CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats sweep Roswell High

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Three extra-base hits produced ninth-inning runs Tuesday night as Clovis High’s softball team defeated Roswell High 8-5 in the first game of a twin bill. The Lady Wildcats then scored early and often in the nightcap, rolling to a sweep with a 12-7 victory. After the Lady Coyotes forced extra innings […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats ease past Goddard

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Goddard’s Brianna Garza attempts to tag out Clovis High’s Sonia Chavez at second base during Tuesday’s game at Lady Wildcat Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Two ninth-graders got locked into a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday at Lady Wildcat Softball Complex. While Roswell Goddard’s Madie Greene may have had the […]

In Tribute: Father inspired, excited church members

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Father Wilfred Savard was involved in the Catholic Church for most of his 86 years, and he led with a style that inspired his church members to be involved, and be excited. “He was a different type,” said Mimi Garza, a member of Sacred Heart Community Church in Clovis. […]

Fort Sumner earns berth

CNJ staff MELROSE — Kaylynn Johnson and Rachel Chavez scored 10 points each and Fort Sumner beat Melrose when it counted the most — with a state tournament berth on the line. The third-seeded Vixens hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter Wednesday and beat the second-seeded Lady Buffs […]

Chavez’ grasp for dictatorship becomes reality

By Freedom Newspapers The Venezuelan National Assembly confirmed what has been in the works for more than a month: President Hugo Chavez, an avowed socialist who sees Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his role model, has been handed virtually unlimited power to rule by decree for the next 18 months. This new era of what […]

Legal office may face shuttering sentence

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer For 29 years, Lucy Lopez has guided low-income residents in Curry County through the legal system maze. Now, her job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works as a paralegal has been recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez […]

Socialism often cover for dictators’ hidden agendas

By Freedom Newspapers Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Public record: Marriages & divorces

CNJ staff The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Dec. 21 through Jan. 3: • Juan Manuel Dominguez, 55, to Agustina Salas Betancur, 49, both of Roswell. • Vernon Ray Dobbs, 39, to Felicia A. Chavez, 34, both of Clovis. • Jessie Trujillo, 34, to Evangaline Preciado, 46, both of Tucumcari. • […]

Lady Rams’ star fights off injury

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER ALBUQUERQUE — Apparently, Bethany Self makes an appreciable difference in the Portales Lady Rams’ lineup. Held out of Wednesday’s pool play after sustaining a strained right MCL in last week’s District 4-3A tournament championship loss to Ruidoso, the 6-foot-1 junior outside hitter returned with a vengeance on Thursday. After […]

Hip hop hits Clovis

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Famous rap artists rarely use their given names, preferring instead to adopt stage names to reflect their personal style. Such is the case for locally grown rap artist J.T. Montoya, who is known by his musical fans and peers as “Keize” (pronounced keys). Montoya, a self-described singer, rapper, producer […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Ex-Highland coach makes transition to Cibola

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Clovis High’s Michael Howard (57) and Michael Lewis (86) tackle Goddard’s Chase Kyser in last week’s 35-21 win over Goddard in Roswell. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Judge Chavez spent more than half of his 28 years of coaching at Highland High School. Chavez said he has fond memories […]

Chavez no laughing matter

Editorial Despite the oppressive nature of his totalitarian government, Cuba’s Fidel Castro still gets a warm welcome in the United States by many American leftists. But as Castro fades, the revolutionary left needs a new hero — and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently is fitting the bill. We couldn’t help but chuckle at the sight […]

Mustangs maul Melrose

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Mountainair’s Nathaniel Romero pulls down Melrose sophomore Zach Pack during the second quarter of Friday’s 8-man game in Melrose. Mountainair defeated Melrose 42-6. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Mountainair converted its first six fourth-down plays, including two for touchdowns, and beat Melrose 42-6 Friday in an 8-man game. […]

CHS harriers host invitational with ENMU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Mark Bussen spent three years away from the Clovis High cross country program, at least in name. Bussen coached the CHS program from 1998-2002 before stepping away when his own children were starting to enter sports. When then-coach Brian Stacy asked him to come back after accepting the school’s […]

Auto official: Gas prices going up

CNJ Staff Area residents could see higher gas prices in the coming weeks, according to AAA New Mexico spokesperson Jeanie Chavez. The recent announcement that an Alaskan oil company has shut down in order to replace a corroded pipe line is the latest in a string of events that led to record gas prices in […]

Lady Cats, Portales rebuilding

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Portales Lady Rams will have to overcome a heavy hit from graduation to top last year. Meantime, the Clovis Lady Wildcats are still striving for the blue trophy. Portales was pushed to five games by Pojoaque last November before nailing down its fourth Class 3A state volleyball title […]

Williams-Gee Wedding

Jenni Williams and Justin Gee, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage June 3 at the bride’s grandfather’s home in Alto. Judge Martha Proctor performed the garden ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Rod and Tana Williams of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Bobby and Donna Jean Johnson of Clovis and the late […]

Chavez shoots 76 in qualifier meet

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High grad Guillermo Chavez shot a first-round score of 40-36 — 76 on Tuesday in the first round of a United States Golf Association amateur qualifying tournament at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Golf Course. Chavez, who recently completed his freshman year at UNM, is in a three-way tie […]

Fort Sumner to celebrate ‘The Kid’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Two dozen eggs, eight cake mixes and six pounds of powdered sugar will go into the cake Parilee Moore is baking. It is a cake to feed 200 people. It’s not for a birthday or a wedding; it’s to commemorate a death. And people everywhere are invited to the […]