PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Steers lose on buzzer-beater

CNJ STAFF Game of the night Morton’s boys beat Farwell 46-44 in a Texas District 3-1A contest at Morton on late-game heroics by senior James Cornish. Cornish grabbed a rebound and made a six-footer at the buzzer, his only points of the game, to give the Indians a win on senior night in Morton. Cornish […]

Hounds looking for speed

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said he expects this year’s recruiting class to be a good one. “It’s (been) a really terrific year for us,” Ribaudo said Tuesday. “If (today) goes like we expect, it will be one of the best classes we’ve had, and there will be […]

Greyhound baseball dealing with losses, hoping to top .500

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Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely takes throws in the dirt from redshirt Tyler Rutherford during Tuesday’s Greyhound baseball practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Last spring, a doubleheader loss at fifth-ranked Abilene Christian on the final day of the season prevented Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team from posting […]

Violet Brown

Mrs. Violet Mae Brown, 89, of Carrollton, Texas, and formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. She was born June 21, 1916, in Camargo, Okla., to Roy and Nellie Tuck. She married Eugene W. Brown on June 10, 1933, in Woodward, Okla. She was preceded […]

Accused killer seeks evidence against him

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James Smith, left, listens during his first hearing Monday, requested by his lawyer, Stephen Doerr. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The attorney representing accused killer James Smith complained Monday to a district court judge that he’s not received evidence in the case, as required by law. Judge Joe Parker ordered […]

Witness: Disrespect inspired shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A witness to Clovis’ most recent homicide told police he saw Robert Macias shoot at Wilfred Salas’ car at least two times just before Salas was killed, court records show. Salas, 19, was killed by a single shot to his head on Jan. 15. Macias is charged with an […]

Buffs start fast to cruise past Hounds

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Forward Patrick Culver and guard Damien Lolar each scored 23 points Monday night, and West Texas A&M opened an early lead en route to a 93-81 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game. The win was the 400th in 19 seasons […]

Six Cats may sign to play college football

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Devin Sweet would like to carry on a family tradition. The Clovis High senior plans to follow his uncle, father and brother to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales to play football. Sweet, the Wildcats’ quarterback and free safety during a 12-2 season that ended with a loss to […]

1/31 Local roundup

Cause of loud boom unknown Officials Monday said they were not sure what caused the loud boom and flickering lights reported around 7 p.m. at Clovis High School. “I don’t have a clue (what caused it),” said Clovis Fire Department Lt. Ricky Mitchell, on duty at the time of the incident. Several people exiting the […]

Water project could get boost from Legislature

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers House bills beneficial to the Ute Water Pipeline Project are immersed in the many bills requesting money from the New Mexico legislative session. Both Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Scott Verhines, Ute Pipeline Project manager, have been giving testimony during the legislative session in support of bills affecting the project. […]

Airport officials hope to launch new project

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Great Lakes Airlines flight 5093 takes off enroute to Albuquerque on Monday afternoon from the Clovis Municipal Airport. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Airport recently completed one major project and is petitioning federal officials in hopes of launching another, Director Steve Summers said. The airport finished replacing […]

1/31 Business digest

Plateau completes fiber installation Plateau Telecommunications of Clovis recently completed the installation of its latest fiber technology, according to a company press release. Jeff Moore, the company’s chief operating officer, said the company invested more than $5 million to bury fiber optic cable in the main business corridors of Clovis. He said the installation will […]

Legality of spy program deserves serious look

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s administration has been conducting a full-court offensive to persuade Americans that the program of surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency without a warrant was not only legal but virtually obligatory after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The campaign is no doubt intended to soften public opinion in advance of […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

Medical care gaps frustrating to vets

By Tom Philpott: Military Update With the Iraq war producing a steady stream of severely wounded service members, the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs are struggling with calls to create a “seamless transition” for disabled warriors moving from active duty medical care to long-term veterans’ care. For some war wounded and their families, […]

Midwestern’s late 3-pointer does in Zias

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Zia sophomore Britni Gillespie shoots a layup as Midwestern State forward Angie Faurot goes for the block in the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Senior post Katherine Maples scored 27 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and senior […]

ENMU softball team seeking stability

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Zias freshman Nikki Varnell stretches for a grounder at third base during Friday’s softball practice. The Zias open the season Saturday in San Angelo, Texas. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tracy Jordan has run the gamut with Eastern New Mexico University softball. Recruited before the 2003 season, Jordan […]

PREP ROUNDUP: Lady Eagles ride big second quarter to win

CNJ staff Tiffani Medeiros scored 19 points and Sam Barnett added 10 as Clovis Christian rode a dominant second quarter to a huge 51-42 win over Logan in a District 4-1A contest at CCS. With the win, the Lady Eagles moved a season-best three games over .500 and finished the first half of district play […]

Hounds play tough in crunch time

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Joshua Jackson tries to create some room against Midwestern State guard Allen Houston in the first half of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Portales — Going up against one of the conference’s leading big men in Midwestern State’s 6-foot-9 center […]

Lawmakers consider renewable energy

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Advertisement Rep. Jose Campos thinks the winds of eastern New Mexico could fuel economic growth and the state’s energy options. Windmills would be advantageous to farmers and ranchers, and 200 windmills already spin in Quay and De Baca counties, Campos said. “Some (ranchers and farmers) are making more (money) […]