Blandford, Dale

Dale Blandford Services: Have been held. Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army […]

Oler, Clarence

Clarence Oler Services: Have been held. Mr. Clarence E. Oler, 91, Longview, Wash., died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at his home. He was born on Dec. 20, 1911, in Emory, Texas, to Thomas Edgar and Louella Alison Oler. He moved to Washington from New Mexico 51 years ago. He was a farmer/rancher and he worked […]

Cook, Margaret

Margaret Cook Services: Have been held. Mrs. Margaret Genevieve Cook, 78, of Hobbs, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, in Hobbs. She was born on April 20, 1925, in Hunt County, Texas, to Haskell Charles “Pop” and Cleo Elwood Conder. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Maxine Dennis and Opal Prater; […]

Gibson, Pius

Pius Gibson Services: No services are planned. Mr. Pius Olney Gibson III, 45, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Dolores and Pius Olney Gibson Jr. He grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was a 1975 graduate of Forrest Hill High […]

Craig, Potter

Potter Craig Services: Have been held. Mr. Potter Craig, 93, of Clovis, a retired cattleman, rancher and order buyer, died Monday, June 3, 2003, in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 28, 1910, in Quitaque, Texas, to Thomas and Ethmel Potter Craig. He was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge No. 4 in Wagon […]

FDR monument highlight of local speller’s daily tour

By Darrel Todd Maurina Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who recently won the four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Martinez is in Washington, D.C., with his parents, Joe and Rita Martinez. […]

A day of remembrance

By Darrell Todd Maurina Light rain didn’t dampen the spirits of about 100 people who turned out Monday morning for the Clovis Memorial Day program. “I asked about seven or eight people what we should do,” said Jim Cowman, co-organizer for the event. “Nobody said don’t go. They had to fight in the rain and […]

Curry County needs memorial to honor fallen

Ruben Rubio was killed in Vietnam on July 6, 1971. He was 21 years old. His sister, Jane Garcia, still lives in Clovis. She called the newspaper a few weeks ago to make sure Ruben’s name would appear among Curry County’s Memorial Day list of war heroes. That list is on Page 1 of today’s […]

Vets question if holiday has new meaning

Rick White Somewhere between the time Jim Cowman was growing up in rural Michigan and his return from a tour of duty in Vietnam, the meaning of Memorial Day changed. Cowman, 65, cites a decline in patriotism and a more complex world as reasons why he thinks the national holiday honoring those who died while […]

Communities set Memorial Day observances

By Gary Mitchell Memorial Day has a significance that local veteran Larry Frappier and his colleagues want to make sure the nation doesn’t forget. “It’s a day you’re honoring your fallen comrades,” said Frappier, who serves as secretary for the Joint Veterans Council in Clovis, the sponsor of the community’s annual Memorial Day Observance. “It’s […]