Pinewood derby to raise money for Boy Scouts

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo El Llano Grande District Commissioner Gene Weber and his granddaughters Autumn Weber, left, and Trysten Weber play with Pinewood Derby cars outside the Scout Center on Norris Street in preparation for Saturday’s event. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Pinewood Derby scheduled for Saturday is for adults this time. […]

In tribute: Radio announcer made fast friends

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer He was the voice of Wildcats, Bulldogs, Dillas and Gorillas, but Joe Frank Wheeler never hesitated to shout out Clovis as his hometown. The longtime sports announcer died Monday of a heart attack while setting up for a broadcast of the Amarillo Dillas baseball game against the Rio Grande […]

Cub Scouts hosting Ten Commandments hike

CNJ staff The El Llano Grande District of the Boy Scouts of America is hosting a Ten Commandments Hike beginning 8 a.m. Saturday. Co-sponsor of the hike, John Schonberger, said they are expecting about 50 Cub Scouts for the hike. The hike is intended to introduce participants to a variety of faiths and houses of […]

Hay fire erupts at Roosevelt County dairy

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Freedom New Mexico Staff Firefighters from multiple area departments were on the scene Friday night fighting a hay fire at Grande Vida Dairy, approximately nine miles east of Portales. As darkness fell flames could be seen by motorists traveling U.S. 70 between Portales and Clovis. According to Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill his […]

Clovis boys, girls make state tournament

CNJ staff Boys Class 5A tournament May 5-6 Times and locations TBA First round (seeds in parentheses) (16) Highland at (1) Carlsbad (9) Rio Grande) at (8) Alamogordo (12) Valley at (5) Eldorado (13) Clovis at (4) Cibola (14 West Mesa at (3) La Cueva (11) Onate at (6) Hobbs (10) Mayfield at (7) Rio […]

Cats claw way into finals

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Clovis sophomore Layne Strebeck goes up against Rio Grande junior Alex Rogan during the second quarter of Thursday’s semifinal game of the Milk Cow Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Under the circumstances, the Clovis Wildcats couldn’t have asked for a better game on Thursday night. In the semifinals of […]

Tournament results

Boys Milk Cow Classic At Rock Staubus Gym Wednesday’s games Abilene Cooper 52, Rio Rancho 48 Pampa 67, Santa Fe St. Michael’s 55 Rio Grande 65, Aztec 54 Clovis 70, Amarillo Tascosa 59 Thursday’s games Consolation semifinals Rio Rancho vs. St. Michael’s, 11:10 a.m. Aztec vs. Tascosa, 12:50 p.m. Championship semifinals Cooper vs. Pampa, 4:10 […]

Prep football scores

Staff and wire reports New Mexico Class 5A Quarterfinals Clovis 49, Manzano 14 Mayfield 10, Rio Grande 3 La Cueva 28, Eldorado 21 Texas Class 1A Second round Quanah 19, Bovina 8

Companies short on cement

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Workers from Southwest Concrete in Artesia pour cement for Eastern New Mexico University’s new communication building. The company gets its cement from Clovis Concrete Company. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A lack of cement has affected Clovis and Portales construction companies trying to keep pace with the building boom in eastern […]

Father’s Day rapids ride best as memory

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist One memorable Father’s Day my son Glen and I conquered the rapids of the Rio Grande from Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Dam in a four-man rubber life raft. Even now, after all these years, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night shouting, “Hard a-port! No, starboard! EEAAIIIIII! Happy […]

Taxpayers have the right to know public business

Freedom Newspapers What should have passed as a tragic episode in Texas history has become clouded by speculation and intrigue, thanks in large part to the recalcitrance of a federal bureaucracy. When two Border Patrol agents, Travis Attaway and Jeremy Wilson, died Sept. 19 in a boating accident on the Rio Grande, they seemed destined […]

Lady Cats split in Cruces tournament

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — Clovis ended a two-game scoring drought by pushing across a pair of runs in the fourth inning, grabbing a 2-1 win over Rio Grande Saturday in the Southern New Mexico Invitational and earning a split of four games in the tournament. Earlier in the day, Clovis (7-3) fell to District […]

Wright, Kenneth Dale

Kenneth Dale Wright Services: Have been held. Kenneth Dale “Kenny” Wright, 57, of Albuquerque died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004, in Albuquerque. He was born in Marysville, Calif. He was a partner in the Albuquerque night club Alfalfa’s and owned and operated Rio Grande Cantina and Conchas Lodge at Conchas Lake. Survivors include his wife, Magda […]

Rio Grande gets past Cats

CNJ STAFF RIO RANCHO — Rio Grande’s Keith Lowe doubled twice, driving in one run and setting up the other, and the Ravens held on for a 2-1 victory over Clovis High Thursday in the opening round of the Rio Rancho Invitational baseball tournament. Tim McGuire pitched a complete-game five-hitter to get the win for […]

State tournament scores, schedule

CNJ STAFF Wednesday GIRLS Class 3A Semifinals (At University Arena) Portales 56, Robertson 46 Socorro 59, Pojoaque 54 Class 4A Semifinals (At University Arena) Farmington 61, Roswell High 53 Kirtland Central 41, Silver 28 Class 5A Semifinals (At University Arena) Clovis 56, Gallup 32 Mayfield 53, Rio Rancho 52, 2 OT BOYS Class 1A Quarterfinals […]

Lady Cats draw Gallup in state tourney

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Clovis High Lady Wildcats face Gallup at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico in the semifinals of the girls Class 5A state basketball tournament. Mayfield and Rio Rancho meet in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The championship game is set […]

Upset, Grande

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Clovis defenders Carlos Gallo (left) and Jonathan Sweet sandwich Rio Grande QB Doug McDaniel. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Rio Grande did something to an Eric Roanhaus-coached team that no one has been able to do for more than a quarter of a century — beat the Clovis Wildcats in the first […]

Cats aiming to crack Rio Grande’s wishbone

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Clovis junior Phillip Williams has rushed for nearly 900 yards and scored nine touchdowns this seasoin desoite missing three games. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White Rio Grande coach Kelly Wilson readily admits he intends to be a ball hog in Saturday’s Class 5A state quarterfinal game against Clovis. The more his wishbone-based […]

Boy Scouts striving to keep teenagers in uniform

By Eric Butler Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of United Way agency profiles scheduled for publication each Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 21. Like most other youth-oriented associations, the Boy Scouts of America has a problem keeping kids in the group when their teenage years roll around. But Clovis’ Ryan […]