Any step against D.C. nepotism good

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With potential voters You-Tubing questions for debating Democrats on Monday and Dick Cheney’s short-lived presidency on Saturday, it’s possible you missed an example of good government by the House of Representatives. On a voice vote Monday, the House passed the Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act. The measure, co-sponsored by Rep. Adam […]

Retiree aids education with fund-raising

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Courtesy photo Helen Miles, right, receives flowers and a crown from Tan-Terrific Federated Women’s Club President Phyllis Salguero as Education Queen for raising the most money for scholarships in the state association’s program. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Since retiring from nursing, Helen Miles of Clovis hasn’t stopped helping people, whether they are trying […]

Commission gives go-ahead to seek grants

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Water and wastewater project funding was on the Clovis City Commission agenda at Thursday’s meeting. Commissioners passed resolutions to enable acceptance of grants from the New Mexico Environment Department for $800,000 for wastewater improvements related to Southwest Cheese and $100,000 to be used for the wastewater effluent reuse project. […]

Church has big history

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Pastor Bill Banks, left, stands with long-time Central Christian Church members, from left, Jack Pierce, Janet Pierce, Gene Brian, Beth Brian and Wanda Horton in the church’s sanctuary. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Central Christian Church was once the largest Christian church in New Mexico, according to church records. […]

Church holding ‘Amazing Grace’

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer On your mark. Get set. Solve the Biblical clues to win The Amazing Grace. The congregation of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church will host a Christian version of the reality-based television show, “The Amazing Race.” Equipped with Bibles and city maps, racers will compete in a scavenger hunt-style […]

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 […]

Clovis Community College Q&A

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election for District 1 and District 4 seats will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 6. Early voting at the Curry County Courthouse ends Friday. The following questions were posed to candidates. Gayla Brumfield and Dr. Ken Merritt are vying to represent District 1, and […]

Zias add trio for soccer

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team signed goalkeeper Jaime Silva of Moriarty, wing Anna Sanchez of Albuquerque (Valley HS) and defender Christie Nylaan of Keller, Texas, to letters of intent for the 2007 season, according to Zias coach Travis McCorkle. Silver was a three-sport standout at Moriarty, and posted 19 […]

School board seats available

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three seats are up for grabs on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education. Elections for Districts 3, 4 and 5 seats will be held in February, according to an election document. Currently, the District 3 seat is held by Lora Harlan, District 4 by Mark Lansford and District […]

Dome on the range

Tonya Fennel: CNJ staff writer Meeting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the middle of a field, three Clovis families dreamed of acquiring the property and building a church where people could worship free from preconceived notions about religion. With a monolithic dome constructed from steel and cement, the Body of Christ Community […]

Cold case sleuth has Clovis ties

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Rocky Mountain News photo: Todd HeislerLou Smit, left, Scott Fischer, center, and Charlie Hess are cold-case investigators with the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff’s Department. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A Clovis native who developed a taste for crime fighting as a local newspaper reporter and photographer played a role in a convicted Colorado […]

Wall, Billie L.

Billie LaRue Wall, 77, of El Paso died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at her residence in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was an employee of Coldwell Banker until 2003. She was a member of the El Paso Realtors Association and a longtime member of the Westside Church of Christ in El Paso. She was preceded in […]

Cervantez, Pearl

Pearl Cervantez, 88, of Bovina died Tuesday, June 6, 2006, in Amarillo. She was born Oct. 23, 1917, in Tucumcari to Sugundo and Lala Hernandez Brito. She married George Cervantez in 1940 in Bovina. She was a former coordinator of the Indigent Care Program at Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona, a homemaker and a […]

Clovis graduate FFA leader

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Cole Andes of Clovis was elected vice president of the state branch of the National FFA Organization. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer He envisions himself as a game warden or an agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But for now he is reveling in his appointment as the […]

Bataan veterans remembered

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for a memorial to the U.S. soldiers involved in the Bataan Death March during World War II. In April 1942, 75,000 U.S. and Filipino POWs were forced by Japanese troops to march 65 miles to Camp O’Donnell after the Battle of […]

Kemper, Freddie

Freddie Don Kemper, 72, died Sunday, May 28, 2006 at his residence in Hobbs. Mr. Kemper was born Oct. 28, 1933 in Callahan County, Texas to George and Ada Lacey Kemper. He grew up in the Denton Valley and graduated from Clyde High School. He attended South Plains College in Levelland. He served in the […]

Reid, Jordan

Jordan Latron Reid, 30, of Clovis died Friday, May 19, 2006, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was born May 19, 1976, in Milwaukee to Brenda Wilson and Jordan H. Reid Jr. He attended school in Milwaukee, Portales and Clovis. He was an Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He was a member of Faith Christian Family Church, […]

June 2006 Artist of the Month

Pat Weekley is the Pintores Art League artist of the month for June. Her paintings will be on display at the Clovis Carver Public Library in June. She has been a member of the art league for about 10 years and served as the recording secretary for the past two years. She has taken part […]

Samson, Roy

Roy Samson, 59, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born May 10, 1946, in New York City to Luicle and Henry A. Samson. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his discharge in 1973, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Garden City, […]

Molder, Betty

Betty Molder, 80, of Portales, died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born April 29, 1926, in Littlefield, Texas, to Roxie and F. L. Elliott. During her early years, the family moved back and forth several times between Texas and California. She graduated from high school in Post, […]