Anniversaries — Aug. 7

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Wood William (Bill) R .and Ruth Marie Bernhardt Wood of El Dorado, Kan., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 6 in Ruidoso. The celebration was hosted by their children: Julie Wood, Chris Wood and Carol Wood Sandoval, grandchildren: Amanda Wood Pullen, Ryan Wood, Janay Summers, Andrew Sandoval, Patrick Sandoval and Taryn Wood and their great-grandchild: […]

Weddings —

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Griffith Brittany L. Behenna of Albuquerque and Brady D. Griffith of Floyd were joined in marriage June 11, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The Rev. Bruce Wilder performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of William Mark and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Melody Behenna of Corrales. She is […]

First person: Preparing a feast

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson William “Pill” Hall was one of the first organizers of the city’s annual Juneteenth event. The event, held at Potter Park, includes free food and drinks and free swimming for children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Potter Park Pool. Saturday is a day of history, and a testament […]

Engagements — May 1

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Behenna-Griffith William “Mark” Behenna and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Brittany Layne Behenna of Albuquerque, to Brady Don Griffith of Floyd. He is the son of Danny and Kay Griffith of Floyd. The couple will exchange vows June 11, 2011, in Albuquerque. The reception will […]

National Review publisher helped end Soviet era

Freedom Communications Americans today are blessed with many, many diverse opinions in print, online and on cable TV. But in the mid-1950s, only a few publications, and none of the three major TV networks, espoused conservative or libertarian opinions. It was a time when most of the nation, especially in power centers such as New […]

Roosevelt farmer pleads guilty on drug charges

Argen Duncan In a plea agreement, Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson has pleaded guilty to transporting anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture across state lines. Under federal charges, Watson was accused of buying anhydrous ammonia in Texas and in New Mexico and giving it to federal agents he believed were members of the Aryan […]

Portales house fire ruled arson

Freedom New Mexico A house fire on Thursday at 1205 W. Ivy in Portales has been ruled arson, according to Investigator William Farmer of the State Fire Marshal’s Division. Farmer said the investigation is ongoing, and could not release any more information. He said the State Fire Marshal’s Division will release an official statement next […]

Closing arguments in slaying trial set for Monday

Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments in the slaying trial of William “Billy Joe” Watson are scheduled for Monday morning. Watson, a Roosevelt County farmer, is accused of hiring low-ranking Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor to kill rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn in 2005. The trial began more than two weeks ago. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell said […]

Trial begins in Roosevelt slaying

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Opening arguments began Thursday in the slaying trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson. Watson is accused of hiring Aryan Brotherhood member Donald Taylor, a Rogers native, to kill Causey rancher Jimmy Bo Chunn, 71, in July 2005 in exchange for providing anhydrous ammonia for methamphetamine manufacture. […]

Murder-for-hire trial set to begin

Freedom New Mexico The murder-for-hire trial of Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson is scheduled to begin with opening arguments 9 a.m. Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. Watson is accused of hiring Rogers native Donald Taylor — a member of what authorities call the race-based criminal group Aryan Brotherhood — to kill Causey […]

Columnist left mark on world of journalism

William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the most part […]

Early settler served on Territoral Senate

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist William D. McBee, full name William Dalton McBee. He was important in that he helped in the development of Melrose, Clovis and Curry County: “I was born just forty years after the Battle of San Jacinto, at Austin, Texas. My first impressions were saturated with Texas history: the massacre at […]

Diesel fuel prices putting the strain on farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo William Matejka is driving back home to Ottawa, Ill., from a trip to Arizona. He said he’s paying about a $1.50 more per gallon of diesel than he was at the beginning of his trip. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer William Matejka and Pamela Kiest stopped at the Love’s […]

11-25 Engagements

Cole-Richter Hazel Marie Cole and William “Bill” Richter, both of Clovis annnounce their engagement and approaching marriage. The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007, at Faith Christian Family Church. The reception will follow at the chapel in Faith Christian Family Church. She is the owner of All About Town Interiors. […]

Oct. 7, 1961

Tech Sgt. William E. Boatman was commended for his efficiency in helping to save an F-100 fighter plane lost near Tucumcari. … Elvis Presley starred in the movie “Wild in the Country,” which was showing at the La Fonda drive-in theater. … City firefighters were called to a fire at Torrence’s Leather shop at 217 […]

How two kids invented the game ‘42’

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Jim Craven, a friend of mine in Clovis, went to teach 42 to passengers on a cruise ship a while back, hired by the ship’s captain. Craven put in nearly 11 hours teaching that week and what a job it was, he said. The history of the game 42 began in […]

July 7, 2006 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from June 29 through Wednesday: • Theodore Eugene Wyscarver, 52, to Julie Diane Coleman, 43, both of Portales. • William Michael Dillehay, 28, to Yajaira R. Ochoa, 24, both of Phoenix. • Kody Mack Vaughan, 21, to Tatum Ann Thron, 19, both of Portales. • Steven […]

Spencer, William G.

William George Spencer, 73, of Clovis, died Monday, June 26, 2006, at home. He was born March 17, 1933, in Columbus, Ohio, to Robert Norman and Elizabeth Wiegel Spencer. He married Stella Salazar on Feb. 24, 1994, in Clovis. He retired from the Army in 1976 and worked as a barber at Bill’s Flightline Barber […]

Trammell, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in 1946. He briefly attended Eastern New Mexico University and then went into […]

Rury, Zelbert “Zeb”

Zelbert “Zeb” Rury, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born June 20, 1927, in Rush Springs, Okla., to James and Jane Rury, he moved to Bovina in 1942 and graduated from Farwell High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He married Erma Robards […]