Baskett enjoys giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Hank Baskett watches his putt on the 10th hole during Saturday’s Tee’d Off About Child Abuse charity golf tournament. The annual tournament was the first held since Baskett took over running the event, which benefits the Oasis Children’s Advocacy Cen By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When the National Football […]

Kites fill sky during festival

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bruce DeFoor, 52, of Ruidoso gets Ollie the Octopus in the air Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base’s Kite Karnival at Doc Stewart Park. A professional kite flier and member of the American Kitefliers Association. By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Kites colored the sky above Doc Stewart Park Saturday […]

Fresh Faces: New police officers must learn ropes

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Police Officer Johnny Zamora uses his computer and radio Thursday to search for information. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Police Department has had an infusion of youth with the hiring of eight officers 24 and younger, three of whom are attending the police academy. New officers […]

Cancer survivor chairs Relay

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Five generations of women in Kay Prater’s family have been stricken by cancer. The Clovis resident lost her grandmother and mother to the devastating disease. “My grandmother succumbed (to cancer) when I was 11,” Prater said, “and my mother died when I was an adult.” Prater’s daughter and granddaughter […]

Pro-immigration rally planned

CNJ staff Immigrant advocates plan to hold a rally in Clovis Tuesday in support of immigration reform. The march, which begins at 9 a.m., is a repeat of last year’s event held at the height of the immigration-law reform debate. This year’s rally, dubbed the Great American Boycott II, coincides with Mexico’s Labor Day holiday. […]

Grenade shocks couple doing yard work

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry A member of Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit looks at a grenade Saturday in Portales. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The old saying goes that close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. A Portales couple got closer to a grenade than they wanted […]

PHS squads post district team tennis titles

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Freedom Newspapers: Mickey Winfield Portales junior Tessa Bryant prepares to serve against Lovington’s Rebecca Frazier. Bryant won 6-3, 6-3 to help the Lady Rams claim their third straight District 4-3A team tennis title. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales High’s tennis teams claimed District 4-3A team championships on Friday at the Eastern New […]

Hounds fall to Javelinas in twin bill

CNJ staff PORTALES — A close call went against Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, and Texas A&M-Kingsville added some late insurance to hold off the Greyhounds 5-3 and complete a sweep of Friday’s Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. The Javelinas (26-26, 9-9 South) won the opener 11-6. The losses […]

Calf roping under way at Mounted Patrol Arena

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Gray of Smyer, Texas, shows his calf-roping skills Friday afternoon in Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Gray is 70 and has been roping calves since was 8. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Dirty cowboy hats and dusty saddles […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

Zias in precarious position after pair of losses

CNJ staff PORTALES — Two weeks ago, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team appeared to be a virtual lock for one of four South Division berths in the upcoming Lone Star Conference tournament. Now, after losing five of six in division play, the Zias are hanging on by a thread and probably need a […]

CHS BASEBALL: Cats play Cavemen tough in losses

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — The pitching was good enough. Clovis High just couldn’t muster any offense against Carlsbad on Friday. Left-hander Kenneth Toves pitched a three-hit shutout as the Cavemen took the opener of the District 4-5A baseball doubleheader 10-0, and senior right-hander Corey Weldon scattered five hits as Carlsbad won the nightcap 3-1. “We […]

CHS TRACK: Clovis sweeps Carlsbad qualifier

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Clovis High’s boys got individual wins from seven athletes on Friday and had just enough to nip Carlsbad 126 1/2-125 for the title in the five-school Carlsbad qualifier track meet. The Wildcats scored in 15 of 19 events, getting wins from James Howard (long jump), Brandon Williams (triple jump), Jordan Mendoza […]

CHS TENNIS: Clovis sends two to state

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Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson Clovis freshman Heather Trujillo leaps to return a shot from Hobbs’ Torie Murdock in their Friday’s District 4-5A girls singles semifinal. Trujillo won 6-2, 6-3 and placed second in the tournament. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Already assured a trip to state, Clovis freshman Heather Trujillo went for the whole […]

The great outdoors

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Freedom File Photo Hoping for a big one, Jayson LeClear, 9, of Clovis sets out his line last year at Ute Lake. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom Newspapers Wayne Clark of Tucumcari loves fishing, and 65 years of it has helped him develop a few methods. “At Ute, I fish for bass or channel cat (catfish),” […]

Spinning tragedy into opportunity a pathetic play

By Freedom Newspapers Military officials are getting a much-deserved scolding for their dishonest efforts to spin some tragic events in Afghanistan and Iraq into heroic military endeavors as a means to gin up public support for these wars. The congressional testimony from relatives of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals defensive back, was particularly […]

Letters to the Editor: Passing trash ordinance waste of time

As Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again.” Our City Commission just imposed another senseless and unenforceable ordinance down the throats of the citizenry of Clovis (“Trash measure passes despite opposition,” April 20 CNJ). I suppose my disagreement with the mayor will be trivialized as just another whiner. As Mayor David Lansford stated, “I […]

Accent doesn’t define person

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When people mention exotic places they would like to visit, Texas is probably not the first one that comes to mind. But to me, growing up in Rome — which seemed so ordinary — Dallas was the most exotic place I could think of. As a teenager I fantasized about being […]

Clovis native served as head of state historical society

By Don McAlavy: Columnist Not too many people will remember Roland F. Dickey. He was famous to us historians. He was born in Clovis in 1914, grew up here, and moved away in 1934. His father, Albert Lull Dickey, homesteaded in 1906, “two miles north of Clovis.” That’s right off Prince and East Manana now, […]

Caring for the environment is imperative

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Recently, Earth Day was observed. Like so many days that call notice to some relationship of importance, the danger exists that we will simply stop action, worry about that focus for a day or two, then go back to life as normal. In this case, the ideal of ecology may preoccupy […]