Bataan death march survivors dwindling

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Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of killing a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student. Prosecutors said DeAngelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale’s home multiple times when she was away and ultimately stole a rifle from the home that was […]

Official: Investigation into jail death to be completed by Friday

Freedom New Mexico A report on the investigation into the death of a man in Roosevelt County jail should be completed by Friday, Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Sheriff Malin Parker said Wednesday. Darrell Lewis of Clovis was found hanging by the neck in his cell Dec. 19 according to Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Hardin. Lewis, […]

Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

Former Milnesand fire chief dies

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County lost one of its hardest working residents Sunday with the death of lifetime Milnesand resident Thomas Elton Parkinson, according to family and friends. Parkinson, 91, died at a Portales senior living center. Better known as “T.E.” or “Elton,” Parkinson was the Milnesand fire chief for 30 years, along with being a […]

Police investigating death of Clovis man

CNJ staff Clovis police confirmed Tuesday they are investigating the death of 49-year-old Marc Allen Leinberger of Clovis. Leinberger died Friday at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was a construction worker and handyman. Police declined any further comment on the Leinberger case, noting it was still under investigation. District Attorney Matt Chandler also confirmed […]

Moammar Gadhafi’s death won’t be mourned

Freedom New Mexico We’re certainly not lamenting the death of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Before being kicked out of power this summer by NATO-backed rebels, he tyrannized and terrorized his people for 42 years. He also engaged in acts of international terrorism, such as the 1986 bombing of a Berlin discotheque that killed three […]

Steve Jobs revolutionized industry

With his death this week, they’re saying Steve Jobs was an inventor and innovator on par with Henry Ford, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. I’m not sure if that’s true or not but I’ve got to say every Apple product I’ve sat down in front of or picked up has worked really well. Going through […]

My turn: Some stories need to be shared

Who knew the death of Superman could be a humorous and entertaining dinner story? I went with my parents to a dinner banquet last weekend and while there, I shared a work story about accidentally killing my co-worker’s bobble-head Superman in his office. I had a table full of ladies laughing as I told them […]

Pleasant words restore the soul

I read a fable about a man who was near death and he wanted to make everything right before he died. He went to the king and asked what he must do. The king told him to put a big bag of goose feathers at the doorstep of everyone he had ever harmed with words. […]

In search of ponies: Death part of owning animals

“What did you kill this week?” It’s the question I hear every week when I turn in my column for editing — asked in jest of course. In response I usually joke back that I’ve set a limit of one a month or some such thing. But it does highlight an often unspoken truth about […]

Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a […]

Portales police still investigating death

The Portales Police Department is still classifying the death of a 48-year-old Portales man as suspicious. James McCulley, 48, was found dead by his 51-year-old girlfriend in her apartment around 5:15 p.m on July 4 in the 700 block of East Brazos Street. Police are continuing to classify the death as suspicious. Portales Police Deputy […]

Police investigating suspicious death

PNT reports Portales Police are investigating an unattended death in the 700 block of Brazos Street. Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said the death was suspicious and happened before Monday. Police were called about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Berry said they’ve made no official identification and found no fresh trauma on the victim. He said investigators […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

Bin Laden’s death calls for reassessment

Freedom New Mexico Osama bin Laden’s death presents a milestone for sober evaluation and planning concerning Afghanistan, where U.S. troops have been in a killing war for almost 10 years. What has occurred? What should come next? Terrorism has not been defeated, and may flare up in retaliation for bin Laden. But if the 2001 […]

Their view: America’s future still remains uncertain

Russell Anglin is the senior writer for the Quay County Sun, our sister paper. His most recent column explores the impact of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Elected officials react to bin Laden death:

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.: “Osama bin Laden epitomized the terror that gripped our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today, citizens across the globe share in a sense of relief andjustice with the Americans who lost loved ones at his hands. Our heartfelt congratulations belong to the intelligence personnel, military forces andCommander-In-Chief for bringing this […]

Osama bin Laden dead; Obama: “Justice has been done.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run. Long believed to be hiding in caves, bin Laden was […]