Baskett joins rookie elite

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett celebrates a touchdown catch in the Eagles 24-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Jason Getz) CNJ staff PHILADELPHIA — Not only did Clovis’ Hank Baskett turn in his best performance of the year in Philadelphia’s 24-17 victory over the […]

MILK COW CLASSIC: Rio Rancho edges Cats in OT for title

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Clovis High’s Layne Strebeck shoots over Rio Rancho defenders Daniel Steffensen, left, and Chris Newsome during Saturday’s championship game of the Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High Wildcats have dominated virtually everybody in their path this season. Facing a team […]

PLATEAU HOLIDAY CLASSIC: Champs again

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La Cueva’s Laura Burnett, left, attempts to steal the ball from Clovis High’s Antiesha Brown. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer A day after giving him his 500th career coaching win, the Clovis Lady Wildcats gave coach Miles Watters another reason to celebrate. Junior Ebony Bunton scored a game-high 23 […]

Year in Review: Soldiers die in line of duty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Army Honor Guard members fold a flag from the coffin of Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. outside the Scared Heart Church. Segura, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, was seving his second tour in Iraq. CNJ staff Two U.S. Army soldiers with Clovis ties were killed during a three-week span while […]

Storm creates road havoc

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Travel throughout eastern New Mexico slowed to a crawl Saturday as a major winter storm dropped ice and snow across the region. Numerous roads in Curry, DeBaca and Roosevelt counties were closed Friday and Saturday due to low visibility, drifting snow and accidents. The closures and treacherous road conditions jammed […]

City plans year-long centennial celebration

CNJ staff Clovis has hosted big parties before. Schools were dismissed and train whistles filled the prairie when World War I ended in 1918. About 400 guests attended the formal grand opening of Hotel Clovis in 1931. And just six months ago, thousands turned out to celebrate a new mission secured for Cannon Air Force […]

Wilson visits Iraq on fact-finding trip

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Congresswoman Heather Wilson, wrapping up a fact-finding trip to Iraq, said Saturday the United States needs to change its strategy to protect its interests in the region. She also passed along encouraging messages from Cannon Air Force Base troops stationed there. “The situation in Iraq is dangerous and is not […]

Some resolutions worth keeping

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher of Freedom Newspapers This is a personal tale about the only New Year’s resolution I’ve ever made that has stuck. The decision saved me from myself. I write about it not for praise, but in case someone reading it wonders if they should quit drinking like I did 21 years ago. […]

Jail officials should be held accountable

Letters to the editor Regarding recent issues at the Curry County Adult Detention Center: I find it interesting that jail Administrator Leslie Johnson is investigating a jail break and stabbing trying to find out who is responsible. Where I come from, the person at the top is responsible. So this to me is the fox […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

Paper delivery delayed

Friday’s storm has prevented delivery of some newspapers and delayed others. Newspaper officials said delivery was continuing late this morning, but some carriers’ vehicles have been disabled because of the icy road conditions. Efforts will continue throughout the day.

After long, brutal reign, Saddam executed

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Saddam Hussein was convicted for his role in the killings of 148 Shiite Muslims from a town where assassins tried to kill the dictator in 1982. (MCT photo) The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats give Watters 500th win

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Clovis girls coach Miles Watters shouts instructions to his team during Friday’s Plateau Holiday Classic semifinal game against Alamogordo at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High girls relied on defense Friday night to snap out of a sluggish start. Trailing for much of the […]

Year in review: Special Ops to rescue

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The CV-22 Osprey is one of several types of aircraft expected to be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In early 2006, the fate of Cannon Air Force Base remained unwritten. Banners supporting the installation lingered in yards and storefronts. Residents of eastern New Mexico had […]

Zias down Lubbock Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Even though Eastern New Mexico University was trailing by three points at halftime, Zias coach Linden Weese thought his team was on the verge of taking control. Senior post Riikka Lehtonen collected 20 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes and the Zias dominated the final 10 […]

Year in review: New Cannon tenant deals in unconventional warfare

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The 16th Special Ops Wing will perform night training operations. (Air Force photo) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The mission of the 16th Special Ops Wing is unconventional warfare. The wing specializes in: • Counterterrorism • Combat search and rescue • Personnel recovery • Psychological operations • Aviation assistance to developing nations • […]

Hounds falter against LCU

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With the way his team played, Eastern New Mexico University men’s coach Shawn Scanlan said it was hard to tell just how good Lubbock Christian was. Lubbock Christian guard Max Eding scored 23 points and fellow senior Marques Baldwin added 21 in a 73-64 win over the Greyhounds […]

CHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Cats blitz Tascosa to advance to finals

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Clovis High’s Michael Lewis is fouled by Tascosa’s Ruben Solis as he attemptsa layup during Friday’s Milk Cow Classic semifinal game at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After one half, host Clovis seemed in jeopardy of suffering its first loss of the year — in the semifinals […]

Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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Triple M Snow Play offers snow tubing and snowmobiling. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, […]

Sweet breads bring back memories

By Anita Doberman: Columnist “Panettone” and “Pandoro” are traditional sweet Italian breads, usually popular around Christmas. I try to get these specialties every year. It’s easy to find Panettone, but almost impossible to find Pandoro. For Christmas, I must have my Pandoro and it has to be a Bauli brand Pandoro. If I don’t, it […]