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 […]