Looking back at 2004’s best silliness

By Ned Cantwell Looking back at the old year and forward to the new one…. New Mexico puts the finishing touches on 2004, still one of only two states allowing cockfighting. Its sensible new rules to protect convenience store workers are under appeal. And its laws favor strip mall payday loan bandits who screw the […]

Schools go too far keeping church out

By Walter E. Williams School boards have recently banned songs and music containing references to Santa Claus, Jesus and other religious Christmas symbols. The New York City school system permits displays of Jewish menorahs and the Muslim star and crescent but not the Christian nativity scene. According to an Associated Press story (Nov. 26), “A […]

Wildcats surge into title game

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Tizrick Phillips scores on a layup over Pampa’s Clayton Hall during Tuesday’s win at the Milk Cow Classic tournament in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Trading baskets between teams wasn’t exactly the trademark of Clovis’ semifinal game with Pampa. But in a game of runs, the Wildcats had by […]

Clovis races past La Cueva; earns rematch with Rio Rancho.

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Clovis junior Vanessa O’Neal scores in the first half of Tuesday’s game against La Cueva. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis relentlessly pestered, frustrated and ran by the bigger La Cueva Lady Bears, which led to turnovers, easy points and a 66-30 the Lady Wildcats win in the second […]

Holiday tournament summaries

CNJ staff Boys Tuesday Rio Rancho 69, Valley 68 The Rams earned another spot in the championship of the tournament by consistently holding leads of around 10 points until a late Vikings run shaved the final deficit to one. Rio Rancho (7-4) was led by senior Chris Williams (26 points) and freshman brother Marcus Williams […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

Fort Sumner’s Billy the Kid back in news

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Billy the Kid’s grave in Fort Sumner is the area’s top tourist attraction. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans […]

Weather takes toll on herds

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Drooling is a sign of illness in cattle, as this heifer calf is experiencing Tuesday at Roberts Farms south of Clovis By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Cows with pneumonia stuck in the mud is both a picture of helplessness, and for area cattle raisers, a symbol of lost profits. This year’s wet weather and […]

12/29 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 200 block of Tennessee Street on a vehicle theft. The officer spoke with the car’s owner, who said it had been taken from his driveway. The owner said no glass was seen in the area where […]

Kennedy, Aria

Aria Kennedy Services: Have been held. Aria “Tiny” Kennedy, 75, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004. She was born on Jan. 8, 1929, in Bremont, Texas, to Mitchell and Marie Coppage. She married Albert Kennedy on Jan. 25, 1958, in Clovis. She was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church for more than 20 […]

Disaster movies no comparison to real tsunami

CNJ staff It’s one thing to watch a special-effect-laden disaster movie about a tsunami or other outrageous act of nature, quite another to watch the TV news and see the devastation wrought by a real-life magnitude 9 earthquake that struck under the Indian Ocean and sent tsunamis smashing into coastlines across southern Asia on Sunday. […]

Letters to the Editor: Bell ringers need enthusiasm, spirit

This last month my husband and I have had a lot of discussions about the Salvation Army bell ringers. I am not sure the weather had a lot to do with the fact that the donations were down. I honestly think it had to do with the people who were supposed to be doing this […]

Death is one of life’s cruelest lessons

By Leonard Pitts Torrie was buried on a Friday. The day was cold and clear and there must have been a couple hundred people packed into the church. Most of the mourners were unbearably young — in their teens and 20s, I would guess. One was a woman who had to wait out her tears […]

Gonzales, Mary

Mary Gonzales Services: Have been held. Mary Gonzales, 90, of Portales, died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Dec. 8, 1913, in White Oaks, to Urbano and Rosita Carrillo. She was raised in Lincoln. On Oct. 20, 1930, she married J.L. Gonzales, in Hagerman. In 1953, she […]

Travis, Brenden Leyne

Brenden Leyne Travis Services: Have been held. Infant Brenden Layne Travis, 1 month 22 days, of Clovis, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, to Ryan and Nichole Sutton Travis in Lubbock. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, A. P. Sutton, Jr. […]

Billings, Doris

Doris Billings Services: Have been held. Doris Law Billings, 86, of San Angelo, Texas, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in Midland, Texas. She was born Oct. 16, 1918 in Lubbock. She married Melvin Billings in 1941 in Lubbock. She was a long-time resident of San Angelo, moving there in 1969. She was a member of […]

Garcia, Christopher

Christopher Garcia Services: Have been held. Christopher “Chris” Garcia, 36, of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born June 12, 1968, in Clovis. His father was Sotero Garcia; his mother was Dolores Tapia. He married Sandra Garcia on July 15, 2000, in Clovis. He was a wood […]

Fonteno, Francis

Francis Fonteno Services: Have been held. Francis “Frank” Fonteno, 80, of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, in Clovis. He was born in Lake Charles, La., to Cristobal and Mary Clara “Emily” Fontenot. He married Maria Margarita Gonzalez on July 3, 1962, in San Benito, Texas. He was a member of the United States Air […]

Long, Earl

Earl Long Services: Have been held. Earl A. Long, 80, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Colgate, Okla., to Eva and Sanford Long. He served during World War II as a paratrooper in Europe. Following his military service, he married […]

Coffman, Frankie Gordon

Frankie Gordon Coffman Services: Have been held. Mr. Frankie Gordon Coffman, 65, of Farwell, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He graduated in 1958 from Friona High School and attended West Texas State University. He was a resident of Farwell for many years, where he was employed at the […]