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McAlavy Donald K. McAlavy of St. Petersburg, Fla. celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 30 in Largo, Fla. The celebration was hosted by Kim (McAlavy) Siewert, it was a suprise western themed party. Donald was born Dec. 30, 1931 in Clovis. He has six children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

First person: Labor of love

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird plans to repaint the Duster at Veterans Park in May. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it […]

Police arrest Farwell man in McDonald’s restaurant crash

A 24-year-old Farwell man was arrested Friday evening after Clovis police said he crashed into McDonald’s restaurant on Mabry Drive and fled the scene. James Willoughby is charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and failing to notify police of a crash, according to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders. Sanders […]

Portales man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Issac Montano Jr., 48, of Portales, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed robbery. He was accused in the July 2008 death of Donald Chapman of Portales. “The credit for this conviction goes to the quick response and investigation by the Portales Police Department,” 9th Judicial […]

Melrose elects new mayor

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose elected a new mayor Tuesday and raised gross receipts taxes. Tuck Monk with 97 votes was elected mayor by a 19-vote margin over his opponent Donald Harrell. Monk succeeds Lance Pyle, who elected not to seek re-election. “I don’t see any changes when I take office,” Monk said. […]

Business feature: Area aesthetic services expanding

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Macrodermabrasion removes layers of dead skin cells, allowing new cells to reproduce at a quicker rate, giving skin a fresh, younger look. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Dr. Donald Brown didn’t become a dermatologist to give Botox injections or photofacials. But when his patients began inquiring about those services, […]

Airman’s reaction analyzed

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The view from the witness stand in the Cannon courtroom where Airman Basic Edward Novak is standing trial. Photography is not allowed in the courtroom while court is in session. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Kimberly Novak’s parents testified Saturday about learning their daughter […]

Local Roundup: Two convicted of armed robbery

CNJ staff Two Texas men were convicted by a Curry County jury Thursday of armed robbery, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Gregory Boston, 24, and Donald Davis, 20, were found guilty of the July robbery of two Kelley’s Bar & Grill patrons, the release said. The men approached two patrons […]

Feb. 26, 1958

Clovis was a day away from the first showing of The Cyclops at the State Theatre. The “man-thing” was huge as a dinosaur in a horrendous land of nature gone mad, according to movie promotions. … Clovis’ acting police chief Pat Graef was cracking down on those who were parking in alleys and pet owners […]

Officials: Governor’s criticism won’t hurt Cannon mission

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson’s weekend criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will not scar the search for a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to staunch Cannon advocate and Clovis banker Randy Harris. Richardson, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said there is “deep frustration” within the military, […]

Donald Ray “Joe” Selman

Donald Ray “Joe” Selman, 72, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at his home. He was born July 1, 1933, in Texico, to Henry and Lorene Selman. He made a living of ranching and farming. Family members said he enjoyed watching the Alaska sunset with his grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Korean […]

Donald Ray Read

Donald Ray Read, 66, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his farm outside Portales. He was born April 21, 1939, in Levelland, Texas, to Lura and Homer D. Read. He began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company in the welding shop in Jal. Upon graduation from the College of the Southwest […]

Marilyn Kay Wylie

Marilyn Kay Wylie, 63, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Clovis to Vincent A. and Erma Stallard. She was raised and attended school at Fort Sumner, graduating with the class of 1960. She married Donald R. Wylie on July 9, 1960, in Fort […]

Birdsong, Nilen E. “Bird”

Nilen Ellis “Bird” Birdsong, 73, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Hooks, Texas, to Fred and Beaula Triple Birdsong. He married Setsuko “Miko” Tomikawa Sept. 21, 1960, in Okinawa. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1973 as a tech sergeant. […]

Shelton, Donald

Donald L. Shelton, 70, of Rushville, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. He was born May 24, 1935, in Beardstown, Ill., to Claude and Edith Shelton. He married Gladys Irene Hatchett Carpenter on Oct. 4, 1975, in Beardstown. He retired as master sergeant from the Air Force […]

Cooper, Frances

Frances Cooper, 56, of Clovis died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Clifton Springs, N.Y., to John and Frances (Garney) Kepner. She lived in Clovis in the past 12 years. She worked in civil service at Cannon Air Force Base for the past 10 years. […]

Poor , Donald

Donald Poor  Services: Have been held. Mr. Donald C. Poor, 77, of Clovis, died Friday, June 10, 2005, in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 25, 1927, in Fairview, Mo., to Walter and Maud Haley Poor. He married Thelda Moore on March 25, 1977, in Tucumcari. He was a resident of Clovis since 1946. He […]

Paschke, Helen

Helen Paschke Services: Have been held. Helen Paschke, 80, died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Aug. 19, 1924, to Lucy Mae and Grover Burton, in Spencer, N.C. Paschke graduated from high school in 1941 in Spencer, N.C. She went attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., for […]

Breech, Donald

Donald Breech Services: Have been held. Donald Richard Breech, 70 of Elephant Butte, died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Sierra Vista Hospital in Truth or Consequences. He was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Winterhaven, Calif., to Donald Todd and Esther Tinsley Breech. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was the former […]

Leatherwood, Donald

Donald Leatherwood Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Ranchvale Baptist Church. Mr. Donald W. Leatherwood, 69, of Farwell, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born April 17, 1935, in Lindsey, Okla., to John and Addie Fox Leatherwood. He married Jean Burchett on June 21, 1953, in Ranchvale. He was a Clovis […]