Board member opposes early meeting times

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board passed an Open Meetings Act resolution at Tuesday’s meeting with one board member objecting to its language. Board member Mark Lansford voted against the resolution outlining the board’s meeting times and compliance with state law. Lansford said the resolution would allow for meeting times that […]

Clovis senior signs with New Mexico Junior College

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Clovis senior Bud Willis is known for his passing more than his scoring. File photo. By Rick White Slick-passing Clovis senior point guard Bud Willis is following in the footsteps of his coach and mentor. Willis, a three-year letterwinner for the Wildcats under coach J.D. Isler, signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play […]

Swann song for CHS grad

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Former Clovis standout Amanda Swann was a three-time junior college All-American. Courtesy photo. By Dave Wagner Now that she’s healthy, Clovis High grad Amanda Swann hopes to wrap up her collegiate track career with a flourish. The University of New Mexico senior, bothered in her two years with the Lobos by foot problems, ran a […]

Depth drives Texico

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Texico junior Braden Vaughan finished fifth in the shot put. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White TEXICO — Texico dominated the field events and relays, Melrose the sprints, and House’s Haily Lee anything she entered. Scoring in all but two events, the Texico girls remained undefeated in four meets this season with a […]

Documentary shows plight of U.S. orphanages

Freedom Newspapers A documentary film now making the rounds brings back into focus an institution from American history that might have new relevance today. “Homecoming: The Forgotten World of America’s Orphanages” includes interviews with 15 people who attended these children’s homes before they went into decline in the 1970s. The movie is touching and informative. […]

Clovis coffee clubs cultivate camaraderie

Don McAlavy Coffee anyone? Here in Clovis you can figure at least 16 coffee clubs are serving up hot coffee every weekday morning. Most of the participants are retired, but a lot of them are still working and make it a habit to sit with friends and discuss the weather, politics, women — or men […]

Race not addressed in reporter scandal

Leonard Pitts Jr. This is an open letter to my colleagues in the news business. The silence is getting loud. It’s been nearly four months since the scandal broke. Four months since Jack Kelley, star foreign correspondent for USA Today, was found to have lied his way through his professional life for the last 13 […]

Rancher ups reward for info on wife’s murderer

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — A Quay County rancher and friends are offering $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest of his wife’s killer. James Vance said he and several friends are putting up the reward money, which is in addition to $1,000 being offered by the local Crime Stoppers organization. Joanie […]

Combat vets share their stories with students

Reporter’s Notebook Clovis High School teachers invited 11 local veterans ranging from World War II to the current war in Iraq to the school on Thursday to share their combat experiences. “One of the questions the students asked was has (Korean War veteran Bob Simmons) had any nightmares, and he said his only nightmares are […]

Police Blotter 4/28

About 1 p.m. Friday, police responded to a Clovis junior high school where the assistant principal had a 15-year-old male student in his office who had admitted to grabbing the breast of a 14-year-old female student. Police told the boy what he did was illegal, issued him a juvenile citation, and advised the boy’s mother […]

Harris, Chester

Chester Harris Services: Have been held. Chester Harris, 67, of Clovis, died on Sunday, April 25, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 15, 1937, in Chicago, to Clarence Sr. and Anna Harris. He married Winnie Thomas on Jan. 5, 1972, in Clovis. He came to Cannon Air Force […]

Zakowski, Cyril

Cyril Zakowski Services: Have been held. Cyril Zakowski, 83, of Decatur, Ga., and formerly of Clovis, died Friday, April 2, 2004. He was born in Pulaski, Wis., and was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. He served in World War II and retired after 20 years of service. He owned City Electrical and […]

Wright, Doris Elcine Bush

Doris Elcine Bush Wright Services: Have been held. Doris Elcine Bush Wright, 83, died Friday, March 2, 2004, in Tomball, Texas. She was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Floyd. She was formerly of Portales and was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Wright. Survivors include her son, Gerald L. Wright (and wife Peggy); […]

Smith, Tamara

Tamara Smart Smith, 28, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at her home in Portales. She was born Dec. 19, 1975, in Hobbs to Vanessa and Charlie Smart. Smith made her home in Hobbs until the fall of 2002 when she came to Portales to make her home with her father. In high school, she was […]

Ratledge, Jane Kathryn

Jane Kathryn Ratledge Services: Have been held. Jane Kathryn Ratledge, 58, of Clovis died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center Lakeside in Lubbock. She was born Aug. 5, 1945, in Goodrich, Mich.  She married George Ratledge on June 27, 1964, in Holly, Mich., and moved to Clovis in 1975 from Iowa. Family members […]

Queen, Dolores

Dolores M. Queen, 65, of Clovis died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Lubbock Heart Hospital in Lubbock. She was born April 9, 1938, in Clovis to Bill and Julia Yslas Romero. She married John Queen on March 30, 1968, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and mother. She was a member at Our Lady of […]

Echelbarger, Wayne Eugene

Wayne Eugene Echelbarger Services: Have been held. Wayne Eugene Echelbarger, 82, of Clovis died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare. He was born Oct. 13, 1921, in Yorktown, Ill., to Jess Lee and Ida Elsie Williford Echelbarger. Family members said he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought at […]

Alexander, Donald “Okie”

Donald Ray “Okie” Alexander, 63, of Clovis died Friday, April 2, 2004, at his home. He was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Erick, Okla., to Lawrence Ray and Vada Jones Alexander. He graduated from Muleshoe High School in 1959 and married Donna Elliott on Jan. 24, 1963, in Portales. He moved to Clovis in 1964, […]

Fish, Terry Lynn

Terry Lynn Fish Services: Have been held. Terry Lynn Fish, 49, of Lubbock, a computer consultant, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at his home in Lubbock. He was born Feb. 28, 1955, in Clovis, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1973. He farmed in the Ranchvale community until he moved to Lubbock in 1995 […]

Butler, Lyda

Lyda Butler Services: No service is planned. Lyda Mae Butler, 73, died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born March 8, 1931, in Santa Monica, Calif., to John William and Lyda M. Ward Thomas. She was raised in Southern California and went to school there. After living in several different […]