Letters to the Editor: Studies show smoke harmful to profits

The Feb. 21 front-page article, “Smoker’s fuming” was heavy on smoke-filled opinion and void of facts. Randi Kingston, a waitress at Webb’s Watering Hole, was quoted saying she was concerned it would greatly affect business. Sixteen states have now banned smoking in public places along with many cities including New York City. According to the […]

College update: Wayland hurler craves competition

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Former Clovis standout Darren Davis transferred to Wayland Baptist after two years at Trinidad State Junior College in Alamosa, Colo., to be close to family and because of the competitiveness of the program. “The region is known in the NAIA as a tough conference,” Davis said. “You’re always playing […]

Coaches surprised by seedings

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The Clovis Wildcats were seeded No. 5 by the New Mexico Activities Association selection committee Sunday. The Lady Cats earned a No. 2 seed as well. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After the New Mexico Activities Association released the seedings for the round of 16 in the state basketball […]

He knows just what I need

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t know if anyone has come up with a 12-step group, something on the order of Alcoholics Anonymous, for packrats, but I hope so. I need to join forthwith. “We’ve always done it that way,” is the motto for folks with one kind of affliction. But the motto […]

NM state tournament brackets

CNJ staff Class 5A Boys First round Saturday No. 16 Albuquerque High at No. 1 Rio Rancho, 7 p.m. No. 9 Highland at No. 8 Sandia, 7 p.m. No. 12 Mayfield at No. 5 Clovis, 7 p.m. No. 13 Alamogordo at No. 4 La Cueva, 7 p.m. No. 14 Valley at No. 3 Manzano, 7 […]

Racial tension part of Clovis history

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By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Clovis’ history has included many difficult days. Retired school teacher Elaine Howell remembers Jan. 15, 1971, as one of the worst. Thirty or 40 black students from Clovis High School were excused that morning to attend a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been […]

Hounds split with Southeastern for second day in row

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — Junior right-hander Evan Courteau bounced back from a rocky outing in his previous start to throw a complete-game six-hitter as Eastern New Mexico University beat Southeastern Oklahoma 3-1 on Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference crossover baseball doubleheader. The Savage Storm won the second game 2-1 […]

Pastor wants God, not race, to be seen

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The Rev. David Dawson runs the Pure Heart Word Center in Clovis. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The identity and ministry of the Rev. David Dawson are not built around the color of his skin. “When it’s all said and done,” said Dawson, a silver cross and a whistle […]

Raptors ready to roll

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A F-22 Raptor is displayed at Canon Air Force Base on Saturday. The fighter was one that Holloman Air Force Base will start receiving in 2008. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ Staff Writer A pair of F-22 Raptors stopped at Cannon Air Force Base to get a taste of New Mexico […]

Legislature passes halfway point

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With the 60-day session of the 2007 New Mexico Legislature just past the midway point, local legislators say the pot’s just beginning to boil at the Roundhouse. “Right now we’re in the middle of a lot of things,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said. “This is where it really gets busy.” […]

Ag Expo set for Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Fairgrounds has been abuzz with activity as event organizers and volunteers prepare to welcome vendors and spectators to the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo that begins Tuesday. The New Mexico Ag Expo encompasses a variety of products and services that cater to the agriculture industry. Over the […]

Former college president: Temp job turned into 30 years

After graduating in 1952 from Portales High School, Jim Turner thought his career would come outside of eastern New Mexico. More than half a century later, he has a 30-year career at Clovis Community College. The former college president, who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1956, is now an inductee of UNM’s […]

Rio Rancho tops CHS in final

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Clovis High’s Cade Wheeler catches the ball as Rio Rancho’s Ethan Gill slides back to first at Bell park on Saturday evening. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Rio Rancho coach Ron Murphy said he saved his top pitchers for the finals because he figured Clovis would be a tough […]

Feb. 25, 2007 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 8 p.m. Monday an officer responded to a reported battery at a residence. A woman told the officer she had gone to the store and brought back a beer. A man at the house became upset because she didn’t get him […]

Hounds rally past Tarleton

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter’s 3-pointer with nine seconds left — his only field goal of the night — forced overtime and Eastern New Mexico University’s men never trailed in the extra session in upending Tarleton State 77-74 on Saturday at Greyhound Arena in a Lone Star Conference South Division clash. The […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]

Clayton survives Texico’s late burst

CNJ staff TEXICO — In a see-saw matchup that went down to the final seconds, third-seeded Clayton outlasted Texico 62-59 on Saturday in the boys District 6-2A tournament championship. Tanner Beckner scored 18 points for the Yellowjackets (17-13), while John Fernandez added 17. Meantime, junior Courtland Luscombe took game honors with 29 for the Wolverines […]

Washington’s biggest strength: He knew his biggest weakness

Freedom Newspapers Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. […]

Zias defeat Tarleton State in finale

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Eastern New Mexico University senior guard Missy Kirkland drives to the basket against Tarleton State’s D’Anna Dingler in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division women’s game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Roni Gomez knows she’s never going to be a big scorer, but she realizes […]

Lady Cats capture 4-5A title

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Members of the Clovis High girls basketball team celebrate after defeating Hobbs 48-46 in the District 4-5A District tournament finals on Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The visiting Hobbs Lady Eagles may have had the edge in offensive consistency, but Clovis that had the spurtability […]