Zias swept in Missouri tournament

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Joplin, Mo. — senior guard Aubrie Hallman converted four consecutive free throws in the final 1:42 — including two on an ENMU bench technical with no time left on the clock — to give host Missouri Southern a 51-48 win over the Zias on the second day of the Lions’ four-team classic. Hallman […]

New, old faces for area teams

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Two coaches who have a combined 61 years experience are among the five new high school boys basketball coaches in the area. Jimmy Joe Robinson at Clovis Christian and Jim Kneipp at Grady each return to coach after a three-year hiatus. Robinson has 528 wins and four state titles […]

Wildcats’ eyes on 5A prize

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Seniors Tigg Bunton, left, and Dominique Easterlin hope to make their presence known in the paint and bring a state basketball championship to Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Success breeds confidence and several Clovis Wildcats will take to the hardwood this boys basketball season teeming with memories of past […]

Superintendent will need to wear variety of hats

Freedom Newspapers The next superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools can’t be one dimensional and succeed. That person must bring multiple talents to the challenges he or she will face. In short, the ideal candidate must be politically astute, a creative and persuasive problem-solver, proactive and visionary, understand and handle diversity issues, and, above all, be […]

Clovis to play for state title

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Clovis sophomores, left to right, Chris Wall, Garrett Draehn, Shad Durham, and Drew Spears cheer on the Wildcats during the third quarter of their Class 5A semifinal game Saturday against Highland at Leon Williams Stadium. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Defensive end Jason Burns said Clovis’ football coaching staff never […]

McDaniel, Tyrone

Tyrone McDaniel Services: Have been held. Tyrone McDaniel, 32, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on March 20, 1972, in Amherst, Texas. He attended school in Sudan, Texas, where he graduated in 1991. He married Laura Davila. He lived in Clovis where he worked for Marquez trucking […]

So long, singing deputy

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Ted Blair is retiring from the Curry County Sheriff Department after 11 years of service. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County’s preaching deputy retired last week. Ted Blair leaves law enforcement with a strong singing voice, a reputation for caring about criminals and more good stories than you can […]

Empty stocking, Nov. 28, 2004

Today’s focus: Kelly Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “I just lost my mother in September and since her passing, I have not been able to be self-sufficient.” Her holiday hopes: “I would really like my daughter Kristen to have a good Christmas.” Clothing needs: 6 or small girls’ pants, 6 or small girls’ […]

Holiday shopping strong in area

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Shoppers crowd the aisles early Saturday morning at Sears in the North Plains Mall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Tillie Archuleta, 72, finished her Christmas shopping Saturday, stopping at Wal-Mart and North Plains Mall. By Dec. 10, Archuleta said she will have the gifts in the mail to her family […]

Man attempts to elude police

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A man arrested in Portales for an outstanding warrant in Curry County tried to escape Saturday night while being transported from the Portales jail to Curry County, officials said. Paul Bennet, 46, broke the back window of Deputy Glen Russ’ patrol car with his head, then squeezed out the […]

Truck driver killed in crash

CNJ Staff A Clovis truck driver was killed Nov. 18 near Alamogordo in southern New Mexico when he lost control of his rig coming down a hill, police said. Tyrone McDaniel, 32, was traveling with two other trucks when the accident occurred at 2:50 p.m. State police told the Alamogordo Daily News that McDaniel’s truck […]

Montoya steps up for ENMU

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Because of an ankle injury to teammate Reggie Wallace, Eastern New Mexico University’s Jolen Montoya has played extended minutes at point guard to start the season. The graduate of Espanola Valley High School in northern New Mexico has taken advantage of the opportunity, averaging 17 points and shooting […]

Clovis faces healthy Highland with berth in title game at stake

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Clovis junior Devin Sweet tackles Mayfield quarterback Ryan Hooker for a loss during the Wildcats 15-7 Class 5A quarterfinal Saturday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Rick White: CJN managing editor Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley can think of two big reasons why Highland is a more dangerous team than the one the […]

Cannon just like home

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27th Fighter Wing Commander Col. John Posner carves turkey to be served during Cannon Air Force Base’s Thanksgiving dinner Thursday on base. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Joshua Webster, 20, has been stationed at Cannon Air Force Base for a little over two years. Thursday […]

Portales now feels closer in Iraq

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ernie Aguilar is looking for a hometown feeling this holiday season. Some Portales residents are working to help him find it. Sgt. Aguilar of the medical section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is in Iraq, where he provides medical care and preventative health services to Army troops. […]

Empty Stocking: Nov. 26, 2004

Today’s focus: Sheila Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “ I am asking for help because I really need it. I don’t have money to give my kids a good Christmas. I know that I can’t do it for them, and I don’t want them to go without because of me.” Her holiday hopes: […]

Scholarship honors preacher

Hoyte Welch speaks about his experiences over the last fifty years as a pastor, including being the pastor of Sandia Baptist Church from its birth in 1963. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Long-time Clovis residents might remember a preacher who went door to door recruiting people for his church. Hoyt Welch is 90 now, […]

United Nations is an arrogant bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers T he United Nations is facing what could be a serious crisis over the Oil-for-Food program, which was intended to ameliorate the suffering of ordinary Iraqis due to U.N. sanctions against Saddam Hussein’s regime in the 1990s but was apparently rife with bribery, corruption and kickbacks. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations charged […]

Nothing beats convenience store burritos

by Grant McGee As you’re zipping around Clovis today on this the biggest shopping weekend of the year, and you get the munchies, may I suggest one of my favorites: the convenience store burrito. Recently my friend Lizzie and I were pondering what to have for supper. I mentioned convenience store burritos and her eyes […]

Let’s put a stop to Internet chain letters

by Helena Rodriguez If you don’t download this column from our newspaper Web site immediately and forward it to 12 people, you will be struck by lightning. Then as you get up and try to walk away, a bulldozer will run over you. Wait, that’s not all. Before you take your last breath, your lover […]