Hounds take on Buffaloes in rematch at Canyon

CNJ STAFF The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is on a four-game winning streak that includes an 89-74 homecourt triumph over Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M just five days ago. ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan knows the 6 p.m. (MST) rematch on Monday night against the Buffaloes at the WT […]

One dead in Rogers crash

PNT staff report Police are investigating an accident that left one man dead and another seriously injured after the vehicle’s driver ran a stop sign in Rogers late Tuesday night, according to officials with the New Mexico State Police. Juan Nieto, 18, of Chihuahua, Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Gabriel Melendez […]

In the shadow of the tower lies the tale

It all began with TJ’s bright idea of having a sleep over at the church. You couldn’t really find fault with that; the senior high group was growing, mostly because of TJ’s and Kim’s leadership. They were, in fact, in the middle of a highly successful cans and nonperishable food drive, geared around Souper Bowl […]

One killed in shooting

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A Clovis police officer tends to an unidentified woman on the steps of 1013 Mercury Place where Rick Gallegos was shot Tuesday. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King A 47-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night following a shooting on Sunrise Boulevard in south Clovis. Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. […]

Just a prayer away: Make God No. 1 in ‘04

Judy Brandon Christmas is now over and naturally our thoughts turn to the new year. With only a week left in 2003, I think back over this year and know that there were times that I disregarded God in my life. I think that I must not be alone. Two or three years ago an […]

Ways exist to keep Christ in Christmas

Ned Cantwell It is a rare opportunity for the rookie reporter, this ride-along with two members of the ACLU about to begin their Keep Christ out of Christmas Season Patrol. At the appointed hour, the newsman and the two American Civil Liberties Union lawyers seat themselves in an unmarked car, the only clue to the […]

Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Homesickness abated by remembering

Thomas J. Lucente Jr. CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait — Another Veterans Day. Last year at this time, I was sitting comfortably at home in Ohio, going about my life, bowling a couple of nights a week, playing poker every Wednesday night, drinking my fair share of George Killian’s Irish Red and just basically living my life. […]

Wild, wild Air Force

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Barb Yates and her “cow-girls” take the stage for a “mo-o-ving” performance at last year’s Wild Wild, West Night, hosted by the Cannon Officers’ Spouses’ Club. This year’s event will be held Nov. 1 at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. By Darrell Todd Maurina When the sun sets on the evening of Oct. […]

Zias sweep pair of LSC matches

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Emilie Rodman goes up to attempt a block on Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jamie Alvarado in the first game of Saturday’s match at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner PORTALES — After playing most of its pre-Lone Star Conference South Division schedule on the road, home cooking has been just what the doctor […]

Election in limbo: Amendment 2 trails by 23 votes, but that can change.

By Susan Montoya Bryan BERNALILLO — A mistake and two locked ballot boxes in Sandoval County, an oversight in Chaves County and a mathematical error in Dona Ana County have clouded the outcome of New Mexico’s special election. A constitutional amendment giving the governor more control over education was a clear winner Tuesday night, but […]

Sandoval County vote totals flip

By The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – The Associated Press questioned a vote reversal in Sandoval County’s end-of-night results reported for the election on a constitutional amendment that would increase school funding. Statewide, the AP tally showed the amendment leading by fewer than 900 votes and the race was too close to call early Wednesday. Sandoval […]

‘Slickem Skullatus’ strikes Huber home

Bob Huber No matter how you look at it, the only solution to baldness is hair. That’s what I keep telling my wife Marilyn these days, because recently she came under the auspices of modern medicine and overnight lapsed into what’s known in medical circles as the Michael Jordan Syndrome, or “Slickem Skullatus.” You see, […]

Storm dumps 3 to 4 inches of rain on Melrose

Gary Mitchell Roads were flooded around Melrose late Saturday night as a stalled thunderstorm dumped between 3 and 4 inches of moisture on farms and ranches in the area. Grady Bright of Melrose recorded 2.97 inches in town. “It was basically a 3-inch rain,” he said. “Most of it fell in about an hour. It […]

Racers dash for cash in Billy the Kid Shootout

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CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos/Modified Stock cars come out of the fourth turn during a qualifying heat of the Billy the Kid Shootout on Sunday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. Gary Mitchell Ted Hamm and Mark Harris got a little too close in a qualifying race Sunday that took them out of the main […]

Sheriff says robbery likely motive in slaying

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher checks for evidence at Tucker Auto Sales and Tucker Auto Storage, the scene of Thursday’s fatal shooting Gary Mitchell The Clovis business owner killed on Thursday night was shot three times and the motive may have been robbery, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said on Saturday. The body of J.C. […]

Mules look to rebound from opening loss

By Dave Wagner MULESHOE — The Muleshoe Mules didn’t get off to the kind of start they’d hoped for Friday night. The smaller, quicker Mules held a bigger Seminole team in relative check most of the way, but couldn’t break through on any of their own handful of scoring opportunities in absorbing a 7-0 homefield […]

Snap judgments mostly are a little faulty

By Judy Brandon It has been many years, but that Sunday night long ago is still clear in my mind. God knew all about me and my attitude and still it hurts a little even today when I think about my attitude that night. It was about 1963. The teenagers at church customarily all sat […]

Warrants issued for suspects in Portales shooting

By Mike Linn A local judge has signed warrants against a father-son duo suspected in the shooting of two men at the Valle del Solle apartments late Sunday night, police said. Police are searching for Jamie Banda Sr., 45, and Jaime Banda Jr., 22, on charges of aggravated battery, accessory to aggravated battery and conspiracy […]

Heavenly neighbor gets closer; Mars makes closest approach in 60,000 years

When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she said. “You […]