Hot times: Summer in the city

Hunter Hughes, 5, from Texico, left, jumps into the Grady pool with friend Garrett Page, 5, of Albuquerque, as the two enjoy cooling off from the warm weather Saturday in Grady. Photo by Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham For ideas about how to beat the heat on a sweltering summer day, just follow the sounds […]

Gutierrez, Juanita

Juanita Gutierrez Services: Have been held. Mrs. Juanita P. Gutierrez, 95, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born June 28, 1908, in Tigere, to Virginia and Francisquito Casaus. She spent her early life in Puerta de Luna and Fort Sumner. On Aug. 29, 1936, she married Matias Gutierrez […]

Thomas, Monell

Monell Gordon Thomas Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003. He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas. He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a […]

Wood, James

James Wood Services: Have been held. Mr. James “Jimmy” Wood, 75, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, following a traffic accident west of Muleshoe. He was born on March 16, 1928, in Ballinger, Texas, to Lucy and William Troy Wood. Mr. Wood grew up in the Ballinger area. In 1945, he and his family […]

Gossett, Preston

Preston Gossett Services: Have been held. Mr. Preston Gossett, 88, of Portales, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas. He was born Sept. 17, 1914, in Spanish Fort, Texas, to Ida and Charlie P. Gossett. He moved to the Upton community west of Floyd in the mid-1930s. He […]

Clovis seeing wettest season in 4 decades

By Janet Bresenham Clovis is experiencing its wettest June in 40 years. Early Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque had recorded 5.97 inches of rain for Clovis in June. “We’re well above normal, for sure, with those figures,” NWS forecaster and meteorologist Mark Fettig said. “The normal amount of precipitation for Clovis in […]

Banished to ‘the boondocks’

Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Umpire Walter Lewis jokingly refers to it as, “the boondocks.” Though outside of the city, the Custom Classic bracket refers to it as “Portales.” Its real name is Industrial Park, but it might as well be called the battlefield. Teams come here because they have to, and their only mission to […]

Gibson, Pius

Pius Gibson Services: No services are planned. Mr. Pius Olney Gibson III, 45, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Dolores and Pius Olney Gibson Jr. He grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was a 1975 graduate of Forrest Hill High […]

Wildcats gain revenge in summer league final

By Eric Butler FARWELL — The last time Clovis played Portales in the Phenoms summer league, the Rams hung a 12-point loss on the Wildcats. So, besides a small first-place trophy, Clovis had a little something extra to play for Tuesday. The ’Cats survived a late Portales rally and held for a 46-43 win in […]

Clovis advances to summer league final

By Eric Butler FARWELL — Though they only won by six points in an earlier matchup, the Clovis Wildcats strolled into the championship game of the West Texas-New Mexico Phenoms Summer League by walloping Grady 76-29 in a semifinal game at Farwell High School. Clovis will play Portales in the finals at 5 p.m. (MDT) […]

Hallford, Mary

Mrs. Mary Hallford, 96, of Portales, died Friday, June 21, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on July 7, 1906, in Hall County, Texas, to Ollie and Alexander Cooper. She was the oldest of her family. She lived her early life in the area where she was born. On July […]

Throwing the ball no longer a passing fancy

By Kevin Wilson James Mendoza figured if hundreds of Texas teams and a few New Mexico state champions were doing 7-on-7 football, he could get a few local teams to follow suit. An idea turned into a series of phone calls, and through months of planning Mendoza and six high schools have joined together for […]

ENMU president happy about enrollment

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico University President Steven G. Gamble told the university’s Board of Regents on Saturday he is confident that for the first time since 1988, ENMU’s enrollment of full-time freshmen this fall will exceed 600. Gamble spoke at the regents’ regular meeting in Portales. He added the university’s goal this year […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at Ranchvale Baptist […]

Microplex drawing businesses to Clovis

By Gary Mitchell With the coming of Lowe’s, Hobby Lobby and Chili’s restaurant to the area, a new era of growth seems to be permeating the business community, local officials say. One of the factors that has apparently influenced chain retailers and other businesses to locate in the region is the recent designation of the […]

Wormington, Clifford

Clifford Wormington Services:Have been held. Mr. Clifford Wormington, 80, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 19, 1923, in Minco, Okla., to Ida and Chester H. Wormington. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He moved to California where he went to work at […]

Cannon soldiers to be honored

By Gary Mitchell One of the best reasons to be stationed at Cannon Air Force Base might be typified by what’s taking place June 21 in Clovis, Air Force officials say. “Our airmen feel very honored to live in this part of the country in America — that the local communities would want to throw […]

Painting the town white

By Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the […]

Elida is painting the town

Darrell Todd Maurina As one of Roosevelt County’s oldest communities, Elida has had a long time to build a rich history. It’s also had a long time to accumulate dust and dirt. Beginning this weekend, Elida residents are starting to spruce up their town by painting older buildings, removing junk, and otherwise getting the town […]

Area residents see different sides of thunderstorm

By Janet Bresenham A powerful storm cell packing heavy rain, pounding hail and high winds that cut a swath across Portales and Roosevelt County Wednesday night left a trail of stranded motorists, damaged property and nervous residents. Here are some of their stories: Maryann Pawlyshyn got more than she bargained for when she ventured out […]