More money, fewer duties; sign me up

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Dear editors, Just a heads up here that I probably will be quitting the column. Let’s keep it just between us. If word leaks to the readers, I am going to be flooded with e-mails saying … “Promise?” Let me take this opportunity to apologize for having recently exposed the […]

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, […]

Maxine L. “Honey” Ingle

Maxine L. “Honey” Ingle, 75, of Clovis, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born Aug. 3, 1930, to Bee and Annie Tims Lewis in Bradley, Okla., and married Walter Ingle on Sept. 4, 1949, in Estancia. She was a homemaker and also assisted her husband in the family business, […]

3/17 Public record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from March 8 through Wednesday: • Jose Dolores Vasquez, 32, to Melissa Ann Bonness, 23, both of Clovis. • Salvador Cobos Barajas, 26, to Michelle Venegas Garcia, 32, both of Clovis. • Jake Andrew Chavez, 31, to Bernadette Marie Chavez, 26, both of Clovis. • Gabriel […]

Harris, Marjory “Lou”

Marjory “Lou” Harris, 87, of Albuquerque, and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, in Albuquerque. She was born April 19, 1918, in Ranger Lake, Texas. She was a longtime Clovis resident. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Harris; parents, Edward and Mary […]

Klebold, Lena

Lena Klebold, 86, of Fowler, Ohio, and formerly of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, at Concord Nursing Home in Fowler. She was born Nov. 27, 1919, to J. W. and Stella Brown Fulgham in Haywood, Okla. She married William Thomas “Tommy” Klebold. She was a member of the girls rodeo association and a champion […]

Harris, Hugh

Hugh Harris, 56, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born June 19, 1949, in Grace, Miss, to Ernest and Rebecca Mayfield Harris. He worked as a Custodian for ENMRSH and was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was preceded […]

Self-sufficiency not sufficient to get through eternity

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist My great uncle Harris lived all his adult life alone and he existed only on the bare necessities. It was not that he could not afford a comfortable lifestyle. Harris just didn’t believe in spending any money. When he died, he left an array of worthless possessions that cluttered his […]

Air Force officials to tour Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Fingers that have been crossed tightly for months are slowly loosening, due to this week’s Air Force team visit to eastern New Mexico. As infrastructure assessments of Cannon Air Force Base will bleed into civilian areas today, Plains Regional Medical Center Administrator Brian Bentley said he is feeling relief. […]

Attorney: Case against commissioner dismissed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer An independent prosecutor on Thursday dismissed the felony case against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales, according to Perales’ attorney. Tenth Judicial District Special Prosecutor Ronald Reeves determined there was no merit to pursue Perales’ case, according to a copy of a court record provided by defense attorney Randall Harris. […]

Independent prosecutor will review commissioner’s case

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Felony charges pending against Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales will be reviewed by an independent prosecutor to avoid any potential conflict of interest, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the District Attorney’s office. Perales was arrested Sunday and charged with false imprisonment for holding his wife and […]

‘Zoo to You’ brings exotic animals to schools

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Mesa Elementary a third-grader Destiny Williams looks at a leopard gecko Tuesday at the school during a visit by representatives of Albuquerque’s Rio Grande Zoo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A periodic meow and a range of other noises, including human-like greetings and high-pitched squeaks, emanated from the cloth-covered cage. […]

Governor says Cannon getting closer look

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Born Monday in the nation’s capital was a Cannon Air Force Base assessment team. Though in its infancy, the team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days, Gov. Bill Richardson said. A federal commission voted to remove Cannon’s F-16 squadrons […]

Bill would keep base assets in place

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Language approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee would assure that personnel and assets are not lost at Cannon Air Force Base while the Secretary of Defense searches for a new mission for the base. The language, developed by U.S. Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., in consultation […]

Youth minister acquitted of charges

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Erwin Estoque, who was found innocent of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female, feels his life will never be the same. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Erwin Estoque’s life as a youth music minister and college student changed dramatically after his arrest. He was accused of having sexual contact […]

Domenici says key support for Cannon available

THE FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Tuesday received key support for ensuring the future of Cannon Air Force Base and set sights on finding federal legislation that can be used to bring a new mission to the base, a news release from his office said. Domenici met Tuesday with Sen. […]

Mission: Not impossible

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Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris speaks about what might be next for Cannon Air Force Base during a public briefing Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to […]

Base supporters optimistic

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group […]

Enclave means Cannon has bought time

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The word rang out over and over during federal deliberations over the fate of Cannon Air Force Base: enclave. It is the word Base Closure and Realignment Commissioner Samuel Skinner used to keep the base open. In his Cannon amendment, Skinner suggested the base enclave — slowly diminish its capacities […]

Governor takes last run at Commission

By David Stevens and Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he’s pitched one final idea to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission in hopes of saving Cannon Air Force Base, but he would not say what that plan involves. Commissioners could decide Cannon’s fate as early as this afternoon. Richardson, in a […]