Our people: Rising to the top

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Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]

Look no further than feed store

I remember looking out my bedroom window early one morning and seeing our 2-year-old gelding we called Chapo limping toward the corral, dragging a bloody hind leg. He had spent much of the night with his leg hung in a cattleguard. It was awful. My dad, as most cowboys, was a fairly good veterinarian. He […]

Military mama: No heroics behind injuries

Have you ever had an injury so embarrassing that you’d rather suffer in silence than answer the question, “how did you manage that?” Years back, my mom took a wrong step exiting a church staircase. Two stairs and she broke multiple bones in both feet. What a waste of a good injury — the holy […]

Officials: Giraffe died after fall

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe Jael eyes a heated barn in her enclosure Monday afternoon. Zoo keepers say giraffes Jael and Jay frequently went inside to escape the cold during cold weather last week. Jay was euthanized Saturday after he was injured in a fall. Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe […]

Police blotter — Sept. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Aug. 24, an officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Davis Street for a report of battery. A man said he was lying on his bed and his wife came in the room and started arguing […]

Cannon wife motivated to aid wounded troops

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Leslie Scott organized the same supply drive when she was stationed in England. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Suffering an injury while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, a soldier can be happy knowing that medical personnel will rush the injured far out of harm’s way in order to quickly treat […]

Injury slows Baskett

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Philadelphia Daily News: David Maialetti Clovis High grad and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett, shown catching a pass in a game against Arizona earlier this season, hopes to play in Sunday’s finale against Dallas after missing last week’s loss at Washington with a knee By Jon Marks: CNJ correspondent PHILADELPHIA — Helplessly, Hank Baskett […]

Baskett out for Sunday with knee injury

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett will not be in the lineup for today’s NFC East Division matchup against the Washington Redskins. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High grad, is listed as out with a knee injury, and did not participate in the last three practices for the Eagles (8-5-1). It is the first game the […]

Injury assessment serious issue

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist One day last August, while manning the .50-caliber gun atop his a Humvee on a dirt road in northern Iraq, Army Spc. Daniel “Joey” Haun suddenly lost consciousness.

Hounds hope to prove preseason poll wrong

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer he Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to prove the pundits wrong. Picked for last place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference South Division, players began checking in on Saturday for Monday’s first practice session. ENMU opens the season Aug. 25 against NAIA member Bacone College at […]

Charges filed in fight

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls will be charged as juveniles in connection with a fight on Sunday afternoon, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. The 17-year-old driver of an SUV that struck a 49-year-old man, causing injury to his arm, will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, Chandler said. A 16-year-old […]

Cannon Fitness Center offers pilates classes

By Julie Bizer: Cannon Fitness Center instructor An 80-year-old exercise is quickly gaining in popularity across the Air Force and America. Pilates is an innovative exercise program that focuses on strength, agility, economy of motion, flexibility and the mind-body connection. The end results are a sleek body with defined abdominals, firmer higher “glutes” and toned […]

Letters to the Editor: Sportsmanship missing from local sports

When I was at the Clovis/Hobbs basketball game on Feb. 16, I noticed the Wildcats played their hearts out. Unfortunately they fell short and lost the game. The student body present to support their team lost so much more. They lost their self-respect. During the game the student section chanted “Hobbs sucks.” When a Hobbs […]

Dec. 17, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Homicide takes trust as victim I did not have the opportunity to speak at the sentencing of James Smith on Wednesday, so I would like to talk about a couple of things now. I was the crime-scene technician for the investigation of Laura McNauhgton’s murder, and have had the unfortunate task of working too many […]

Injured trio back for Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Elizabeth Richards, Riikka Lehtonen and Rochelle Vance have a lot in common — starting with torn ACLs in consecutive games that proved devastating to the 2005-06 Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball season. All had their surgeries on the same day in January at Amarillo, and all […]

Eastern hires former Texas Tech assistant

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Linden Weese takes over Zias’ hoop program that was ravaged by injuries last season. (Courtesy photo: John Vestal) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As Marsha Sharp’s assistant and recruiting coordinator for 23 seasons at Texas Tech, Linden Weese helped the Lady Raiders win plenty of games. Eastern New Mexico University is hoping Weese […]

Texico bull rider returns from injury

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Friends of 18-year-old Texico bullrider L.J. Jenkins will get to watch the erstwhile high schooler compete professionally this weekend in New Mexico. For those close to Jenkins, seeing him at the PBR Ty Murray Invitational is quite a leap from where the young man was just a couple of months […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Zias need solid play from pair of friends

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Whether it’s on the basketball court or in a conversation, Tiana Bryant knows exactly where Heather Brown is, and vice versa. With three players — Rochelle Vance, Elizabeth Richards and Riikka Lehtonen — suffering season-ending ACL injuries within a week of each other — the Brown/Bryant familiarity is […]

Lady Blue wins rematch with Happy

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Farwell’s Brooke Lundsford releases a shot over a Happy defender during the first half of Friday’s semi-final game of the Farwell Invitational Basketball Tournament. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer In their second meeting of the season, Happy and Farwell had a complete reversal of fortune. In the first matchup, […]