Football still in Portales High grad’s blood

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Courtesy photo Portales native Raul Anaya played two years at quarterback for the New Mexico Razorbacks. He now plays linebacker for the New Mexico Crush. After more than two decades playing football, Portales native Raul Anaya said he’s done after this year. An all-state quarterback and safety at Portales and a two-year starter at linebacker […]

CHS grad battling cancer receives honorary doctorate

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Courtesy photo Virginia Lee, 24, was awarded an honorary Ph.D. in molecular plant science by Washington State University Dec. 13. Lee, a Clovis native, is battling terminal cancer. Sharna Johnson Virginia Lee’s outlook is simple — people were put on earth to help. “If we’re not here to help others what are we here for?” […]

Zias soccer adds grad assistant

CNJ staff PORTALES — James Hall, assistant director of coaching for the Durango (Colo.) Youth Soccer Association for the past 10 years, has been added to the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer staff as a graduate assistant. Hall was a four-year starter for the men’s soccer program at Fort Lewis College in Durango, helping […]

Education feature: Cat Grad Night organizers planning to up ante

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A group of community members are working to provide Clovis High School graduates “one last hurrah” for the second year. Not just any last hurrah. A safe one. Cat Grad Night is a lock-in event that provides graduates with a safe, chaperoned environment in which to celebrate. Event organizer […]

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 […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Clovis High grad writes book on St. Paul’s teachings

Joseph Durepos said his wife’s nudge to keep him awake at church a year ago motivated him to write an inspirational book based on the teachings of St. Paul.

CHS grad Reid shares 17th place in NCAA golf regional

CNJ staff CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — New Mexico State junior Travis Reid of Clovis finished tied for 17th Saturday at the NCAA East Regional Tournament. Reid finished with a three-day score of 4-under-par 209, including a 70 on Saturday. New Mexico State finish in a tie for 12th. The top 10 teams at regionals advance to […]

CHS grad doesn’t give up

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kristle Ford, 19, said she’s excited for graduation. “I can’t believe I made it,” Ford said. A year ago, education was not a focus of Kristel Ford’s life. She said she lacked confidence in her abilities, but with help from school officials, family and friends she turned her academic life […]

Texico grad aims to succeed

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Courtesy photo Bryn Mayfield, Texico High School’s 2008 senior class valedictorian, will attend Kansas State University. CNJ Staff Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories on area high school graduations. Bryn Mayfield, Texico High School’s 2008 graduating class valedictorian, is planning to leave her hometown and a life focused on sports to […]

Grad following in family footsteps

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Betty Poyner wants to work as a registered nurse with AIDS patients, the elderly or in the emergency room. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For Betty Poyner, Friday’s Clovis Community College graduation is only a step toward a new career path. Poyner, 55, will be receiving a certificate of […]