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Mustangs seeking playoff berth

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With four of their six rivals in the Lone Star Conference South Division ranked in the top 25 nationally, virtually every game is a major challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team. That’s what helps make last week’s 38-35 loss at Texas A&M-Kingsville a little hard to […]

Firefighters put their rescue skills to test

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Firefighter Jarod Baldwin drags Rescue Randy during a competition Thursday between firefighters. Randy, a training dummy, weighs 180 pounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Chad Healer ran from challenge to challenge, his teammates chanted his name along with words of encouragement. He climbed a 70-foot ladder, carried […]

Hounds get another challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU quarterback Michael Benton talks with running back Tim Hammett on the sidelines during the team’s Oct. 6 homecoming game at Greyhound Stadium against Angelo State. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team was already significant. This week, facing […]

Texas center offers hope

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Once a promising basketball player at a Division I college, Scott Reynolds seemed to have a bright future. But an addiction to drugs and alcohol landed him in a Japanese prison when he was caught smuggling drugs, he said. “I was at the end of my rope,” Reynolds said. […]

When winning is losing: Weight-loss challenge ends in tie

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gravy and biscuits and boxes of doughnuts were orchestrated pitfalls for contestants of this challenge, but the victors slimmed down in spite of it all. A weight-loss challenge that waged for four months among Clovis Municipal Schools, the Clovis Police Department and a few other organizations ended 10 days […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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Ashley Birkholz, right, listens to valedictorian Jeremy Smith’s address to the class during Portales High School commencement exercises Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is […]

Counselor challenges schools, city to weight-loss contest

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Bob Pullings, school counselor at Gattis Junior High School, has issued a weight-loss challenge via email to faculty and staff of Clovis schools. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It began with Bob Pullings pondered New Year’s resolutions. “It’s just on everybody’s mind to lose weight” said Pullings, in his ninth year as school counselor […]

Prep hoops: Lady Cats thnking repeat

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Senior Brittany Blackmon (22) led the Lady Wildcats in scoring and rebounding last season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer With most of their players back, the Clovis High Lady Wildcats have visions repeating of last year’s 30-0 season and Class 5A girls state championship. Fifth-year coach Miles Watters, a veteran […]

Heritage Days chance to fiddle around

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People watch Kelsey Timmons, 13, of Guthrie, Texas, perform during the First Heritage Days Fiddler’s contest Saturday at the City Park in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Hundreds of people came out to the annual Heritage Days celebration at City Park on Saturday to fiddle around, rev up […]

Camp for sick youth superb

By Clyde Davis This column is geared to a special group of readers, though it may expand to include all of you with generous hearts. If you are in the first group, it is because you know a child who has or has previously had cancer. If you are in the second group, as most […]

Recount under way

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A recount is under way that could bring closure to the state Senate District 7 race by week’s end. The state granted Democrat Bob Frost a partial recount in his race against Republican incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, when Harden was declared the winner by 36 votes of the nearly […]

Martinez ready to take on new challenge

Don’t expect Fort Sumner’s Mario Martinez to do a coaching version of Michael Jordan and make a comeback any time soon. The longtime the Foxes football and boys track coach recently accepted a position as assistant director of men’s athletics for the New Mexico Activities Association. The NMAA is expected to formally approve the hiring […]

Selling CD for a cause makes horse sense

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Trenton Meeks, 17, of Farwell, brushes 3-year-old quarter horse CD before taking the horse out for a ride Saturday during the Spring Horse Sale at the Clovis Livestock Auction. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis Livestock Auction owner Danny Rogers estimated 1,000 horses would be sold this weekend in the business’ annual […]

Supercomputers? Not a problem

By Sue Gilmore Just the thought of navigating around a computer can send shivers up the spine of some adults. But a group of junior high and high school students from Clovis and Melrose are on their way to becoming high-performance supercomputer masters. The students, members of supercomputing clubs in their respective schools, have been […]

Officials defend Decalogue

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An unidentified person walks past the Ten Commandments outside the Curry County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. A Ten Commandments monument was removed from a courthouse Wednesday in Alabama. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell A Ten Commandments monument was removed from an Alabama courthouse on Wednesday, but Clovis officials said they’ve not heard any discussion […]

Senior-laden Lady Cats hope to challenge in 5A

By Dave Wagner With a strong nucleus of seniors, fifth-year Clovis High School volleyball coach Darrel Ray figures this could be the Lady Wildcats’ time to challenge at the state level. A half-dozen seniors saw action on last year’s 16-7 squad that reached the Class 5A regional round. A seventh senior, middle blocker Jessica Wymore […]