Portales teens having ‘reel’ fun

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s […]

Farwell native still missing

By Tony Parra and David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Nine days ago, a neighbor saw Vicky Lynn leave her Alamogordo home for a routine walk. Family and friends haven’t seen the Farwell native since, despite an intensive search effort by law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to […]

Student’s letter key in year-old sex abuse case

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Clovis police believe this house at 700 E. 10th St. in Clovis was the site of numerous sexual assaults against children. (File photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor It was an innocent note to a classmate, a few lines of sympathy from a third-grader devastated his friend was being sexually abused. “I’m so sorry […]

Former Eastern New Mexico University president dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Warren Armstrong, Eastern New Mexico University’s sixth president, died Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma. Armstrong was the president at ENMU from 1975 through 1983, at which point he accepted the same position at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan. “We’ve had seven and a half very, very good […]

Edwards Sr., James

James Elmore Edwards Sr., 85, of Clovis, Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on July 11, 1919, in Vici, Okla., to William H. and Vivian T. Edwards. He married Helen Van Burkleo on June 3, 1951, in Altus, Okla. He earned a bachelor degree from the University of […]

Debate needed to include more foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Neither stumbled badly, but neither hit one out of the park. Since Sen. John Kerry had the more formidable task confronting him — to change public perception in areas where polls currently show President Bush has the advantage, like leadership — he probably didn’t win Thursday night’s encounter, whatever pundits or debating experts […]

Federal officials holding up pipleline

Senator Jeff Bingaman An affordable supply of good quality water is critical to sustaining future economic opportunities, not to mention our state’s culture and way of life. Drought, population increases, and depleting aquifers make water management one of the most difficult and important issues facing New Mexicans. Nowhere is this more evident than in eastern […]

Unbeaten Utes dominate Lobos

By Pete Herrera: The Assocoated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Quarterback Alex Smith was efficient, Steve Savoy sure-handed and Utah’s defense too quick for New Mexico. That was a combination good enough to give undefeated Utah a dominating 28-7 victory over New Mexico on Friday night. Smith ran for two touchdowns and Savoy caught 11 passes for […]

Texico hammers Tucumcari

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Texico senior Chris Phillips runs around the end as he heads toward the end zone during the first half of Firday’s game against Tucumcari in Texico. Texico defeated Tucumcari 48-7. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Defending Class 1A state champion Texico continues to beat up on the big boys. […]

Prep football: Cats blank Goddard

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Clovis senior Phillip Williams is tackled by Goddard’s Josh Nine during Friday’s game at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Roswell Daily Record: Andrew Kroeckel.) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — It was a story of two defenses and two defensive philosophies. The difference was Goddard’s aggressive, stunting defensive scheme worked for about a […]

T-shirts and jeans are still in style for teens

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Clovis High School seniors Terrance Walker (left), and Larry Parker sport their favorite NFL player’s jersey at last week’s college fair at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman CNJ STAFF WRITER With school in full-swing, homework, reading and extra-curricular activities have become daily routines. Perhaps, the most drastic change from summer […]

Anniversaries, Engagements and Weddings

Anniversaries Fechter Harold and Blanche Fechter, of Clovis, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 26, 2004, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis. The celebration was hosted by friends of the couple. The couple was married on Oct. 1, 1939, in Kanona, Kan. He is a retired accountant, a Red Coat at the hospital […]

Cats seeking .500

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Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus sends in a play with senior wide receiver Elliott Hita during last week’s win over Rio Rancho. Clovis plays longtime rival Goddard tonight in Roswell. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Momentum has been as elusive for the Clovis Wildcats as a scrambling Michael Vick, with an […]

Clovis junior TE catching on

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Everything about Clovis High junior tight end Chris Finch is huge, from his octopus-sticky hands that hungrily envelop passes thrown his way to his still-growing 6-foot-4 frame to his ever-present smile. He also has a big future in football, Wildcat coaches say. “He’s only going to get better,” Clovis […]

Hounds seek cure for road blues

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ENMU quarterback Steven Hinson tries to escape an Abilene Christian defender. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Jerry Vandergriff has done a lot of winning in his 23 seasons as head coach at the Angelo State. Right now, though, the Rams are going through some tough times. Angelo State takes an 0-5 […]

F-16s may be targeted for retirement

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The U.S. Air Force has roughly 1,200 F-16s in service. (Courtesy photo) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Half of the U.S. Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets are likely slated for retirement by 2010, but the plan is not expected to affect the future of Cannon Air Force Base, an official with U.S Sen. Jeff […]

Governor touts tougher DWI initiative

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Gov. Bill Richardson announces his public safety plan Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson was in town Thursday to speak with local citizens and officials about his 2005 public safety plan and legislative proposals. He arrived at the Clovis-Carver Library about 2 […]