Top stories in 2004: Greenwalt battles through adversity

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt is finally living up to her potential at Texas Tech after an off-season filled with adversity. With her long reach and uncanny timing — she’s Tech’s all-time leading shot blocker — the 6-foot-5 senior has always been a defensive presence. This season she’s shown the offensive […]

City year in review: Police granted raise after much debate

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Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey fought for raises for his officers, as seen here at a Public Safety Committee meeting in October. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioner Isidro Garcia didn’t like the idea of funding a giant pay increase for Clovis police. The $714,000 was unbudgeted money, […]

Son charged in death

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for the arrest of a Clovis man in connection with the death of his mother. Dwight Wagner, 55, is charged with an open count of murder. He’s accused of bludgeoning his 75-year-old mother Essie Thomas to death in her home at 716 Grand […]

Ex-lawmaker praised for dedication

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During the past three years, James Albert Matlock could often be seen driving his red four-door SUV around Curry County, watching the daily progress of new growth — the cheese plant, homes, dairies and other signs of progress. A former community and state leader, Matlock died Wednesday at Laurel Plains […]

Police plan road blocks

By CNJ staff Local law enforcement will increase drunken driving patrols through new year’s celebration, law officials said. Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey said his force will have increased patrols and DWI checkpoints in the city beginning about 10 p.m. He expects one checkpoint to be on South Prince Street. At checkpoints, police will funnel […]

Banks, offices closed for holiday

By CNJ staff The following government agencies and banks will be closed on Friday in celebration of the New Year’s holiday: Curry County and state offices, and the Bank of Clovis, Citizens Bank of Clovis and Western Bank. Clovis National Bank will be open until noon and the drive-through at AccessBank will be open until […]

2004 brought cycle of success primed for repeat

Freedom Newspapers E very new year is filled with anticipation of the possibilities and fear of the unknown. Those emotions are magnified for our eastern New Mexico communities as we step into 2005. The futures of Cannon Air Force Base and a major water project likely will be decided by this time next year. The […]

Life is not a journey, it’s a wild ride

By Grant McGee A fellow traveler called me the other day (the way I see it we’re all travelers). He thought I might help him figure out why this past year was his lousiest year ever. “I figured if anyone knew it would be you,” he said. I don’t know why he thought that, but […]

Time to set new goals, work on old ones

By Helena Rodriguez Only 359 shopping days left until Christmas. I don’t want to stress you out now. By the way, there’s only 45 shopping days until Valentine’s Day. Enough of that though. The only thing on most of our minds right now is counting down to 2005, which is now less than 24 hours […]

Cooper, Kenneth

Kenneth Cooper Services: Have been held. Kenneth “K.C.” Cooper, 71, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in Curry County. He was born Nov. 23, 1933, to Elmer P. and Ella F. Long Cooper in Hugo, Okla. He married Laura Ebeltoft on Aug. 6, 1996, in Clovis. He was a carpenter, and family members said […]

Cruz, Bernadine

Bernadine Cruz Services: Have been held. Bernadine “Bernie” Cruz, 41, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 in Clovis. She was born Dec. 16, 1962 to Walter and Phyllis Pierce Youngquist in Victorville, Calif. She has been a resident of Clovis since 1969. She worked for Twin Cronnies, Taco Villa, and K-Mart in Clovis. She […]

Jameson, Samuel

Samuel Jameson Services: Have been held. Mr. Samuel Edward Jameson, 77 of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004 at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 4, 1927 in Dearborn, Mich., to Lillian and Edward Samuel Jameson. Family members said he loved playing golf and watching football. He was preceded in […]

Gallegos, Pete

Pete Gallegos Services: Have been held. Mr. Pete Gallegos, 77, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, at Laurel Plains Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 1, 1927, in Sacatosa, to Glaudina and Pedro Gallegos. He married Aurelia Pena in Las Vegas, N.M., on Aug. 1, 1952. He made his home in […]

Tivis, Billy

Billy Tivis Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Ray Tivis, 62, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in Roswell. He was born on Dec. 24, 1941, to Susie and Fate Tivis in Portales. He lived in Bethel for several years as a child and attended school in Floyd. Later he moved to Portales. He […]

Garduno, Marcella

Marcella Garduno Services: Have been held. Marcella “Marcy” Bernadette Garduno, 50, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Nov. 23, 1954, to Andres and Ermelinda Pena Garduno in Portales. She grew up in Clovis and attended Clovis schools. She was an employee of the Lighthouse Ministries. […]

Knight, H. Edwin

H. Edwin Knight Services: Have been held. Mr. H. Edwin Knight, 80, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at All Care Assisted Living in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 23, 1924, in Jones County, Iowa, to Harold and Rachel Daily Knight. He attended school in Jones and Lynn counties and graduated from Coggon […]

Madrid, Manuel L.

Manuel L. Madrid Services: Have been held. Manuel L. Madrid, 87, of Vaughn, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Care Center in Clovis. He was born April 8, 1917, in Puerto De Luna, to Joseph Madrid and the former Elauteria Luna. He married Elena on Feb. 19, 1949, in Encino. He worked as […]

Gilbert, Harry

Harry James Gilbert, 63, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 26, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healcare in Clovis. He was born on March 5, 1942, in El Paso, Texas, to John Thomas and Hazel Nash Gilbert. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the transportation Corps, ACCTK Comand. He was a […]

Navarro, Minnie E.

Minnie E. Navarro Services: Have been held. Ms. Minnie E. Navarro, 70, of Portales, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Jan. 30, 1934, near Lake Arthur, to Minnie and Daniel A. Calhoun. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1952. She moved to Portales in the […]

Spencer, Ross

Ross Spencer Services: Have been held Ross Spencer Cherry Jr., 83, of Silver City, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on May 4, 1921, in Clovis, to Ross and Maude Cherry. He married Goldie Stephens on Oct. 4, 1953, in Hobbs. He served in the U.S. Army during World […]