Clovis native deployed to Afghanistan

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For years, he has prepared and trained as a Special Forces soldier in the Army. While he has traveled extensively and spent months on end away from home, this time is different. For the first time in his career, Gilbert Gonzales will be entering a combat zone. In 1994, […]

Lowe’s program making homes safer

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Christina Vargas watches as Lowe’s employees Curtis Benton, front left, Tracy Shelton, front right, and Elmo Garcia, back install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen of Vargas’ home Thursday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Christina Vargas lives in a bright turquoise trailer home trimmed in white, with a […]

Police car hits, kills pedestrian

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A woman walking home with dinner was killed by a Clovis police car as she crossed Mitchell Street at 6:45 p.m. on Monday night, officials and witnesses said. Dolores Jacks, 71, was killed after a police car, driven by Clovis Police Lt. Roger Grah, struck her, according to a […]

Honor Roll: Lockwood Elementary School

CNJ Staff Lockwood Elementary School Third grade: A Honor Roll- Karimah Hulett, Starr Gomez, Auryana Gonzales, Ryan Glover, Steve Lopez, Aaron Martinez, Jason Mirabal, Georgia Mefford, Heather Pastirchak, Dyllan Smith, Lynzie Starritt, Beija Stroud, Landon Williams. Third grade: A/B Honor Roll – Marybel Bonney, Xavier Cervantes, Robert Guerra, Adrienne Meza. Fourth Grade: A Honor Roll […]

Police increasing presence to curb holiday accidents

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer There will be an increased police presence this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to local agencies. New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints around the clock today through Saturday in every district of the state, according to State Police Capt. Oscar Gonzales. Eight to 10 officers will monitor […]

DeFoor, Clyde L.

Retired barber Clyde L. DeFoor, 72, of Clovis died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan. 16, 1933, in Clovis to John “Pop” and Daisy Loving DeFoor. He married Wanda Lois Banister on Sept. 9, 1951, in Clovis. In 1952, he joined the Navy and became a 3rd class […]

Rams drop shootout at Ruidoso

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers RUIDOSO — After playing a catch-up game for the most part, the Rams will now play a different kind of game — a waiting one. After a 56-35 loss at Ruidoso, Portales’ season hangs in the balance of a seeding meeting tonight after it failed to qualify for one of […]

Clovis man pleads guilty in shooting

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Mark Madrid (right) speaks with his attorney, Michael Rosenfield, on Monday in a Clovis courtroom. Madrid, 23, faces between 16 to 27 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer As Mark Madrid left the courtroom Monday in shackles, he told his mother […]

10/21 Public Record

The following marriages licenses were compiled from court records from Oct. 12 through Oct. 19: • Orson Keith Thompson, 29, to Anna Marie Dominguez, 27, both of Colorado Springs, Colo. • Roy Lee Turley, 73, to Mary Jones Turner, 63, both of Lockney, Texas • Gilbert Phillip Garcia, 52, to Sharon June Taylor, 48, both […]

Unbeaten Santa Rosa handles Wolverines

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Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Inexorably, the Santa Rosa Lions were marching down the field. Four consecutive times following the opening kickoff, the Lions used their old-style single-wing ground attack to convert third-and-short situations, moving to a first-and-goal at the Wolverines’ 8. Then back-to-back illegal procedure penalties set Santa Rosa back, and Texico […]

Oct. 2 Weddings, Anniversaries, Club Notes, Engagements, and Artist of the Month

Weddings Gonzales/Jablonski Sabrina Gonzales of Clovis and David Jablonski of Baltimore, Md., were joined in marriage Sept. 8, 2005, at Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii. The Rev. Roland Mono performed the Hawaiian religious sunset ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Reyes and Clara Gonzales of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Acencion and Eufeia […]

Gonzales, Aaron

Aaron Gonzales Services:Have been held. Mr. Aaron Steven Gonzales, 23, of Clovis, died July 24, 2005, in Curry County. He was born Feb. 8, 1982, in Clayton to Gilbert and Sharon Gonzales. He married Bethany DeFoor on Aug. 3, 2002, in Clayton. He graduated from Clayton High School in 2000. He had been a resident […]

Firefigther’s death stuns department

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described 23-year-old Clovis firefighter Aaron Gonzales as a respected co-worker with a great sense of humor. A three-year member of the department, Gonzales was killed early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident just north of Clovis. “Aaron was always happy, always had a smile on his face, and […]

Passenger dies in county accident

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Clovis. According to a press release from the New Mexico State Police, Aaron Gonzales was killed just after 1 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 209, Curry Road 14 and State Road 77. Police say Gonzales was a […]

Police handing out DNA kits

CNJ staff The New Mexico State Police will be handing out free DNA sample kits on Friday during a blood drive at the Triangle Ace parking lot. According to police, the DNA sample kits can be used by parents if their children disappear. “It is a way to identify their children if they come up […]

Vigil , Epemenia

Epemenia “Tina” Vigil, 45, of Clovis died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 21, 1959, in Espanola to Clifford and Frances Romero Vigil. She was a secretary on the surgical floor at Plains Regional Medical Center for more than 16 years, and was a member […]

Couple found dead in Fort Sumner

CNJ staff A husband and wife have been found dead outside their home in rural De Baca County, and state police are investigating the case as a double homicide. Agapito Lucero, 55, and his wife, Margaret Lucero, 48, were found dead Thursday morning on Cottonwood Drive in the valley just outside of Fort Sumner, state […]

Clovis seniors compete in billiards, horseshoes, discus at senior Olympics

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Martie Hale of Clovis breaks during her game in the 65-69 age group of the Senior Olympics Pool Tournament Tuesday at La Casa Senior Center in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Clovis senior citizens are taking the olympics to a new level. They have prepared for months to […]

Man creates art from dead trees

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Richard L. Gonzales carves a sculpture of a family of bears out of a tree stump at the Pow Wow Inn in Tucumcari. (Freedom Newspapers: William Thompson) By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — There used to be three large tree stumps in the Pow Wow Inn’s courtyard near the swimming pool. Now, thanks to […]

Chavez, Jose

Jose Chavez Services: Have been held. Jose Horacio Chavez, 68, of Clovis, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at Lubbock Heart Hospital. He was born on Sept. 20, 1936, in Santa Rosa, to Jose Lino and Estella Chavez. He married Celina Gonzalez on Sept. 19, 1953, in Clovis. He worked as a custodian for Gattis and […]