Don’t expect policy changes from Obama

Freedom New Mexico When President Barack Obama promised this week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green constituency. Welcome to election-year rhetoric. The green lobby is learning what other […]

Education digest — Nov. 10

Band takes third place The Clovis High School Marching Band claimed third place Saturday at the Tournament of Bands Marching Contest held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Clovis scored 85.35 points, just .05 points behind runnerup Onate and .3 points behind champion El Paso Coronado. In addition, the Wildcat Marching Band won […]

LSC champion Hounds left out of Division II tourney field

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Lone Star Conference champion Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team did not get a berth to this year’s NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament. ENMU (9-4-5, 3-1-2 LSC) claimed the program’s first conference championship this season, but the Greyhounds’ overall record left them a bit short. Lone Star Conference […]

Clovis students win big at state fair

Benna Sayyed Dusty Odegaard has been welding since he was 10 years old. Levi Cordova has been showing pigs for a decade. The Clovis FFA members each won grand champion in their specialty this month at the New Mexico State fair in Albuquerque. Odegaard won the Grand Champion Agriculture Mechanics Project award and Cordova received […]

Area resident organizing 42 tournament in Clovis

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File photo Faye Keener of Portales grabs the dominoes to shuffle with a smile after she and her teammate Beverly Winn won a game of 42 during a warm up for last year’s New Mexico State 42 Tournament at the Texico Senior Center. Saturday’s 42 tournament is rock ‘n’ roll themed and will take place […]

Teacher’s lessons left their mark

A couple of weeks ago we got to know B.J. Pierce, world Champion tiedown calf roper. This week I’d like you to meet B.J. Pierce, gifted school teacher. After about 13 years of solid rodeoing, B.J. retired from rodeo, and began teaching school. He taught sixth grade — “whatever classes needed teaching,” and began training […]

Curry County youths make sales at state fair

Freedom New Mexico A pair of Curry County natives sold grand champion animals at the New Mexico State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale, held Friday. A grand champion lamb, shown by Garrett Foote was purchased by the New Mexico Junior Livestock Foundation for $3,000, while a grand champion goat shown by Madison Belcher was purchased by […]

Education feature: Clovis sophomore’s trailer earns high honor at state fair

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Courtesy photo Clovis High School sophomore Dusty Odegaard won grand champion at the Curry County Fair for a trailer he made in his agriculture mechanics class. Liliana Castillo Words of wisdom from his father paid off when Clovis High School sophomore Dusty Odegaard won grand reserve champion at the New Mexico State Fair. Odegaard, 16, […]

Shoutout

Area gymnasts win medals Area gymnasts recently competed in the 2010 USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships with more than 50 teams and 1,200 competitors. Gymnasts ranged from ages 5-25 and varied in experience. Categories included trampoline, synchronized trampoline, double mini, and tumbling. Eleven athletes from the area competed at the state Championships in their […]

World champion Hedeman to be in Clovis

CNJ staff Four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis Saturday night. Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Curry County Special Events Center. This event is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding and is a Horizon Series Event. Horizon Series competitors compete at more than 20 […]

Press Release: Champion bull rider in Clovis

Tuff Hedeman is coming to Clovis!! For One night Only!! On Saturday , February 6th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Curry County Events Center, Tuff Hedeman 4-Time World Champion Bull Rider and President of the CBR, will bring to Clovis, the Cinch Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding presented to you by Joe’s Boot Shop. This […]

Education digest: CHS marching band receives high honors

The Clovis High School marching band was named Grand Champion at the Tumbleweed Marching Festival in Denver City, Texas, this past Saturday. The band also won Best in Class, Best Percussion, Best Color Guard, Best Drum Majors and Best Soloist. This is the third year in a row the band was named Grand Champion and […]

Champ looking for repeat

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Todd Burns of Albuquerque scored 75 points during the bareback bronc riding event of Saturday’s Pioneer Days Rodeo at the Curry County Events Center. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Stran Smith has been calf roping since he was 16 years old, and last year he earned the title of […]

Golden Gloves begins

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Alejandro Martinez, 14, right, misses a straight punch to opponent Cody Castaneda, 14, during Friday’s state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Community Center. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent While much attention has been turned toward mixed martial arts, in the world of fighting competitions, amateur boxing in New […]

Norvil Howell: Champion of champions

Clovis schools are celebrating their annual “Music In Our Schools” week. Editors asked readers if they have a favorite music teacher. Doug McGregor’s response: “Norvil Howell, the champion of champions. He has given more students pride, respect for themselves and leadership skills, along with showing them how to have goals and accomplish them to a […]

Clovis band takes honors

CNJ Staff Clovis High’s marching band won the Tumbleweed Classic for the sixth time in seven years Saturday at Denver City, Texas. The Wildcats band took home the following honors: • Grand champion • Best in Class 5A • Best drum major • Best percussion • Best color guard The band’s show was titled, “Holiday […]

Bull rider earns state honor

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L.J. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title in Las Vegas earlier this month. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer L.J. Jenkins always felt he’d win a world championship as a professional bull rider, just not this soon. Jenkins, 19, captured the Professional Bull Riders World Finals event title […]

Vice principal Jeopardy! champion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As a boy, Andrew Espinoza was a loyal fan of the TV trivia show “Jeopardy!” “He always watched the show and would get a lot of the questions right,” said his mother, Maria Espinoza. In late October, the Muleshoe, Texas, native appeared on “Jeopardy!” In his first appearance, Espinoza, […]

A ROPER’S BEST FRIEND: Good calf-roping horses hard to find

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Kim Williamson of Farmington has won six world championships with the help of her horse Cutter. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer World champion calf roper Kim Williamson said she owes much of her success to her faithful steed. “I’ve had him since he was five,” said Williamson, who finished […]

Spring activities abound in area

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Residents afflicted with spring fever won’t have far to travel to assuage their symptoms with a plethora of events scheduled for the next weekend. Civic-minded individuals can enjoy some sunshine and clean up local streets by volunteering to participate in Keep Clovis Beautiful, which is part of the national […]