Theater provides taste of life in spotlight

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve never had formal acting lessons, but as a child I did spend some time on the stage in our north Portales community theater called Teatro de la Comunidad de los Niños. We were the junior version of the high school group, Teatro de la Comunidad, which featured a cast […]

City, county developing master plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis and Curry County are in the process of drafting master plans for the future, which will focus on growth and infrastructure, according to officials. Using funds provided through state grants, the city and county hired an Albuquerque firm, Consensus Planning, in May to draft the […]

Valdez, Mary

Mary Ann Valdez, 63, of Portales, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Baptist-St. Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. Born March 25, 1943, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Luanna and Clay Benson, she lived in Utah as a child and moved to California as a teenager. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse, which she […]

Webb, Delbert “Del”

Delbert “Del” Webb, 82, of Portales, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He was born July 6, 1923, to Eva and Joe Webb in Pearl, Texas, where he grew up. He graduated from Tahoka High School and joined the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he married Margaret Reagan in Lubbock on […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Valdez, Christopher B.

Christopher Benito Valdez, 4 months and 26 days, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Clovis. He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Angel Martinez; and his great-uncle, Lupe. He is survived by his mother, Dellia Romero of Clovis; father Benito Valdez of Clovis; a brother Gustavo Angel Valdez of Clovis; grandparents Fred and Tita […]

Salas, Wilfred

Wilfred Reyes Salas, 19, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Oct. 26, 1986, to Wilfred and Velma Quintana Salas in Portales. He worked as a milker at a local dairy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Demetrio Salas; and cousin, Richard Salas. Survivors […]

Prosecutors want Clovis teen tried as adult

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Prosecutors are petitioning the court to try a Clovis teen father as an adult for the death of his infant son, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Benito Valdez, 16, was indicted Friday by a grand jury on charges of child abuse resulting in […]

1/25 Letters to the editor

Parental care missing in suspect’s life Hold the phone! According to the article in Thursday’s CNJ, (“Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental”), Benito Valdez was 12 years old when he started dating a 15-year-old girl. Within three years, they had their first child. That made him a father at 15 years, while the mother was 18. […]

Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental

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A picture of 4-month-old Christopher Valdez hangs on the door of his grandmother’s apartment Wednesday on Axtell Street as his uncle, Jesus Mirelez, speaks about the death of his nephew. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The brother of a Clovis teenager charged in the death of an infant says the […]