Official wants ordinance aimed at rendering plant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rendering plants in Clovis should be regulated more strictly, according to Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who is crusading to pass an ordinance that would clean up rendering plants within city limits. “It is something I am very passionate about,” said Sandoval, an elected representative of District Three, where […]

Plant manager apologizes for smell

CNJ staff The manager of a Hull Street meat packing plant told the City Commission on Thursday his company is addressing complaints about unsightly and foul-smelling cattle carcasses at the plant. J.D. Ruthardt of Champion Pet Foods said to alleviate the problem, he plans to hire another driver for carcass removal and said the trailer […]

Residents raise stink about cattle carcasses

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Area residents say carcasses of animals headed for a Dallas rendering plant often lie exposed at the Hull Street branch of Champion Pet Foods, Inc. for days, sometimes weeks. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinned cattle carcasses were visible Monday night from the bed of a cargo trailer. Flies buzzed around the […]

Roping becoming young man’s sport

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Clint Cooper went head-to-head with world champion Monty Lewis in roping contest Sunday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Plenty of the cowboys at Sunday’s calf-roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena were less than a quarter-century old. According to old hands and young ones alike, that’s the […]

Roping competition draws pro cowboys

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In the 1950s, some of the best calf ropers in the world competed in Clovis. World champions including Toots Mansfield, Lovington’s Troy Fort, House’s Glen Franklin would shell out $500 to enter. Clovis’ B.J. Pierce won the event one year. “The arena would be plumb full,” said Pierce, who […]

College volleyball: Zias earn first NCAA bid

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has garnered its first regional volleyball berth since joining the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II in 1984 as the Zias were selected on Sunday for the eight-team Southwest Regional at Kearney, Neb. ENMU (24-8) earned the No. 5 seed in the tournament, and meets Mesa […]

Zias fall in LSC semis

Freedom Newspapers LAWTON, Okla. — Abilene Christian rallied from a one-game deficit for a 26-30, 33-31, 30-23, 30-17 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament. ACU (27-7), the LSC South Division regular-season champion, advanced to Saturday night’s finals against North champion and host Cameron […]

Texico routs Hobbs JV

CNJ staff TEXICO — Chris Phillips rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns as defending Class 1A state champion opened its season Thursday by whipping the Hobbs junior varsity 62-0. Justin Garrison and Braden Vaughan added two touchdowns each for the Wolverines, who exploded for 29 points in the second quarter en route to a […]

Junior livestock sale brings in big money

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Lainey Widner, 13, of Melrose, laughs as she looks to the audience before bidding starts on her lamb Curley during Friday’s junior livestock sale at the Curry County Fair. Curley sold for $1,500. Curley during Friday Junior Livestock Sale at the Cur By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Fair’s junior livestock sale […]

Ex-CHS star falls short in Olympic trials

CNJ STAFF SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Clovis High track star Ryan Tolbert-Jackson failed to qualify for the 400-meter hurdle finals Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Tolbert-Jackson, the 1997 NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles at Vanderbilt, finished sixth in her heat and 11th over among the 16 semifinalist with a […]

Kids hurt in slide collapse

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor About 10 young girls went to the emergency room Thursday night after falling from atop a 28-foot-high slide at an end-of-the-year softball party at Spencer Park. Parents of the children — all under 8 and members of the Clovis Girls Athletic Association (CGAA) — were in the emergency room […]

La Cueva grabs big lead

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS FARMINGTON — Four-time defending Class 5A boys champion La Cueva took an 18-shot lead in the opening round behind the play of defending champion Zach Fullerton and Steve Sanders. Fullerton shot a 1-under 69 at the San Juan Country Club course and Sanders had a 70. Clovis junior Travis Reid also […]

Computer geeks, changing criteria make BCS mess

Freedom Newspapers There are at least two ways of looking at the controversy surrounding the Bowl Championship Series (a bit of a misnomer in that only one game matters) and its computer-driven decision to rank the University of Southern California Trojans third and thus not eligible to play in the (thoroughly) mythical national championship game […]

Limbaugh situation skewed by media

Letters to the editor It is a crying shame that Rush Limbaugh was forced to resign from ESPN, because of a remark that has been blown way out of proportion by a media that is totally out of control. I have been listening to Rush for many years, and he has done nothing but defend […]

Sale cracks quarter million mark

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Jennifer Blackburn, 16, of Grady, left, and Laiken Crist, 12, of Clovis, right, wait to show their lambs as Delanie Crist, 10, of Clovis, center, gives her lamb a kiss at Friday’s Junior Livestock Sale at the Curry County Fair. . Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham For Laiken Crist and her friends Kayla […]

Chavez tied for 20th

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Guillermo Chavez of Clovis shot a 40-34 — 74, 2 over par, in the first round of the American Junior Golf Association’s Southwestern Classic Wednesday at Isleta Golf Course. Chavez, who will be a junior in the fall at CHS, is currently in an eight-way tie for 20th place in a […]