Russell, Richard “Rick”

Richard “Rick” Russell, 46, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born Sept. 20, 1959, in Clovis to James R. and Jessie L. Russell. He was of the Baptist Faith. He worked as a diesel mechanic and owned “Russell’s Truck Repair.” Family members said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, […]

Steele, Annie

Annie Sarabeth Fitzsimmons Steele, 84, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, in Clovis. She was born May 4, 1921, on a farm near Sherman, Okla., to Abram Miller and Pearl Cox Hubbard Fitzsimmons. She attended Cedardale Christian Church, which her father and neighbors built. She married Francis Howard Steele on Jan. 1, 1938. They […]

Garcia, Edward

Mr. Edward D. Garcia, 75, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his residence in Portales. He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Littlefield, Texas, to Ramoncita and Pablo Garcia. He grew up in Encino where he attended school and from an early age helped care for his grandparents. He was married to Katie […]

Davis, Arlan

Arlan Lamar Davis, 52, died Sept. 23, 2005, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Oct. 26, 1952 in Clovis to Stella Woodburn and J. Willard Davis. He was a self-employed general contractor. He farmed in the Grier Community, sold insurance, and was employed by Clovis Sign Co. before moving to Arizona. He was preceded in […]

Beasley, Elsie

Mrs. Elsie Beasley, 69, of Clovis, died Oct. 22, 2005, at her home. She was born Nov. 22, 1935, in Cimmaron to W.O. and Jimmie Price. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge and AMVETS in Clovis. Family members say she will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and all the many people […]

Chavez Jr., Mark

Mark Angelo Chavez Jr., 2, of Alamogordo, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 31, 2002, to Mark Angelo Chavez and Victoria Falcon. He is survived by his mother and father; two sisters, Amanda and Esperanza Falcon of Alamogordo; grandparents, Raymond and Gloria Falcon of Alamogordo, Dana and Peggy Bauder of […]

Women make up more than 10 percent of Curry County adult inmate population

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Female inmates at the Curry County Adult Detention Center spend time in their pod last week at the center. There were 26 female inmates housed in one pod at the center last week. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Renee Jurado weren’t sentenced to spend six months behind the concrete […]

Former city commissioner dies at 74

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described Eldred Noble as a robust man with a strong opinion. Noble, 74, of Clovis, died Saturday morning at a Lubbock Hospital from complications after undergoing open heart surgery in October. Noble served as a city commissioner for two terms, according to Mayor David Lansford, and was active […]

Smaller stores see influx of holiday traffic

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Alicia Weed, left, and Millie Weed of Clovis browsed the gourmet items Saturday at Lizzie’s Menagerie. (Staff photo: Tonya Garner) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Many local people chose to avoid the “mega-stores” and head downtown to the smaller, specialty shops Clovis has to offer. Main Street was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon as […]

11/27 Letters to the editor

Reason for school merger hypocritical The Nov. 15 school board meeting was historical. With little compassion shown by the board, except for two, and certainly not by the administration, an execution date has been set for the guillotine to fall on Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. Despite the objections of both communities, hundreds of students from Bella […]

Web poll down until security improved

By David Stevens: Editor Yes, the Clovis News Journal’s Web poll is down again. That’s because we’ve been hacked again. Voters seemed evenly divided on the issue of closing Ranchvale school last week, until sometime on Thanksgiving when the number who wanted to keep the school open went from 60-something to 800-something in the time […]

Iraq war offers no easy solution, deserves debate

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about […]

Johnny D. Morgan

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Johnny D. Morgan Date of birth: May 2, 1917 Dates of service: March 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

Cats advance to finals

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Clovis junior Rishard Matthews looks for room during the second half. Matthews scored on a 44-yard pass and a 35-yard run. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — It took the Clovis High defense a while to figure out Onate’s powerful option attack in Saturday’s Class 5A state semifinal […]

Shoppers hit stores early

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Monica Vigil and her uncle, Leroy Cordova, shop for bargains Friday at Wal-Mart. (CNJ correspondent: Martha Richardson) By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers The early bird gets the laptop. That’s the lesson Kelah Sephus learned as she and many others lined up at the Clovis Super Wal-Mart on Black Friday hoping to get one of a […]

Empty stocking 11-26

Today’s Focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: A single mother, working to support her two children. Her holiday hopes: To be able to give Christmas gifts to her children. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 32 and 2T, boys shirt sizes large and 2T, boys shoe sizes 9 1/2 and 6 1/2. […]

Day trips: Christmas on the Pecos

Freedom Newspapers For a different kind of Christmas experience, drive to Carlsbad for the 14th Annual Christmas on the Pecos tour. This is a unique experience to tour displays of holiday lights along the Pecos River aboard pontoon boats. What is it The annual Christmas on the Pecos tours begin on Thanksgiving night, and will […]

Fine line between accident and child negligence

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A sign at Greene Acres Park explains the rules of the park, including safety tips, which include children should not play on the equipment without adult supervision. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A Portales toddler crawled out his open apartment door on Oct. 4. Police said Dominic Roy’s uncle was […]

Mayfield eliminates two-time 5A champs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield scored on a fumble recovery and a blocked punt Friday night and turned back two-time defending champion La Cueva 21-7 in a Class 5A state semifinal playoff game at Wilson Stadium. The Trojans (13-0) will meet either second-ranked Clovis (11-1) or No. 3 crosstown rival Onate (11-1) […]

Clovis face first playoff road test

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling looks to turn the corner during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis faces Onate today in a Class 5A semifinal game in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Staff writer Clovis High senior linebacker Jonathan Sweet expects a physical matchup when the second-ranked Wildcats play No. 3 […]