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 […]