Broken home, unbroken spirit

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jim and Iris Blevins live in a fifth-wheel behind their home on South Prince Street as a result of the March 23 tornado that ripped through their home. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer On the 2100 block of South Prince Street lay a tan house surrounded by a tunnel […]

Internet has widespread impact

By Clyde Davis: Columnist For those of us caught in the betwixt and between generation, the Internet is a mixed blessing. By betwixt and between, I mean those of us who were born and spent some of our adult lives before PCs, yet who will spend a significant amount of our working lives in the […]

Clovis High lockdown removed

A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. CHS Principal Jody Balch said the school was locked down for about an hour after a student reported seeing an unknown, suspicious teen near the […]

First life lost to tornado in Clovis history

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Little remains of a trailer home in South Clovis that belonged to Heleneta Blevins. Blevins died in her son’s home on Sunday after sustaining injuries during Friday’s storm. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Heleneta Blevins died the way she lived — surrounded by what she held most dear, her […]

Local resident had chance encounter with Ford

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Jim Garrison, left, talks to his son John on Wednesday about the time he met President Ford over 30 years ago in Grand Junction, Colo. and had a drink with him. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A simple act of kindness, involving a dog and a pocketknife, led to […]

Closure comes with return of remains

By Ray Sullivan: Freedom Newspapers Publisher My Veterans Day came early this year. It was better than ever. The saying goes that men and women never feel as alive as when death lurks in nearby shadows. It is clearly evident at Arlington National Cemetery, where every day is Veterans Day. This tale you’ll read here […]

N.M. journalism looking for fresh faces

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist JIM BELSHAW, Albuquerque Journal columnist. Jim Belshaw would have us believe he writes to champion the cause of ordinary New Mexicans. But does he, or has this veteran newsman gone stale, thriving on his poker buddies, his connection to the Belshaw elites, noted authors and academics? Jim Belshaw, writing for […]

It Pays to Watch for the Signs Along Our Way

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Last Saturday morning I enjoyed a marvelous moment. My younger brother, Jim, (also a pastor) was here to purchase and take possession of a really nice-looking little pickup I’d found for him. My neighbor was selling his Ford Ranger pickup. Kent Wiley takes better care of his vehicles than […]

Prince Street has vandelism outbreak

Local Roundup Clovis Police have responded to more than 20 burglaries and 40 reports of criminal damage since Friday, police said. Police said several of the burglaries were concentrated in the area of North Prince Street while the vandalism incidents were widespread, including areas of Fred Dougherty and Pile streets. Most of the burglaries involved […]

Confrontations come with excess baggage

Grant McGee: local columnist A total stranger angrily confronted me the other day. I’m not going to go into any great detail about what happened. I drove into a Clovis neighborhood and stumbled into a drama-in-progress. The stranger thought I was part of it. Later as I tried to make some sense out of this […]

Billy the Kid impersonator throws grave into doubt

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Who is this impersonator that looks so much like Billy the Kid that there is talk of digging up the grave at Fort Sumner to be sure the boy that Pat Garrett shot is still there? He was none other than Jim Vercelline, a young actor from Clovis and a […]

James “Jim” Joiner

James “Jim” Joiner Date of birth: June 28, 1920 Dates of service: 1945 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: Pacific, Korea Branch: Army Rank: Private First Class Unit and specialty: 57th anti-aircraft artillery and special service; sign painter Lives in: Clovis Veterans organizations: American Legion, Post 25 Jim Joiner spent most of […]

Abeyta, Elaine

Elaine Abeyta, 28, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident near Encino. She was born March 19, 1977, to Danny Paul Bishop and Bea Northrup in Fort Sumner. She was raised and attended schools in Fort Sumner and Bovina. She graduated from Bovina High in 1995. […]

Lillie Holland

Lillie Holland, 96, of Lubbuck, formerly of Roosevelt County, died Monday, March 6, 2006. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd and a daughter, Jean Demastus. She is survived by a son, Jim Holland (and wife, Linda) of Lubbock; a brother, Dan Brown; a sister, Robbie Gregory; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements […]

Jimmy Dean “Jim” Clayton

Jimmy Dean “Jim” Clayton, 68, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Clovis. He worked in hotel maintenance, and loved fishing and boating, family members said. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Morris. He is survived by his mother, […]

Williams, Willie

Willie Fern Williams, 95, of Portales died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at the Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born on Feb. 17, 1911, in Wheatland to Chelcie and Bertie Cogdill. She married Jim A. Williams on Sept. 16, 1928, and they lived in Clovis. They later moved to Portales in their retirement years. She was […]

Crenshaw, Bill

Bill Crenshaw, 90, of Taiban died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, at the Farwell Convalescent Home. He was born June 28, 1915, in Melrose to William J. Crenshaw and the former Retta Moss. He was raised south of Melrose and attended schools at Melrose and Floyd, where he graduated. He married Mildred Alice Wright on Aug. […]

Evelyn V. Spell

Evelyn V. Spell, 77, of Clovis died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. She was born Jan. 31, 1928, in Field to E. B. and Burness McDaniel Gibbs. She married Glen Spell on Jan. 27, 1947. She was a member of 16th and Pile Church of Christ. Family […]

Mattie Gushwa

Mattie Gushwa, 83, of Lubbock died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. She was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Richland Springs, Texas. She met Charles Gushwa while working as a teller at First National Bank of Portales, where she worked for many years. They were married Feb. 20, 1947. Her hobbies included sewing and cooking. They moved […]

Lady Mary Dickinson

Lady Mary Dickinson, 95, of Tucumcari, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Jan. 14, 1910, in Spur, Texas. She moved to Tucumcari in 1945 with her husband Grover. She was a charter member of the Tucumcari Elks Lodge Drove 210 and a member of the First […]