Mills, Mildred “Millie”

Mildred “Millie” Mills, 79, of Logan, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. Born May 19, 1926 in Claude to Joseph Eugene and Eleanor Lena Bentley Tucker, she graduated from Pleasant Hill High School where she was class valedictorian. She lived most of her life in Curry County. She married Marvin […]

Clark, Gertrude

Gertrude Clark, 97, of Spiro, Okla., died Friday, March 31, 2006, in Fort Smith, Ark. She was born Oct. 25, 1908, in Cowlington, Okla., to Melvin Cicero and Barbara Allen Cole Neal. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Clark. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Scott of Poteau, Okla.; three sons, […]

Bilberry, Eula

Eula Best Bilberry, 95, of Portales died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 27, 1910, in Whitesboro, Texas, to Pearl and William Reavis. She married Grady Best on Dec. 20, 1925. They moved to a ranch north of Elida in 1942. They ranched for many years until he died […]

Petty, Clella

Clella Petty, 71, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. Born June 20, 1934, in Clovis to A.C. and Bess Hays, she lived in Clovis all her life. She married Charles F. Petty on Dec. 24, 1950, in Clovis. She worked for many years at Queens & Teens. She was active in […]

Hill, Lorraine “Lorrie”

Lorraine Ann “Lorrie” Hill, 61, of Clovis died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at her home. Born Oct. 25, 1944, to Stanley and Lottie Sobczak in Detroit, she grew up in a Detroit suburb and was of Polish decent. A nurse and an officer in the U. S. Air Force, she was a registered nurse in […]

Curry, Hubert F.

Hubert Franklin Curry, 88, of Clovis, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Clovis. Born Nov. 23, 1917, to Arthur and Hattie Hewitt Curry in rural Curry County, he married Belle Smith on Nov. 10, 1939, in Fort Sumner. He was the owner of Borden’s Dairy in Clovis with his sons, and former owner of C […]

McNaughton family honors police

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Matt Chandler, left, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District Court, accepted a flag from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield Monday at the District Attorney’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found […]

Residents give input on regional water plan

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. Hydrogeologist Amy Ewing gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than 100 […]

Three looks personify spring fashion

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Ramona Madril, a sales associate for Dillard’s department store, straightens a display Monday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gone are the bulky sweaters and crocheted shrugs of winter. In their place — a new pallet of fresh colors, light fabrics and bold prints for spring. Three looks — tribal, […]

4/4 Business digest

Agriculture market news director named Gary Lewis is the livestock market news director for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, according to a news release from the agency. He will oversee the cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock Market News Service, and be responsible for providing livestock and grain market news data […]

Ruling could open door to regulating political speech

Freedom Newspapers The Federal Election Commission has been widely hailed for a decision last week that, to a great extent, keeps the Internet free of federal campaign regulations. While the new rule is not as onerous as some regulations that had been considered, it does interject federal regulation into one aspect of Internet political activity, […]

Mideast democracy has its peculiarities

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In Israel and the Palestinian territories, two new governments are taking shape. The Kadima Party, which will (just barely) head Israel’s new coalition government, seeks simply to separate and insulate Israel from the homicidal intentions of its Palestinian neighbors. On the other side of the fence, Hamas is settling into […]

Officials wrangle over health care change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Ignoring the intimidating props — boxes of angry letters from thousands of military retirees — senior Defense officials and military leaders appeared last week before a contentious House subcommittee to make their case for hiking TRICARE fees sharply for under-65 retirees and their families. In the verbal sparring that ensued, […]

District Attorney Chandler honored as Prosecutor of the Year

CNJ staff Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler was named New Mexico Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year by the New Mexico Bar Association. The award is given annually to a New Mexico prosecutor “who has gone above and beyond his or her duties as a prosecutor by providing leadership, support and assistance to law […]

Boxer wins Golden Gloves on birthday

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondant Maybe it would have been a little out of place to sing Happy Birthday at a boxing event, what with the spit buckets and bloody noses and all. But Clovis’ Edgar Zubia did get a few birthday shout-outs directed his way after winning the 125-pound division at the state Golden […]

Fort Sumner gets coaching makeover

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Contracts for Fort Sumner basketball coaches Brian Fortner and Wes Weems will not be renewed for the 2006-07 season, school officials said Monday. Fortner coached the Vixens for three years, and Weems was the Foxes’ coach for the last two seasons. “I was floored,” Fortner said. “They told me […]

For some residents, immigration issue hits close to home

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Maria Valdez of Clovis sets a table at Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant. Born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, she came to the U.S. at 14 with her father and stepmother for work and to send more money back to Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside […]

Shooting suspect remains at large

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 27-year-old city man remains a fugitive more than six months after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the shooting death of a Clovis fifth-grader. Noe Torres, 27, was indicted for first-degree murder in October along with three Clovis brothers in connection with the death […]

Israeli elections may lead to near stability in region

Freedom Newspapers The results of the latest parliamentary election in Israel look like a jumbled mess, but it’s just possible they reflect an interesting consensus on the next phase of Israeli relations with the Palestinian territories. At the moment that translates into almost no relations, leading to outright separation. But that might be the closest […]

4/2 Letters to the editor

State Democratic Party looking forward The New Mexico Democratic Party is an optimistic and inclusive organization that takes its inspiration from hundreds of thousands of state Democrats, but several beliefs stand out. We believe the 55,000 new jobs created since Democrats took over the state government are a step forward. We believe Gov. Richardson’s continuing […]