In Tribute: Auctioneer known for wit

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer For more than 40 years, Haney Tate was known in the eastern New Mexico farm auction circuit for his dry wit. Tate started auctioning farm equipment about the time World War II was beginning and ran his business, Tate Auction Service, until about 20 years ago. Tate died Feb. […]

Cockfighting big distraction for chicken

Ned Cantwell: CNJ columnist Don’t get me wrong. If I had a name to drop, I’d drop it in a New York minute. That is a quicker measurement of time, apparently, than a New Mexico minute, but I’ve not figured out why. So the following is not to be critical of Bill Richardson. Rather, it […]

Life events do not always make sense

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I magine the pieces of your life, the events and the happenings, intersecting like coordinates on an axis. Each line between coordinates represents some significant event, and that means significant to you not someone else. Now imagine a line connecting “know I did the right thing, without question” to “totally bizarre […]

Tivis, Billy

Billy Tivis Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Ray Tivis, 62, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in Roswell. He was born on Dec. 24, 1941, to Susie and Fate Tivis in Portales. He lived in Bethel for several years as a child and attended school in Floyd. Later he moved to Portales. He […]

Fort Sumner’s Billy the Kid back in news

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Billy the Kid’s grave in Fort Sumner is the area’s top tourist attraction. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Western legend Billy the Kid has been dead for more than a century, but you wouldn’t know that from the headlines the legendary gunslinger made in 2004. An investigation spearheaded by a group of New Mexicans […]

Billy the Kid can rest, probe dismissed

The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — Three southeastern New Mexico officials looking for answers about the death of Western legend Billy the Kid have dropped their request to exhume what are believed to be the outlaw’s remains. Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, joined by deputy and Capitan Mayor Steve Sederwall and DeBaca County Sheriff Gary […]

A state with no one in the driver’s seat

Ned Cantwell Few New Mexicans are aware of the crisis this state faced just last week during the Republican National Convention. We were a state adrift at sea, a state with no firm grasp on the tiller, a state with no one in the driver’s seat, a state suffering from any number of similar clichés. […]

Is it Bingaman or is it a recording?

Ned Cantwell Funny, isn’t it, how life can suddenly reverse course? How when once a drab existence breaks through the murk and begins basking in sunshine? Take me, a struggling, nobody columnist who can’t even get Billy Sparks to pay him any attention. That’s Billy Sparks, the governor’s press guy. I mean, you would think […]

Torres, George

George Torres Services: Have been held. George “Billy” Torres Jr., 53, of Clovis, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Nov. 5, 1950, in Sinton, Texas, to George Sr. and Susie Herrera Torres. He married Lilly Marmolejo on April 10, 1973, in Loresa, Texas. He worked in […]

Gonzales, Billy Joe

Billy Joe Gonzales Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Joe Gonzales, 64, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Feb. 23, 1940, in Agudo, to Frank and Molly Valdez Gonzales. He was a resident of Melrose where he owned and operated the Phillips 66 station […]

A day in the life of Bill Richardson

By Ned Cantwell Journalists are, I suppose, part nosey, part curious, part political groupie, and part, according to the estimation of most people I know, pain in the butt. Something in that recipe was the magnet that drew me to Ruidoso Village Hall last week to watch Gov. Bill Richardson’s Traveling Democracy Show. It was […]

Columnist makes, receives comments

By Ned Cantwell I receive a lot of feedback from readers. Hardly a year goes by that a reader won’t mention something I’ve written. Here are samples, most of which are actually true. Here is a fictitious conversation with a reader, based on some things that have really happened: We noticed that in a recent […]

Hammit, Billy

Billy Hammit Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Hammit, 62, of Texico, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 20, 1941, in Stanford, Texas, to Dread and Annie Campbell Hammit. He graduated from Texico High School in 1959 and served in the U.S. Army for […]

Silva, L.F.

L.F. Silva Services: Have been held. L.F. “Chano” Silva, 85, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 20, 1918, in Fort Sumner, to Jesus and Margaret Spitz Silva. He was raised and attended schools at Fort Sumner. He married Lois Pena in […]

Genuine talent in danger of replacement

Letters to the editor I saw the June 11 Amos column on the poor fellow whose “bug band” had ’em rockin’ like bigtime in imaginary church. Church traditionalists seem to have risen “as one man” (Judges 20:8) and thrown band equipment off the comfy-fun church altar stage and onto hard pavement. Maybe Amos and the […]

Walker, Jerry

Jerry C. Walker, 67, of Portales, died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Methodist Hospital Baylor Debakey Heart Center in Houston. He was born on Feb. 2, 1937, in Fort Sumner, to Mary Ella and George E. Walker. He grew up near Taiban. He graduated from Portales High School in 1955. He served briefly in the […]

the great bugtussle rodeo

Gary Mitchell and amos: A view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t work the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. boss whoever first spoke or sang – i love a parade – […]

It’s Good To Be Under God’s Blanket

By Curtis K. Shelburne Because I just had a new book come out (the first in a series entitled Wing Whispers), and because the powers that be at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., happen to like my publisher, my wife and I got to go to the Pepperdine Bible Lectures a week or two ago […]

Support strong for Kid to remain at rest

Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is some big stuff going on, and I am not just talking about who is going to be our next American Idol. Don’t laugh. The word derives from “idolatry,” the “worship of a physical object as a god.” That is why, once chosen, we always remember and respect these emerging […]

Billy the Kid — Outlaw’s authenticity no issue for museum

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Tourist destinations at Fort Sumner certain they have the correct body in the proper grave. Fort Sumner’s Lula Sweet is pretty adamant that Bill the Kid rests below the ground not far from where she works. Sweet, wife of Don Sweet and mother of Tim Sweet, all of whom own […]