Friends say accident victims were ‘careful’

By Darrell Todd Maurina Members of the motorcycle club to which Timothy “Patch” Lasiter and Johnnie “Dutch” Vankleeck belonged said they couldn’t believe the two were killed in an early Sunday morning crash. Both belonged to different chapters of the “Brotherhood of 74” motorcycle club, named for a type of Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Lasiter was president […]

Two drown at Ute Lake

By Angela Peacock Two Portales men drowned in a boating accident at Ute Lake on Thursday night. One victim was Frank Davis, who gained national attention when he paid comedian Jay Leno more than $360,000 for a celebrity-autographed motorcycle soon after Sept. 11, 2001. The money went to the Twin Towers Fund for the victims […]

Faith on two wheels

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Faith Riders Richard Gomez Jr. (left), Geri Gomez, Richard Gomez and Bruce DeFoor will be leaving Clovis at 5 a.m. Saturday to travel to Sturgis, S.D., to share their faith. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell When you’re a Faith Rider, you can handle powerful machines, the open road — just about anything. Except […]

Event revs up downtown

By Gary Mitchell Sunday’s blessing of the bikes ceremony may not have affected the motorcycle machinery, but motorcyclist and Lighthouse Mission director Richard Gomez said he felt certain it was helpful. Members of the Christian Motorcycle Association conducted the blessing of the bikes as part of the Badlands Street Party held in downtown Clovis on […]

Two-wheeled good time

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Bikers and motorcycle aficionados lined Clovis’ downtown streets Saturday for music, food, biker fashion, motorcycle stunt shows and the chance to see and compare hundreds of motorcycles in one place. “This is cool coming back to my hometown; this is awesome,” said Sammy Aye, who left Clovis 17 years ago and […]

Rider doesn’t let handicap slow him down

When people say they can’t ride a motorcycle, Don Smith points to himself as an example of someone who refuses to say “can’t.” “I’ve done it one-handed for 40 years,” said Smith, who at 50 has spent most of his life with a single arm. “People say you shouldn’t (ride), you’ll get hurt, and that’s […]

Zientara, George

George Zientara Services: Have been held. Mr. George Zientara, 55, of Clovis, a mechanic/motorcycle fabricator, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at his home. He was born on Dec. 26, 1947, in Decatur, Ill., to Auguste and Marie “Linthicum” Zientara. He moved to Clovis when he was 6 years old and worked in his dad’s body […]