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 […]