Arrest affidavit for escapee’s mother, Hester England

Wednesday, Hester England, the mother of a jail escapee made a public plea for her son to turn himself in to authorities. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of harboring or aiding a felon.

Wildcat fans flood Bulldog Bowl

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CNJ Staff Photo: Rick White Clovis High Football Booster Club member Eric Boydston serves brisket to a Wildcat fan during a tailgate party before Friday’s nationally televised game in Artesia. Boydston’s son, Aaron, plays defensive end for the Wildcats. By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent ARTESIA — Custodians of the parking lot at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl […]

Berkopec, David W.

David W. Berkopec, 47, previously of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at his home in Billings, Mont. He is survived by his mother, Arlene Sharp, his father, George Berkopec; two brothers, Robert Berkopec and Darren Berkopec; a daughter, Sarah Hester (and husband, Daniel), a granddaughter, Amara Hester, four nephews Rick, Bubba, T.J. and Shane […]

Stephens, Edna

Edna Stephens Services: Have been held. Edna Fayrene Stephens, 76, of Grand Junction, Colo., died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at Mantey Heights Rehab and Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo. She was born on March 20, 1929, in Soper, Okla., to Jeff L. and Lela Dean Hester. She grew up and attended schools in Field. […]

Cops and courts: District Attorney’s office employee honored

An employee at the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office was named “New Mexico District Attorney’s Employee of the Year” earlier this month at the state prosecutors’ conference in Albuquerque. Dennis Usery is the computer information systems manger for the district attorney’s office. The award is given annually to one employee in New Mexico for his […]

Cops & courts: Melrose Mayor Hester involved in altercation

Police responded April 16 to a Melrose residence in reference to a fight between the Melrose mayor and a Clovis resident. Melrose mayor Ray Hester struck another man during an altercation at a mutual friend’s house, according to a police report. The police report shows the complainant, Darrell Boney, said he heard yelling in a […]

Melrose hosting Old-timer’s Celebration

By William Thompson Melrose will hold its annual Old-Timer’s Celebration today and Saturday and Mayor Ray Hester said he expects 300 to 400 people will take part in the festivities. “The old-timer’s celebration has been going on for 25 years or more,” said Hester. “It’s a way for us to honor the old-timers here in […]

Melrose City Council searches for member to fill vacant position

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Melrose City Council members will decide at 6 p.m. Thursday whether to fill a vacant position with a local business owner or a man who serves in Curry County administration. Mike Jacobs, 41, owner of a well and electrical business in Melrose, and Lance Pyle, 23, executive assistant […]

Hester named Rotary citizen of year

CNJ Staff Melrose Mayor Ray Hester was named Rotary Club Citizen of the Year on Monday at the annual Melrose Chamber of Commerce banquet. “He does everything,” Chamber of Commerce member Hank Jordan said of Hester. “He’s all over the place.” Other award winners on Monday included the American Heritage Bank, which was selected Business […]