Competition heats up for ownership of Freedom

By Bernard J. Wolfson and Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — A family buyout offer for Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, faces competition from several non-media investor groups among the 26 bids received late last month, according to a memo to shareholders this week. The memo, from a committee of board […]

More questions arise in child abuse case

By Gary Mitchell After Clovis police arrested Myrena Rodriguez on Saturday for abandoning her 9-month-old daughter, family members began to question the way police handled the case. In turn, police detectives have a few questions of their own — both about the statement given by the 18-year-old mother now in custody on a $60,000 cash-only […]

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 […]

Family recalls caring wife, mother

By Janet Bresenham She loved to pass out photos of her two daughters. She was looking forward to celebrating her 17th wedding anniversary next weekend in Santa Fe. She was spoiled by her three brothers. Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval was big on family. “She was the backbone of the family,” said Candace Gutierrez, Sandoval’s niece. […]

Junior rodeo begins Tuesday night

Kevin Wilson Three decades of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association comes full circle this week, as the HPJRA Finals will fill a week’s worth of activities. The rodeo, scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday at Clovis’ Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, has been a part of New Mexico and Texas rodeo since the association was […]

Wood, James

James Wood Services: Have been held. Mr. James “Jimmy” Wood, 75, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, following a traffic accident west of Muleshoe. He was born on March 16, 1928, in Ballinger, Texas, to Lucy and William Troy Wood. Mr. Wood grew up in the Ballinger area. In 1945, he and his family […]

Man dies in wreck after final cancer treatment

By Mike Linn A longtime Portales resident who had just completed his final radiation treatment for cancer died in a car wreck on his way home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon. James Wood, 75, died when the car his son was driving collided with a truck at 3:33 p.m. (MDT) about nine miles west of […]

Clovis man gets 41 years for criminal sexual penetration

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal intentionally withheld information from the following story in an effort to protect the identity of the victims. Richard Swopes, 41, of St. Vrain, will spend at least 35 years in prison on a 41-year sentence following his guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual […]

Hallford, Mary

Mrs. Mary Hallford, 96, of Portales, died Friday, June 21, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on July 7, 1906, in Hall County, Texas, to Ollie and Alexander Cooper. She was the oldest of her family. She lived her early life in the area where she was born. On July […]

Saying thanks the best way we know how

Luziano Reyna missed his daughter’s birth because he was working. Last month, he missed her graduation from Clovis High School. Again, he was working. He was working for us. Reyna, from Hereford, Texas, has served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He spent the last six months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi […]