Anniversaries —

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Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at La Casa Sena Cantina in Santa Fe. The dinner will be hosted by the Barela children: Patricia, Simon, Matthew, Mario and Mark. Reservations can be made at www.lacasasena.com. The couple was married Feb. 17, 1961, in Santa […]

Glance at top NM races

The Associated Press (AP) 11-02-10 20:48,, U.S. House District 1 25 of 462 precincts – 5 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 59,279 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 59,190 – 50 percent

Clovis man killed in crash near Farwell

A 65-year-old Clovis man is dead after a single vehicle crash Monday morning near Farwell. Liberato G. Barela was westbound on U.S. 70/84 just before 3 a.m. (CDT) in Parmer County when his 2000 Chevrolet SUV veered off the road into the center median and struck a tree, according to Trooper Gabriel Medrano with the […]

Jury finds Barela guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela reads a PowerPoint slide of comments an eyewitness said he made while he was beating Ron Hittson to death in April. Barela faces life plus 33 years for the murder. By Sharna Johnson Brandon Barela’s facial expression didn’t change as the guilty verdict was read Thursday afternoon. After […]

Opening arguments in murder trial to begin

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Opening arguments are expected today in the first-degree murder trial of a 25-year-old Roswell man accused of beating a Tucumcari truck driver to death in April. Brandon Barela is facing life in prison if convicted in the April death of 51-year-old Ron Hittson, whose body was discovered near Clovis. […]

Suspect arrested in homicide

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo A 51-year-old Tucumcari truck driver and the man suspected of beating him to death and leaving his body in a ditch were drinking together at Webb’s Watering Hole and later Clovis City Limits, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe an argument after a […]

Poetry doubles as therapy

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Nico Barela, of Las Vegas, N.M., says “my poems are my life story.” By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer On paper and off, Nico Barela, 17, can break your heart. “Have you ever lived my life? Spent one minute in my shoes? If you haven’t, then tell me why you […]

Career Expo deemed success

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Caroline Holman of Clovis talks with Ron Appling, left, and Dave Richmond, center, of Wayland Baptist University on Saturday during the Career Expo at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Despite a lower than expected turnout, employers, job seekers and organizers called this weekend’s Career Expo at […]

Office treasures

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Debbie Spriggs keeps her workspace cheerful with Mickey Mouse items at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The way people decorate their desk or office can reveal a lot about them. We asked several Curry and Roosevelt county workers to share with us their most […]

4-9 Anniversaries

Barela Eugene and Esperanza Barela of Clovis will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary at 6:00 p.m. on April 15 at the American Legion Post 25 with family and friends. The celebration will be hosted by Patricia Lindsey and husband Herbert, Simon Barela and wife Maria, Matthew Barela of Clovis, Mario Barela and wife Maria (Rosie) […]

Carol Barela

Carol Barela, 41, of Portales, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at her home in Portales. She was born Sept. 22, 1964, in Portales, to Aurelia and Frank Barela. She grew up in Portales and graduated from high school in 1982. She worked at Alco for 16 years. She also worked as a checker at IGA. […]

Labor department employees use real-life experience to help others

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New Mexico Department of Labor employees Matthew Barela, left, and Luis Flores work with veterans at the New Mexico Department of Labor. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Matthew Barela came back home to Clovis in 1993 changed forever after his spinal cord was injured in a land mine explosion in […]

Santa Rosa downs Lady Buffs in semifinals

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers SANTA ROSA — Patient ball-control on offense and hard-nosed, ball-hawking on defense was the formula Melrose hoped would lead to victory on Friday. In the semifinals of the Lady Lion Classic in Santa Rosa, scores of 6-4 after one quarter and 17-10 after another were firm indications that the Lady […]

Cruz, Bernadine

Bernadine Cruz Services: Have been held. Bernadine “Bernie” Cruz, 41, of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 in Clovis. She was born Dec. 16, 1962 to Walter and Phyllis Pierce Youngquist in Victorville, Calif. She has been a resident of Clovis since 1969. She worked for Twin Cronnies, Taco Villa, and K-Mart in Clovis. She […]

Marshall class learns through laughter

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Freshman Josh Metrejean pokes fun at an Amarillo television station sportscaster who is not more than 5-feet tall as part of a skit Wedneday during Keith Ingram’s theater class at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Robert Barela, 15, was so nervous during his second-period class at […]

Barela, Jose

Jose Barela Services: Have been held. Jose Mere Barela, 76, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, in Lubbock. He was born on Dec. 10, 1927, in Newkirk. He married Florence Murillo in 1948 in Clovis. He served in the Army during World War II and received the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor. […]

CHS graduate now principal in Carlsbad

A Clovis High School graduate has landed a job as principal of Jefferson Montessori Academy in Carlsbad. Mark Barela is a 1990 CHS graduate where he was a drum major in the marching band and member of the French club. He began his music education degree at Texas A&M before finishing at Eastern New Mexico […]

He’s the center of attention one last time

David Stevens “Corina Corina where you been so long “Corina Corina where you been so long “I ain’t had no lovin’ since you’ve been gone.” Joe Urioste loved to strum his guitar and sing that song. “He’d sit out on the porch and sing it,” said Judy Barela, one of his three daughters. “He’d get […]

Barela, Aurelia

Aurelia Barela Services: 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. Mrs. Aurelia L. Barela, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at her home. She was born on July 19, 1938, in DeRamadero, to Manuelita and Tomas Velasquez. She graduated from Portales High School in 1957. She married Frank H. Barela […]

Ward, Loren

Loren Ward Services: Have been held. Mr. Loren Ward, 28, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, in East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. He was born on Sept. 2, 1974, in Portales, to Teresa and James P. Ward. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1993. He served for […]