Nunez, Reynaldo L.

Reynaldo L. Nunez, 74, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born June 3, 1931, in Riverside, Calif., to Alejo and Antonia Nunez. Family members said he was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. They said he was a gentle and generous man […]

Simon, Anthony “Tony”

Anthony Dean “Tony” Simon, 43, of Midland, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Jan. 6, 1962, to Wilfred John and Frances Prince Simon in Clovis. He worked as an Allstate adjuster. He was baptized at El Porvenir Church Camp of the New Mexico Christian Churches, and […]

Crocker, Travis “T.C.”

Travis Allan “T.C.” Crocker, 59, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1946, in Roscoe, Texas, to Dallas Alford and Aline Henderson Crocker. He was a truck driver. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the AMVETS. He loved to fish, play cards […]

Taylor, Dixie

Dixie Irene Taylor, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in San Antonio. She worked in the banking industry for 29 years. She was also employed as a certified nursing aide and worked in the printing industry for the last decade. Family members said she was a loving wife and grandmother. Survivors […]

Pergeson, Charlotte

Charlotte Fern Pergeson, 64, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at her residence. She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to David Woodrow and Marguerite Fern Hadley Welch. She was a member of the Nazarene Church in Tatum where she served as treasurer. She was also a member of […]

Nelson, Norman

Mr. Norman Wayne Nelson, 60, of Clovis died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born April 21, 1945, in Dothan, W. Va., to Herman and Belle Bragg Nelson. He married Layne Kegel Sept. 7, 1974, in North Miami, Fla. He moved to New Mexico from Pennsylvania 24 years ago. He […]

Coplen, Mike

Mike Coplen, 73, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, in Phoenix. He was born March 6, 1932, in Portales to Warren W. and Berniece Coplen. He attended Eastern New Mexico University and graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in electrical engineering. After graduation, he traveled with Allis Chamlera before going […]

Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental

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A picture of 4-month-old Christopher Valdez hangs on the door of his grandmother’s apartment Wednesday on Axtell Street as his uncle, Jesus Mirelez, speaks about the death of his nephew. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the […]

Christmas revives thoughts of childhood

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Here we are on the brink of the big day — the day families and churches and people who sell honey-baked hams have all been waiting for. No matter how the holidays go down this year, we will always be stuffed with memories of Christmas pasts — not unlike cream-filled […]

Arnold, Dee

Dee Arnold, 49, of Lazbuddie, Texas, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005, in Amarillo. He was born July 23, 1956, in Tulia, Texas, to Walter and Gail Arnold. He worked as a cowboy for feedlots and ranches throughout Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. He married Pat Heckman of Claude, Texas, on Nov. 24, 1973. He […]

Rodriguez, Adriana

Adriana L. Rodriguez, 20, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital. She was born Jan. 24, 1985, to Diana (Baca) and Arthur Rodriguez. She graduated from Portales High School in May 2003. Family members said she enjoyed music, movies, and her computer she received from the New Mexico Make-A-Wish Foundation. She […]

Grand jury indicts former student in bomb scare

Staff reports A Roosevelt County grand jury indicted a former Eastern New Mexico University student Wednesday on charges related to a recent bomb scare, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was indicted on charges of possession of an explosive incendiary device, possession of marijuana, larceny and tampering with evidence. Gilpin’s […]

Family defends bomb scare suspect

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The sister of an Eastern New Mexico University student charged in connection with a Nov. 2 campus bomb scare says authorities have an innocent man in custody. Joshua Gilpin, 28, was arrested hours after school officials evacuated an ENMU science building and recovered chemicals that — if combined — […]

Terrance John “Terry” Haun

Terrance John “Terry” Haun, 63, of Clovis, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born April 16, 1942, to Leland Tague and Iva Ellen Roll Haun in Fresno, Calif. He was a self-employed classic car restorer and avid hot rod builder. He was preceded in death by his parents and […]

James “Papa” Vallejo

James “Papa” Vallejo, 37, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, in Portales. He was born Aug. 29, 1968, in Fostoria, Ohio, to Evangelina and Eugene Vallejo. He grew up and attended school in Portales. He worked as a bricklayer with his brother-in-law for the past two years. Family members said he enjoyed watching old […]

Green, Brandon D.

Mr. Brandon Dale Green, 31, of Portales, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born Jan. 11, 1974, in Amarillo to Gary and Roxanna Green. He came to live with his grandmother in 1987. Family members said he loved fishing, talking on the phone with friends and collecting knives. He […]

Wagner, Edna

Edna Ray Wagner, 80, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born May 9, 1925, in St. Vrain to William “Bill” and Minnie Thurman Glen. Family members said she was a true daughter of the pioneers, and was the granddaughter of some of Curry County’s earliest settlers. […]

Family bonding memories emerge with football season

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist My first encounter with football was getting hit in the head with one. No, it really wasn’t but it sounds funny. And it brings back fond memories of that Brady Bunch episode in which a football smashes into and breaks Marsha’s nose. Ah, the joy of the game. Actually, fond memories […]

Three adults, one teen indicted in shooting

Freedom Newspapers Three Clovis adults and a teen were indicted by a grand jury Friday for murder in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office Orlando Salas, 15, Demetrio Salas, 19, Edward Salas, 21, and Noe Torres, 26, were also indicted […]

Man sentenced in 2004 killing

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Victoria Estrada, right, mother of stabbing victim Victor Estrada, and friend Samantha Aguirre observe the sentencing of Joel Cordova Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Cordova and the victim were childhood friends. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They were good friends. As boys they played sports together, had sleepovers and […]