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Editor’s Note: The following obituaries were published in honor of those who died in 2011. A • Adame-Fraire, Juan, 96, of Melrose, Feb. 1 • Adams, John Rex, 63, of Hudson, Colo., Jan. 11 • Aguilar, William M., 77, of Albuquerque, April 12 • Akers, Bennie “Ben” Wayne, 67, of Clovis, July 17 • Allen, […]

In tribute: Colleagues say judge was an asset to community

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Robert Orlik, who had been the 9th Judicial District’s fourth district judge since the judgeship was created in 2005, died May 28 of heart failure at Lubbock Heart Hospital. Those who worked with Robert Orlik said they could count on the longtime lawyer to be on the side of the law. “He was always very […]

a view from under the pew: a tribute to amos s mom

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a tribute to amos s mom boss i was searching forkite string […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

In tribute: Clovis Bataan survivor never passed up chance to go out

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Courtesy photo Buren Johnston, left, and Lee Roach at a monument in Albuquerque’s Bataan Memorial Park. Johnston and Roach were two of 89 men from Curry County who survived the Bataan Death March. Roach died Thursday. Johnston is believed to be the only remaining Bataan survivor still living in Clovis. Kevin Wilson Thousands of American […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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Courtesy photo An Eagles tribute band will mark the first performance in the Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series this year. The show is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

Placing Reagan on currency costly tribute

Freedom Communications An airport in Washington. A highway in Illinois. A 7-foot-tall statue in the