Navajo mysteries brought to life by author

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I saw in the Florida’s St. Petersburg Times on Monday that Tony Hillerman had died this last Sunday of pulmonary failure. He was 83. I almost cried, as I had been reading his great books since 1971 and still have some of them now. Hillerman was born in Sacred Heat, […]

Ethnic Fair celebrates 17th year

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Everette Sage, with the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, was one of four Navajo dancers to perform the bow and arrow dance at the Ethnic Fair on Clovis’ Main Street. The dance group, from Albuquerque, was dressed in traditional Navajo garb. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Drum beats of Western […]

Veterans Day events

The following events are planned in honor of Veterans Day: Today Veterans breakfast — 7-11 a.m., American Legion No. 25, 2400 W. 7th St. Opening of exhibit “Our Fathers, Our Grandfathers, Our Heroes … Navajo Code Talkers of WWII” — 2 p.m., Bosque Redondo Memorial. Information: 355-2573. VFW 9515 Dinner — 11 a.m.-2 p.m., VFW […]

Lady Wolverines in finals

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Texico’s Faith Martin drives to the basket past Navajo Prep defender Nicole Crisp in a Class 2A semifinal game at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. Martin had 17 points and 6 rebounds in the game as Texico won 42-30. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — Style points […]

Girls state semifinals preview

CNJ staff Today Class 2A Semifinals No. 3 Texico vs. No. 2 Navajo Prep 8 a.m. at Santa Ana Star Center Records: Texico 25-4, Navajo Prep 20-1 How they got there: Texico beat Tularosa 47-34 in the round of 16, and defeated Eunice 52-27 in the quarterfinals. Navajo Prep beat Pecos 61-23 in the round […]

State tournament scoreboard

The Associated Press GIRLS Tuesday Class 5A Quarterfinals Clovis 53, Las Cruces 42 Mayfield 58, Hobbs 51 La Cueva 46, Cibola 41 Class 4A Quarterfinals Roswell 49, St. Pius 45 Aztec 68, Los Alamos 38 Academy 52, Moriarty 45 Class 3A Quarterfinals Portales 41, Ruidoso 34 Hope Christian 68, Wingate 59 St. Michael’s 39, Santa […]

Prep basketball

Staff and wire reports State tournament Class 5A State tournament Round of 16 Class 1A Cimarron 69, Clovis Christian 34 Cliff 48, Gallup Catholic 41 Des Moines 46, Grady 43 Fort Sumner 58, Temple Baptist 29 Hagerman 75, Carrizozo 47 Magdalena 52, Animas 40 Tatum 55, Hondo 41 Class 2A Capitan 39, Bosque 24 Clayton […]

NM state tournament brackets

CNJ staff Class 5A Boys First round Saturday No. 16 Albuquerque High at No. 1 Rio Rancho, 7 p.m. No. 9 Highland at No. 8 Sandia, 7 p.m. No. 12 Mayfield at No. 5 Clovis, 7 p.m. No. 13 Alamogordo at No. 4 La Cueva, 7 p.m. No. 14 Valley at No. 3 Manzano, 7 […]

Navajo Pine handles Rams

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Portales thought it played at the opponent’s preferred tempo in the semifinals of the Hope Christian tournament on Friday. Navajo Pine, meanwhile, thought it played at the Rams’ pace. Whatever was the truth, it was Navajo Pine that came away with a 48-44 victory over Portales to move […]

ENMU student weaves art, war and Navajo tradition

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Teddy Draper III with a section of the mural he painted at the Community Services Center in Portales. He said the scene was reflective of a recent trip he made to the Marianas Islands. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers As a Marine and the son of a World War II code […]

Weavers celebrate Navajo tradition

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Eleanore Nestlerode explains color variations among her freshly died yarn. Nestlerode was one of several artisans who demonstrated the craft of Navajo rug-making during the Bosque Redondo “Fabric of Life” celebration. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eleanore Nestlerode captures nature on strands of yarn. In an open-air studio, against a […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Memorial to Navajo Long Walk to be dedicated near Fort Sumner

CNJ staff The forced relocation of the Navajo and Apache people to the Bosque Redondo, a crumbling internment camp located in Fort Sumner, began in 1862. The grueling 350-mile march is now known as the Navajo Long Walk. A host of dignitaries will gather at the historical site Saturday for the Bosque Redondo Memorial opening […]

Horton, Wendell

Services: Have been held. Wendell D. Horton Sr., 63, of Navajo Dam, died Monday, March 7, 2005, in Navajo Dam. He was born on May 10, 1941, in Clovis, to Willard K. Horton and Estelle Paddock. He married Sylvia Ellen Beasley on March 3, 1962, in Farmington. He worked in road construction until 1969, when […]

Top-ranked Texico happy to be home

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Texico senior Johnny Serrano is the leading rusher for the Wolverines, who have won 21 straight games. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After a month on the road, including all of its district games, Texico starts defense of its Class 1A state football title at home. Winners of 21 straight […]

Friday night prep scores

Staff and wire reports New Mexico The Associated Press Alamogordo 35, Onate 19 Albuquerque High 15, Valley 0 Artesia 55, Portales 8 Aztec 51, Piedra Vista 0 Bloomfield 38, Tohatchi 6 Carlsbad 35, Goddard 27 Clayton 42, Estancia 20 Cloudcroft 38, Hagerman 0 Cobre 41, Bernalillo 16 Crownpoint 84, Navajo Prep 12 Escalante at Fort […]

Clovis youth group reaches out

By Darrell Todd Maurina For members of the youth group at Kingswood United Methodist Church, running a vacation Bible school program this summer on a Navajo reservation was like nothing they’d seen. In July, nine members of the church’s youth group traveled to Pinedale, a spread-out Navajo community in northwest New Mexico, about 30 miles […]

Draper named Pintores Artist of the Month for April

Teddy Draper, Pintores Artist of the Month for April and Pintores Art Club Scholarship Recipient for 2003, was born on the Navajo reservation in Northeastern Arizona near Chinle and Canyon de Chelly. His father was a Navajo code talker in World War II as well as a well-known artist, as is his older brother, Teddy. […]

Friday prep football scores

CNJ STAFF AREA GAMES New Mexico District 3-1A Texico 43, Jal 7 DISTRICT 2-1A Fort Sumner 28, Springer 18 Texas DISTRICT 4-1A Farwell 32, Springlake-Earth 0 DISTRICT 2-3A Lubbock Cooper 24, Muleshoe 12 NEW MEXICO GAMES The Associated Press Artesia 50, Goddard 23 Aztec 39, Albuquerque Academy 14 Bloomfield 43, Wingate 0 Cibola 38, Valley […]