Veteran profile: Mark Cage, U.S. Navy

Courtesy photo Mark Cage Alisa Boswell Name: Mark Cage Military background: 11 years active duty in U.S. Navy and New Mexico National Guard; 8 years in Navy Reserve, all in law enforcement. Current career: A lieutenant with the Portales Police Department. What was one of your most significant military experiences? We were traveling through the […]

Airmen step into the cage

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Courtney Wesley, jujitsu trainer and coach, examines U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marc Hightower after he was inadvertently jabbed in the eye during a Mixed Martial Arts Competition Dec. 10 in Clovis. Though temporarily blinded in one eye, Hightower, an airman in the 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron at […]

Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 capsules

CNJ staff What: Evolution Combat Sports Presents: Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 When: 6 p.m. today Where: Clovis Civic Center Fights: Eight, including two professional and six amateur bouts. Area fighters: Gilbert Cuhen, Clovis; Raul Rosas, Clovis; Tommy Arguello, Clovis; Dominic Baca, Clovis; Dewyne Hightower, Portales. Cage facts: Clovis-based Evolution Combat Sport uses a 30-foot wide, […]

Animal euthanasia: Gas chamber

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Outside the Clovis Animal Shelter I was greeted by Clovis police Capt. Ron Hutchison and Animal Control Officers Larry Rogers and Marty Martinez. Clad in black coveralls and wearing blue latex gloves, Rogers and Martinez were starting their morning cleaning ritual, Hutchison said. As we walked down the rows […]

Zoo animals fed chili peppers

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CNJ file photo: Andy DeLisle Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili peppers by visitors over the weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police are investigating an incident in which spider monkeys and ring-tailed lemurs at Hillcrest Park Zoo were fed chili […]

Far-out philosophies often backfire

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Several years ago, I scanned a news story headline that read, “Woman considers poisonous snakes brothers.” This piqued my interest, so I read on. Apparently a woman was worried about the environment and especially concerned for venomous snakes and their survival. She felt that society was wrongly killing poisonous snakes, […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

“Matchstick Men” Oscar material

Stacy Allen Now showing Show: “Matchstick Men” Stars: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockewell, Alison Lohman Summary: An obsessive, compulsive con-artist discovers he has a 14-year-old daughter. Showtimes: Portales Tower Twin: 1:30, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 “Matchstick Men” is a marvelous movie that will inspire and intrigue. You definitely do not want to see it alone. Like a […]