Supreme Court sends suit against city of Portales to trial

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Supreme Court has sent a breach of contract lawsuit against the city of Portales back to District Court for a jury trial. The lawsuit alleges that without approval, Portales City Manager Debi Lee canceled retiree health benefits stipulated by a personnel ordinance. City representatives said the […]

Investigators determining cause of fire

An investigator was on scene Saturday looking for clues to what caused a warehouse fire that gutted a warehouse and the Dollar General Store, according to Portales Fire Department Lt. Shannon Lee. Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, after an employee at Trader Horn’s True Value Hardware store spotted smoke coming from the […]

Scholarship application deadline approaching

By Carrie Williams: DeCA marketing specialist FORT LEE, Va. — For military parents who have children about to enter college or already attending, the opportunity to apply for a $1,500 scholarship through the Defense Commissary Agency’s Scholarships for Military Children Program is ending Feb. 18. Applications are available in commissaries worldwide. You may also fill […]

Spirit remains in our hearts year-round

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is only 13 days away. Through the years, my wants at Christmastime and my attitude about the season have really changed as I have grown. One Christmas when I was only seven, we were living in Kansas City. I remember that Christmas because Susie was very, very sick and […]

Military scholarship program underway

By Caroline Williams: DeCA marketing specialist FORT LEE, Va. — If you’re a high school or college student and the child of a military family looking for ways to found your education, you might want to checkout the 2009 Scholarships for Military Children Program that began Nov. 3. Scholarship applications are available in commissaries worldwide […]

Family mourns loss of toddler

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Courtesy photo Thomas Lee Prieto’s grandmother said he was active and outgoing and loved to play with his brother, 5-year-old Charles, and sister, 1-year-old Esperanza. By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality. “He was like Linus with […]

Homemade jelly recipe for disaster

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One day my friend Mary Lee and I were riding in the foothills among the juniper and cactus just when the prickly pears had made their fruit. The little fruits, about the size of your thumb, are a pretty red, and we had heard somewhere that jelly made from them […]

Misadventures in making prickly pear jam

Glenda Price One day my friend Mary Lee and I were riding in the foothills among the juniper and cactus just when the prickly pears had made their fruit. The little fruits, about the size of your thumb, are a pretty red, and we had heard somewhere that jelly made from them was really good. […]

July 20, 2008 Weddings

Gonzalez Ramona Madril of Clovis and Casey Gonzalez of Gig Harbor, Wash., were joined in marriage July 19, 2008, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Father Sotero Sena performed the traditional Catholic ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joaquin and Naty Madril of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of the late Joaquin Madril […]

First Person: County maintenance man

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lee Delk says his life is his grandchildren. Lee Delk has been dubbed the king of poo. As Curry County’s maintenance supervisor he and his crew of six are responsible for the maintenance of all county buildings and property, including the roof tops of many of the buildings where pigeons […]

Mayor: Melrose police chief changed mind

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After publicly announcing his intention to run for De Baca County sheriff, Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson was not among the four candidates who filed for the position Tuesday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Wednesday that Ferguson is still the village’s police chief. He said Ferguson approached him during […]

January 2008 Obituaries list

The following people with local connections died in the month of January, according to obituaries from the Clovis News Journal: Albright, Kenneth O., 76, of Clovis, Jan. 27 Aye, Ernest R., 91, of Clovis, Jan. 27 Banister, Ralph G., 91, of Clovis, Jan. 10 Barreras, Eloisa Josephine, 71, of Clovis, Jan. 8 Barron, Rouel G., […]

She’s rooting for Patriots … to lose

Cathy Olona is looking forward to Feb. 3. “I am going to watch the Super Bowl,” she wrote in an e-mail. “I always do, and I will be cheering for the Patriots to take a fall. “The commercials are a big draw as well.” • • • Clovis’ Mac McDonald on the nation’s economy: “I […]

Jan. 4, 2008 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 27 through Wednesday: Ian Andrew Kline, 20, of Prescott, Ariz., to Priscella Anna Beaman, 22, of Clovis Casey B. West, 30, to Olivia Lorraine Boan, 23, both of Clovis Zachary Lee Snook, 24, to Cristina E. Tataru, 26, both of Clovis Armando Newton, 28, […]

Portales gross receipts taxes grow

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ economy seems to be defying national trends along with localized concerns of a slow-down as gross receipts tax collection grew in 2007. With better than 73 percent of the city of Portales’ budget tied to GRT, the monthly collection reports are of special interest to city officials looking […]

November obituaries

The following people with area connections died in November, according to obituaries submitted to the newspaper: Allison, Ralph, 75, of Portales, Nov. 21, 2007 Anderson, D’Esta McGuire, 85, of Casper, Wyo. and formerly of Texico, Nov. 8, 2007 Baker, Mary Lee, 81, of Clovis, Nov. 10, 2007 Bocock, Clejo, 98, of Clovis, Nov. 15, 2007 […]

Public record 10/12/07

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Oct. 4 through Wednesday: • Thomas Jason Breeze, 33, to Vicki Diane Breeze, 30, both of Reydon, Okla. • Justin Michael Arney, 21, to Natalie Deann Bishop, 24, both of Amarillo • Daniel Lee Etlicher, 27, to Lisa Joy Romans, 28, both of Clovis • […]

In tribute — November obituaries

CNJ staff The following list of people died in November, according to obituaries submitted to the CNJ. • Aguilar, Stephen Van “Steve,” 46, Clovis, Nov. 1. • Anderberg, Lucille, 91, Riverside, Calif., and formerly of Elida, Nov. 10. • Aragon, Frances “Panchita,” 76, Clovis, Nov. 14. • Aschbacher, Melvina Jane, 94, Floyd, Nov. 19. • […]

General-Lee fun project

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Robert Montiel admires the engine of his newly restored General Lee Friday afternoon. “There’s nothing like getting in that car. You forget yourself, your problems and you just go,” he said. (CNJ Staff Photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He’s not a bootlegger, he’s not running from the law and he doesn’t […]

July 21, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from July 13 through Wednesday: • Beau Bradford Neese, 27, of Tucumcari to Kimberly Paige Figures, 23, of Dalhart, Texas. • Rafael Alfredo Ibarra Sanchez, 24, to Deanna Faye Ovalle, 19, both of Clovis. • Clois Dean Jeffries, 61, to Dianna Jean Jacobs, 61, both of […]