Birthdays — Jan. 23

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Adelicia Cordova Adelicia Cordova of Clovis will celebrate her 90th birthday 5 p.m. Jan. 24, at Leal’s Restaurant. The celebration will be hosted by her son, James Leroy Cordova and two daughters, Elena Vigil and Connye Cordova Bynum. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Sombrio. She has 10 children, 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. […]

Anniversaries — Sept. 19

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Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s restaurant. The celebration was hosted by their two daughters, Brenda Black and Sandra Lynn and was celebrated with family and friends. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two daughters and one grandson. They […]

Anniversaries — Sept. 5

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Cabrera Black Paten and Gwen Black of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18, 2010, at Leal’s Restaurant. The celebration was hosted by Brenda Black, Sandra and Jeff Lynn and Chad Lynn. The couple was married June 17, 1960, in Sanderson, Texas. They have two children and one grandchild. They are both semi-retired owners […]

Business digest: Leal’s to raise funds for United Way

Leal’s to raise funds for United Way The Leal’s Mexican Restaurant crew is gearing up to give to United Way on Thursday, when 10 percent of sales will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising drive. The organization, which funds charities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, reported last week it is at $481,137 […]

Monday morning briefing: Tribute to Jesse Leal

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Tribute to an inspiration: Jesse Leal, founder of Leal’s Mexican food restaurants, died Friday at age 79. An anonymous Clovis News Journal reader passed along this tribute: “I never personally met Mr. Leal, but I have heard many wonderful stories about him. I am a former employee […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Oct. 19, 2008 Anniversaries

Richards Marion and Mary Jo Richards of Texico are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25, 2008, at Leal’s Restaurant, 2115 N. Prince St. R.L. Richards, Lecil Richards, Damon Richards and Quata Casaday are hosting the luncheon. The couple was married Oct. 26, 1948, in Fame, Okla. They have […]

11-11 Births

Leal Brayden John Leal was born Oct. 10, 2007, to Franky and Amy Leal of Clovis at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. He weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces. Grandparents are Jimmy and Linda Dimas and Leo and Kathy Leal, all of Clovis. Great-grandparents are Flora Dimas of Texas City, Texas, Sylvia Gonzales and Nabor Leal, […]

Petition gaining steam

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Several Clovis restaurants have become signature collection points to support a petition for alcohol sales on Sundays. The Committee for Clovis Progress started Wednesday its petition to collect 725 signatures from Clovis registered voters to put Sunday Alcohol sales on the March 4 municipal election ballot, according committee spokesperson […]

Business Feature: Leal’s celebrates 50 years of spice

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Quannah Saiz, left, and Monica Lott of Clovis have lunch Monday at Leal’s restaurant on Mabry Drive. The pair said they’ve been coming to Leal’s for years. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Sergio Leal begins each day at 4:30 a.m. making homemade tortillas in Muleshoe. From there the tortillas […]

Governor snuffs smoking

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Smoking will be banned across New Mexico in bars, restaurants, stores and other workplaces under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Richardson. Danny Tipton, manager at Kripple Creek Restaurant in Clovis, said the customer and staff reaction has been negative so far. “We really don’t like it,” Tipton […]

Portales man injured in robbery

Freedom newspapers o Police say intruder beat 88-year-old victim in home. Portales — An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was […]

Leal, Christopher

Christopher Leal, 36, of Abilene, Texas, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. He was born Jan. 21, 1969, in Friona to Benita (Lopez) and Joe Leal. He attended Portales public schools since the third grade and graduated from Portales High School in 1986. He moved to Abilene in 1999 […]

Quiznos and new Leal’s are planned

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis continues to add businesses. The owner of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday committed to adding a second restaurant in the city. Also, remodeling to a Prince Street building is underway for national crafts chain Hancock Fabrics and city officials said plans are set for a new shopping center […]

Teaching kids good vs. evil wherever I can

Editor’s note: Victor Leal, 41, is mayor of Muleshoe and owner/operator of Leal’s Mexican Restaurant. His diary began Monday and will be published through Friday. What glorious weather we had to celebrate a day of rest. Thoughts of leisure swirled through my mind as I finished my first cup of coffee in the coolness of […]

Residents to share experiences with readers

Welcome to My Life. That’s a new feature that begins today in the Clovis News Journal. Each week, the newspaper will recruit a different local resident to share his or her life’s experiences through the pages of a daily diary. Muleshoe mayor and restaurant owner Victor Leal is our first volunteer. His diary will appear […]

Garza, Martin

Martin Garza Services: Have been held. Martin Garza, 63, of Clovis, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born April 30, 1940, in Wharton, Texas, to Elias J. and Paula Munoz Garza. He attended schools in Wharton. He married Lydia Leal on Oct. 12, 1960, in Rochester, Ind. He […]

Muleshoe debates racial allegations

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Muleshoe City Council, responding to allegations of police abuse and racism raised by a council member, spent nearly three hours in closed session discussing the topic on Wednesday. “We had healthy debate and healthy discussion with regard to the allegations of racism,” Mayor Victor Leal said. “We came out with […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Texico’s new chief knows area well

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]