Democrats prepare to name a candidate

By Tony Parra New Mexico will be immersed in its first Democratic caucus in more than 30 years when voting for the presidential nominee takes place on Tuesday. That’s how long it has been since New Mexico has had a caucus, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze and Terry Cone, Democratic chairman for Roosevelt […]

New coach leads retooled ENMU softball program

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — In the Lone Star Conference South Division preseason poll, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski picked his own squad for last place in the six-team circuit. It’s not that he doesn’t have faith in the Zias, who are coming off a 24-29 season (4-16 South) under interim […]

Neighbors pitch in to help fight blaze

By Darrell Todd Maurina As Wayne Palla saw thick smoke rising over his two-story house north of Clovis, he gathered up his tools and went out along with other neighbors to help the firefighters. “Everybody really chipped in,” Palla said. “I think that’s one of the benefits of living in a rural community — everybody […]

Schools await bond funds

By CNJ Staff Clovis Public School district residents will find out this week if millions of dollars will be put forward for structural and technological improvements at schools districtwide. A special school bond election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether the community will put forth $5 million in […]

Zias upend No. 8 Rambelles

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Heather Brown splits Angelo State defenders Natalja Tsurbakova, left, and Sarah West as she drives to the basket during the second half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Kevin Wilson Tiana Bryant had a night to remember, and helped give Angelo State a night to forget. […]

Hounds beat ASU, pull into four-way tie for first

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Garland Coleman drives to the basket past Angelo State’s Matt Hardin as he goes in for two points during the first half of Saturday’s game in Portales. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Irshaun Pinckney struggled early trying to give Eastern New Mexico University’s offense some […]

Clovis’ Isler has won at every stop

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Clovis coach J.D. Isler planned to be a dentist before turning to coaching. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White J.D. Isler never gave much thought to being a coach when his playing career ended. Even though basketball was his life growing up near Grady, Isler had his sights on becoming a dentist after […]

Police Blotter 2/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: An investigation into numerous attempts to shoot the locks off doors at a storage facility led to the Jan. 2 arrest of several people on firearms and drug charges, according to a report released Tuesday. The people arrested said that on New […]

Dispositions 2/1

Here are recent dispositions recorded in Curry County District Court: Christopher Parker, 19, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. Proceedings suspended and placed on 18 months supervised probation with $20 monthly probation costs and special conditions of full restitution to be determined, 30 hours community service and reporting to probation office within 24 hours. Harold […]

Farwell man, Artesia woman separated by about 180 miles for nearly 60 years

By Eric Butler When R.C. Davis Jr. of Farwell lost track of his older half-sister in 1945, the nation was fighting wars in Europe and the Pacific Ocean simultaneously and 4-year-old “Junior” — as he was called — was just learning his ABCs. More than a half century later, R.C. realistically knew that June, six […]