Court upholds murder conviction

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has upheld the convictions and prison sentence of a Clovis man for a 2001 murder and robbery. Pedro J. Amaro was sentenced to life in prison plus 31 years for murder, robbery, burglary, arson and other crimes in the stabbing death of Ken Smith […]

Forensic results pending in Causey death

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Authorities said Tuesday they are still waiting on forensics results and have not filed any charges in connection with the homicide of Causey rancher Jimmy “Bo” Chunn. A warrant obtained in district court showed Donald Taylor, 24, of Rogers, was identified as a person of interest in Chunn’s death. Taylor has […]

Racially based legislation blow to national unity

Freedom Newspapers An arcane bill that might reach the U.S. Senate floor this week has garnered little attention outside of Hawaii, but if it passes it could do more to ruin race and ethnic relations in this country than anything since “separate but equal.” Known as the Akaka bill, named after Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, […]

Laid-back times losing sense of respect

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist What would you wear if you were invited to the White House? My daughter, all of 14, got this look on her face like I’d threatened to take her to a Motown concert. “Ew,” she said, “do we have to go to the White House?” No, I said. I just […]

Tribe mentality disguises individual wrongs

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in […]

Gonzales, Aaron

Aaron Gonzales Services:Have been held. Mr. Aaron Steven Gonzales, 23, of Clovis, died July 24, 2005, in Curry County. He was born Feb. 8, 1982, in Clayton to Gilbert and Sharon Gonzales. He married Bethany DeFoor on Aug. 3, 2002, in Clayton. He graduated from Clayton High School in 2000. He had been a resident […]

Gilman, Ethel

Ethel Gilman Services: Have been held. Ethel Gilman, 87, died Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care. She was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Marietta, Okla., to Sophia and Ellis M. Frazier. She was married to Roy Gilman, on June 2, 1939, in Clovis. She moved to New Mexico with her family as […]

Dodd, B.J.

B.J. Dodd Services: Have been held. Mr. B.J. “Bill” Dodd, 82, of Melrose, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 30, 1922, in Crowell County, Texas, to R.E. and Helen May Dodd. He married Mary Doyle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Portales. Family members said […]

Childers, Joel

Joel Childers Services: Have been held. Joel Childers, 72, of Foley, Ala., died Friday, July 15, 2005. He was born on Aug. 11, 1932, in Kentucky, to Laura and Clint Childers. He was a concrete contractor in the Foley area for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Thelma Deaton; […]

County projects surplus

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commission-ers approved an $8 million budget Monday during a special meeting at the courthouse. More than 50 percent of budget revenues are raised through property taxes, 40 percent through gross receipts taxes, and the remaining 10 percent through motor vehicle taxes and miscellaneous fees, according to County […]

Light crowd shows up as Potter Pool reopens under stricter guidelines

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Veteran lifeguard L.P. Francis said he supports the state’s new guidelines for the city pool. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sun beat down Monday on about a dozen of the first swimmers to enter Potter Park pool since the July 13 drowning of 3-year-old Jequon Haynes. Although the […]

Firefigther’s death stuns department

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described 23-year-old Clovis firefighter Aaron Gonzales as a respected co-worker with a great sense of humor. A three-year member of the department, Gonzales was killed early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident just north of Clovis. “Aaron was always happy, always had a smile on his face, and […]

Brooks, Iva

Iva Brooks Services: Have been held. Mrs. Iva Brooks, 87, of Portales, died Sunday, July 24, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 15, 1918, in the Causey-Lingo area at a settlement known as Emzy, to Iva and Reubier L. Waller. She grew up in the Emzy-Lingo area and […]

Cannon perfect for unmanned planes

By R.L. “Rube” Render: Guest columnist The strategy proposed by local supporters to keep Cannon Air Force Base may be defective. Here’s a more logical idea: Encourage Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to make Cannon home to a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Cannon supporters have suggested closing the Naval Air Station at Oceana […]

Technology fixes stem cell ethics issue

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Medical science may be able to settle a contentious and damaging fight between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and yet few have taken any notice. Appearing before the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services subcommittee earlier this month, Dr. William Hurlbut, a professor in the Human Biology program at […]

Moving venture of gain and loss

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer I took the long haul from New York to Clovis back in April. With boxes crammed full of sketchbooks, voodoo dolls and 54 ugly flowered dresses I have not worn in 13 years and never intend to wear again, I swore it would be a very long time before […]

Cordova has busy weekend

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tony Cordova admits he was a tired man Sunday night. Cordova coached two Clovis teams in the USSSA national youth rec slow-pitch softball tournament at Guy Leeder Complex — and both won championships. His 16-and-under girls team, Fear This, breezed through pool and bracket play in the three-team tournament, […]

Family survived World War II by trading wine

By Don McAlavy, CNJ columnist We’ve had at least three prominent Greek families in Clovis for the last 60-70 years — the Rallis, Augustino and Asimos families. They were all in the restaurant business. Many of us may not have understood their language, but we understood their good food. This is the how the Asimos […]

Local 10U team third in nationals

CNJ staff The Clovis New Breed 10-and-under boys basketball team won four of six games over the weekend to place third in the Inland Empire AAU West Coast national boys basketball tournament, played at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. New Breed, coached by David Dawson, went 2-1 in pool play on Thursday and […]

Seven area girls tabbed for 1-2A all-star volleyball clash

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Area members participating in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s 22nd annual Class 1-2A North-South All-Star volleyball match admit they slept well Sunday night. And probably Monday night, too, after two, two-hour practices each day. The 1-2A match is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center on […]