Deadline set for financial withdrawal from Ute project

CNJ staff A deadline to end financial responsibility for the four entities officially withdrawn from the Ute pipeline project was established at Wednesday’s Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meeting in Melrose. The four entities that withdrew earlier this year — Quay County, Tucumcari, Logan and San Jon — will not be responsible for any […]

ENMU biology department receives alligator

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This Caiman crocodylus, also known as the South American Alligatorid, was donated to the Natural History Museum exhibit at Eastern New Mexico University. The Caiman is about 3 1/2 feet long. By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales residents and school children won’t have to go across the country to the Florida swamps to see an […]

Flights to space ultimately domain of private business

Freedom Newspapers It was exhilarating to watch the space shuttle Discovery lift off on what looks to be a successful flight into space Tuesday morning. Despite setbacks and stagnation, the idea of venturing into space still appeals to something similar to the human impulse that launched sea voyages of discovery hundreds of years ago and […]

State motto, song could use update

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Former KOAT-TV reporter Nancy Laflin has been the New Mexico State music czar for three months now and it is a bit disappointing. I still can’t play the violin. Too bad. The brand new director of the brand new created by executive order New Mexico Music Commission will conduct the […]

Soft touch on terrorists undermines security

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Much ado in our country and Europe has been made about alleged mistreatment and torture of suspected terrorist prisoners. First, there were stories and hand-wringing over the treatment of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison. More recently, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., equated our military’s treatment of captured Taliban and al-Qaeda […]

Cagle, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cagle Services: Have been held. Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Graham Cagle, 96, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 3, 1909, in Stevenson, Ala., to James R. and Lena Huddleston Graham. She came to Clovis at 10 months of age in 1910 with her family. She married […]

Texico standouts set for finale

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While Braden Vaughan is ready to start his college football career, he acknowledges basketball will be tough to give up. Vaughan and Tony Clements are Texico’s representatives on the South squad in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s 27th annual Class 1-2A boys North-South All-Star basketball game, scheduled […]

Tolbert, Kynda

Kynda Tolbert Services: Have been held. Mrs. Kynda Gale Tolbert, 25, of Clovis, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 23, 1979, in Amarillo, to Dennis and Selena Hall Fite. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1998. She played softball for eight years and was […]

Sasser , Jewel

Jewel A. Sasser Services: Have been held. Jewel A. Sasser, 82, of Clovis, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Nov. 6, 1922, in Springer, to George and Lizzie Gleaton Anderson. She married Nolan A. Sasser on July 16, 1944, in Clovis. She was a co-owner of […]

Hatten, Leo

Leo Hatten Services: Have been held. Leo Albert Hatten, 85, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at an El Paso nursing home. He was born on Nov. 2, 1919, in Eastland, Texas, to Joe and Carrie Hunter Clyatt Hatten. He married Reda Wray Clark on Dec. 8, 1945, in […]

Garcia, Frank

Frank Garcia Services: Have been held. Mr. Frank Garcia, 95, of Portales, died Friday, July 22, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 27, 1909, in Mora, to Ramonita and Francisco B. Garcia. He lived in the Mora area for many years. He grew up on a ranch, working […]

Reese , Charles

Charles Reese Services:Have been held. Charles Arthur Reese, 71, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 14, 1933, in Longview, Texas, to Arthur and Viola Reese. He came to Clovis in the 1950s. He married Marie Huey on Nov. 26, 1955, in Las […]

Grimes, Michelle M.

Michelle Miller Grimes Services: Have been held. Michelle Miller Grimes, 32, of Rio Rancho, died Sunday, July 17, 2005, at Albuquerque Regional Medical Center in Albuquerque. She was born on Sept. 17, 1972, in Clovis, to Scott Leslie and Edwina Fajardo Miller. She was a medical records clerk at the health clinic. She was a […]

Blakely, Betty

Betty Blakely Services: Have been held. Betty Rosalee Robinson Blakely, 74, of Belen, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at her home. She was born on Sept. 22, 1930. Family members said her kindness and loving heart will be missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Blakely; her mother, Betty Baker; and a […]

Students attend band camp to prepare for halftime shows, competitions

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Clovis High School marching band students work on their marching skills Tuesday during band camp at the high school. The camp, which began Monday and runs through Aug. 10, starts at 8 a.m. with marching practice. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Lounging by the pool and sleeping in are no […]

Many N.M. superintendents have short tenure

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]

Plateau laying fiber-optic cable

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Mark Battles of Cable Vision INC. uses a ditchwitch to drop fiber-optic lines from the back of a building off Mitchell Street. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Plateau Telecommunications plans to lay fiber-optic lines through many of Clovis’ business corridors in hopes of challenging its chief competition, Qwest. The approximate […]

Showdown on detainees, bases delayed

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Tuesday delayed potential showdowns with the White House over terrorism detainees and closing U.S. military bases after the Republican-run chamber failed to sidetrack amendments on the two contentious issues. The Tennessee Republican’s decision to put off until fall further consideration of […]

7/27 Business Digest

Quilt shops holding weekend shop hop Eleven quilt shops in the region have joined together for the third annual Top of Texas Quilt Shop Hop, providing a weekend for anyone who enjoys quilting and fabric arts, according to a press release The Patchwork House. Free gifts will be available for quilt customers visiting the quilt […]

Zias’ Klafka leaves for South Plains College

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach […]