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Articles from the June 27, 2006 edition


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  • Obituaries for June 27, 2006

    William Trammell Services: 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church, Eunice. William (Bill) Bryan Trammell, 78, of Eunice died Friday, June 23, 2006, at the VistaCare Hospice Center in Albuquerque. He had lung cancer. He was born in 1928 in Arch, the last of seven children. He graduated from high school at Portales in 1946. He briefly attended Eastern New Mexico University and then went into the carpentry profession. The family moved to Lea County in 1952 and to Eunice in 1954. He built the family home on Main Street. In...

  • Obituary for June 25, 2006

    Milton Eady Wakefield Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at LaGrone Funeral Chapel Milton Eady Wakefield, 87, of Roswell, died Friday, June 23, 2006. He was born July 9, 1918 in Mexia, Texas, to Grady and Blanche Wakefield. He was raised in Portales. He graduated from Portales High School, Amarillo Barber College and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He married Otero Pate on April 29, 1938. After serving in the Army in World War II, he worked as a barber at Walker Air Force Base and the NCO Club. When Walker Air Force Base...

  • Residents lodge odor complaints at public meeting

    Tony Parra

    Brian Bonebright, vice president of operations for Dairi Concepts, summed up his company’s position when he said “Our intent is to fix the problem (odor).” However, whether or not residents living near the plant believe him is a different story. Some of the residents said they have heard that promise before. DairiConcepts officials tried to alleviate residents concerns during a meeting Tuesday evening at the Jake Lopez Building. DairiConcepts wants to expand the plant which produces milk protein concentrate. The public meeti... Full story

  • 27th still has work to be done

    Tony Parra

    The 27th Fighter Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will not sit idle waiting to be decommissioned, according to the base’s commander. Col. Scott West said the 27th Wing still must focus on training and missions as the base transitions in the next year from serving the 27th Fighter Wing to the 16th Special Operations Wing. He pointed out Cannon still has 315 service members deployed around the globe and the fighter wing is still committed to two cycles of deployment in the future — one scheduled for September and the other in the...

  • Charter school sought

    Tony Parra

    Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an extension of the district if the school board approves the proposal. “Ultimately, Horace Mann School provides the community of Portales with a choice in education models for the middle school and high school y... Full story

  • ENMU sign waiting for bricks

    PNT Staff

    Construction for the new Eastern New Mexico University sign being built on the corner of South Avenue K and West Second Street will resume after almost a month of being delayed because of a problem with obtaining the correct bricks. According to Scott Smart, vice president of business affairs at ENMU, anytime something new is built for the campus, ENMU has somewhat of a policy to match the bricks with the other buildings. The brick manufacturing company, however, had to wait until they received enough orders to make the parti...

  • Renewed sense of economic security returns to local area

    Freedom Newspapers

    Auto salesman Eric Hall said he is reaping the benefits of Clovis resident’s renewed sense of economic security. In the week since the announcement of a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base, Hall said he has had an influx of customers looking to upgrade vehicles. Hall, who has been employed by Big Country Truck Center for two and a half years, said he has seen a noticeable increase in civilian customers. “I’ve sold five cars in the past seven days,” he said, “all to non-military.” Hall cited the news that a Special Ops...

  • Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

    Freedom Newspapers

    The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, it appears many people believe that exposing government overreaching is worse than the overreaching itself. The program involves having the CIA tap into the vast database of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial... Full story

  • Dems playing politics with Iraq exit

    Mona Charen: syndicated columnist It was not so long ago — only four years — that a significant number of Democrats in the U.S. Congress evaluated the available evidence and voted to authorize war with Iraq. Eighty-one Democrats in the House, including a fair number of liberals like Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., endorsed a “Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq.” It’s instructive to glance at that document now — particularly since so ma... Full story

  • Oprah’s snub has rappers in uproar

    Leonard Pitts

    Leonard Pitts Jr.: syndicated columnist Would somebody please tell the hip-hop community to stop whining? Go drink some Cristal, buy some bling, pimp some hos or do whatever it is they do for amusement, but please, cease, desist, shut up already about how Oprah Winfrey has hurt their feelings. For those who came in late: Over the last month, a trio of high-profile rappers has leveled criticism at Winfrey for what they feel is her disrespect of their medium. The first blast cam...

  • Fifth homicide defendant arraigned

    Sharna Johnson

    A fifth homicide defendant was arraigned Monday in connection with the shooting death in September of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. David “Smokey” Griego, 30, was indicted Friday as an accessory to murder in the Sept. 15 homicide of Carlos Perez, who was killed when several rounds were fired into his bedroom window and hit him in the head. Police have said Perez’ older brother Ruben, who shared the bedroom, was the intended target. Also charged in the shooting are brothers Demet...

  • Police search for possible female robber

    CNJ staff

    Clovis Police are looking for a female suspect they believe robbed three city convenience stores in the space of two hours early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Clovis Police. The suspect is described as a female standing between 5 feet and 5 feet, 3 inches, and weighing about 120 pounds who may have red hair. The suspect made off with less than $150 cash in the spree, although Lt. Jim Schoeffel of the Clovis Police Department declined to disclose the exact amount stolen. Wearing black clothing and a...

  • More delays ahead for Baca trial

    Tony Parra

    A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna Aragon of Las Vegas, N.M., reviews the forensic competency report. Aragon is the third attorney assigned to defend Baca, who faces a murder charge in connection with the death of Amber Robinson, 19, who was... Full story

  • Pizza Hut gets new set of wings

    Stacey Davis, left, Pizza Hut area manager, and Dan Booth, store manager, stand in front of the new Pizza Hut-WingStreet restaurant on North Prince Street that is one of only a handful of the co-branded dine-in eateries. About the only thing recognizable at the recently opened Pizza Hut on North Prince Street is the pizza. The familiar red roof is gone, and taller windows inside make for a brighter interior, with warm woods and red brick. In addition to pizza, the eatery also offers chicken wings and gourmet salads as a...

  • Fireworks watch in effect as officials monitor sale of banned items

    Sharna Johnson

    Curry County Deputy Larry Garrison, right, inspects a Roadrunner fireworks stand owned by Mike Hall of Texico Monday afternoon. The stand was in compliance with all safety regulations, according to Garrison. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Heightened concerns over dry conditions have Curry County officials closely monitoring fireworks sales. A ban imposed by the Curry County Commission in April that limits sales of fireworks to mostly ground displays because of extreme dry co... Full story

  • Chavez, Monica L.

    Monica Lucero Chavez, 90, of Turlock, Calif., died Thursday, June 22, 2006, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Juan de Dios, Mexico, and lived in Turlock for 52 years. She was a homemaker and member of the Sacred Catholic Heart Church. Family members said she enjoyed raising her children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reynaldo Chavez; a grandson, John Hernandez; and a granddaughter, Martha Johnson. She is survived by 10 children, Margaret Godinez of Richmond, Calif.; Jose Manuel Chavez of Ceres, Calif.; He...

  • Dassero, Richard D.

    Richard D. Dassero, 55, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Monday, June 19, 2006. He was born April 14, 1951, in Norfolk, Neb., and grew up in Colorado Springs. He attended Palmer High School and graduated from Colorado Technical University with a bachelor’s degree. A 20-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired to Colorado Springs with the rank of chief master sergeant, having served in Thailand, England and the Netherlands. He is survived by three daughters, Robin Dassero, Danielle Dassero and Rianne Mitchell (and husband, C... Full story

  • Baldwin, Brian A.

    Brian Alan Baldwin, 32, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1974, to David and Nelda Quinn Baldwin in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a 1992 graduate of Grady High School and was employed as a welder. He was a member of Central Christian Church. Family members said he enjoyed woodworking, loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his nephews and niece. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, H.R. Plyler; grandmother, Dorothy Quinn; and an uncle, Daniel Baldwin. Survivors... Full story

  • Irby, Wanda (Scottie)

    Wanda (Scottie) Irby, 78, of Clovis died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at her home. Born Dec. 20, 1927, in Olton, Texas, to L. E. and Lula Dellis Silcott, she married William H. “Bill” Irby Jr. on Sept. 4, 1947, in Olton. She had been a resident of Clovis since 1953 when she moved from Kingsville, Texas. She worked as a secretary at Ranchvale School for several years and also as a bookkeeper for her husband’s businesses, Irby’s Variety Store and Bill’s Trading Post. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was preceded... Full story

  • Rury, Zelbert “Zeb”

    Zelbert “Zeb” Rury, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 18, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born June 20, 1927, in Rush Springs, Okla., to James and Jane Rury, he moved to Bovina in 1942 and graduated from Farwell High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He married Erma Robards on June 6, 1953. He retired from U.S. West Telephone Co. as a central office technician on April 30, 1992, with 41 years of service, and continued as an active member of the Telephone Pioneers. After ret... Full story

  • Maxwell, Lee M.

    Lee Martel Maxwell, 78, of Clovis died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. He was born June 23, 1927, in Stanton, Ore., to Otis and Flora Maxwell. He married Wanda Price Nov. 23, 1990, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a self-employed truck driver and belonged to the Church of the Brethren. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of Clovis; a son, Brian Maxwell of Stanton, Ore.; two daughters, Gia Oehm and Vicki Kirven, both of Clovis; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Jim Kelly is...

  • Richard Baca trial going through more delays

    Tony Parra

    Tony Parra:PNT Staff Writer A competency hearing for a 20-year-old Portales man accused of killing a Portales teen in 2004 was postponed Monday at the request of the defendant’s court-appointed attorney. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn pushed back the date of a competency hearing at least 30 days while Richard Baca’s new attorney, Anna Aragon of Las Vegas, N.M., reviews the forensic competency report. Aragon is the third attorney assigned to defend Baca, who faces a murder charge in connection with the death of Am...

  • Young teens targets for Internet predators

    PNT Staff

    Tiffany Kendrick and Ashlee Banister said they’ve received messages from older men on their MySpace.com Web site asking for more pictures of them or their phone numbers. “Sometimes there’s creepy older guys that want to talk to you,” said Kendrick, 14. They said when contacted by someone they don’t know, they automatically delete those messages. Kendrick and Banister, also 14, said they created their accounts when they heard of the Web site through friends and use the site as another way of sending messages to their fri...

  • Child welfare ratings lagging

    o Study shows N.M. ranks 48th out of 50 when it comes to well-being of children. By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s child death rate has increased 45 percent over a three-year period, but New Mexico Voices for Children says that’s not as bad as it looks. New Mexico ranks 45th among the 50 states for its child death rate, according to the latest Kids Count Report. Between 2000 and 2003, the rate in New Mexico increased from 20 deaths per 100,000 children ages 1-14 to 29 deaths. New Mexico conti...

  • Police cite about a dozen for drinking in public

    Sharna Johnson

    Clovis police sent a message Friday that softball and beer do not go together on city property, according to officials. Approximately a dozen people were cited Friday for drinking in public during a softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. Police said Friday’s arrests were part of an initiative to curb alcohol consumption in the parking area outside the athletic complex during night softball games, according to Lt. James Schoeffel of the Clovis Police. Schoeffel s...

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