Burnett , Jessie

Jessie Burnett Services: Have been held. Jessie “Ralph” Burnett. 82, of Peoria, Ariz., died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 17, 1922, in North Curry County, near Rosedale, to John and Ella Simpson Burnett. He married Virginia A. Mitchell on June 21, 1941 in Clovis. He served in the […]

Hounds linebacker named D-II All-American

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Eastern senior linebacker Jeff Howard forces a fumble against rival West Texas A&M. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior linebacker Jeff Howard has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association All-America team, becoming the third ENMU player chosen to the elite squad in […]

Movie wraps and Clovis not forgotten

By Cotty Chubb: “Believe in Me” producer At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, First Assistant Director David Cluck called, “That’s a wrap!” for the last time on “Believe In Me.” Six weeks before, in Ned Houk Park just north of Clovis, we took our first shot of the picture as lead actor Jeff Donovan climbed into […]

Is it Bingaman or is it a recording?

Ned Cantwell Funny, isn’t it, how life can suddenly reverse course? How when once a drab existence breaks through the murk and begins basking in sunshine? Take me, a struggling, nobody columnist who can’t even get Billy Sparks to pay him any attention. That’s Billy Sparks, the governor’s press guy. I mean, you would think […]

In God’s hands

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For Jeff Bilberry, the High Plains Rodeo Association has become a “family” of support since the death of his youngest son 17 months ago. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A story of a 3-year-old son’s death, and a family’s will to go forward. On a ranch northwest of Kenna, […]

There’s no place like home for ENMU’s Howard

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Jeff Howard led the Hounds in tackles last season en route to All-LSC South honors last season. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner PORTALES — After a standout football career at Portales High, Jeff Howard found himself struggling to decide where he wanted to play in college. His father, Eastern New Mexico University offensive […]

Wilson uses restaurant profits positively

What you do, say, is get this idea to start a restaurant in a little town in the New Mexico boondocks. So you do that and pretty soon you find out you are to dinner distribution what Kent Jones is to striking a golf ball. I mean, turns out you are good at this stuff. […]

Oil and gas provisions yes … Hooters no

Ned Cantwell New Mexico writers come to realize they don’t want to mess with Pete Domenici. The Republican Senator of three decades is revered by folks all across I-40, up and down I-25, along the byways of 285. Some years back I wrote some funny stuff about how Pete’s campaign ads showing him reading to […]

Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Same name, different state a coincidence

By Jack King Jeff and Phyllis Putney said it was just a “coincidence” they ended up in Clovis, N.M., after spending most of their lives in Clovis, Calif., a city in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Jeff worked for the Post Office in nearby Fresno and Phyllis worked in a local doctor’s office. But when Jeff […]