Reporter’s Notebook: Dogs earn keep by helping store owner

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Customers at Sandia Wholesale are usually greeted into the store with welcoming barks from its four-legged employees. Jim Graham, who owns the candy and paper product distributing store on North Main Street, has taken his dogs to work with him for the last 10 […]

Texico earns home playoff match

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent TEXICO — There was quite a bit at stake, besides the District 6-2A volleyball championship, when Texico hosted Clayton Saturday afternoon: Quite a bit of miles, that is. The Ladyt Wolverines, with a 25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-14 victory, made sure it would be the visiting Lady Yellowjackets who would have to […]

South 1A-2A all-stars fall in bottom of seventh

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For his first all-star coaching experience, Dora’s Ty Thatcher definitely had a philosophy that differed radically from his opponent. Using his bench liberally, Thatcher used 20 players for the South in Friday’s Class 1A-2A senior high school all-star game at Sandia Prep. Meanwhile, the North utilized four substitutes […]

Rams seek berth in 3A boys finals against Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You […]

Balanced attack key for Cats

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Manzano coach Aaron Ocampo knows first-hand how explosive the Clovis Wildcats’ offense can be. The Wildcats beat Manzano 49-14 two weeks ago in the second round of the playoffs. “You have to contain (Rishard) Matthews,” Ocampo said. “And I don’t know if you can stop him without double covering […]

Prep hoops: Rams reloading

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Like their female counterparts, the Portales High Ram basketball players are coming off of a Class 3A runnerup performance. Like the Lady Rams, the Rams are hosting Muleshoe on Tuesday night. That’s about where the similarities end for the Portales squads. “(Girls coach Brenda Gomez) basically returns most of her […]

James Morgan, Melvin C. Waltman

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James Morgan Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1926 Dates of service: January 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

13 not so unlucky for Wildcats

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Clovis starter Cade Wheeler pitched into the seventh inning before needing relief help to close out a 13-8 win over Hobbs in Tuesday’s second game of a Summer League doubleheader at Bell Park. (Staff photo: Rick White) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis vs. Hobbs. Though both high school’s baseball teams in a Tuesday doubleheader […]

Grass-cutting season back in full swing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist A little bit of snow, a little bit of rain over the past few months and you get a green explosion in your yard here on the High Plains. High grass means it’s time to break out the lawn mower. This is the third season for the family grass cutter, […]

happy birthday amos

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist happy birthday amos boss having a birthday isn t so bad – if only you didn t have to age any you ask me how old i am but i think i ll adopt the same policy that the giant redwoods of california fame have – never reveal your age until […]