In search of ponies: Rat had chip on her shoulder

While sitting in the dentist chair, my attention was suddenly drawn to an announcer on the softly playing radio. “Doritos inventor Arch West, dead at 97… to be buried in his beloved chips,” the voice said. It was apparently something the family wanted to do and they planned to toss handfuls of their loved one’s […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

Dentist not being sought in Oklahoma homicides

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File photo Former Clovis dentist James Smith is serving a life sentence for the slaying of Laura McNaugton. The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A New Mexico dentist serving life in prison for murder is no longer a “person of interest” in the unsolved killings of several prostitutes in the Lawton area. Oklahoma State Bureau […]

Feb. 21, 1943

Clovis dentist I.D. Johnson was recovering from an operation in which his appendix was removed. … Government rationing during the second world war included leather shoes. U.S. citizens were limited to buying three pair of shoes for the year. … Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour werestarring in the “Road to Morocco” at the […]

“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

Dentist arrested in homicide

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City and county emergency personnel responded to 464 State Road 523 on Dec. 13 in response to a 911 call for a possible attempted suicide. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Forensic evidence led to the arrest Tuesday morning of a local dentist suspected of killing Laura McNaughton. Police said James […]

Police: Suspect knew victim

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Laura McNaughton’s family members told police a dentist had been “weirding” her out. The resulting investigation led to Tuesday’s arrest of Dr. James Smith, a dentist with La Casa de Buena Salud in Clovis and Portales, police records show. Smith is charged with an open count of murder in […]

Dentist arrested in Clovis homicide investigation

Forensic evidence led to the arrest this morning of local dentist James Smith in the slaying of Laura McNaughton, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Smith, who practiced dentistry in Clovis and Portales, is being held at Curry County Adult Detention Center on an open count of murder, Chandler said. Police issued a […]

State-funded program provides oral care to area children

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Dr. O.T. Rozell, Clovis dentist of 50 years, examines Anthony Gonzales on Tuesday morning at Cameo Elementary. Gonzales, a fifth-grader, said he liked having his teeth cleaned. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer “Aguja?” Dr. O.T. Rozzell said he has heard the Spanish word for needle more times than he can […]

Dental pain always trumps weight gain

By Grant McGee I’ve been saving money to go to the dentist. It’s kind of funny. I’ll save money to go to the dentist or to get new glasses. I’ll make plans to go see those guys but I’m reluctant to go in for a medical checkup. I know what’ll happen when I go to […]