Hounds have few holes to fill

By Dave Wagner PORTALES —Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott said the Greyhounds are in an unusual situation as national signing day approaches today — they don’t have that many spots available. ENMU normally signs about 22 players to national letters of intent, Elliott said, but will probably add only about half […]

Variable pricing option earns criticism

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite congressional criticism, and charges by military associations of benefit tampering, the Department of Defense has hired consultants to do a quick study on use of “variable pricing” in base grocery stores. By law, commissary items are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which is used to renovate […]

Wolverines claim EPAC boys title

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Texico’s Joe Zaikowski grabs a rebound over Floyd’s Eric Padilla. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Thirty-nine points won’t win many high school basketball games. It was more than enough for Texico in Saturday’s EPAC boys championship game. Playing suffocating defense throughout, the Wolverines eventually got a few of their own […]

Pentagon rejects raising retiree drug costs, for now

Tom Philpott Defense Department officials have defeated a White House budget initiative that would have raised prescription fees for military retirees, their spouses and survivors next October. The plan included imposing first-ever co-payments on retiree prescriptions filled at base pharmacies. Higher pharmacy fees remain a possibility by October 2005. The Office of Management and Budget’s […]

Officials find base closure criteria encouraging news

Mike Linn Criteria set to help determine which military bases will close after 2005 were made public on Monday, and local officials expressed confidence Cannon Air Force Base will remain open. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said he believes New Mexico bases are positioned ‘‘to not only stay off the closure list, but to possibly gain […]

Champion Cats, Carlsbad dominate all-district football team

CNJ staff The Clovis Wildcats used a well-balanced approach to win the District 4-5A title. Juniors John Props, Phillip Williams and a senior-dominated offensive line helped the Wildcats average better than 30 points this season while a defense keyed by a strong front five and a ball-hawking secondary resulted in two shutouts in four district […]

Texico stumbles into semifinals

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Texico senior Bryce Bailey goes up for a shot from the lane during Thursday’s game against Whiteface in the Farwell Invitational. Photo by Rick White By Rick White FARWELL — After a slow start, Texico scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and … oops, wrong sport. After a slow start, Texico solved Whiteface’s zone […]

Lady Cats’ man-to-man defense stymies Loboettes

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Clovis senior Monique Walker is fouled by Levelland’s Nicole Jones as she releases as shot during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game against Levelland at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Clovis coach Miles Watters thought it was going to take his team a year to grasp the intricacies of […]

Clovis wins ‘ugly’

By Rick White CANYON – Whether it was Tizrick Phillips or John Props off the bench or leading scorer Justin Pinckney getting untracked in the third quarter, Clovis put together enough offensive spurts to hold off pesky Abilene Cooper 58-50 on Friday in a semifinal contest of The Gene Messer Tournament of Champions. Clovis stretched […]

Lady Cats ride defense past Hereford

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Clovis sophomore Aimee Hilburn goes hard to the hold during Tuesday’s game in Hereford. Hilburn finished with five points. Photo by Rick White By Rick White HEREFORD — There have been two constants this season for the Clovis Lady Wildcats. Sophomore point guard Tori Quintana is carrying the offense with her 3-point shooting and the […]