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 […]