Wildfires torch Land of Enchantment’s landscape

The Cannon Fire Department maintains constant readiness to fight fires ranging from household to rangeland wildfires. For more information on how the fire department operates, see pages 14 and 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey Known as the “Land of Enchantment,” New Mexico is also known as the land of high winds and burn bans. This lethal combination […]

Clovis resident dies in three-vehicle accident

CNJ staff A Clovis resident died and his wife was seriously injured Thursday in a three-vehicle accident northwest of Austin, Texas. Joe Jones, 69, died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. June Despain, 72, and Jesse Lee Despain, 75, both of Marble Falls, Texas, also died at the scene, DPS […]

Ford, Jeanette

Jeanette Ford, 64, of Farwell died Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock. She was born Oct. 22, 1941, in Clovis to Tom and Kate Atchley Lindop. She grew up in the Oklahoma Lane community and graduated from Farwell High School. She married Barthell Ford Dec. 23, 1960, in Farwell. After they married […]

3/5 Wedding

Ford/Buckingham Kelly Dawn Ford of Ruidoso and Larry Kenneth Buckingham of Clovis were married Jan. 14, 2006, at The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort in Mescalero. Judge Harry Prelo performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Ford of Ruidoso. She is the granddaughter of Jeryell and Euealle Webb […]

Quilting, horsemanship on display at Ag Expo

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Horsemanship and quilt designs were among the demonstrations during the first day of the 14th annual New Mexico Ag Expo at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Orine Barnes and Beth Berggren of Orine Barnes Training of Canyon, Texas, shared tips with horseowners of all ages. Barnes showed horseowners how […]

Ford, Earl

Earl A. Ford, 78, of Clovis died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Evansville, Ind., to Earl Anderson and Gladys Hayhurst Ford. He married Ruth Mendoza on Jan. 7, 1947, in El Paso, Texas. He was a longtime Clovis resident. He came to Clovis to […]

Ford, Clayton

Clayton Ford, 16, of Elkins, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Nov. 25, 1988, in Roswell. He went to school in Elida. He enjoyed playing baseball and was looking forward to playing this season, family members said. He also enjoyed riding horses and breaking colts and riding his dirt […]

Area recycling options sparse

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Aluminum cans line the bottom of an old cotton trailer that sits in the parking lot of Zia Elementary school. Six years ago, Clovis resident Trudi Ford purchased the trailer with grant money. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis eschews all but aluminum and tin recycling because […]

Elida student dies in rollover

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A single-vehicle rollover has claimed the life of an Elida High School student. Clayton Ford, 16, of Chaves County, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a junior at Elida High School. His parents are Rick and Connie Ford, according to school officials. Ford […]

Ford, Barbara

Barbara Ford, 68 of Portales, died Sept. 23, 2005 at the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Feb. 28, 1937 in New York, N.Y. to Julia and Harry MacNeil. She graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque. She attended Texas Women’s University and the University of New Mexico, where she graduated with […]

Columnist has political influence — or not

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We don’t often get the chance to brag, so here goes: This column, this little two-bit column, is changing the way New Mexico does business. It is having a profound effect on decisions at the highest levels. When Big Bill chomps down on his super-sized Snickers bar, levels that intense […]

Fire Prevention week kicks off; competition heating up

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(From left to right) Sparky the fire dog, Mr. Bruce Ford, assistant fire prevention chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Ivan Godwin, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, look on as Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, signs the proclamation. Melanie Salazar The Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention week Tuesday, and has […]

Tucumcari Altrusa branch holding yearly car lottery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — It’s wonderful to win a new car — just ask Tucumcari’s Alex Mills, who struck gold two years ago with a Ford Mustang. The only problem was Alex was 5 years old at the time. The wheels he won from the 2003 Altrusa Car Party didn’t go to […]

Ford, Faye

Faye Ford Services: Have been held. Mrs. Faye Ford, 84, of Farwell, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Sept. 9, 1920, in Bronte, Texas, to W.H. and Viola McKown. She married Uvon Darris Ford on April 26, 1940, in Norton, Texas. They moved to Farwell in […]

Byars, Gus

Gus Byars Services: Have been held. Gus Byars, 90, of Portales, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 20, 1914, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Augustus “Gus” Byars. He grew up in Tucumcari and Fort Sumner. He married Thelma Potter on Oct. 15, 1932, in […]

Officer involved in wreck

CNJ staff A Clovis patrol car driven by officer Bart Phillips was involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Seventh Street. Phillips was traveling westbound on Seventh Street shortly before 5 p.m. when his vehicle was struck in the front passenger side by a woman driving a 1994 GMC pickup, according to Clovis Sgt. […]

Gas prices fuel change

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Vehicles fill the busy intersection Monday afternoon at Prince and 21st streets. Record high gas prices are changing the way some people look at purchasing vehicles. (CNJ staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Local auto dealers are feeling the effect of record-high gas prices. But the news is not all bad. […]

Free speech issues abundant these days

By Ned Cantwell There is no lack of hot-button, free-speech issues hogging New Mexico news these days. They were the subject of legislative debate, they are hanging in the air over Taos, roaming the eastern plains. A fellow in Clovis drives a banana yellow Ford Focus. He wants to stand out. You could argue that […]

Shirley, Gene

Gene Shirley Services: Have been held. Mr. Gene Shirley, 72, of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 31, 1932, in Clayton, to John and Kate Harris Shirley. He attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales from 1950 to 1954 and received a bachelor’s […]

Sons spurred by father’s roughstock riding success

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Carr Vincent, of Des Moines hangs on during the bareback riding competition Friday at the 34th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Photo by Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich Heath and Jarrod Ford’s father has what they wanted — a set of spurs from the Clovis rodeo. In […]