Day Trip: Let it snow in Cloudcroft

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Triple M Snow Play offers snow tubing and snowmobiling. (Courtesy photo) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Getting snowed in can be fun when you’re in the mountainous village of Cloudcroft. Just take a short drive to the snow-covered hills for a day of snow tubing, snowmobiling, skiing and ice skating. Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains, […]

Rams advance to 3A title game

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Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier escapes defenders while gaining 22 yards to the St. Michael’s 1-yard line late in Saturday’s Class 3A semifinal game in Santa Fe. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — The Portales Rams unexpected ride through the Class 3A playoffs continues, all the way to the […]

United Way ahead of 2005 fund-raising

CNJ Staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is outdoing itself this year, outperforming last year’s fund-raising drive with a little less than a month to go, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. Sitting at approximately 59 percent of the goal, Burch said $310,237 had been raised as of Wednesday. This year’s goal for Curry […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats dig deep for win

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Clovis High fullback Manuel Robles breaks off a long run in Saturday’s 21-13 win over Cibola in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer What happened: Clovis ended Cibola’s chances for an undefeated season with a 21-13 victory Friday night at Milne Stadium. Why it happened: After holding Cibola scorelss […]

Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police. A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report. Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at […]

Day Trip: Living museum only short drive away

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The Amarillo Botanical Gardens features indoor and outdoor exhibits. A grand opening will be held Oct. 7 for the conservatory. Courtesy photo By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Amarillo Botanical Gardens provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the sights and smells of a variety of plants and foliage. “A botanical garden is a museum […]

Clovis Schools hosts drive for musical instruments

By: Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Calling all trumpets, trombones, French horns, clarinets and saxophones. To supply horn instruments to all of its students, Clovis Municipal Schools is hosting an instrument drive in October. According to school officials, about 20 sixth-grade students are unable to afford the instruments. Supporting a band student can be expensive […]

Bronchos score late to nip ENMU

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ENMU cornerback Michael Fields cuts the legs out from under Central Oklahoma’s KerryJohnson (21) during Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — So close, but yet so far. Central Oklahoma quarterback Ryan O’Hara led a 12-play, 879-yard drive in the final three minutes, […]

Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

Traveling down life’s road Is an adventure

By Curtis K. Shelburne My wife and I rolled into our driveway late last night. Some sleepy cargo rested in the seats behind us—two sons fresh off the last plane that had flown them home from Uganda, jet-lagged and weary, out cold. If you’re tired enough, you can sleep almost anywhere. But Stephan and Josh […]

Seeing God requires faith, spiritual vision

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When I was a little girl, I often played a game of making objects out of the huge clouds that would cross the sky. I would play guessing games with Susie, telling her to look at the clouds to guess what animal or tree or person or whatever my imagination […]

Gift to mom taking kids to drive-in

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Mother’s Day always reminds me of a time when I supported a family, a dog pack, an ancient Ford, a cigar addiction and the federal government on $400 a month. In those days I put all our bills in a hat each month and drew one out to pay. If […]

Farwell residents heading aid drive

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The land Brandon Embry farms was untouched by the grassfires that charred an estimated 750,000 acres of Texas Panhandle land in mid-March. Yet, the Farwell wheat and milo farmer has decided to donate some of his farming supplies to help rebuild what the fires consumed. And he is urging […]

Moments in time delicate as soap bubbles

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Bubbles in bottles have been around for a long, long time. That is a big game with kids … blowing bubbles and then trying to catch or pop them. A bubble that is giant, wobbly and delicate disappears in an instant because it is so fragile. It’s like time because […]

State notebook: Wildcats stall after TD

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Mayfield quarterback David Bustillos celebrates a 77-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave he Trojans a 17-7 lead. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In the regular season, the Wildcats were only down at halftime twice, against La Cueva and Hobbs, and came back to win both games. On Saturday, Clovis came […]

11/17 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:30 a.m. Monday, a vehicle crashed into a fence on the 100 block of Remuda Drive and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 18-year-old Clovis driver tried to turn south on Norris Street but crashed […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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The Lone Star Ballet will begin its season Nov. 5 with “A Romantic Evening,” and will end March 22-23 with a special performance of “Romeo and Juliet” by the Joffrey Ballet. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Domenici shopping for compromise

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist So I wrote this column about lap dancing and how a couple of young guys ran up a $2,500 bill in one night at the Fantasy Club in Albuquerque and how that isn’t very fair and how Sen. Pete Domenici ought to do something about the soaring price of lap […]

Blocked FG seals Cats’ victory over La Cueva

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LBUQUERQUE — Matt Ulibarri jubilantly ran to the Clovis sideline, Diondre Hunter — with football in tow — ran right to the La Cueva sideline and, with less than 10 seconds to play, one of New Mexico’s longest prep football winning streaks was history. Ulibarri’s blocked field goal sealed a […]