Air Force: Range fire caused by air training munitions

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is no vegetation to hold the dusty land in place after a fire burned about 27,000 acres of rangeland in southeastern New Mexico. A heavy coat of dirt sticks to the windows and covers the floors of Jeff Essary’s home. Reminders of the fire that devoured more than […]

Buffs’ Rush sets state mark

Melrose’s Cedar Rush leads during the first lap of the 800 meters. Rush won the event in a record time of 1:58.53. (De Baca County News: Scott Stinnett) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose senior Cedar Rush normally doesn’t run the 800. On Friday, he ran it and he ran it well. Rush won the 800 […]

Borden, Tom

Tom Borden, 85, of Portales died Friday, April 28, 2006, at his home. Born June 6, 1920, in Floyd, he was the son of Nellie and Bill Borden. He grew up in Floyd and married Lyda Mae Conaway of Oklahoma on Dec. 31, 1937. For a while he worked in Portales and later in Clovis. […]

Eagles win district track meet

CNJ staff Keeson Bell picked up a pair of wins and Clovis Christian swept the sprint relays Saturday en route the District 4-1A boys track title at Fort Sumner. Bell cleared 6 feet, 1 inch to win the high jump and also added a gold medal in the triple jump for the Eagles, who finished […]

Byrd, Thelma

Thelma Lois Byrd, 80, of Floyd died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Odessy Hospice inpatient unit in Amarillo. She was born Sept. 25, 1925, to Claude and Ruby Stevens Shipp in Mullin, Texas. She married G.C. Byrd on July 24, 1943, in Cross Plains, Texas. They moved to Roosevelt County, where they farmed for many […]

4/9 Local roundup

Clovis man convicted for stolen vehicle A jury convicted a 54-year-old Clovis man Friday of possessing a stolen vehicle, according to a press release issued Friday by the district attorney’s office. Lorenzo Chavez faces five to nine years in prison as a repeat offender, and will be sentenced in the next two weeks, according to […]

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 […]

Price, Blanche

Blanche Price, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Floyd, to Virgie and Moses B. Hawkins, she was a 1948 Floyd High School graduate. While she was still in high school, she was a school bus driver. After graduating from high school, she […]

Country jamboree aids area needy

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers The Floyd Lions Club’s 56th annual Country Jamboree this week features more than 40 musicians and performers. Proceeds from the $5 per person admission will go back into the Floyd community and beyond as Lions Club members have various charitable projects in the works. Dave Nash, a Lions Club […]

Floyd bows to Tucumcari in first round of tourney

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — It started as a pitchers’ duel, with Tucumcari’s Matt Smith and Floyd’s Kyle Kropf each working three scoreless innings. The next three innings just didn’t hold up for the visiting Broncos. Gabriel Anaya pitched two strong innings to pick up the win in relief and had a two-run […]

Wood, Carl

Carl Dan Wood, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at his daughter’s home in Ropesville, Texas. He was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Shilo, Texas, to Moriah Belle and Dan Wood. His family moved to Klondike, Texas, when he was 4 years old and to Lubbock in 1928. They came to the Floyd community in […]

Dorsey “Doc” Nash

Dorsey “Doc” Nash, 97, of Floyd died Monday, Jan. 2, 2006, at the Retirement Ranch. He was born June 30, 1908, in Floyd to Ida Bell and James P. Nash. He married Edith Herbert Ball on Aug. 12, 1954. He attended school in Floyd and graduated in 1927. He attended one year of agricultural classes […]

In Tribute: January

• Baker, Joe, 50, Portales, Jan. 12 • Battles, Bonnie Jean, 78, Melrose, Jan. 22, • Bell, Maurice “Fud,” 93, Clovis, Jan. 26 • Brittain, Ruth, 86, Clovis, Jan. 20 • Camp, Georgia Christina, 80, Roswell, Jan. 19 • Carter, Eugene “Gene,” 67, Roswell, Jan. 15 • Chavez, Erlinda, 84, Clovis, Jan. 20 • Collins, […]

New Mexico Ag Expo on its way

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The 2006 New Mexico Agricultural Expo will feature everything from old tractor driving games, quilt and fashion shows to important, up-to-date industry developments for dairymen, ranchers and farmers. There are also several demonstrations and vendors for the families who tour the Ag Expo, which has no entry fee. […]

2/12 Anniversaries

Firestone Johnnie and Betty Firestone of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Roosevelt County Electric Coop hospitality room in Portales. The couple was married Feb. 12, 1956, in Portales. He is a farmer and rancher with operations in Floyd, Portales and Fort Sumner. She is […]

Widener, Glenn

Glenn Widener, 84, of Portales, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2005, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Mount Ida, Ark., to Ida and Joseph E. Widener. In 1925, the Widener family moved to the Floyd community. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1940. He married Ila Faye Lee on June 26, […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Shorthanded Wolverines lose to Tucumcari

CNJ staff Texico coach Richard Luscombe figured it could be a tough night. Playing without two players the Wolverines count on, Luscombe knew his team might have trouble handling the ball in a District 6-2A matchup against Tucumcari. Texico stayed with the Rattlers for most of three quarters, but simply couldn’t muster enough offense in […]

Friday prep basketball roundup

CNJ staff Boys — Farwell spent most of Friday night trying to crawl back to even after falling behind early against Morton. The Steers never got control and lost 58-52. “The first quarter killed us,” Farwell coach Clint Conkin said. “They came out and were hitting everything. We had open looks — we had about […]

Elida beats Floyd to gain EPAC girls finals

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Elida Lady Tigers spent Friday afternoon filling up the stat sheet, and the team was able to fill in its name to the final game in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament. Jewlie Paiz scored 16 points and stole eight Floyd passes and freshman guard Lindsey Bob […]

EPAC: Buffs ride defense to fifth-place finish

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Grady’s Kat Grau tries to steal the ball from Logan’s Tiffany Hawkins during Thursday’s fifth-place game of the EPAC tournament in San Jon. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff SAN JON — Creating tempo with pressure defense, Melrose overcame an early seven-point deficit and beat San Jon 63-55 Thursday in the fifth-place game of the […]