Oct. 5 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 27 through Wednesday: David Cantu, 50, to Cinthia Marie Barros, 46, both of Clovis Mark Allen Hancock, 38, to Carole Deanne Schmitt, 40, both of Clovis Steven Michael Dement, 17, to Sassha Victoria Rose Foster, 20, both of Portales John B. Evans, 46, to […]

Infant death investigated as homicide

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Wednesday the cause of death of a 9-month-old girl last week was blunt force trauma and the case is now being pursued as a homicide. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said a preliminary report from the New Mexico Office of […]

Portales infant’s death declared suspicious

By Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious. Hooker said his office is still awaiting […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

COLLEGE UPDATE: Ex-CHS point guard helping McMurry

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer McMurry University junior point guard Bud Willis did more than hone his basketball skills at Clovis High School. Under the tutelage of Wildcats coach J. D. Isler, Willis also learned his true calling in life was coaching. “When I see him coach, he teaches you how to play ball, […]

Friends, family say farewell to sci-fi legend Williamson

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from farming […]

Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

Sense of relief washes over area

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Eastern New Mexico celebrated Tuesday’s announcement an Air Force Special Operations wing is moving to Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Frank Sherman wore a knit shirt embroidered with “Operation Keep Cannon” above his heart. Below the stitching, Sherman placed a white strip bearing a small American flag and the words […]

Cameron completes sweep of Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Casey Bigham legs out a single in the seventh inning of Saturday’s second game against Cameron at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats remained silent again on Saturday. In fact, the Greyhounds came dangerously close to getting shut out three […]

Willis, James

James Joseph “Joe” Willis, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at his home in Carlsbad. He was born in Nara Visa in 1926. He attended Melrose High School where he played football, basketball and track. He attended the University of New Mexico on an athletic scholarship where he lettered in football and played in the […]