1964, in Portales, to Billie Lou and James E. Davis. When he was 14, in the seventh grade, he dropped out of school to begin […]

Jeremy Camp’s songs come to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With lyrics and music born out of the death of a loved one, up-and-coming Christian musical artist Jeremy Camp has been touching the hearts of music audiences around the nation. The 25-year-old singer/composer will perform in concert at 7:30 tonight at Central Baptist Church, 2501 N. Norris St., in Clovis. Admission to […]

DA: Clovis’ violent year not typical

Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis area has seen five deaths related to firearms in the past seven months and 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter said the violence is not typical. “This has probably been one of the most violent years as far as firearms-related deaths,” Carter said. “I think this is the first time […]

Victim’s sister: ‘Part of me’ gone

Darrell Todd Maurina Police said an ongoing “situation” throughout the day on Tuesday may have led to Clovis’ latest homicide, but they offered no details. James Rogers, 42, was charged with open murder on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday evening’s shooting death of David Michael Wilt, 47, outside a home at 4220 North Prince. Police […]

amos on living free

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss it seems like ages ago yesterday that freddie the flea changed his ways in fact it s almost hard to remember how he […]

Taylor, Georgia

Georgia Taylor Services: Have been held. Mrs. Georgia Vera “Granny” Taylor, 96, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003. She was born on Jan. 16, 1907, in Mill Creek, Okla., to William and Francis Duke Tolar. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; two brothers, a daughter; and a son. She is […]

Ackerman, Alice

Alice Ackerman Services: Have been held. Mrs. Alice Ackerman, 87, a former resident of Portales, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, Ariz. She was born Nov. 4, 1915, in a farm house near Roosevelt, Okla., to Ida and Clarence Hill. Along with her brothers and sisters, she endured the […]

Test: Alcohol factor in deadly crash

By Darrell Todd Maurina The driver in a fatal July 4 crash faces more charges now that state test results are back showing his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit. According to 9th Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, Joe Martinez Jr., 32, will be charged either today or Thursday with homicide by […]

Letters to the editor 7/27

Dog’s death outrageous Nothing will change what happened to the police dog in Muleshoe, but the circumstances and explanation for the July 14 death of Sandor are outrageous. Officer Rodney Stevens’ statement about feeling “frustrated” just doesn’t seem quite enough. Clearly, he and the Muleshoe Police Department have not taken responsibility for the action that […]

Vehicular homicide suspect arraigned

By Gary Mitchell In an emotional arraignment via video Monday, a 32-year-old Clovis man charged with vehicular homicide pleaded for a light bond for his family’s sake. Magistrate Judge Rick Hollis set the bond at $50,000 cash in connection with the death of Bobbie Lynn Sandoval, 39, who was killed Friday while attending a holiday […]

Weather hasn’t been friend to this year’s cotton crop

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Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, holds a cotton plant damaged by the weather Tuesday in a field north of Farwell. By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — After a month of devastating winds, rain, hail and blowing sand, area cotton farmers are now hoping for just a little sunny weather. […]

Man indicted in death of Friona cop

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Parmer County grand jury handed down a capital murder indictment Tuesday in what Sheriff Randy Geries believes is the county’s first capital murder case in at least 40 years. Jose Adam Gomez, 38, of Dumas, Texas, faces either the death penalty or life in prison if convicted of the April […]

Skeen, Valda

Valda Skeen Services: Have been held. Mrs. Valda Lea Skeen, 91, of Bovina, a seamstress, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She was born on March 17, 1912, in Hedley, Texas, to Henry and Leah Grant Forgerson. She moved from Texas to Texico where she attended school. She married William […]

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 […]

Report: Inmate wanted to protect mother

By Darrell Todd Maurina Martin Smith told a jail officer he swallowed a packet of methamphetamine on Saturday night because he didn’t want his mother to find out on Mother’s Day that he had been arrested for drug possession. The Clovis man died early Sunday morning from complications related to the meth ingestion, officials said. […]