Fast-pitch league off to solid start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The fruits of the a new youth fast-pitch softball league in Clovis probably won’t be seen at the high school level for a few years, but league president Yolanda Aguilar said things went well during the league’s recently-completed first season. It was a learning experience for coaches as well […]

Students hungry to help

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Niki Bowers, 16, left, and Kelsey Hale, 17, work on making posters Thursday at Kingswood Methodist Church for the 30-hour fast fundraiser geared toward helping the poor of the world. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer There will be no pizza or hot dogs, no burgers or shakes — for 30 […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Dynamic duo

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Clovis’ Rishard Matthews follows the block of teammate Brian Mead during Saturday’s Class 5A semi-final game against Onate in Las Cruces. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Running back Brian Mead and wide receiver Rishard Matthews are the one-two punch for a Clovis offense that’s helped the Wildcats to a […]

Rides top draw for brothers

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Elighio Rodriquez, left, and his brother Joshua Willmot look up from their seats Thursday atop the ferris wheel at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and […]

8/19 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. This week, Amos and his friends have been enjoying the county fair.    jojo goes to the fair   boss the fair […]

Living in a slow state of mind

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ columnist When I was in some class that no one was paying attention to some 200 years ago, I recall the instructor, in an attempt to tame his unruly bunch, stand in the middle of the room and scream “Slow Down!” That’s sort of like New Mexico. Even though many speed […]

Local youth fast-pitch league in works

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Developing a youth fast-pitch softball organization in a slow-pitch softball town is no easy task. Just ask Yolanda Aguilar. But Aguilar, and other like-minded proponents of fast-pitch softball, may be on the verge of turning the corner. An informational meeting for parents interest in organizing an area fast-pitch league is […]

Back in my day

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Known as “Coach K,” Max Kralicek is not only loved by students and fellow teachers, he is known as something of a prankster, often singling out the principal for his jokes and mischief. At one time, Kralicek drove a 1946 Chevy, worked as a carry-out clerk at the grocery […]

Slow down, you move too fast

By Curtis Shelburne Phooey! Pfui! Rats! I think I’m getting a cold. It’s still early in the experience, and I hope that maybe I just sucked up enough dust working on sheet rock last night that the dust is to blame for what feels like the beginnings of a cold. Maybe it’s not a bug […]

Mother urges neighborhood drivers to slow down

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Krisha LeClear has been watching the cars zip by on Tierra Blanca for three years, and she does not like what she sees. Her oldest child is in second grade, but he is not even allowed on the sidewalk in front of her house. The section of street where […]

Obesity is expanding in America

By Mike Linn Lack of exercise and too much fast food has helped Americans exchange clipboard tummies for Buddha bellies in increasing numbers over the past two decades. The climb has been so daunting that one expert believes at least 85 percent of the population will be obese by the year 2040. The data reveals […]

Burma Shave signs are thing of the past

By Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits.  For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line […]