Lady Cats survive rain to beat Hobbs

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Clovis High junior shortstop Laura Wood attempts to complete a double play during the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Lady Wildcat Complex after forcing Hobbs’ Lorena Castillo at second base. Photo by Eric Kluth CNJ STAFF It took nearly three hours, but the Clovis High softball team survived three rain delays in the first […]

Umpiring good call for ex-players

By Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said […]

A day to go low

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Clovis junior Guillermo Chavez chips onto the 18th green during the Clovis Triangular golf tournament Thursday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Chavez birdied the hole and won the tournament with a 70. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Guillermo Chavez’ timing couldn’t be better. With the district and state tournaments coming up in […]

Supreme Court has chance to vote for openness

The White House is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect what it sees as a right of the presidency to solicit advice from private citizens and do so in secret — as vice president Dick Cheney did early in the Bush administration with an energy task force. The high court, which seemed to respond […]

Cinco de Mayo a part of American culture

By Helena Rodriguez, columnist According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, and nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

Letter writers note appreciation for efforts

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will periodically publish thank-you letters of public interest. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior […]

Jury: Innocent of murder

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Fernando Garcia hugs attorney Jim Klipstine Jr. of Hobbs at the Curry County Courthouse after being found not guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence Thursday. Garcia was found guilty of dogfighting. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Dogfight guilt seen by panel Jurors spent two hours trying […]

Trial over but family lacks closure

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Garcia hopes to resume a normal life, feels sorry for Moises Ortiz’s loved ones. Fernando Garcia just wants to move forward. The 20-year-old Clovis resident spent nearly a year in jail, charged with killing Moises Ortiz, before a jury found him innocent of the charge. Garcia had been […]

Shelter-rescued dog earns recognition for heroism

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Jenny darted between owner and a rattlesnake. Jenny, a mixed-breed dog who died after shielding a Clovis second-grader from a rattlesnake, has received an international animal heroism award. The Elisabeth Lewyt Award for Heroic and Compassionate Animals, presented to 50 dogs and cats since 1999, is a collaboration of […]

Police Blotter 4/30

A Portales man came to the Clovis Police Department about 5 p.m. on April 22 to report a case of stalking via computer. The man said he had walked from one location to another in Clovis on April 19. After returning home, he received a pop-up message on his computer by someone who described every […]

Bomb scare prompts evacuation of dorms

By Kevin Wilson, FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Base personnel help police, firefighters search for device. PORTALES — A bomb scare caused the evacuation of two Eastern New Mexico University residence halls on Thursday, but no explosive device was found. “ENMU police saw a suspicious vehicle and they called us with a mutual aid request,” said Airman 1st […]

Public Record 4/30

Compiled from court records from April 22 through April 28 Marriage Licenses Jared Andrew Herrington, 26, and Jennifer Ann Chapman, 23, both of Clovis. David Joseph Estrada, 32, and Kathy Teresa Cannon, 26, both of Clovis. Mark Anthony Bargas Jr., 24, and Enelvia Ofelia Coba, 23, both of Clovis. Andrew James Saul, 35, and Deisha […]

Kyle, V.G.

V.G. Kyle Services: Have been held. V.G. “Red” Kyle, 77, of Fort Sumner died Tuesday, April 27, 2004. He was born on Sept. 6, 1926, in Brownfield, Texas, to F.R. and Edna Walters Kyle. He graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1944. He served in World War II as a M1 Rifle Marksman and […]

Rivera, Sofia

Sofia Rivera Services: Have been held. Sofia Rivera, 87, of Clovis, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 6, 1916, in Millersview, Texas, to Sixto Terrazas and Leandra Guzman. She was a homemaker and a member of Iglesia Bautista Belen Church in Clovis. She married […]

Fulgham, Edna

Edna Fulgham Services: Have been held. Edna Fulgham, 83, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Aug. 31, 1920, in Lincoln County, to Bert and Millie Tucker. She married Ray Fulgham on May 23, 1938, in Clovis. She was a member of the Friendship […]

Labranche, Joseph

Joseph Labranche Services: Have been held. Joseph “Leo” Labranche, 82, of Clovis died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 10, 1921, in Lowell, Mass., to George and Mary Lantaign Labranche. He married Mary Rondeau on Nov. 4, 1944, in Lowell. He served in World War II in the Air […]

Naylor, Antonia

Antonia Naylor Services: Have been held. Antonia “Toni” Marie Armijo Naylor, 56, of Portales died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Oct. 16, 1947, in Clovis to Lucrecio and Josie Salazar Armijo. She married John A. Naylor on Nov. 12, 1968, in Roswell. She lived in Clovis […]

Grubelnik , Florence

Florence Mildred “Mickey” Grubelnik, 83, of Raton died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Miners’ Colfax Medical Center in Raton. She was born on Nov. 28, 1920, to Ethel Mae and William L. Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Family members said she enjoyed hunting and fishing. She was preceded in death […]

Johnston, Kay

Kay Johnston Services: Have been held. Kay Johnston, 59, of Portales died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Clovis. She was born on Nov. 3, 1944, in Tucumcari to Louise and Bill Johnston. Her family moved to Portales from Levelland, Texas, in 1959. While she was in school, she worked […]

Thomas, Barbara

Barbara Thomas Services: Have been held. Mrs. Barbara E. Thomas, 85, of Clovis, died Monday, April 12, 2004, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on Dec. 8, 1918, near Farmersville, Texas, to Walter Roy and Dora Lawrence Johnson. She graduated from Farmersville High School in 1936. She married Dumas T. Thomas on […]