Cops get new rides

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Clovis Police Lt. Richard Johnson sits atop the first of two Harley-Davidson motorcycles to be placed in service with the Clovis Police Department. Thursday was the first day the bike was used, Johnson said. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer They’re taking to the streets of Clovis on two wheels […]

Motorcycle drive nets over 200 toys

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Laura Reynosa and her 22-month-old son, Israel, wait for the start of the “Operation Santa Claus” toy run Saturday at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Braving low temperatures and cutting winds, bikers bundled up Saturday morning and tucked dolls, cars and teddy bears in saddlebags to […]

Safety should be our choice, no one else’s

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident Monday is sure to get safety advocates fired up about mandatory helmet laws. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback wasn’t wearing a helmet when he broke his jaw and nose in the well-publicized accident. Had Roethlisberger, 24, been wearing a helmet, his injuries likely would have been much less severe. […]

63-year-old man killed in motorcycle accident

CNJ staff A 63-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was killed and his wife injured Friday morning in a motorcycle accident about 13 miles east of Fort Sumner, according to a State Police press release. John McQuillen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Judith McQuillen, 62, was transported to Plains Regional Medical […]

Retired teacher to embark on 37-day motorcycle trek

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Retired math teacher Darryl Petrak has always had an affinity for numbers and making them mean something. This summer is an extension of that, played out in a big trip on a little motorcycle to benefit charities in Quay and Roosevelt counties. Petrak is getting set to travel the Rebel […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

Melrose Old-Timers’ Day schedule

Melrose’s Old Timers’ Day 2005 Centennial Kick-Off Friday • 1-3 p.m. — Enter quilts, Melrose, cafeteria building. Open to hand quilting and machine quilting. • 7:30 p.m. — Old Timers’ music fest , Melrose P.E. Complex Saturday • 7-9 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, Senior Citizens’ Center • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. — Registration, P.E. Complex, […]

Rally attracts area bikers

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Kay Stanton of Farwell rides her Honda Goldwing with granddaughter Brinn Reeves of Clovis on back Saturday afternoon at the Badlands Motorcycle Rally at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Biker Don Lenau was visiting Clovis from his home in Muleshoe when the pack of motorcycles outside High […]

Portales’ Heritage Days has variety of events, family fun

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether people want to play poker riding a motorcycle or watch competitors carry 50-pound peanut bags and hurdle obstacles, the 2005 Heritage Days in Portales will offer many activities for families. The 2005 Annual Heritage Days will kick off with the Pioneer of the Year reception Friday and […]

Cannon motorcyclist has surgery

CNJ staff A motorcycle rider involved in an accident Monday was listed in critical condition Wednesday at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock after undergoing surgery for serious head injury, a press release from the CPD said. Constanze McNeilan, 23, was injured near the intersection of 21st and Ross streets. The press release stated that McNeilan is […]

Woman injured in motorcycle crash

CNJ staff Clovis police did not release the name of a female motorcyclist injured in a two-vehicle accident Monday near 21st and Ross streets by press time. According to a CPD press release, the motorcycle rider was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center and later to Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. The motorcycle was traveling west […]

Motorcycle royalty tells company’s history

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Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of four co-founders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, speaks about books she has written on growing up in the family. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jean Davidson, granddaughter of Harley-Davidson co-founder Walter Davidson, spoke Saturday at Clovis Community College about the humble beginnings of Harley-Davidson, […]

Clovis police officer, local pastor die in crash

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis police officer and a Methodist pastor — a husband and wife remembered for their love of God and outgoing personalities — died together shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday night in a motorcycle accident five miles west of Cannon Air Force Base. Boden Garrison, 35, and wife Amanda, […]

Rain can’t stop rally’s poker run

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Despite heavy rains, Badlands Motorcycle Rally organizers figured out a way Saturday morning to keep a motorcycle rally tradition alive — a “Poker Run” in which motorcyclists pick up poker cards at various stopovers on a prescribed route. Poker Run winner Amy Campbell of Clovis took a shorter […]

Bad Bikers

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By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Organizers of the Badlands Motorcycle Rally say their rally, in its fourth year this weekend, draws bikers from all over New Mexico and West Texas. However, few visitors came from as far away as Deonne Wright, who rode her vintage 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead on a solo trip from […]

Biker was a family man and good friend

By David Stevens: CNJ Managing Editor The accident happened more than six months ago. Shellie Lasiter is still writing letters, encouraging others to write letters, still making telephone calls, still speaking to anyone who will listen, determined to keep her husband’s memory alive, determined to challenge stereotypical images about motorcycle riders. “Sometimes people make the […]

Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

Charity motorcycle tour makes pit stop in Texico

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Lance Meyers, 6, gets his racing dirtbike signed by NASCAR driver Jeff Green of Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday at the Texico Town and Country during the 10th-annual “Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.” CNJ photo by Rick White. By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ STAFF WRITER Kyle Petty, other NASCAR drivers lead cycle ride for charity. TEXICO — […]

‘Tis the season

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Family members James Townson, left, of Melrose, Cody Fullerton, center, 10, of Melrose, and Debbie Spriggs, right, of Clovis, wave to the floats as they stay warm during Saturday’s 2003 Clovis Christmas Light Parade. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Temperatures in the 30s didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of youngsters getting ready for Clovis’ […]