Best steps down from rodeo post

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — In a sense, Wendell Best traded one set of children for another. Best, 70, recently retired from his post as the national director for the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association. He leaves behind 30 years of service to what he considers his extended family throughout high school rodeo. “When […]

Eastdale takes crown

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Clovis American’s Adrian Loya lays down a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s state 9-10 Little League tournament championship game against Albuquerque Eastdale North at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Albuquerque Eastdale North erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third Wednesday night, breaking open a close game en route to […]

Rural schools shaped lasting friendships

Don McAlavy School reunions are fun to go to because you can see how much older your classmates have gotten than yourself. My sister from Abilene and I will attend the Claud-Pleasant Hill Community Reunion at the fire station at Pleasant Hill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 10. My sister Mary Lou […]

Hot times: Summer in the city

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Hunter Hughes, 5, from Texico, left, jumps into the Grady pool with friend Garrett Page, 5, of Albuquerque, as the two enjoy cooling off from the warm weather Saturday in Grady. Photo by Eric Kluth By Janet Bresenham For ideas about how to beat the heat on a sweltering summer day, just follow the sounds […]

Youth’s summer business venture turns charitable

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Taylor McIntire donated part of his proceeds from creating and selling a cookbook to a children’s home in Portales. Photo by Rick White. By Lukas Cash Taylor McIntire is not your average entrepenuer. The Arlington, Texas, resident eschewed the normal money-making projects of an 8-year-old like a lemonade and cookie stands and decided on something […]

Sensible celebration suggested

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Clayton Ortiz of Mr. W Fireworks said that Black Cats are popular choice this summer among customers for the Fourth of July. By Darrell Todd Maurina Above-normal rainfall exempted Curry County and other eastern New Mexico counties from a special dry weather ban on fireworks and most open burning issued last week by Gov. Bill […]

Regional lines tend to blur

By Clyde Davis Back in the 1960s, there was a TV wrestler by the name of Dawn Eagle. This fellow, a large, powerful American Indian with a Mohawk haircut, was one of the “good guys,” as were Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino. These wrestlers, however, were not the same combatants who thrilled fans […]

School Board honors volunteer

CNJ Staff After 17 years of making drill team uniforms, attending dance competitions in far-off places and accomplishing sundry other non-paid tasks, Sharon Dorman was recognized for her volunteer efforts. But Dorman, awarded the Volunteer of the Year at a Tuesday Clovis School Board, said this acknowledgement merely put a cap on what she naturally […]