Letter to the editor: Hotel deserves to be put to use

I can sympathize with Kent McManigal’s anti-government stance in Friday’s column, but in the case of the Hotel Clovis there was no other entity that could keep the structure from continued deterioration. Prospective owners, especially those who envision public housing or a nonprofit use for the facility are usually in need of government grants or […]

Grant McGee: Friend showed ropes of living in New Mexico

I got an e-mail a few days ago from my good friend Kent, the Bard of the Pecos, now a part-time judge, duly elected by the folks of Elida. Kent was going in for hip surgery and, you know, there’s no absolute guarantee that you’ll emerge on the other side hale, hearty and alive. Kent […]

March 29, 2009 Wedding

Brumfield Valerie Siau of Portales and Rick Brumfield of Dora were joined in marriage Feb. 14, 2009, at Central Christian Church. The Rev. Dave McVey performed the double ring ceremony. The bridegroom is the son of John Brumfield of Dora. Maid of honor was Jan Kent. Bestman was Cliff Everage. Ushers were Jack Dendy and […]

Small towns sometimes have biggest stories

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist I recently came across a book filled with the writings of the late Paul Crume, humor columnist for The Dallas Morning News. What a surprise to find this big city journalist writing about where he grew up, in Lariat over in Parmer County, Texas. You know Lariat. It’s on the […]

June 1, 1965

Lawrence Rhodes was Clovis’ police chief. He was warning motorists to take extra precaution now that children were out of school for the summer. … Police reported that burglars had made off with change from a juke box and soft-drink machine in a building at 100 Merriwether. Also, a Clovis man reported 200 pounds of […]

Zias sign outside hitter in volleyball

CNJ staff PORTALES — Outside hitter Veronica Valdez-Kent of Canyon, Texas, has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball for new Eastern New Mexico University coach Kim Falkenhagen. Valdez-Kent helped her team reach the Texas Class 3A volleyball championship in each of the past two seasons, including winning the title in 2005. She […]

Train noise troubles residents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The blaring sound of honking trains rips Donald Gunter from his sleep three to four times a night. “It just drives you up the wall,” said Gunter, a Farwell resident who lives about five blocks from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks. Gunter has had enough. He is one […]

It Pays to Watch for the Signs Along Our Way

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Last Saturday morning I enjoyed a marvelous moment. My younger brother, Jim, (also a pastor) was here to purchase and take possession of a really nice-looking little pickup I’d found for him. My neighbor was selling his Ford Ranger pickup. Kent Wiley takes better care of his vehicles than […]

Avoiding scandal takes follow-through

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist For the most part, I get it. Juicy scandal rocks New Mexico. Wannabe mob guys playing Monopoly with treasury office tax money. Forget the dimly lit back room of a New Jersey tavern. This drama takes place in the Land of Enchantment where, prosecutors say, if you wanted to do […]

Kent, Jane

Jane Kent, 68, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Dec. 22, 1936, in Henrietta, Texas, to Weldon B. and Willie Bea Fulgham. She had lived in Portales since May of 2005, moving from Logan. She was married to W.H. Kent for 23 years. She […]

Miller, Patsy (Haws)

Patsy Ruth (Haws) Miller, 75, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born May 4, 1930, in Clay Center, Kan., to Merna and Virgil Haws. She graduated from Clay County Community High School in 1948. She married Robert D. Miller (Bob) and she spent 30 years as a […]

Commission chair asks if Cannon can house F35s

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A beacon, for some base supporters, shone through in the early morning hours Thursday when BRAC Commission Chairman Anthony Principi asked if Cannon Air Force Base could house the Joint Strike Fighter, jet of the future. The jet will initially need a sea-level training center, but Cannon, said BRAC […]

Vehicle struck by train near St. Vrain

CNJ staff A vehicle attempting to cross the railroad tracks just west of St. Vrain was struck by a train shortly before 7:55 a.m. Thursday, according to railroad officials. No one was injured. “There was a car that tried to beat the train, and obviously he didn’t make it through the crossing,” said Lena Kent, […]

Nothing beats convenience store burritos

by Grant McGee As you’re zipping around Clovis today on this the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and you get the munchies, may I suggest one of my favorites: the convenience store burrito. Recently my friend Lizzie and I were pondering what to have for supper. I mentioned convenience store burritos and her eyes […]

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. […]

Walls, Kent

Kent Aaros Walls, 83, of Clovis, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Clarendon, Texas, to Chaston C. and Johnnie May Morgan Walls. He was a resident of the Clovis and Portales area most of his life. He was in the U.S. […]

Walls, Lola

Lola Fern Walls, 81, of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Feb. 19, 1922, in Clovis, to Wilburn and Eula Mae Mickey Faris. She married Kent Aaros Walls on March 8, 1938, in Portales. She was a resident of Clovis for most of her […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

Railway continues expansion

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The Burlington Northern-Santa Fe expansion of the Clovis rail yard has created 60 new conductor positions. Photo by Eric Kluth By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway has hired 60 new people as a result of its recent expansion, “90 percent” of whom are from Clovis, a BNSF spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Lena Kent said […]