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Welch [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Johnny and Fran Welch of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at Creighton’s Town and Country meeting and conference room, 1704 S. Ave D, Portales. The celebration will be hosted by Angie and Brant Moore, Jeff and Doris Welch, Kevin Welch, […]

Anniversaries —

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White [image #2, align=right, size=medium] Pat and Wessie White of Clovis will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Jan. 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Clovis. They were married Dec. 31, 1950, in Clovis. The celebration will be hosted by their children and grandchildren. Their children and spouses are Nancy and Tommy […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

Johnny L. Harding Sr

Johnny L. Harding Sr., 85, of Aztec and formerly of Clovis, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, in Aztec. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years and retired as a master sergeant. He also worked as an independent milkman. He and his wife, Willie May, delivered milk in Clovis and Portales for nearly […]

Johnny D. Morgan

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Johnny D. Morgan Date of birth: May 2, 1917 Dates of service: March 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

First Thanksgiving rooted in act of giving

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist ‘M y hands are small, I know,but they’re not yours, they are my own but they’re not yours, they are my own and I am never broken.” — Jewel.  Well, my hands aren’t really very small. They are — hey, one of the coolest things that happened to me in junior […]

Gomez, Anthony “Antone”

Anthony “Antone” Gomez, 48, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005 in his Clovis home. He was born Feb. 5, 1957, in Clovis to Joe and Marie Sisneros Gomez. He was a butcher for Stancell’s grocery store and a member of My Father’s House Church in Clovis. Family members said he loved motorcycle riding. He is preceded […]

Ernest Carter

Ernest Carter Services: 10 a.m. Saturday in Mount Zion Cemetery Mr. Ernest L. Carter, 57, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Portales to Ruby and Harold Carter. He grew up in Portales and attended Portales schools. He was employed at the OK Tire Store […]

Curtis, Johnny

Johnny Curtis Services: Have been held. Johnny Mack Curtis, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 11, 1948, in Hickory, N.C., to Cloyd and Mamie Curtis. He married Pauletta Guss on Dec. 26, 1967, in Portales. He was the store manager at Bunk’s Feed Barn for more than 23 […]

Church sponsoring food program

CNJ staff Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will sponsor a summer food service program from May 23 to Aug. 5. Breakfast and lunch will be served at 26 locations in the area for children between the ages of 1 and 18. Church member Johnny Chavez said the program is a continuation of the school-lunch program. […]

Riordan, Daniel Ray, Sr.

Daniel Ray Riordan Sr. Services: Have been held Daniel Ray Riordan Sr., 83, of Clovis, died April 25, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 20, 1922, in Austin, Texas, to Michael and Gertrude Simpson Riordan. He married Effie I. Sawyer on April 3, 1948, in Kyle, Texas. He […]

Salazar, Julia

Julia Salazar Services: Have been held. Mrs. Julia Salazar, 84, of Portales, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Nov. 27, 1921, in Juan de Dios, to Antonia and Victor Chavez. She married Emilio Salazar on June 22, 1942, in Puerta de Luna. They lived in various […]

Johnny Castillo

Services: Have been held. Johnny Castillo, 40, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on July 5, 1964, in Muleshoe, to Fidencio and Catarina Castillo. He married Barbara Vargas on July 29, 1994, in Bovina. He was a laborer at Excel. Family members said he enjoyed […]

Thomson, Ronnica Lea

Services: Have been held. Ronnica Lea Thomson, 34, of Clovis died Monday, March 7, 2005 at her home. She was born Nov. 13, 1970, in Clovis, to Bill and Janetta Miller Geisler. She married Mike Thomson on Aug. 7, 1993, in Clovis. She was a benefits representative for Clovis Municipal Schools and a member of […]

Torres, Johnny

Services: Have been held. Mr. Johnny Ray Torres, 38, of Farwell, died Friday, March 4, 2005, in Lariat, Texas. He was born on Oct. 12, 1966, in Clovis. He lived in Texico and Farwell all his life. He graduated from Texico High School in 1983 and was employed by Farwell Grain and Inspection Co. He […]

Johnny Carson: Quintessentially human

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Johnny Carson was perhaps the greatest comic craftsman in American popular entertainment. But this is not to say he was in any way parochial. Indeed, being a master comic in America is being a master comic of the modern world. Carson’s genius was, in part, to forge a link with millions […]

Wright, Caryol

Caryol Wright Services: Have been held. Caryol Wright, 59, of Portales, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 15, 1945, in Portales, to Juanita and Johnny Wright. She graduated from Portales High School in 1963, and went on to study cosmetology in Clovis. For several years […]

Letter can simplify Christmas tradition

By Helena Rodriguez Hola, dear family, friends and readers of this column. Whether you’re a devoted reader or you stumbled onto this page while hunting for the sports section, season’s greetings to all. It’s time for my annual Christmas letter. Wait. I’ve never written a Christmas letter. What the heck, there’s a first time for […]

Rock ‘n’ roll teacher performs in Clovis

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Bovina High School music director, John Steinhardt will perform in Clovis as Schizoid Johnny, Saturday. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After more than 20 years of touring as Schizoid Johnny, a one-man band, John Steinhardt became a music teacher at a school in California. “In order to do the art, I had to actually […]