ENMU cross country teams cited

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s and women’s cross country squads have been named to the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic team, ENMU cross country coach Joel McMullen has announced. To be eligible, teams had to compile a collective 3.0 grade point average for the fall semester […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from […]

Letters to the Editor: Wildcat marching band deserves praise

We would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to the Clovis High School Wildcat Marching Band. We attended the Tumbleweed Classic competition on Saturday in Denver City, Texas. The performance by Clovis was breathtaking and beautiful. The hard work these young people put into their performance was obvious and in our opinion they […]

27 FW powerlifter takes on world championship

Master Sgt. Steven Petersen warms up with 315 pound squats. Sergeant Petersen will be competing in the world championships for bench press and dead lift on Nov. 18. Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower A bench press of 369 pounds and a dead lift of 551 pounds earned one Cannon Airman a slot to compete in […]

Clovis American 10-11s eliminated

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis American 10-11 all-stars were ousted from state Little League competition on Monday in an 11-0 loss to Albuquerque South Valley. The first-round losers bracket game was postponed from Sunday night due to rain, and the start of Monday’s game was delayed 45 minutes by rain, American coach Ricky Wilson […]

Local girls succeed at pageant

By Kristelle Siarza: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Kalila Pack succeed at her goal to make friends at last weekend’s Miss New Mexico American Co-ed Queen pageant. A student at Clovis Christian School, Kalila also took home third place in the Sweetheart Division in her first pageant. “She’s a little diva,” said Elizabeth Pack, Kalila’s mom. […]

Fireballs test abilities in multinational event

Cannon’s F-16s sit ready to launch next to F-16s from the Turkish air force during the Falcon Air Meet 2006, hosted by Jordan in May. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals More than 150 Cannon Airmen and aircraft from the 522nd Fighter Squadron “Fireballs” traveled to Jordan for three weeks in May to participate in the first-ever […]

Clovis student eliminated from national bee

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — After more than three rounds of spelling such words as “spheterize,” “ibidem,” “lipogrammatism” and “obstreperous,” 46 elementary and middle school students remained Wednesday at the end of the first day of tense competition in the annual national spelling bee. The winner will be crowned Thursday night on national TV. […]

4/23 Honors

Montoya Jessica Montoya of Clovis has been named a United States National Award Winner in mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy, it was announced by the organization. The daughter of Jaime and Debbie Montoya of Clovis, she attends Yucca Junior High. Her grandparents are Pedro and Manuelita Montoya of San Antonio, Texas, and Alma […]

Area students moving to state Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling […]

Golden Gloves time again

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Ricardo Alexander,17 of Las Vegas, N.M., trains Thursday at the Roy Walker Community Center for his upcoming fight in the Golden Gloves. Alexander will compete in the 165-pound weight class. (CNJ correspondent: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the host site for the New Mexico Golden Gloves competition in 18 of the last […]

Forgiveness warms hearts — even on ice

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino, Italy, are now history. I like the Olympics, and I like the winter games best of all. I’d come down with an almost terminal cold and was still sneezing, sniffling, coughing and spluttering on the second Sunday of Olympic competition, but I still […]

Olympics take mind off state politics

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist I know. I know. There is just a lot of stuff going on in New Mexico about which I should be passionate. What could possibly distract from writing reams of copy about the recently concluded 2006 New Mexico Legislature? The 2006 Winter Olympics, that’s what. Who cares about a $6 […]

Born to run: Dog agility competitions catching on

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Maggie, a 2 1/2-year-old border collie, posted the fastest time in three events in her first competition. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, […]

Counselor challenges schools, city to weight-loss contest

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Bob Pullings, school counselor at Gattis Junior High School, has issued a weight-loss challenge via email to faculty and staff of Clovis schools. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It began with Bob Pullings pondered New Year’s resolutions. “It’s just on everybody’s mind to lose weight” said Pullings, in his ninth year as school counselor […]

Coach splits time between family, chili

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Sesario Ramos holds a spoonful of asado Wednesday at his home in Clovis. Ramos has competed in chili cook-offs for more than 30 years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Torn between two loves — chili and family — seasoned chili chef Sesario Ramos chose family. Instead of attending the International […]

Squadrons competing to name ‘Biggest Loser’

Melanie Salazar It may not sound as glorious as it is, but for some Cannon Airmen and civilian employees, it’s time to be the biggest loser. The wing staff agencies, 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron are hosting a Biggest Loser contest, a light-hearted competition to get people to lose pounds and inches […]

Fire Prevention week kicks off; competition heating up

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(From left to right) Sparky the fire dog, Mr. Bruce Ford, assistant fire prevention chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Ivan Godwin, 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, look on as Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, signs the proclamation. Melanie Salazar The Cannon Air Force Base Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention week Tuesday, and has […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. 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 school club […]

A Chief's Welcome

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray dropped by Cannon Air Force Base Sept. 27 and 28 to tour the base and share his senior enlisted wisdom with present and future Air Force leadership. After his day and a half visit to the base, […]