Graves full of unfulfilled dreams

Returning from my small, east Texas hometown to Portales, every small town — Runaway Bay, Loving, Megargel, Vera, Benjamin, Dickens, Ralls, Anton — seemed to have more people in their cemeteries than towns. The tombstones dated to the early 1800s, with numerous people having died younger than I am. One could make assumptions about the […]

Dec. 16, 2007 Wedding

Jones/DeGroot Kristine E. Jones of Clovis and Samuel J. DeGroot of Clovis were joined in marriage Oct. 27, 2007, at Bishop’s Lodge Resort and Spa in Santa Fe. The Rev. Scott Cory performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Debra Graves of Los Alamos and the late Allan Graves. She is […]

Sept. 9 Engagement

Jones/DeGroot Debra Graves of Los Alamos announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter Kristine E. Jones of Portales to Samuel J. DeGroot of Portales. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Alan Graves. The prospective groom is the son of Mitch and Susan DeGroot of Portales. The couple will exchange vows at […]

Historical research counts 68 cemeteries, 17,000 names

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist When we published our High Plains History Book in 1980, following the 1978 Curry County History Book, we made the effort to record as many area cemeteries as we could, listing the names and dates of 68 cemeteries that contained nearly 17,000 names. The cemeteries we recorded covered all those […]

Fort Sumner to celebrate ‘The Kid’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two dozen eggs, eight cake mixes and six pounds of powdered sugar will go into the cake Parilee Moore is baking. It is a cake to feed 200 people. It’s not for a birthday or a wedding; it’s to commemorate a death. And people everywhere are invited to the […]

Veterans council seeks help finding veterans’ graves

CNJ staff The Joint Veterans Council of Curry and Roosevelt counties will place approximately 2,300 American flags on veterans’ graves this weekend. But each year, council volunteers miss veterans’ graves because there is nothing to indicate veteran status. All veteran organizations have bronze markers that can be purchased to mark veterans’ graves. VFW Post 9515 […]

New sheriff appointed for De Baca County

CNJ staff Mike Chavez, Fort Sumner’s chief of police, will be sworn in as sheriff of De Baca County on Dec. 30, De Baca County Commissioner Powhatan Carter III said Monday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10 after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. […]

De Baca sheriff announced Monday

Staff reports The name of a new sheriff for De Baca County will be announced at Monday’s County Commission meeting, De Baca County Commissioner Joe Steele said Friday. De Baca County citizens voted to recall former Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 10, after a citizens group petitioned to remove him from office. Graves was accused […]

Supreme Court rules not to hear Graves’ appeal

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer It is official. Gary Graves is no longer sheriff of De Baca County. The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday it will not hear Graves’ appeal to overturn a November recall election, according to court documents. De Baca County citizens voted to recall Graves on Nov. 10 after a […]

11/13 Letters to the editor

Tourism real reason De Baca sheriff ousted Recent published reports regarding De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves made me chuckle. The Albuquerque Journal reported: “The sheriff also upset many locals by joining Lincoln County investigators in a probe of Billy the Kid’s death. The investigators sought to dig up the Kid’s remains in Fort Sumner […]

De Baca sheriff leaves office

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Swept out of office in a recall election, De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves handed over the keys Thursday to the office he ran for nearly three years. The request came in the form of a letter from the De Baca County Commission on Thursday morning […]

Voters recall sheriff, but Gary Graves’ fate still unclear

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves pauses during an interview Wednesday at the De Baca County Courthouse in Fort Sumner. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately […]

De Baca recall election back on — for now

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has instructed De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew to proceed with today’s scheduled sheriff recall election. The move comes on the heel’s of Monday’s ruling by a State Appeals Court judge to postpone the vote to determine whether Sheriff Gary Graves stays in […]

State judge postpones sheriff recall vote

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer * More than 300 votes cast during early-voting period, officials say. A judge on Monday suspended Wednesday’s recall election of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Jonathan B. Sutin of the State Court of Appeals declared the recall election suspended “pending further order of the court,” according to court documents. […]

Sheriff recall headed to vote

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De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves is accused of misappropriating funds and mistreating prisoners. He denies the allegations. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer FORT SUMNER — Lisa Lee stood outside the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday while on break from her job as a dispatcher. About 30 feet […]

De Baca County holding special recall election

CNJ staff Fort Sumner — De Baca County voters will decide the fate of Sheriff Gary Graves on Nov. 9. in a special recall election. The De Baca County Commission on Tuesday voted 2-0 to approve a resolution setting the special election. De Baca County Clerk Laurie Pettigrew scheduled the special election after validating 385 […]

8/27 Local Roundup

Judge rules to proceed with sheriff recall effort FORT SUMNER — A district judge has ruled there is probable cause to proceed with the recall effort of De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves. Citizens calling themselves the De Baca County Concerned Citizens, filed a recall petition to remove Graves from office in September 2004, alleging […]

Sometimes we all need a little perspective

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local religious columnist My two-years-younger brother Jim wrote an interesting column for his church newsletter the other day. He had some great things to say, but what really made the article interesting is where he was when he wrote it. The boy has always marched to a bit of a different […]

Cops & courts: Officials capture final sex offender fugitive

The Sheriff’s department captured the final fugitive from an April investigation by area law enforcement to determine if the 67 registered sex offenders in Curry County were in compliance of the law. Fredrick Baca, 23, was hiding under an abandoned house in the 400 block of Johnson St., according to a press release from the […]

One killed in Fort Sumner fire

CNJ staff An early-morning fire Tuesday just east of Fort Sumner took the life of one man and left a house in ruins. According to De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves, a fire broke out at 3 a.m. at the Larry Petty residence. The 56-year-old Fort Sumner man died at the scene, Graves said. Two […]