Aug. 2, 2007 Local Briefs

Man sentenced for five burglaries A 41-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for burglarizing five homes and businesses, according to a news release from the9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Joe Anthony Montano was caught by police carrying items from a home on Thornton Street in April, the release said. After his […]

District judge putting down gavel

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CNJ file photo Joe Parker, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, regrets having to leave the legal world. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision […]

Atomic History

By Tom Berg: Freedom News Service Surviving ground zero: Two Marines, one from Jacksonville, N.C., absorbed the blast. But could they withstand the fallout 50 years later? HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – It was 50 years ago this month the two men defied death in the Nevada desert. One hour before dawn, the young Marines were […]

Tammy Faye proof second act of life can be sweetest

By Freedom Newspapers For someone like Tammy Faye Messner, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that there are no second acts in American lives falls flat. The public first came to know her as the wife of Jim Bakker, a televangelist who eventually had a rendezvous with disgrace. In later years, however, this woman proved she was […]

July 28, 1989

The Clovis News-Journal reported that production personnel at Frozefruit in Clovis would be temporarily laid off while the company underwent general maintenance. … Rev. and Mrs. V. Ray Allen celebrated 20 years as pastors of Bethel Assembly of God. … Watson Motors, 600 W. Seventh, celebrated its first Toyota-Thon Sale.

In tribute: Friend: Traveler enjoyed life

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thelma Middleton loved to travel, her friends said, and on one trip she met a fortune teller who told her she’d live to be 50. She decided she wanted to live to be 100, and she did. The Clovis centenarian died June 25. She was born in Gatesville, Texas, […]

Women of the cloth

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle The Rev. Bonita Knox preaches at Trinity Lutheran Church. Knox uses the baptismal font to perform baptisms and “to remind people to live wet in their baptism.” By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer The Rev. Bonita Knox, 50, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said she rarely encounters problems leading a […]

Airman retires after 29 years

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs By Airman Elliott Sprehe 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Many airmen who join today’s Air Force probably don’t concern themselves very much about the experiences of those who might have joined before they were born. But when you see Chief Master […]

Facts don’t justify Libby commutation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Writer remembers high school experience fondly

By Don McAlvy: Columnist 1950 was a perfect year in Clovis for some 144 students who graduated in May of that year and the weather was just right. Everything was just right! The Clovis High School campus at Seventh and Main streets was right downtown, across from the courthouse. The Silver Grill Drive-In was right […]

July 12, 1945

City commissioners approved an ordinance levying a tax of 1 cent per gallon on all gasoline sold at retail stores in Clovis. … Dr. V. Scott Johnson, who had practiced medicine in Farwell for 15 years, opened an office at 419 Mitchell in Clovis. …Guthals Produce Co. at 200 E. 1st St., sold a variety […]

Killer sentenced to life

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Robert Macias and his attorney, James Klipstine Jr., confer Tuesday before Macias was sentenced. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer While the daughter he never met cooed quietly in her mother’s arms, the mother of Wilfred Salas Jr. asked a Clovis judge to give her son’s killer the maximum sentence […]

Constitution is ours to protect

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that our nation’s bicentennial July Fourth celebration took place more than 30 years ago. Like the centennial of our community, it had a special flair, a special flavor; it was not just another July Fourth to be celebrated in the usual manner. I […]

First Person: Judge parts from judicial system

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Judge Fred Hensley, 70, worked for 35 years in the local judicial system, spending the last decade as officer of the Curry/Roosevelt Domestic Violence Office. He is retiring June 29. Hensley talked with the CNJ about his experiences. The early years: I was planning […]

In Tribute: Former pastor defies doctor’s predictions

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer When Otis Foster had a stroke, doctors predicted he wouldn’t make it through the night. The Baptist deacon, farmer and grandfather of 30 defied the odds for 18 years before he died May 16. He was 96. “I told my dad he was a bull, he was going to […]

Little rejection can be good for everyone

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Let the rejection begin. I recently began looking for a full-time job in the academic arena, which I can hold while continuing work on a second master’s degree in English, and voila, I’ve received my first rejection letter. It reads: “While your skills are certainly impressive, we have decided […]

Death penalty process lengthy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If Stanley Bedford receives the death penalty, he’ll be in exclusive company — New Mexico’s death row — and odds are he’d be there for a while. Bedford was convicted Thursday of two counts each of murder and kidnapping and other charges in connection with the March 3, 2005, […]

Cannon name weathered many changes during 50 year history

June 8 marked 50 years since Clovis Air Force Base became Cannon, named in honor of the late Gen. John K. Cannon. United States Senator Pete Domenici noted the 50th anniversary of Cannon Air Force Base getting its name, and took the occasion to remark on the future of the eastern New Mexico military outpost. […]

Bedford found guilty of murder

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Stanley Bedford is placed in handcuffs after an Albuquerque jury found him guilty on eight charges inluding first-degree murder and kidnapping Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer A 43-year-old Portales man will face the death penalty in connection with the 2005 deaths of an elderly Portales couple. An Albuquerque jury found […]

Next time around, bill should address immigrant quotas

Editorial So the grand-bargain “comprehensive” immigration reform bill introduced a few weeks ago in the Senate is dead, having fallen 15 votes short of the 60 needed to close debate and move to a final vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that after some tinkering it could be brought up again, perhaps in just […]