Uncle Claude has no luck

By Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I had an uncle, a farmer hounded by failure. When I was a kid in high top shoes and bib overalls, he tried to buy a one-way ticket to that Great Cornfield in the Sky and, true to form, failed. It was Great Depression time and Uncle Claude’s luck was […]

Companies short on cement

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Workers from Southwest Concrete in Artesia pour cement for Eastern New Mexico University’s new communication building. The company gets its cement from Clovis Concrete Company. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A lack of cement has affected Clovis and Portales construction companies trying to keep pace with the building boom in eastern […]

Passenger dies in county accident

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Clovis man died early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Clovis. According to a press release from the New Mexico State Police, Aaron Gonzales was killed just after 1 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 209, Curry Road 14 and State Road 77. Police say Gonzales was a […]

Portales man dies in vehicle mishap

Freedom Newspapers A vehicle mishap late Monday night caused the death of a Portales man. Police believe Roy Parker, 51, was killed when his 1993 Dodge truck pinned him to a building. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said sometime before 11 p.m., Parker attempted to start his truck outside of Goober McCool’s. Parker started his […]

State police: No fault in fatal crash

CNJ staff A New Mexico State Police investigation shows neither driver was at fault in a fatal June 19 head-on collision involving a Clovis fire truck and pickup, Patrolman Lance Bateman said on Sunday. Bateman said a narrow road, low visibility and an extreme weight difference between vehicles were all factors in the accident. LaRoy […]

County man dies in collision with fire truck

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Curry County man died in a head-on collision with a Clovis fire truck Sunday afternoon northwest of town. State police said low visibility due to smoke from a major grass fire and a narrow county road may have contributed to the accident, which took the life of 64-year-old […]

Monster trucks coming to fairgrounds

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Joe Cypher grew up in Reno, Nev., playing with Hot Wheels and little plastic Army men — two things that have most influenced his life. He was once an Army Ranger, and now Hot Wheels has a toy modeled after his monster truck “Airborne Ranger.” Cypher will perform in […]

Hutchison, Johnnie

Johnnie Leonard Hutchison, 63, of Elma, Wash., died Friday, May 20, 2005, at his home. He was born on July 18, 1941, in Clovis, to Grant Harrison and Yadie Elnora Young Hutchison. He was raised in Anchorage, Alaska and graduated from high school there. In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served […]

The God of the Universe Is the God of All Beauty

Curtis Shelburne I made more than a few miles a couple of weeks ago and made them in style — the wrong style, but style. My younger brother, Jim, and I decided to take his little, old, once-red Mazda pickup on our trip to Houston to see our sister who is in the hospital there. […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

3/10 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Thursday to the 1200 block of East First Street in reference to a criminal damage report. The complainant reported a break-in to truck located on the west side of the building. The officer discovered a $500 DVD player missing […]

Burned remains found in car in Portales

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County authorities are searching for a blue 1997 Ford truck in connection with human remains found in a burned car. District Attorney Matthew Chandler said the initial investigation showed two bodies in the trunk of the car, which was found about 8 a.m. Thursday on a dirt road a […]

Commission approves funding for DWI programs

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission held a regular meeting Tuesday. Items passed: • A permit was approved to place a culvert under Curry Road 12. • A bid was approved from Bee Equipment for a lease of two pneumatic rollers at $3,750 each for use in construction of roads leading to the Southwest Cheese […]

Police blotter: 12-19-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police were dispatched Wednesday to the 300 block of West Manana Boulevard in response to a two-car accident. A car struck a parked truck. A resident said the truck wasn’t his, but a friend had dropped it off to show someone. While […]

McDaniel, Tyrone

Tyrone McDaniel Services: Have been held. Tyrone McDaniel, 32, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1972, in Amherst, Texas. He attended school in Sudan, Texas, where he graduated in 1991. He married Laura Davila. He lived in Clovis where he worked for Marquez trucking […]

Truck driver killed in crash

CNJ Staff A Clovis truck driver was killed Nov. 18 near Alamogordo in southern New Mexico when he lost control of his rig coming down a hill, police said. Tyrone McDaniel, 32, was traveling with two other trucks when the accident occurred at 2:50 p.m. State police told the Alamogordo Daily News that McDaniel’s truck […]

America has never been Christian nation

Letters to the editor Some leading Baptists and other Christian figures say they want to restore the American dream of a “Christian” nation. This is a false and frightening idea. We have never been a Christian nation. Our forefathers founded us upon many Christian ideals, but they established a secular state and never meant for […]

Teens remain hospitalized

CNJ staff An early Sunday morning accident that claimed two lives and sent three to the hospital is still being investigated by New Mexico State Police, officials said. Aaron LaRue, 17, of Clovis and Dathan Garcia, 17, of Tucumcari were killed in the accident, which happened south of Portales. The driver of the truck, Travis […]

Two area teens killed in truck crash

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two area teenagers died and three more were seriously injured around midnight Sunday as they drove through an open field at a high rate of speed south of Portales, officials said. A New Mexico State Police news release said the pickup in which the teens were traveling crossed Roosevelt […]

Police Blotter: 8-29-04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Tuesday to a local school where a teacher complained of having been pushed by a student. The male subject had received in-school suspension for two days. While suspended he became unruly, throwing books, pushing desks, and breaking pens. When the […]