Sports an avenue to college education

Ramblin’ Rick It’s a shame Tig Bunton won’t be playing basketball for the Clovis Wildcats. Not for the Wildcats, but for Bunton. The Wildcats will survive the loss of the talented but inconsistent Bunton, a 6-foot-6 junior who was rated the second-best player in New Mexico by a Sporting News publication. Justin Pinckney, Dominique Easterlin […]

Same name, different game

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Clovis junior Dominique Easterlin had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first varsity start. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Dominique Easterlin smiles shyly when asked if he was named after former NBA all-star Dominique Wilkins. Turns out his father, former Clovis High standout William Easterlin, was a huge fan of Wilkins, […]

Year in review: 2003 Clovis Wildcats

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Defense and a strong running game helped Clovis turn its season around. CNJ photo illustration by Eric Kluth. By Rick White The Clovis Wildcats’ season included plenty of highs and lows en route to an 8-3 record and a state playoff berth, starting with the untimely death of assistant coach Pete Hurst before the season […]

Zias lose to rugged foes

By Dave Wagner CANYON, Texas — Turnovers are still a problem, and the shooting comes and goes. Still, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team got a pretty good idea of where it stands after rugged games against West Texas A&M and Emporia State over the weekend in WT’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Zias lost […]

Aggies spank cold-shooting Hounds

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS LAS CRUCES — Forward James Moore led four New Mexico State players in double figures with 19 points Saturday night and the Aggies pulled away in the second half to wallop Eastern New Mexico University 78-44. Former Roswell High standout Gary Jackson added 18 points and nine rebounds in only 18 […]

Wanted: 50 doctors, and now

By Jack King If you dropped 20 new general practice physicians into Clovis’ pool of patients, they would hardly make a ripple. That was how Plains Regional Medical Center’s new administrator Brian S. Bentley described the city’s physician shortage recently. And it’s not just GPs that the city needs, he said. “Clovis probably has never […]

Ho-ho-holiday shopping takes off

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Virginia Garcia, center, compares two Bratz dolls with her son Thomas, 14, while she shops for her grandchildren Friday morning at K B toys in the North Plains Mall. Vickie Winters, left, also shops for Bratz dolls. CNJ photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Large business or small, locally-owned or chain-managed, newly-opened or a […]

Mom needs help with Christmas gifts for kids

By Eric Butler Santa may know who’s naughty and who’s nice, but what if the nice ones’ parents need some help to make Christmas a special holiday? Cheryl (not her real name), a resident of the area for the last 28 years, is hoping that the Salvation Army will be able to make it possible […]

Alcohol and driving: A deadly combination

By Mike Linn The holiday season brings with it Christmas parties, time off from work and plenty of down time with family and friends. It also brings with it drunk driving. More people calling taxi cabs from bars. And more alcohol-related crimes. In an effort to keep drinking and driving at bay this holiday season, […]

Hospice coordinater dedicated to her patients

Q and A Melba Montague, 45, a registered nurse, is clinical coordinator for Plains Regional Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice program. This is the 25th anniversary of National Hospice Month, first declared by President Jimmy Carter. Q: In your words, describe the hospice program. A: It is being able to allow our loved ones […]

Police Blotter 11/30

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: While conducting a drunk driving checkpoint on the 600 block of South Prince Street shortly after midnight on Nov. 22, police noticed that the driver of a 1999 Ford F-150 pickup had bloodshot, watery eyes and an odor of alcohol, and pulled […]

Airman court-martialed

Cops and Courts According to Cannon Air Force Base Public Affairs, a member of the base security forces squadron faces 11 months imprisonment, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, reduction to the lowest enlisted grade, and a bad conduct discharge following an Oct. 22 court martial conviction for repeated use of drugs. Airman 1st […]

Court Dispositions 11/30

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: William B. Corrales, 28, pleaded guilty to robbery, aggravated battery, and embezzlement. Sentenced to three consecutive terms totaling 6 1/2 years in state prison, all suspended except for 122 days served. Placed on five years supervised probation with special condition of making restitution on all […]

Chiles, Mary

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Chiles, 83, of Clovis died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born in a small town in Kentucky on Sept. 28, 1921, to Albert and Rhea Morris. She married Albert Chiles on May 20, 1937, in Muleshoe. There are many words that […]

Clovis woman remembered as ‘faithful,’ independent

By Darrell Todd Maurina CNJ STAFF WRITER darrell_maurina@link.freedom.com The name Ola Mae Coonfield might not mean much to younger Clovis residents, but fellow church members said the quiet woman was known to anyone who shopped downtown at Harbey’s Gift Shop on Main Street, or before that at Woolworth’s. “Everybody liked Mae, that’s just all there […]

New deportation program costly, needlessly cruel

Freedom Newspapers In September, the federal government began shipping thousands of illegal immigrants from Arizona, where they were caught, to Texas, where they were deported. This “lateral repatriation program” was pointless, costly to taxpayers and needlessly cruel — and it’s still around. The Department of Homeland Security, the parent organization of Bureau of Customs and […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

Most readers prefer real fir on Christmas

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they prefer real or artificial Christmas trees. Some responses: “I love the smell of a real tree, but I would rather have an artificial tree because it is easier to decorate and there is no mess of pine needles all over the carpet. […]

Memories are made at gift-giving season

Helena Rodriguez Trying to figure out what to get my loved ones for Christmas this past week got me started thinking about the favorite Christmas gifts I’ve received in my life. Now some of these Christmas gifts should not have been given to me in the first place. Oh, the things a bored adolescent can […]

Like, do first impressions matter, dude?

LIKE, DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER, DUDE? “First impressions matter. One is a fool to think otherwise.” So wrote former Houston minister Bill Love. As I read Bill’s words, I thought about an interesting first meeting I had with my wife’s niece’s then-boyfriend who was welcomed to the table a few years ago at Thanksgiving. May […]