Thomas , B.W.

B.W. Thomas Services: Have been held. B.W. “Limey” Thomas, 96, of Clovis, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 21, 1908, in Hale County, Texas, to Benjamin and Janie Calvert Thomas. He married Opal Hair on Aug. 3, 1929, in Clovis. He was a professional […]

Youth groups protest tobacco ads

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A woman on horseback whipped around the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena on Friday night, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. flag she held flapping almost regally in the wind. As a sponsor of the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the company is entitled to the display, said Dewey Pierce, captain of […]

Pioneer Days Rodeo begins tonight

By Eric Butler Fifty bull riders, 64 barrel racers and 49 calf ropers. That’s just the beginning of a steady stream of cowboys and cowgirls that will go in and out of the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena over the next three days. The 35th annual Pioneer Days Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned event, will begin tonight […]

Vigilante or not, group shows immigration policy’s flaws

It will be fascinating to see how the Minuteman Project, the brainstorm of California resident James Gilchrist, comes off now that President Bush has referred to the effort as a “vigilante” operation of which he disapproves. It has certainly stirred a lot of interest, pro and con. A retired accountant, Gilchrist conceived the idea of […]

Taxpayers have the right to know public business

Freedom Newspapers What should have passed as a tragic episode in Texas history has become clouded by speculation and intrigue, thanks in large part to the recalcitrance of a federal bureaucracy. When two Border Patrol agents, Travis Attaway and Jeremy Wilson, died Sept. 19 in a boating accident on the Rio Grande, they seemed destined […]

Car destruction, high-flying bikes highlight fair

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A personal liability release for one of the Curry County Fair’s more popular events speaks for itself. “…The participation in a demolition derby, either as a driver or crew member, exposes the (participant) to a substantial and serious risk of property damage, personal injury or death.” The demolition derby […]

Dorough, Gerald

Gerald Dorough Services: Have been held. Mr. Gerald Franklin Dorough, 87, of Clovis, died Thursday, May 20, 2004, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born on July 9, 1916, in Mountain, Ark., to James and May Dorough. He was married for 66 years to Bertha Dorough. He worked 41 years at Southwestern Public Service, […]

Pioneer Days draws top performers

By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent If there isn’t someone who once won a world championship, or at least challenged for one, coming out of the chute during the 34th annual Pioneer Days PRCA rodeo over the next three nights, just look over to the cowboys lining the fence waiting their turn. Because there’s bound to […]

N.M. Civil Air Patrol to take on new role

Reporter’s Notebook Pilots and crews operating 14 Civil Air Patrol planes recently flew dozens of reconnaissance exercises covering hundreds of square miles of remote and nearby inaccessible areas to practice a new a growing role for CAP: homeland security. Air crews and support personnel from Clovis, Roswell, Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Farmington, Los Alamos […]

New Mexico mountie retires

Reporter’s Notebook Wayne “Dick” Higgs, 79, recently retired from the New Mexico Mounted Patrol after 30 years of volunteer service. He began volunteering for the Mounted Patrol in 1975 while employed by the State Highway Department. In the 1940s, the Mounted Patrol rode horses, but by the time Higgs began volunteering, he rode with the […]

Ways exist to keep Christ in Christmas

Ned Cantwell It is a rare opportunity for the rookie reporter, this ride-along with two members of the ACLU about to begin their Keep Christ out of Christmas Season Patrol. At the appointed hour, the newsman and the two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers seat themselves in an unmarked car, the only clue to the […]

Cops & Courts 10/26

The Clovis Police Department is looking for volunteers to ride around the city and report suspicious activities. Those participating in “Code Blue,” a volunteer citizens patrol, will meet at the Clovis Police Department on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Members will receive training and patrol in two-person teams on Friday and […]

Mounted Patrol’s origins more than ceremonial

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David Downey of Clovis, a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit, drives steers on Wednesday before the start of the 2003 Steer Roping Classic at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Darrell Todd Maurina Today’s Curry County Mounted Patrol is best known for sponsoring the Clovis Pioneer Days Rodeo and participating in various parades […]