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 […]

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 […]

Mariah Saiz Gutierrez

Mariah Saiz Gutierrez, 3 months, of La Luz, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, in Albuquerque. She was born June 23, 2005, in Alamogordo to Fernando Gutierrez of Clovis and Stephanie Saiz of La Luz. She is survived by her mother and father; grandparents, Roxanne and Sam Garcia of La Luz; a grandfather, Chris Moreno; a […]

Different folks choose different names

Grant McGee If those are green chiles roasting and that’s the fragrance of piñon from someone’s fireplace, it’s fall in New Mexico. At the Clovis Farmers’ Market the other day, I saw another sign of fall in the Land of Enchantment: Chili ristras. You know them — bunches of dried red chilis people hang, usually […]

Rodarte, Christopher

Christopher Rodarte Services: Have been held. Christopher Jonathan Rodarte, 24, of Santa Rosa, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, near Dilia. He was born on Sept. 21, 1980, in Santa Rosa, to Joseph Fredrick Rodarte and Barbara Ann Moncayo. He was raised in Santa Rosa where he attended Santa Rosa High School. He participated in football, […]

Lanci, Noel

Noel Lanci Services: Have been held. Noel Paige Lanci, 22, of Portales, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, in Portales. She was born on Dec. 20, 1978, in St. Francis, Kan., to Tom Lanci and Taunia Locker. She attended school in Great Bend, Kan., where she was active in 4-H and orchestra, as well as spending […]

Kube , Spencer

Spencer Drew Kube Services: Have been held. Spencer Drew Kube, 20, of Texico, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, in Quay County. He was born on June 8, 1984, at Cannon Air Force Base. He was a technician for General Electric Wind Energy Division and a member of the Texico Volunteer Fire Department. Family members said […]

Swaim, Teresa

Teresa Swaim Services: Have been held. Teresa Swaim, 30, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004, at her home. She was born on Nov. 7, 1973, in Clovis, to Jolene and Will Jaquess. She grew up in Clovis and Portales. She also lived in Denver and Albuquerque before returning to Portales. She married Cody Swaim […]

Padilla, Frankie

Frankie Padilla Services: Have been held. Frankie Joe Padilla, 47, of Clayton, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, in Clayton. He was born on Dec. 22, 1956, in Clayton, to Joe Jr. and Mary Nora Valdez Padilla. He married Linda Mae White on Dec. 27, 1975, in Tucumcari. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, […]

Clovis woman training for marathon fund-raiser

Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Clovis’ Lila Johnson got a good running, or at least nice brisk walking start in preparing for Avon’s 2004 Walk for Breast Cancer slated for July 10 – 11 in San Francisco. Since deciding to participate in the 26.2 mile marathon, Johnson has been pushing herself physically by walking to and […]

Aguilar, Mary

Mary Aguilar, 92, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born April 19, 1911, in Villanueva to Antonita and Leonar Martinez. She married Paublin Aguilar in February 1935 and they moved to Portales in 1945. She worked as a cook for Coats & Coats Truck Stop and later cooked […]

And He Was Gathered to His People

By Curtis Shelburne “And He Was Gathered to His People” My wife has been collecting and displaying some old family photographs. She’s been after me for awhile now to scan a small old photograph of my maternal grandparents that has long sat on a shelf in my office. And I just did. I knew that […]

Windley, William

William H. Windley, 32, of Portales died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 7, 1971, in Fort Bragg, N.C., to William Sr. and Evelyn Bryant Windley. He was in the U.S. Air Force. He served in Desert Storm and was an aircraft mechanic, crew chief for the F-111 Aircraft at […]

Jones, Lottie

Lottie Jones Service: Have been held. Lottie Jones, 96, a homemaker, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at her home at the Buena Vista Retirement Center in Clovis.  She was born Nov. 25, 1907, in Hardin County, Tenn., to Ludlow and Bertha Sisson Barris. She married Jesse VanBuran Jones on Oct. 11, 1924, in Oklahoma. A […]

Warren, Elva Marie

Elva Marie Warren Services: Have been held. Elva Marie Warren, 89, of Texico died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born Aug. 23, 1914, in Indianola, Okla., to G.W. and Cordia Mays. Family members said she was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by […]

There’s nothing like the day after

Mike Linn Call me a scam artist, if you will. But one of the main reasons I love Christmas is the day-after sale, when I take back all my presents and get two for one. That’s right. The day after Christmas, many stores have 50-percent off sales. So I take back the fancy shirt my […]

Pine trees saved a life one Christmas

David Stevens This will be Bertha Stevens’ 85th Christmas. My grandmother owes the last 39 of them to a pile of Christmas trees. The event took place the day before Thanksgiving in 1964. My grandparents had planned to drive into the mountains of New Mexico, pick up a load of Christmas trees, and bring them […]

Chiles, Mary

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Chiles, 83, of Clovis died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born in a small town in Kentucky on Sept. 28, 1921, to Albert and Rhea Morris. She married Albert Chiles on May 20, 1937, in Muleshoe. There are many words that […]

Lujan, Anthony

Anthony D. Lujan, 20, a student at Clovis Community College, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2003, at his home in Clovis. Mr. Lujan was born March 12, 1983, in Clovis to Chris and Mary Griego Lujan. He lived in Clovis eight years before moving to Albuquerque. He returned to Clovis in 2001 after graduating from Highland […]

Youth’s summer business venture turns charitable

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Taylor McIntire donated part of his proceeds from creating and selling a cookbook to a children’s home in Portales. Photo by Rick White. By Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something […]