Joe Burford

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Joe Burford Date of birth: Feb. 8, 1920 Dates of service: May 1942 to Dec. 1945 Hometown: Friona Theater and location of […]

Relay for Life revving up with more than 75 teams

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A luminary dedicated to retired UPS package driver John Ortiz was decorated by Mary Rose Paterson. Ortiz, who worked for UPS for 30 years, died of liver cancer in 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer What began in 1985 as one man’s 24-hour walk around a Tacoma, Wash., track has […]

Former gang member shoots straight

(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Anthony “Tre” Ravenel speaks to students Tuesday at Clovis High School about his life growing up in Compton, Ca., in gangs and drugs. Ravenel, who turns forty in a couple days, spent half his life in prison. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anthony “Tre” Ravenel, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, black […]

Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia. After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help. “Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need […]

Tivis, Billy

Billy Tivis Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Ray Tivis, 62, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in Roswell. He was born on Dec. 24, 1941, to Susie and Fate Tivis in Portales. He lived in Bethel for several years as a child and attended school in Floyd. Later he moved to Portales. He […]

Pennies add up for charity

Reporter’s Notebook Pennies do add up. Students in Clovis schools can verify that, having raised $7,253.76 in their first United Way Penny Drive. Every school in the Clovis district participated in the project, with Mesa Elementary leading the way by collecting $1,210, according to a news release from Curry County United Way. Sandia Elementary ($1,070.50) […]

Clovis woman training for marathon fund-raiser

Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Clovis’ Lila Johnson got a good running, or at least nice brisk walking start in preparing for Avon’s 2004 Walk for Breast Cancer slated for July 10 – 11 in San Francisco. Since deciding to participate in the 26.2 mile marathon, Johnson has been pushing herself physically by walking to and […]

Silva, L.F.

L.F. Silva Services: Have been held. L.F. “Chano” Silva, 85, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 20, 1918, in Fort Sumner, to Jesus and Margaret Spitz Silva. He was raised and attended schools at Fort Sumner. He married Lois Pena in […]

Same-sex couples’ children are different

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Are children raised by gay parents worse off than other children? As same-sex couples line up for marriage licenses in Massachusetts, the question achieves greater urgency. Two researchers answered when they reviewed the available scholarly literature in the American Sociological Review three years ago. What makes their essay intriguing is that […]

Relay for Life raises nearly $60,000

CNJ STAFF The final walkers in Clovis’ annual Relay for Life finished the legs of their relay at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Co-chairwoman Kay Prater said Sunday the walkers raised a total of $59,499.77, although on-line contributions and all the money from sponsors were not yet in. “The relay went very, very smoothly this year […]

ENMU students raise nearly $300 for accident victim’s family

By Abby Dunn: CNJ correspondent Eastern New Mexico University students raised nearly $300 on Friday for the family of a student who was killed in a car accident last month. More than 100 students from ENMU made the drive to Mainline Bowl in Clovis for a bowling tournament sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a campus […]

Racquetball tournament raises more than $18,000 for scholarships

Reporters notebook St. Pat’s Racquetball Tournament, the longest USRA sanctioned racquetball tournament in the state, has put more than $18,000 into the Clovis Community College general fund, school officials announced at Wednesday’s board meeting. The 15th Annual event was held this year in mid-March. According to a memo from CCC President Beverlee McClure to the […]

Restaurant owner claims inspector targeting his business

By Jack King A Curry County restaurant owner has charged that over-regulation and a “vendetta” by a state electrical inspector forced him to close his restaurant in December. But city and state officials said questions were raised about whether the restauranteur — Will Cockrell, owner of The Restaurant at Fox Run — followed proper, even […]

United Way donations up 13 percent

By Glen Seeber lthough this year’s United Way campaign has come to a close in Clovis and Curry County, that doesn’t mean additional money would be turned down if it was offered. “We always take money — that’s never a problem,” said Erinn Burch, executive director of the Curry County United Way. Friday marked the […]

Moon to stay in box to raise money for Make-A-Wish

CNJ News Staff Duffy Moon, half of the Mix 107.5 morning team Rooney and Moon, said last week in a news release that he plans to be raised 30 feet above Clovis in a 4-by-8-foot metal box until the radio station raises $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The official “raising” will take place at 7:20 […]

United Way open house is today

CNJ STAFF REPORT CNJ STAFF REPORT The Clovis/Curry County United Way has completed the 2003 campaign drive and will hold an open house today to celebrate the results. The event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the organization’s offices on 105 E. Grand, will include cookies and light refreshments. Executive Director […]

United Way: 2003 goal is $375,000

By Eric Butler Curry County United Way officials are looking to raise about 20 percent more money than a year ago. “It’s an aggressive goal, but we need to let the community know that this is the bare minimum that we need to raise,” Director Erinn Burch said. “Our groups took a hit three years […]

Collins, Lillie

Lillie Collins Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lillie Mae Collins, 73, of Texico, a housewife, died Monday, July 7,2003, in Clovis. She was born on March 26, 1930, in Lone Wolf, Okla., to Sam and Amy Wilson Prater. She married Clark Collins on Feb. 6, 1982, in Clovis. She was raised in California and Melrose. […]

Relay raises almost $45,000

By Janet Bresenham As the sun rose above Ned Houk Park Saturday morning, weary Relay for Life campers drank coffee, ate breakfast and recalled a night spent having fun and honoring cancer survivors, as well as those who lost their valiant fights against the disease. The Curry County Relay For Life, sponsored by the local […]