Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Choices determine life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I wrote about these two long-gone cousins about five years ago, but the time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a […]

Muscle man

Photo by Tonya Fennell Master Sgt. Schuyler Beers works out three times a week at the Clovis gym Bodies in Motion. Beers recently competed in his first bodybuilding competition. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Schuyler Beers waited 13 months to sew on his Master Sergeant stripes. His promotion ceremony was held in June. And the […]

Airmen vie for bragging rights

Cannon Connections photo by Andy Delisle Cannon Air Force Base airmen display their speed and accuracy during the Pioneer Air Fest bomb loading competition. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections “Competitors, are you ready to load?” The question, asked by Cannon Air Force Base Master Sgt. Malachy Perry, echoed across the flight line June 8. Following […]

‘Bombs’ away

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cannon Air Force Base airmen load weapons Friday during the first of two competitions the base hosted that displayed skills of airmen from eight bases in the 12th Air Force and Hurlburt Field in Florida. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills […]

No slacking off

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Jason Amon’s horse Cajun Moon rears up as it leaves the chute Thursday during the 37th annual Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Amon scored a 77 on his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Two recent PRCA all-around world champs were in the calf roping competition […]

ENMU athletes 16th in NCAA Division II nationals

CNJ staff CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final throw […]

ENMU’s Boit earns All-LSC track recognition

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Felix Boit, the Lone Star Conference men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase champion, was selected to the All-LSC track team for his accomplishment. Boit ran the event in a career-best 9 minutes, 50.20 seconds last weekend at Commerce, Texas, beating the runnerup by nine seconds. Abilene Christian and […]

CCS’ Bell wins 1A triple jump, second in high jump

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Freedom correspondent: Scot Stinnett Fort Sumner sophomore BreeAnna Lucero cleared 4-9 on Friday to take the Class 1A girls state high jump title in Albuquerque. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday […]

CHS GOLF: Cats qualify for 5A state

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Clovis senior Tiffany Reid chips to the ninth green. Reid made a 15-foot putt to par the hole. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Tyler Fontenot played what he said was the round of his life, helping Clovis High’s boys qualify for next week’s Class 5A state competition. He topped […]

Calf roping under way at Mounted Patrol Arena

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Richard Gray of Smyer, Texas, shows his calf-roping skills Friday afternoon in Joe’s Boot Shop Calf Roping event at the Mounted Patrol Arena at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Gray is 70 and has been roping calves since was 8. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Dirty cowboy hats and dusty saddles […]

Letters to the Editor: Postal service needs proper competition

When a customer tells me “the check is in the mail,” I tend not to believe them. But I’m starting to change my mind. A customer two miles from us recently sent a payment for $28,000 through the U.S. mail. Based on the postmark, the two-mile trip took 28 days. My credit card bill normally […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

April 23, 1944

A headline in the Clovis News-Journal proclaimed “Clovis High boys look good in spring football sessions.” … Joe Bosse led the CHS junior class to victory in the annual “tree climb” competition. … U.S. Sen. Carl Hatch and his wife Ruth were returning to their home in Washington after a weekend visit to Clovis Army […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Rodeo queen contestants sought

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer APRIL 30 IS THE DEADLINE for contestants who wish to enter the annual Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen Pageant competition. The pageant is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. May 29 at Joe’s Boot Shop in Clovis. Contestants will be judged on appearance and personality. Horsemanship competition will follow at […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Area colleges hold ‘Apprentice’-style competition

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer NOBODY WAS FIRED. But that didn’t make the competition any less intense. This week, three eastern New Mexico institutions of higher learning held a competition based on the hit reality TV show “The Apprentice,” which stars Donald Trump. TWO STUDENTS EACH from Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams in middle of pack

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Clovis High’s golf teams were lodged in the middle of the pack after Monday’s first round of the two-day Roswell Invitational golf tournament. Clovis shot 332 and was tied with Deming for ninth in a field of 20 boys teams who played at New Mexico Military Golf Course. The CHS girls […]

State Golden Gloves tourney starts tonight

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Elijio Sena trains at the Roy Walker Community Center on Thursday afternoon. Sena is scheduled to fight in the super-heavyweight division of the state Golden Gloves tournament this weekend. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Until the fighters start actually showing up, beginning this morning, Chuck Haas can never quite be […]

Education Digest: Late start cancelled due to testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer There will be no late start Wednesday at Clovis High School as a result of a state-mandated testing schedule. All CHS juniors will take morning tests the week of Feb. 26. Questions regarding the tests and schedule should be directed to the CHS Guidance Office at 769-4350. Literacy council […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Speller will represent Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Accent marks were just as important as letters in this spelling bee. GUILLE VILLALOBOS outshone the competition Feb. 10 at the Clovis Schools Spanish spelling bee when he correctly placed the accent over the first ‘a’ in lampara (lamp in English). THE GATTIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL seventh-grader spelled impuesto […]