Baskett agrees to deal with Vikings

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Clovis High School alum Hank Baskett III talks to his agent on his cell phone from the floor of his home in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Hank Baskett III watched and waited for 14 hours over two days as 255 players were picked in the National […]

Clovis boys, girls make state tournament

CNJ staff Boys Class 5A tournament May 5-6 Times and locations TBA First round (seeds in parentheses) (16) Highland at (1) Carlsbad (9) Rio Grande) at (8) Alamogordo (12) Valley at (5) Eldorado (13) Clovis at (4) Cibola (14 West Mesa at (3) La Cueva (11) Onate at (6) Hobbs (10) Mayfield at (7) Rio […]

Clovis’ Baskett still in NFL draft limbo

CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett will have to wait another day to learn his NFL fate. Baskett, an all-conference receiver at the University of New Mexico, was not selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. Rounds four through seven are today. Jim Ivler, Baskett’s agent, said of course […]

Eagles win district track meet

CNJ staff Keeson Bell picked up a pair of wins and Clovis Christian swept the sprint relays Saturday en route the District 4-1A boys track title at Fort Sumner. Bell cleared 6 feet, 1 inch to win the high jump and also added a gold medal in the triple jump for the Eagles, who finished […]

Hounds end season with split

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Freshman Evan Orsak pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief and sophomore Keith Balderaz earned a school-record ninth save as Eastern New Mexico University outlasted Texas A&M-Kingsville 8-7 in 12 innings on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader. The Javelinas came back to […]

A ROPER’S BEST FRIEND: Good calf-roping horses hard to find

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Kim Williamson of Farmington has won six world championships with the help of her horse Cutter. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer World champion calf roper Kim Williamson said she owes much of her success to her faithful steed. “I’ve had him since he was five,” said Williamson, who finished […]

Naturalization complicated for many immigrants

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Carolina Lopez helps out a customer at the Carneceria Chihuahua restaurant in Portales. Lopez’ parents came to the United States illegally but are now permanent U.S. residents. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared […]

Home show makes comeback

Keith Moore, left, of Clovis participates in a speed drill contest at the 2006 Home and Garden Show on Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a three-year layoff, the Home and Garden show returned to Clovis. The 2006 show was in a new facility […]

Ground broken for events center

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, takes part in a calf-roping contest during the groundbreaking for the Special Events Center Saturday at Curry County Fairgrounds. Harden did rope the mechanical calf for a score. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Elected officials from the state and county gathered Saturday at the Curry County […]

Area residents observing national immigration boycott

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If all goes as planned, it may not be business as usual in the United States on Monday, which is “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant” Day. Nationwide, immigrant supporters hope to disrupt the day to illustrate, like in the 2004 movie, “A Day Without […]

Estate tax burden that should be fully repealed

Freedom Newspapers Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning […]

4/30 Letters to the editor

CCC decision triumph of good ol’ boys As a former Clovis resident, I applaud Ann deMaio, Cathy Haynes and Gayla Brumfield, who have been outspoken in wanting the community to support accomplished young Clovis natives who return to Clovis, serve Clovis and remain in Clovis. John Neibling’s administrative credentials have been touted as the reason […]

Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is not. Whether the CIA had good reason to fire Mary McCarthy depends on what sort […]

Candidate profile: Vickie Perea

Vickie S. Perea of Albuquerque is running unopposed in the June primary for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. She was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board […]

2006 Home and Garden Show

CNJ staff What: Home and Garden Show Where: Clovis Civic Center When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Five things to do at the 2006 Home and Garden Show: • Have your blood tested for diabetes by local health professionals • Talk with builders about constructing your dream […]

Lady Cats dominate in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats dominated the Cavern City Classic, scoring 61 more points than the other three teams combined. The Lady Cats won 14 of the 19 events, including sweeping the first three places in the pole vault and javelin, and taking the top five places in the high jump on […]

Hounds blow ninth-inning lead, drop twin bill

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Even a standout performance by Eastern New Mexico University freshman left-hander Seth Clabaugh couldn’t save the Greyhounds on Friday. Clabaugh, who came in with an 0-5 record, was in line for his first collegiate win after throwing eight innings of three-hit ball in the opener of a Lone Star Conference […]

Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend

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Compiled by William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Capitan’s Smokey Bear Days set for next weekend Yes, Smokey Bear was a real bear and he was rescued from a forest fire near Capitan. That’s why Capitan holds a “Smokey Bear Days Celebration” once a year. Now a U.S. Forest Service icon known all over the world, […]

4/29 Local roundup

Two injured in three-car accident A 79-year-old Clovis man and 41-year-old woman were injured in a three-car accident on Thornton Street near Clovis High School around noon Friday, according to Clovis police. Robert Middleton was transported to Covenant Memorial Hospital in Lubbock, police said. The woman was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center with possible […]

City officials laud benefits of microplex

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales and Clovis city leaders have been lauding the benefits of designating the two cities as a microplex, benefits that would encourage economic and population growth for the area. Officials for both cities signed a renewal agreement on Thursday to continue the microplex designation for four more years. A look […]