Elida, Texico face loss of grant money on water projects

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A view of the Texico wastewater treatment plant. Argen Duncan The towns of Elida and Texico are facing the loss of grant money, and further stalling on key projects, and town representatives are blaming what they say are unreasonable requirements from the New Mexico Environment Department. If the towns can’t […]

Birth — July 18

Lauren Daugherty Lauren Diane Daugherty was born April 7, 2010 to Payton and Heather Daugherty of Humble, Texas at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas. She weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces. Grandparents are Tammie and Dwayne Wilkerson of Portales; and Jim and Cathy Daugherty of Elida. Great-grandparents are Joann Hall of Roswell, Rose Norman […]

Lottery luck strikes again for Roosevelt County family

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Courtesy photo From left, Brantley King of Elida, his sister Monica Baca of Portales and his wife, Jennifer King, went to the New Mexico Lottery office in Albuquerque this week to claim the Powerball prize Brantley King and Baca won. The two winners are the children of Aurbra King, who won $1.1 million in the […]

Thursday school cancellations

The following are closed Thursday due to the winter storm: Closed: Clovis Christian Schools Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis Community College (day & evening classes) Dora Schools Elida Schools Farwell Schools Floyd Schools House Schools Logan Schools Mesalands Community College Portales Municipal Schools San Jon Schools Eastern New Mexico University — classes resume Friday.

Elida man wins $1.1 million in lottery

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A 71-year-old Elida man has won $1.1 million in the New Mexico Lottery. Aurbra King had the nation’s only ticket matching the winning numbers in the Nov. 18 Hot Lotto jackpot drawing, beating odds of one in almost 11 million, according to a news release from the New Mexico […]

Religion digest: Elida woman chosen as strategist

Connie Dixon of Elida became the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s new mission education and prayer strategist. Dixon announced that she will continue to serve as director of the state Women’s Missionary Union during the Sept. 1 missions celebration and New Mexico Woman’s Missionary Union annual meeting.

Elida turkey dinner set

Freedom New Mexico The Elida United Methodist Women annual turkey dinner is 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Elida High School cafeteria. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Proceeds go to the women’s group’s community service projects. The meal includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, […]

Services set for Elida chief

Elida Fire Chief Adam Anthony, 45, died from an apparent heart attack Thursday while hunting Elk around Ruidoso. According to a news release, a firefighter’s funeral is tentatively set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Elida High School Gymnasium. Anthony grew up in Elida. He was farmer and worked with the youth ministry for a […]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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Courtesy of New Mexico State FFA Association Ryan Best was named the 2009-2010 state FFA president. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this […]

ENMU grads get tough advice

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University graduated 355 students on Saturday, and among these new college graduates are five Elida students who make up almost half of the Elida High School Class of 2004. Also on Saturday, an honorary posthumous degree was presented to Kent and Sherri Best, parents of Heidi […]

Small towns sometimes have biggest stories

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist I recently came across a book filled with the writings of the late Paul Crume, humor columnist for The Dallas Morning News. What a surprise to find this big city journalist writing about where he grew up, in Lariat over in Parmer County, Texas. You know Lariat. It’s on the […]

Elida centennial set

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers After months of preparation, the town of Elida is set to mark its 100th anniversary this weekend with a variety of events. “You can’t believe how many people have worked on this,” committee member Red Halliday said of the volunteers who prepared for the celebration. The all-school reunion will begin […]

Mesilla Valley blanks Elida behind lefty

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Facing an early 3-0 deficit and a struggling starting pitcher, Elida coach Jimmy Ward did what many good baseball managers would do. He inserted a reliever, Caleb Widner, in hopes of holding down Mesilla Valley’s bats and giving his team a chance to chip away at the […]

Elida slips past Questa in 1A state meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LOS LUNAS — Despite scoring runs at an average of more than one per inning, there was a time on Wednesday when things didn’t look so good for Elida in the Class 1A state baseball quarterfinals. But the Tigers rebounded from a two-run deficit and moved into the today’s semis […]

Early long balls lift Texico past Elida

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — A brisk south breeze blowing toward left field made a difference in the first inning, and the Elida Tigers could not recover. Casey Crist and Jesse Walthers hit towering two-run homers in the opening frame while freshman Seth Bailey went 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched six […]

Elida downs Wolverines

CNJ staff DEXTER — The Texico Wolverines couldn’t overcome seven errors Saturday and lost to Elida 8-4 in the seventh-place game of the season opening Hal Bogle Invitational, hosted by Dexter. Texico built a 3-1 lead after two innings, but the Tigers rallied with three in the third and four in the fourth to take […]

Dora wakes Elida from dream streak

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Elida’s Ryan Best, right, shoots over Cliff defender Ryan Robertson in a Class 1A semifinal at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — The Dora Coyotes will go for their second Class 1A boys state championship in five years on Saturday. Reserves Wesley […]

Cliff overwhelms Elida in semifinals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent RIO RANCHO — Based upon results in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A girls basketball tournament, Elida’s followers might suspect that their Tigers would stand a pretty even chance with Cliff in the semifinals. But everything’s an inexact science in the state’s smallest classification, where teams from different corners […]

Elida upsets Cliff in OT

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Elida’s Wesley Gilmore posts up Cliff defender Jerrett Mendenhall in a Class 1A state quarterfinal game Wednesday at Rio Rancho High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CN sports writer RIO RANCHO — For most of Wednesday’s Class 1A boys state quarterfinal game, Elida played more like the No. 1 seed than did top-seeded […]

Girls state semifinals preview

CNJ staff Today Class 2A Semifinals No. 3 Texico vs. No. 2 Navajo Prep 8 a.m. at Santa Ana Star Center Records: Texico 25-4, Navajo Prep 20-1 How they got there: Texico beat Tularosa 47-34 in the round of 16, and defeated Eunice 52-27 in the quarterfinals. Navajo Prep beat Pecos 61-23 in the round […]