Nov. 25 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Winning isn’t what it’s all about

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Women don’t belong in combat

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered West Point, bringing the number of female cadets to 225, which is 17 percent of the class. This is […]

Rio Rancho dominates Clovis Invitational

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Justin Kyle was the top finisher for the Wildcats in Friday’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. Kyle’s time of 18:01 was good for 17th. Jacob Lozano of Hobbs was the winner with a time of 15:47. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the sun peeked out from scattered clouds […]

Team looks to fill holes

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CnJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School cross-country coach Mark Bussen leads the varsity boys team during practice Wednesday afternoon at Ned Houk Park. The team opens the season with the Clovis Invitational, set for 3 p.m. Friday at Ned Houk Park. By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Clovis High girls got close […]

Lady Cats ready to start

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray used a camp-type setting last week to get a jump on the season. Ray, beginning his eighth season as the Lady Wildcats’ coach, entered Monday’s first day of practice having a fair read on his squad. “When you’ve had them for the better […]

CHS Notes: Wildcat football to air on ESPNU

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer Clovis High’s Oct. 19 football game at Artesia is scheduled to be televised nationally as part of ESPN’s Old Spice High School Showcase. The 14-game schedule has 10 games on ESPNU (including the Clovis-Artesia tilt), one on ESPN and three on ESPN2. Although the latter two channels are available […]

Local Roundup: Man faces forgery charges

CNJ Staff Man faces five forgery counts A 26-year-old Clovis man is facing five counts of forgery for allegedly attempting to pass $3,600 in phony money orders at the post office, according to police reports. Rosario Claudio was released from the Curry County jail Tuesday on a $10,000 bond, court records show. A post office […]

Man says teen struck him with SUV

CNJ Staff Police are investigating a case involving a teen who allegedly struck a Clovis man with her car when he tried to break up a fight Sunday, according to police reports. The case is being investigated as felony aggravated battery. Around 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Axtell […]

Stout to coach Lady Rams

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Courtesy photo Clay Stout, who helped coach Texico to the Class 2A state championship in March after leading the Sudan girls program the previous nine years, has been named Portales’ new girls basketball coach. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Less than a month after the resignation of longtime coach Brenda Gomez, the Portales […]

Girl’s night out

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Saige Bell takes a short ride during the 8-and-under calf riding event Wednesday evening at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Sugar and spice and everything nice, as the saying goes, are what little girls are made of. But you can’t blame […]

Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Characters’ flaws help us relate

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I was visiting the other day with some parents who were leaving on a weekend trip to Six Flags in Texas. Our conversation brought back a flood of memories about Six Flags. Our youngest daughter, Buffy, was 6 when she got lost at Six Flags in Texas. Charlie and I […]

Custom Classic draws 50 teams

CNJ staff The sixth annual Lil Custom youth softball tournament is slated for this weekend at Guy Leeder Complex, with 50 teams in 10 divisions scheduled to compete. Play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the final games scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tournament co-director Roger Jackson said the field is considerably larger than […]

Education Feature: Girls get glimpse of politics

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Dharshyani Kesavan, front, of Clovis listens on stage as election results are announced during New Mexico Girls State at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Approximately 150 high school senior girls from around New Mexico have thrown their hats into the political arena this week […]

Lady Cats grab silver

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Clovis High’s Caitlin Waters collapses after finishing first in the 800 meters Saturday at the Class 5A state meet in Albuquerque. Waters was able to make it off the track under her own power and rebounded to anchor the 1600 relay later in the day. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer […]

CHS GOLF: Clovis teams gear up for state

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Clovis High girls golfers, from left, Brooke Switzer, Tiffany Reid and Amanda Estes work on their driving on Friday at Municipal Golf Course. Both CHS teams are in Albuquerque for Class 5A state tourneys Monday and Tuesday. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s golf teams know their work is cut out in the […]

Vixens notch 1A state crown

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CNJ correspondent: Scot Stinnett Fort Sumner sophomore Rita Herrera grimaces as she prepares to cut loose during Saturday’s Class 1A state girls shot put competition in Albuquerque. Herrera won the event at 36 feet, 5 inches, helping the Vixens capture the team title. Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner’s girls are back in […]

CCS’ Bell wins 1A triple jump, second in high jump

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Freedom correspondent: Scot Stinnett Fort Sumner sophomore BreeAnna Lucero cleared 4-9 on Friday to take the Class 1A girls state high jump title in Albuquerque. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday […]

Clovis senior closing in on school mark in shot

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Michael Cohen practice the shot Thursday before the district track meet. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Michael Cohen is looking ahead — 57 feet, 4 inches to be exact. That would be a Clovis High record for the shot put, and it’s one of Cohen’s few unmet goals as he […]