ENMU frosh relative newcomer to rodeo

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Dakota Rasberry of West Texas College gets his hand stuck after being thrown from his bull at the College Daze Rodeo on Thursday at ENMU’s Lewis Cooper Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Cole Jackson stands tall next to his horse “Shaq” […]

Tarleton State defeats Zias

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State got 12 kills from sophomore outside hitter Missy Davis-Castro and 10 from senior middle blocker Julie Hamilton on Thursday night in handing Eastern New Mexico University a 30-25, 26-30, 30-16, 30-14 Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball loss. The match was the South opener for the Zias (4-12 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Running backs could be in for duel tonight

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Junior running back Manuel Robles (32) has rushed for more than 100 yards in two of Clovis’ four games. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Manuel Robles and Marcus Williams are better known as track athletes — Robles is a two-time Class 5A state champion triple-jumper while Williams is the […]

Religion digest: Church holds annual open house

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Church holds annual open house Trinity United Methodist Church, 1320 W. 21st St., will hold its second annual open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Members and guests are invited to visit for food, fun and fellowship, according to church officials. San Jon Church celebrates 100 years The San Jon […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Support of Kurds would provide mutual benefits

By Freedom Newspapers In all the reporting on the Iraq war it is too seldom noted that one region of the country can tentatively be called a success story. The northern portion of the country dominated by Kurds, Muslims who are neither Persian nor Arabic but a separate ethnicity with a long history, is generally […]

Board members lament lack of control

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As more and more mandates are handed down from the state and federal government, eastern New Mexico school board members feel more and more inert. “We used to make decisions. Now we just rubber-stamp,” said a frustrated Rex Rush, vice president of the Melrose school board. “We don’t have […]

Spill snarls traffic

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A tanker truck overturned Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 60 and State Street in Texico, spilling gas and diesel fuel. The driver was treated and released from the Plains Regional Medical Center. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer About a dozen homes and businesses had to be evacuated and […]

Hunger hits home

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Leon Sweat, left, and Joe Taylor load a truck with donations for a Clovis resident at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food […]

Student profiles: Brenda Banuelos

Brenda Banuelos is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Rosa Martinez and Enrique Marquez. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Being with my parents and sister for a whole day without them going to work and just hanging out. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a dog. Her name’s […]

Money, service mean sure Senate win

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist I think Sen. Jeff Bingaman is going to get beat in November by his Republican opponent. I also think Lordsburg High School will defeat La Cueva in the state football championship game, Santa Fe will become a conservative enclave, Carlsbad Caverns bats will relocate to White Sands National Park, and […]

Letters to the Editor: Further ethanol investigation needed

Anyone who has ever lived anywhere near an ethanol plant will tell you these facilities emit odors into the air. Internet searches turn up numerous articles of outraged citizens trying to endure the presence of nearby ethanol plants. Even the Nebraska Ethanol Board admits this on page 16 of its latest ethanol plant guide, available […]

College campuses located far from land of the free

By Freedom Newspapers However they score on achievement tests, relative to one another or foreign peers, American college students are breaking records in at least one category — the amount of debt they amass while chasing their diplomas. Due to the ever-increasing cost of higher education, and the ready availability of student loans, U.S. students […]

Ex-CHS standout playing in California

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Saddleback High coach Jeoff Meek said he felt like he won the lottery when former Clovis Wildcat Rishard Matthews enrolled at the Santa Ana, Calif., school earlier this month. Matthews, who left the Wildcats in the second week of the season to live with his father, made his California […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats look to shake setback

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Clovis, after leading 20-12 going into halftime Saturday at Dick Bivins Stadium, was outscored 26-6 in the second half and overtime by Palo Duro en route to a 32-26 loss. Why it happened: The Dons blocked a punt, an extra-point kick and also recovered a muffed punt […]

Hounds don’t want to rest on laurels

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Sure, the Eastern New Mexico University football team was happy with its 24-15 win over East Central on Saturday at Ada, Okla. But as far as the Greyhounds are concerned, it’s all in a day’s work. “At practice (Monday) there was a good attitude, but you still […]

CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Cats clip Roswell High

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Clovis High’s Patrice Dykes (7) battles for the ball during Tuesday’s match against Roswell High at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Lora Esquivel thought her goal early in the second half might be enough to win the match. When that didn’t happen, she went back to […]

Africanized bee population growing

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The chances of eastern New Mexico residents encountering Africanized honeybees is increasing exponentially with each new colony, according to pest control experts. Those experts are concerned encounters with the aggressive bees could lead to serious injuries or deaths. Lewis Hightower of Southwestern Pest Control and New Mexico state entomologist Carol […]