USDA to close 259 facilities

Staff and wire reports DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will close 259 domestic offices, labs and other facilities as part of an effort to save $150 million per year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday. While the closures and other cost-cutting steps will affect the USDA headquarters in Washington and […]

USDA announces additional 300,000 acres for wildlife habitat expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has approved an additional 300,000 acres for conservation projects under the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). These additional areas include 150,000 acres for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) Initiative; 50,000 acres for the Duck Nesting Habitat Initiative; and 100,000 acres for the Habitat […]

State tournament scoreboard — Saturday

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos At The Pit, AlbuquerqueSaturdayBoysCLASS 5AChampionshipLa Cueva vs. Highland, 8:30 p.m. CLASS 4AChampionshipRoswell 59, Artesia 51 CLASS 3AChampionshipHope Christian 55, St. Michael’s 44 CLASS 2AChampionshipTexico 48, Santa Rosa 46 CLASS 1AChampionshipFort Sumner 67, Springer 66 GirlsCLASS 5AChampionshipLa Cueva 51, Cibola 43 CLASS 1AChampionshipCimarron 58, Des Moines 53

Des Moines holds off Grady’s bid

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer GRADY — A momentum swing late in the second quarter was all Des Moines needed. The Lady Demons put together a 10-2 run in the final two minutes of the half, highlighted by sophomore Caitlin McGlaun’s trio of 3-pointers, and went on to beat Grady 46-43 on Friday in […]

Lady Eagles striving to build up program

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In her fifth year on the varsity, Clovis Christian senior guard Sidnee Pool hopes she has played a part in building some stability in the girls basketball program. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis Christian senior guard Sidnee Pool remembers when the Lady Eagles faced seemingly endless losing streaks […]

Anderson, Douglas J.

Douglas James Anderson, 51, of Lubbock died Saturday, June 24, 2006, at a local hospital. Born Oct. 19, 1954, to Raymond and Midge (Hendriks) Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was raised, he entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973 after graduation. He spent the next 20 years serving his country, and was an […]

1A BOYS FINALS: Des Moines edges Logan

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A disheartened Logan junior Austin Whetten watches as Des Moines receives the Class 1A championship trophy. (CNJ staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — It took until the final seconds of the championship game, but the magic finally ran out for the Logan Longhorns. Down by two with 1.9 seconds […]

Top-seeded Tatum overpowers Lady Buffs

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Melrose Lady Buffaloes gave it a shot Tuesday against Tatum, but came up short. Now the Elida Lady Tigers will have a crack at the top seed in the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament. Tatum beat Melrose 47-27 for its 29th consecutive game with in a quarterfinal matchup at […]

12-16 scoreboard

Boys Clovis 94, Moriarty 62 Des Moines 91, Grady 67 Dora 65, Farwell 47 Muleshoe 71, Morton 32 Route 66 Holiday Tournament Tucumcari 69, Elida 61 Floyd 42, Mountainview 32 Fort Sumner 59, Dexter 52 Girls Clovis 81, Coronado 58 Farwell 68, Dora 37 Hobbs 42, Portales 41 Lady Lions Classic Fort Sumner 65, Questa […]

Vixens capture Class 1A crown

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Fort Sumner’s Tobea Patterson drives the baseline during the first half of the Class 1A championship game Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Things seemed easy at the start for Fort Sumner’s girls. Too easy, actually. Down by 10 points at halftime, the […]

Vixens win 1A crown

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Things seemed easy at the start for Fort Sumner’s girls. Too easy, actually. Down by 10 points at halftime, the three-time defending Class 1A girls champion Des Moines didn’t go down without a fight. But Fort Sumner held on for a 46-42 victory, avenging its only loss of […]

Updated Wednesday state tournament results

The Associated pRess The Associated Press State Basketball Tournament WEDNESDAY BOYS Quarterfinals 5A Cibola 77, Manzano 51 Eldorado 68, Alamogordo 59 Rio Grande 53, Gadsden 43 4A Capital 67, Albuquerque Academy 43 Deming 74, St. Pius 60 Roswell 60, Aztec 59 Silver 65, Kirtland Central 55 3A Bernalillo 60, St. Micheals 56 Grants 59, Wingate […]

Fort Sumner, Grady face rough road at state

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Grady’s Brittany Bailey wrestles for the ball with Desert Academy’s Theresa Wittman during the Lady Broncho’s 75-25 win on Friday at home. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Before the regional championship games, Grady coach Alicia Rush considered then-undefeated Fort Sumner as the favorite to win the girls Class 1A state […]

Foxes fall short in semis

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — It’s been a growing process for the Fort Sumner boys basketball team to accept a new system First-year Foxes coach Wes Weems said the pressing, uptempo game he installed didn’t really come together for his young squad until the last five games in the season. On Friday, the […]

Texico foe very familiar

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer It’s deja vu all over again for Texico. And again. And again. For the sixth time in seven years, the Wolverines will face Hope Christian in either regionals or the state tournament. “We’ve seen them quite a bit, probably more than what I’ve wanted to,” Texico coach Rich Luscombe […]

Lady Wolverines on mission

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Texico senior Brette Hadley drives around freshman teammate Faith Martin during practice Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Texico Lady Wolverines expect to see an aggressive opponent in Friday’s Class 2A Region D semifinal game against Hope Christian at Santa Rosa, but coach Buddy Little thinks […]

Wilmoth, Iva Lee

Iva Lee Wilmoth Services: Have been held. Mrs. Iva Lee Brown Wilmoth, 88, of Des Moines, Wash., died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, in Des Moines. She was born June 1, 1916, in Royal, Okla., to Mary Ethel Anderson and Troy Lee Brown. The family moved to Texas by covered wagon in the mid 1920s. They […]

Vixens sweep Bronchos

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Fort Sumner ended Grady’s first trip to the 1A state volleyball tournament since 1996 on the first day, sweeping the Lady Bronchos 25-12, 25-16, 25-8 in the quarterfinals Thursday at Del Norte High School. The Vixens (21-3) didn’t lose a game all day, earning the top seed out of Pool A […]

Late run pushes Des Moines past Lady Bronchos

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Grady junior point guard Brittany Bailey blows by Des Moines’ Jodi Kibbe during the first half of Friday night’s Class 1A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Static cling only lasts for so long, and that was true with the pesky Grady girls […]

Grady’s title bid halted by Lady Demons

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Grady sophomore Stephanie Bailey puts up a shot during Friday’s Class 1A girls state championship game against Des Moines at The Pit. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Making their first appearance in the state finals since 1987, the Grady Lady Bronchos made repeated comeback attempts Friday night against the favored Des […]