CHS swim program building

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Clovis junior Laura Pyeatt swims laps during practice Friday at the Play Inc. pool. The swim team travels to Hobbs today for a meet. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For most people, Tuesdays are just another day of the week. For the Clovis High swim team, they are something […]

Dry conditions fuel grass fires

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Blackened rangeland near Floyd on Thursday shows how close Wednesday’s 35,000-acre fire came to the eastern New Mexico town. The Air Force is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range. (AP photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire […]

Rams turn back Steers in tourney

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — A balanced effort gave Portales its first win of the season, a 50-39 win over Farwell in the consolation bracket of the Shallowater Shootout. Portales (1-2) plays against Lubbock Cooper today in the 1 p.m. (MST) fifth-place game at Shallowater High School. “They’re really young,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said […]

Empty stocking — 12-3

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. A” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: Ms. A’s husband left her after selling most of her household items. She is expecting a child and, because her doctor said she is at risk for miscarriage, she has been placed on bed rest and is unable to work. Her holiday […]

Familiar foes Clovis, Mayfield meet for 5A title

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Clovis head football coach Eric Roanhaus, second from left, watches his team during Thursday’s practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus thinks revenge is a wasted emotion. Besides, it’s been more than three months since the Wildcats opened the season with a […]

Pheasant hunt boon to economy

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The ring-neck pheasant was introduced to the U.S. in the 1860s. (Texas Department of Wildlife photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Pheasant hunting is a family tradition for some and a serious sport for others, but either way, it’s an economic boon to West Texas and New Mexico. Muleshoe, Arch and Ranchvale all sponsor […]

Texico man arrested in stabbing

CNJ staff A 48-year-old Texico man was arrested Thursday night following an altercation at 212 Sheldon Street in which two people were transported to the hospital and treated for stab wounds. Gilbert Ortiz of Texico, who was found at 509 E. Grande, was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center on Thursday with stab wounds to […]

Cannon raises record donations

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base personnel donated a record amount of money this year to a charitable fund for national and international non-profit groups, according to a release from the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized annual fund that solicited federal employees for charitable organizations, the […]

Day trips: Roswell

Freedom Newspapers There are few cities in this area with as varied a choice in museums a Roswell, just a short 90 minutes to the west of Portales. For a quick and easy day trip to Roswell, visitors can begin their day at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, then drive a few minutes to […]

Air Force team ‘will leave no stone unturned’ in finding mission

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Randy Harris uses a map to promote assets at Cannon Air Force Base — including its unrestricted air space — during Thursday’s meeting with an Air Force team at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Matters of military value were dwarfed by matters of a more personal nature […]