Unlicensed contractors drawing complaints

By Ryn Gargulinski By Ryn Gargulinski CNJ STAFF WRITER ryn_gargulinski@link.freedom.com Problems with unlicensed contractors in New Mexico have reached an all-time high, according to state officials. It’s become such a problem the state recently released a top 10 list of known unlicensed contractors, a first-time measure Construction Industries Division spokeswoman Charmaine Jackson-John said the agency [...]

5/1 Obituaries

Elizabeth Carter, 92 Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion Cemetery near Dora. Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, 92, of Portales, died Friday, April 29, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on April 16, 1913, in Elida, to Zadie and Charles McClain. She grew up on a ranch south of Taiban. She [...]

Grady grad takes job at West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner At 26, Clovis native and 1997 Grady High graduate Justin Ashley has already worked under some successful college basketball coaches. He hopes to continue his progression at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Ashley has been hired to replace Russell Vanlandingham as an assistant to Buffaloes head coach Rick Cooper. Vanlandingham left [...]

Cooper joins Freedom as business manager

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational [...]

Red-hot Lions may be South team to beat

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University may be the two-time defending Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball champion, but if early-season performances mean anything it’s Texas A&M-Commerce coming in as the team to beat. While everybody else in the South sits between 6-9 and 9-6 heading into Thursday’s first full night of division [...]

Dec. 9 Obituaries

Kenneth Cooper, 71 Kenneth “K.C.” Cooper, 71, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2004, in Curry County. He was born Nov. 23, 1933, to Elmer P. and Ella F. Long Cooper in Hugo, Okla. He married Laura Ebeltoft on Aug. 6, 1996, in Clovis. He was a carpenter, and family members said he enjoyed hunting [...]

Nov. 9 Obituaries

Bonnie Cooper, 76 Bonnie Marie Cooper, 76, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday Oct. 22, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Rotan, Texas, to Samuel and Addie Cook. She moved to Portales at an early age. She graduated from Portales High School in 1948. She married Delbert Cooper [...]

Portales native resigns from Curry County office

By Ryan Lengerich By Ryan Lengerich CNJ STAFF WRITER ryan_lengerich@link.freedom.com After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire [...]

ENMU guard: a coach on the floor

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior point guard Brent Cooper can think of no bigger assist than to pass along his knowledge of the game. A two-year starter and steadying influence for the Greyhounds, Cooper said he’d like to be able to coach someday, probably at the high school level. “I enjoy [...]

Rodeoing runs in Cooper’s family

By Jack King Rodeoing runs in Tuf Cooper’s family. His dad, Roy Cooper, has won eight world championships, including one all-around title. His brother-in-law, Trevor Brazil, won the world all-around title last year and is first in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association this year in steer roping. His uncle, Stran Smith, has made it to the [...]