Teen dies in two-vehicle wreck

CNJ staff Kody R. Downing, 18, of Clovis died Friday in a crash near Melrose, according to a spokesman for the family. New Mexico State Police said it appeared Downing’s SUV crossed the centerline striking a westbound semi hauling cattle head-on about 5:30 p.m. some three miles east of Melrose. Downing was returning to Clovis […]

Cannon EOD gives students show

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Master Sgt. Warren Downing helps Alexis Sanchez put on a 10-pound helmet which is part of the EOD bomb suit. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections For the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron on Cannon Air Force Base, dealing with robots is a daily occurrence. But for the students of James Bickley […]

Moms helping moms

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Racheal Irizarry, 24, snuggles with her newborn daughter, Serenity. Born in January, Serenity is Irizarry’s first child. (CNJ Staff Photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The only child in sight is 40 days old and in the arms of her mother. A calm prevails, in spite of her whimpers and her mother’s […]

High jumpers leading way for Lady Wildcats

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In Darrel Ray’s 26 years of coaching track, he’s never seen a group of jumpers with the potential to reach so high. Junior Brittany Blackmon and freshmen Ebony Bunton and Jasmine McDonald have already qualified for the state meet in May in the high jump, while sophomore Mahalia Molett […]

Hawkins, William

William A. Hawkins Services: Have been held. Mr. William A. “Willie” Hawkins, 84, of Portales, died Thursday, March 17, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on July 29, 1920, in Ardmore, Okla., to Eula Pearl and George Washington Hawkins. He attended college in Portales. After about a year he went […]

Clovis eliminated from AAU 15-U girls nationals

CNJ STAFF WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Clovis Lady Wildcats were eliminated from national AAU 15-and-under girls basketball competition Tuesday, falling to the Concord Blazers 78-67 in the second round of bracket play. The Lady Wildcats, who had a first-round bye in bracket play, finished 4-2 for the tournament after winning four of their five games […]

Clovis 15s gear up for AAU nationals

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Brittany Blackmon drives to the basket during the Clovis Lady Wildcats 15 and under team practice Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Regina Downing doesn’t think she’ll have to whip her team into a frenzy for its opener in the AAU national 15-and-under girls basketball tournament next week […]

CHS girls state tournament notes

Sophomore Tori Quintana has hit big shots all season — and she did again in Wednesday’s 56-32 win over Gallup. After a nightmarish first half, Quintana hit 3-pointers to start the third and fourth quarters and finished the second half 3-for-3 from behind the arc. She missed all six of her shots in the first […]

Assistant coaches help keep Lady Cats together

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Clovis assistant coaches Regina Downing, left, and Dan Replogle have been a vital part of the Lady Wildcats success this season. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Assistant coaches are expected to run practice, serve as a go-between for a testy coach and an upset player, and leave their egos at home. Their suggestions […]

Religion briefs

The women of Trinity United Methodist Church in Clovis will hold their annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the church building, located at 1320 W. 21st St. Proceeds will go to local and national missions. For information, contact Kay Berry at 762-3115. • • • First Assembly of God in Muleshoe […]

Lawson, Maggie

Maggie Lou Lawson, 95, of Portales, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on June 23, 1908, in Thurber, Texas, to Annie Jane and Joseph A. Booth. She attended school in Minco, Texas. She married Gayle U. Lawson on Aug. 2, 1928, in Thurber, Texas. They lived […]

Clovis High School students hooked on reading program

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Clovis High School seniors Michael Stallcup, left, and Mathew Coker, look for books at the school’s library Gary Mitchell Charles Downing didn’t really like to read before he became involved in Clovis High School’s outside reading program. “It just took me forever to read a book — I would just put it off,” the 17-year-old […]

Clovis 14s eye nationals

By Dave Wagner Most of the players on Regina Downing’s Clovis Lady Wildcats 14-and-under basketball team are fresh off a two-day camp in Las Cruces held last week. They’re busy getting ready for an even longer trip — national AAU competition at Clarksville, Tenn. The 11-member squad, many of whom are playing in AAU nationals […]