Clovis face first playoff road test

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Clovis’ Tanner Fickling looks to turn the corner during practice Thursday at the high school. Clovis faces Onate today in a Class 5A semifinal game in Las Cruces. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ Staff writer Clovis High senior linebacker Jonathan Sweet expects a physical matchup when the second-ranked Wildcats play No. 3 […]

Intramural flag football good for more than just athletics

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs It may not be the NFL, but at first glance you wouldn’t know. Matching jerseys scatter throughout the field. On the sidelines, fans and teammates cheer as the momentum seesaws back and forth. Coaches cringe and point, running up and down the sidelines, shouting their advice across the […]

Cats pull off major win over La Cueva

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Matt Ulibarri blocked his fourth field goal in four games in the closing seconds Saturday night, preserving Clovis High’s 10-7 victory over two-time Class 5A champion La Cueva at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. Despite that, the senior cornerback said he wished it hadn’t come down to that — the […]

Hounds grind out victory over East Central

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Jason Tezeno looks for room to run as East Central defensive back Darnell Harris leaps over a Fide Davalos block in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — About the only thing not going well for Eastern New Mexico University […]

Denver City blanks Portales

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Portales junior Eric Segovia runs off tackle while trying to break free from Denver City defensive back Jeremy Flores in Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — Both coaches predicted Friday’s Denver City-Portales game would be a game determined by field position. The first […]

Cowboys open with win

By The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes, two to Keyshawn Johnson, and became the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards as the Dallas Cowboys dropped San Diego 28-24. Bledsoe threw the winning 2-yard touchdown pass with 3:06 left as Johnson beat cornerback Sammy Davis on […]

Lubbock corn field transformed into 12-acre agricultural maze

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Courtesy photo The corn-field maze is cut into a 12-acre corn field using a laptop computer to link a mower with a global positioning system. Complied by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Lose yourself, and maybe even your family in Lubbock beginning this weekend and running through Nov. 26. The original “Corn-field Maze” is once again […]

Henry Gallegos, Carl Field, Lynn Wright

Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Henry Gallegos Date of birth: July 16,1926 Dates of service: October 1943 to August 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: […]

World War II threw farmer’s career for curve

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Len Santi, whose baseball career was interrupted by the draft, holds a baseball with signatures from the Clovis Pioneers of the now-defunct West Texas-New Mexico league. The ex-catcher said he was a line-drive hitter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but […]

Cannon Airmen bring leadership skills to the football field

Melanie Salazar Football begins at an early age for some eastern New Mexico children, as Clovis’ PlayInc. is kicking off its summer football league this week for children ages 3 to 12. But it’s not only the kids who will be filling their remaining summer days with first downs and tackles. Many Cannon Airmen will […]

Vargas learned his trade at the Clovis airport

Don McAlavy Just prior to the beginning of Clovis Army Air Field in 1942, that air field was the Clovis Municipal Airport. In 1941-42, Clovis High School classes were conducted in the old hangar at the air field. Ramon P. Vargas learned to be an aircraft mechanic there. “There were instructors from Albuquerque,” said Vargas. […]

Clovis air field home to glider-pilot training

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Just prior to the beginning of Clovis Army Air Field in 1942, that air field was the Clovis Municipal Airport. In 1941-42, Clovis High School classes were conducted in the old hangar at the air field. Ramon P. Vargas learned to be an aircraft mechanic there. “There were instructors from […]

Christians should take lesson from sunflower

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Some months ago I received in the mail several sample packages of wildflower seeds. When planting time came, I scattered those wildflower seeds throughout my flower beds and anticipated what would spring up over the following weeks. Now among my zinnias, marigolds and Johnny jumping jacks, I have beautiful wildflowers. […]

NMSU research facility field tests seeds for farmers

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Nicholas Dietrick, 14, of Tyrone, Okla. checks out the sunflower field Tuesday at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center near Clovis during the annual field day. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The 164 acres feature alfalfa and wheat and other ordinary crops, including sunflowers that grow to an average […]

7/17 Agriculture Digest

Food safety workshop in Clovis Fruit growers and farmer’s market vegetable growers can improve their knowledge of food safety and sanitation July 26 during a good agricultural practices workshop in Clovis. The day-long training at New Mexico State University’s Curry County Extension office, 818 Main St., will cover use of compost and manure, animal issues, […]

Roosevelt County 12-year-old champs

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Roosevelt County finished the District 3 12-year-old Little League all-star tournament undefeated, but not without a little last-inning excitement. Andrew Villanueva pitched a complete game to lead Roosevelt County to a 6-3 win over Quay County in Thursday’s title game of the double-elimination tournament. With the win, Roosevelt County earned […]

Responsibility gains victory in cane field suit

Freedom Newspapers Most of us are familiar with the examples of the civil justice system gone awry — the woman who was awarded millions for spilling hot coffee on her lap; drunk drivers who sue because they get hurt when they crash their vehicles; and criminals who file suit when they get hurt committing their […]

Area track team qualifies 10 for regionals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis-based New Mexico Stars youth track and field team had 10 of its 17 participants at the USA Track and Field state championships finish in the top three Saturday and Sunday at the University of New Mexico track stadium. The 10 qualified for regionals, to be held July 14-17 in […]

State police: No fault in fatal crash

CNJ staff A New Mexico State Police investigation shows neither driver was at fault in a fatal June 19 head-on collision involving a Clovis fire truck and pickup, Patrolman Lance Bateman said on Sunday. Bateman said a narrow road, low visibility and an extreme weight difference between vehicles were all factors in the accident. LaRoy […]

Clovis group enjoys bowhunting

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Paul McAlister, center, and Lonnie Pickel, right, practice at the Clovis Bowhunter’s range north of Ned Houk Park. In the summer the Clovis Bowhunters practice at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Staff photo: John Eisel By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer For someone not used to firing an arrow, the pressure bulges in the collar bone, biceps […]