CCC candidate forum Q&A

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The following is a summary of the Q&A portion of Tuesday’s forum. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity. Candidate answers were limited to one minute. The election is March 6. Early voting runs weekdays through March 2 and is held from 8 a.m. […]

Former city manager named to state post

CNJ Staff Clovis’ Raymond Mondragon was appointed Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership on Monday by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to a press release from Richardson’s office. The Partnership works with the New Mexico Economic Development Department to generate economic growth by attracting businesses to the state, the release reads. The public-private nonprofit […]

History could be slipping away

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Like the history its members work to preserve, the High Plains Historical Foundation could soon be a thing of the past. Harold Kilmer, president of the foundation since the 1980s, said the history group’s members are growing old, and without new blood the foundation could soon be nonexistent. “The […]

Candidates compete for college board

Compiled by Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Let the race begin. Clovis Community College Board of Trustees candidates registered Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Vying for Position 1 are Dr. Ken Merritt, Gayla Brumfield and Warren David Woodward, and Position 4, Charles Guthals and Raymond Mondragon. The election will be March 6. The candidates […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe holding fund-raising fiesta

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Sally Romero of Clovis hangs decorations Thursday for the Fiesta weekend celebration at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The annual fund-raiser begins tonight with a dinner and variety show. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The parking lot across from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church was abuzz with activity […]

Mondragon, Jose “Adan”

Jose “Adan” Mondragon, 62, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 29, 1943, in Clovis to Conrado and Juanita Cordova Mondragon. He married Lucy Baca on Oct. 20, 1972, in Clovis. He was a foreman at Clovis Steam Laundry. He was a member of Our […]

Mondragon, Maria E.

Maria Elena Mondragon, 86, of Albuquerque, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at her home. She was born on April 28, 1919, in Pintada, to Lorenzo and Carolina Cordova Garcia. She was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She came to Clovis in 1940. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former band member travels with drum corps

Chris Mondragon marches to the beat of some of the best drummers in the country. The former Clovis High School band trombone player auditioned for Drum Corps International last December and was chosen to tour with the prestigious group over the summer. Drum Corps International is a non-profit organization serving junior drum and bugle corps […]