8-21 Honors

Chairez Anica M. Chairez, was nominated to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. She attends Yucca Junior High School, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Mrs. Lena Willis, a history teacher at Yucca Junior High school nominated Ms. Chairez for the conference. Burdell Anneka Burdell of Clovis was the recipient of a […]

Baskett looks for big year to impress NFL scouts

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One pro scouting service believes Hank Baskett will be at worst a middle-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. (UNM media relations: David Benyak) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In his 22 years, Hank Baskett has grown into a 6-foot-4, 220-pound specimen that Mountain West Conference defenses can’t ignore. Recently, he’s also grown out of […]

Dodd, B.J.

B.J. Dodd Services: Have been held. Mr. B.J. “Bill” Dodd, 82, of Melrose, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 30, 1922, in Crowell County, Texas, to R.E. and Helen May Dodd. He married Mary Doyle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Portales. Family members said […]

Melrose RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

Melrose faces familiar foe Tatum in playoffs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Melrose will be making its fourth trip in two years to Tatum on Saturday for a six-man quarterfinal playoff game at noon. One of those contests was for the 2003 championship, with Tatum taking the title. Until just under a week ago, Melrose (8-1) was favorite to win the title, […]

Hartsfield, Vera

Vera Hartsfield Services: Have been held. Vera Hartsfield, 93, of Albuquerque, died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 18, 1910, in Plains. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; and a brother, Gilbert Hightower. Survivors include two sons, Tommy Hartsfield and Dudley Hartsfield (and wife, Vickie); two […]

Former CHS star on national TV

By Dave Wagner No matter what happens in New Mexico’s Christmas Eve appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon State, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has already had at least one personal highlight for the year — an appearance on ESPN’s “Top 10 Plays.” His moment came in a game against Mountain West […]

Engagements 11/23

East-Hanson Murry and Rhonda East of Tucson, Ariz., announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Whitney East of Tucson, to Derrell Hanson of Clovis, son of Steve and Cheri Hanson of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 12:30 p.m. PST on Dec. 6, 2003, in San Diego. The bride-elect is a 2001 […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Area athletes get chance to shine

By Dave Wagner So much for New Mexico State University redshirt freshman and 2002 Clovis High graduate Nathan Nuttall easing into his college football career. Nuttall is a leading contender for the starting strong safety position for NMSU, which opens its 2003 schedule on Aug. 30 at the University of Texas. “‘Hello, Nathan, you get […]