First Person: Driver enjoys ghostbusting

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Lorrie Menkens has been a CATS driver for seven years. Lorrie Menkens is a driver for the Clovis Area Transit System during the week and a ghostbuster on the weekends. The 46-year-old travels with a friend across the state to cemeteries and sanitariums searching for an entity from beyond the […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

11/13 Letters to the editor

Tourism real reason De Baca sheriff ousted Recent published reports regarding De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves made me chuckle. The Albuquerque Journal reported: “The sheriff also upset many locals by joining Lincoln County investigators in a probe of Billy the Kid’s death. The investigators sought to dig up the Kid’s remains in Fort Sumner […]

Dowsing rod helps find unmarked graves

Don McAlavy I recently received an exciting letter from rancher Juanita Wallis at Quay. “I received a phone call from Bud Hefley on a ranch west of Tucumcari,” she wrote. “He was on Cloud 9. He heard of a woman in Texas who could witch for ( sense) unmarked graves.” A person who can “witch” […]

Young man was eager to join paratroopers

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Helen Garcia Trujillo observes Memorial Day, she can’t decorate her older brother’s grave. The grave of Joe C. Garcia, along with thousands of others, is located in France, not far from the location where he died on D-Day while the 101st Airborne Division was parachuting out of […]

Texas cemetery opens for American Indians

Don McAlavy: Local columnist MORTON, Texas — This story began in the late 1950s when a wooden box containing human bones was found in the old Cochran County Museum in Morton. Morton is about 30 miles south of Muleshoe. The box was labeled “Indian bones — part of skeleton found in southern Cochran County.” Maxine […]

Customers will decide economic growth

From the Editor’s Desk Not everyone is thrilled with the region’s recent economic growth. Some longtime residents are concerned that newcomers will mean dramatic and unpleasant change. Mom-and-pop businesses, they fear, will be driven out by the likes of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby, Hastings and other chain stores that have opened in Clovis in recent weeks. […]