April 13, 2008 Engagements

Pickens-Bryant Maureen Burns of Clovis and Cary and Sheila Pickens of Winters, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Heather Pickens, to Phil Bryant, both of Clovis. He is the son of Mark and Phyllis Bryant of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. May 24, 2008, at the Clovis […]

April 13, 2008 Marriages

Drage-Hulse Darci Drage and William Hulse, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage March 19, 2008, at Grand Apartments. The Rev. Waymon Dowdy Sr. performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Wayne Drage and Eldeen Liggett, both of Salt Lake City. She is the granddaughter of Faye and the late Niles Drage […]

Bitten zookeeper’s condition improving

Sharna Johnson The mother of a Clovis zookeeper said because Gila Monster bites are rare, doctors struggled to figure out how to treat her son. Sharita Haragan, said her son, Cody Machen suffered a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction after he was bitten by the venomous lizard Wednesday while transferring it between cages at Hillcrest Park […]

Parents turn son in for burglary

CNJ staff Three Clovis boys were arrested Tuesday morning for burglary after one of the suspects’ parents discovered the boys had broken into a family member’s home, according to police reports. The parents called police to a home in the 1200 block of Lexington about 3 a.m. to report they had found their son and […]

Twister victims remembered for family devotion

Freedom New Mexico Two area residents died from injuries related to the March 23, 2007, tornado: Heleneta Blevins, 90, died March 27 at her son’s home after being released from a Clovis hospital so she could be near family in her last moments.

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

Reporter’s notebook: Mom says son saved her life

A Clovis mother is crediting God, her son, and actor Robin Williams for saving her life Wednesday. Shelly Burger said she was sitting down watching television and eating a bowl of cereal when a piece of cereal lodged itself in her throat and blocked her airway. “I couldn’t get it loose,” she said. “I couldn’t […]

Jan. 27 – Porting

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mike Muraco has been waiting for a nice day so he could finish porting a cylinder on his son’s son’s 1964 Chevy II, which they are modifying to be a drag racer. Porting changes the size or shape of intake ports on an engine to improve performance.

Lawyer Otto Smith, Clovis family beloved

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist My mother and us three kids came to town (Clovis) from the farm and met Otto Smith in the summer of 1944. She asked Smith if he would be her lawyer in the divorce of her husband. Smith said he would and immediately asked my mother if my brother, 16-year-old […]

In Christ, no separation need be permanent

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I have no business writing this column right now. First, it’s due right now. Columns I write “under the gun” tend to look that way. Second, I’m too tired, sleep-deprived, and emotional to write rationally. But … We left No. 3 son Stephan at the airport this morning to […]

Jan. 16, 2008 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Davidson Air Force Airman Eldrin P. Davidson has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Davidson is the son of Drake Davidson of Clovis. Holt Air Force Airman Travis M. Holt has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San […]

Living with autism

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Courtesy photo Brenden Webb, 5, relaxes in a swing. Brenden has autism, and though he is able to participate in many activities typical for a child of his age, his condition presents challenges as well. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Brenden Webb just celebrated his fifth birthday. The curly-haired bundle of energy likes finding […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Police Blotter

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Samplings of recent reports filed by Clovis-area law enforcement officers: About noon Dec. 28 an officer responded to the emergency room at the hospital for a battery report. A man said he was beaten up by a group of people he didn’t know while he walked in the area […]

Military Feature: Marine home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lance Cpl. Ryan Blacklock surprised his family by coming home for Christmas. Ryan, a graduate of Choices Alternative School, stands with, from left, his father Ronnie, sister Nichole, wife Krystal, mother Rebecca and sister Tia in their Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for […]

Suspect indicted in 9-year-old homicide

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff A Clovis man has been charged in a nine-year-old murder case, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Lorenzo Chavez, 56, was indicted late Friday for first-degree murder in connection with the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Daniel Jose Lopez. Chavez is a twice-convicted killer who returned to Clovis in the late […]

Dec. 12, 2007 Military Digest

By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Gomez Army Pvt. Gonzalo Gomez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Gomez is the son of Maria Gomez of Clovis. Hyre Navy seaman recruit Jeffrey W. Hyre, son of Patrice and Steven Hyre of Clovis, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training […]

Behind the scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Layne Strebeck and his mother, Selena, are both involved in all things Wildcat’s football. Strebeck, a senior at Clovis High School, plays as defensive and tight end on the team, while his mother shoots photographs and organizes dinners. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Bonnie Mendoza hasn’t tackled anybody or […]

Military Digest: Lucio

Lucio Army Pvt. Luis A. Lucio has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Seliciano and Dora Lucio of Clovis. Lucio is a 2006 graduate of Portales High School. Davis Air Force Airman Harley E. Davis has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, […]

Families remember DWI victims

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Betty Burch of Clovis spoke Tuesday about her son who was killed by a drunken driver. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Eighty-eight probationers gathered Tuesday in the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to hear DWI victims speak of their experiences. At the front of the room sat […]

Sheriff’s deputy placed on leave

CNJ staff A Curry County sheriff’s deputy was placed on paid administrative leave Tuesday due to an ongoing criminal and administrative investigation. A woman said Deputy Larry Garrison verbally assaulted her and took keys to a car he was attempting to purchase, according to a police report. Garrison has not been charged in connection with […]