Officials: Vehicle collision sped slated demolition of Texico building

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The port of entry building outside Texico was slated for demolition anyway. A vehicle accident that caused considerable damage to the front of the building on Thursday will simply speed the process, officials said. No injuries were reported after a car struck the building, which is located just off […]

Margaret Torres

Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk, lived in Tucumcari, in Clovis, and moved to Portales in 1961. She was preceded in death […]

Gutierrez keeps up with kids

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Joe Wright of Clovis takes a look at his putting line on the 18th hole during the Clovis city golf tournament Saturday at Clovis Municipal Golf Course. Wright shot a 76 for the round. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Defending city tournament champion David Gutierrez is just happy he […]

Drowning victim called ‘good-natured’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 3-year-old boy who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Potter Park pool was described by his grandmother as a good-natured child who loved to play outdoors. Jequon Haynes of Dallas died Wednesday in the shallow end of the city-owned Potter Park pool, according to police reports. “He was always in […]

Healing difficult for Vietnam veteran

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Tony Romero was working toward becoming a boxing champion when the Vietnam War led to his enlistment in the Marines. He spent 11 months in the jungles of Vietnam before being diagnosed with a case of malaria. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The CNJ is publishing a monthly […]

Zoo animals beat heat

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Just monkeying around, this juvenile spider monkey is undaunted by the afternoon heat Wednesday at Hillcrest Zoo in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The camel at the Hillcrest Park Zoo is shedding. Strands of thick hair dangle from its side. Patches of skin are revealed in a haphazard pattern, […]

Romero, Adam

Services: Have been held. Adam Romero, 15, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, in Curry County. He was born on July 8, 1989, in Clovis, to Richard Romero and Debra Gallegos. He was a sophomore at Clovis High School. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. He received a character of […]

Warrant issued for teen

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A warrant was issued Monday for the teenage driver in Saturday’s fatal car accident north of Clovis. Charles Valero, 16, is being charged with vehicular homicide and driving while under the influence of alcohol, officials said. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said he met with New Mexico State Police officers […]

Fatal crash leaves one Clovis teen dead, another injured

CNJ staff A one-vehicle crash north of Clovis early Saturday morning left one Clovis teen dead and another in critical condition. Adam Romero, 15, the passenger, died at the scene of the crash, according to Sgt. Wesley Waller of the New Mexico State Police. The driver, Charles Valero, 16, of Clovis, was in critical condition […]

Kite carnival takes flight in breezy High Plains

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An “Ollie the Octopus” kite flown by Bruce DeFoor of Clovis looms over the field during the second annual Kite Karnival Saturday at Doc Stewart Park. DeFoor says he has a collection of at least 175 kites. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Don’t worry, it wasn’t a drug- induced […]

Officers due back after shooting

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Three Clovis police officers involved in shooting a murder suspect this week will probably be back at work this weekend or by Monday at the latest, Chief Bill Carey said. Officials said Officers Roger Dial and Mike Harmer and Agent Robbie Telles all discharged their weapons when Jerry Fuller […]

Romero, Stephen M.

Stephen Maro Romero Services: Have been held. Stephen Maro Romero, 54, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on June 3, 1950, in Clovis, to Maro Joe Romero and Mary “La La” Romero. He was a cook and worked at Buena Vista Nursing Home. He […]

1/21 Public Record

Compiled from court records through Jan. 20, 2005 Marriage Licenses Chrstopher Michael Rodriguez, 29, to Elizabeth Gonzalez, 31, both of Amarillo Dagaberto Rodriguez, 20, of Camp Pendleton, Calif. to Crystal Suzanne Sierra, 18, of Clovis Manuel Gurrola Villalobos, 25, to Amie Christine Saiz, 28, both of Clovis Michael Benjamin Mitchell, 39, of Clovis to Kimberlee […]

Rael, Mary A.

Mary A. Rael Services: Have been held. Mary A. Rael, 92, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 10, 1912, in Fort Sumner, to Severo and Olimpia Gallegos Romero. She married Joe G. Rael on June 3, 1929, in Clovis. She was a custodian at […]

State preview: La Cueva chasing spot in history

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The numbers are staggering: • Eight shutouts. Only one offensive touchdown has been scored against them. • More quarterback sacks (38) than completions allowed (37). • Eight games scoring 40 or more points. • Twenty-five straight wins over two seasons. The La Cueva Bears are a game away from […]

Vixens roll to Region B championship

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Fort Sumner senior Tobea Patterson blocks the shot of Cimarron senior Mandi Trujillo Friday. By John Eisel: CNJ Sports Writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior Fort Sumner setter almost always put the ball in the right position […]

Fort Sumner romps in regional opener

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Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson goes up for the block on Cimarron’s Mandi Trujillo Friday night in Fort Sumner. John Eisel: CNJ sports writer FORT SUMNER — Leslie Wood passed to her left. She passed to her right. Sometimes she even passed behind her. But the senior setter for Fort Sumner almost always put the ball […]

Mudfests seem more prevalent, uglier

by Ned Cantwell Key questions heading into the final days of a grueling, exasperating political campaign season: Is there a single New Mexican who will not be glad when this is all over? Yes, executives of the state’s television stations who are gleefully lining their pockets with political dollars. The TV attack onslaught is so […]

Claims rep not handicapped by blindness

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Tom Martinez uses a Braille pad below his keyboard that transcribes the text on the screen and a computer that speaks to him to perform his work. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) by Ryan Lengerich There is a good bit of irony each morning when Claims Representative Tom Martinez arrives at the Social Security Administration office […]

8/15/04 Engagements

Rodriguez-Randolph Edward and Patrina Rodriguez of Clovis, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Allesondra Rodriguez of Clovis, to Robert Randolph of Belleville, Ill., son of Carl Randolph and Joan Green of Ocala, Fla. The couple will exchange vows at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2004, at Faith Christian Family Church in Clovis. […]