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 […]