Hounds will help open new Pit

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU freshman Logan Turnbow rebounds the ball and tries to dunk during practice at Greyhound Arena on Tuesday. Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team played well in the first of three preseason exhibitions on Saturday, losing at Texas-El Paso 80-76. UTEP is coming […]

Bill seeks to cancel pit waste rule

The Santa Fe New Mexican A Republican legislator from northwestern New Mexico’s oil-and-gas-rich San Juan Basin is sponsoring a bill to rescind a controversial rule by the state Oil Conservation Division that tightened pit waste regulations. Waste products produced during the drilling and pumping process are stored in pits. The OCD claims unlined pits have […]

State tournament scoreboard — Friday

Go to varsitynow.com for game stories and photos Boys CLASS 5A At The Pit, Albuquerque Semifinals ThursdayLa Cueva 70, Eldorado 63Highland 63, Las Cruces 56 Championship SaturdayLa Cueva vs. Highland, 8:30 p.m. CLASS 4AAt The Pit, AlbuquerqueSemifinals ThursdayArtesia 58, Espnola Valley 56, 3 OTRoswell 69, Deming 64 Championship SaturdayArtesia vs. Roswell, 4:30 p.m. CLASS 3AAt […]

Dogs dangerous?

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Alex Penland and her 2-year-old pitbull Bella play together during Penland’s lunch break from her work as a veterinarian assistant. Penland said Bella doesn’t bark or growl and likes to spend her time watching things through her own dog-height Sharna Johnson A new twist proposed for an old law would […]

Cats look to get win in The Pit

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jaden Isler and his Clovis High basketball teammates remember all too well the last time they played in The Pit. The Wildcats rolled into the Class 5A state championship game in March at the University of New Mexico’s basketball facility in Albuquerque with 28-1 record, but had to settle […]

March 13 – Push

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Danni Williams, 11, gave the refs her opinion on a call during the Wildcats state semifinal game at The Pit. “Push,” she shouted with the rest of the purple draped Wildcat fans around her. Williams loves basketball, she said, and has been playing since she was three.

Cats earn desired Pit stop

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Making the state tournament in Albuquerque is something they’ve been dreaming of since they picked up a basketball. For Clovis seniors Michael Lewis and Cody Thornsbury, it’s taken four years to reach the pinnacle of high school basketball in New Mexico. Others, such as freshman Jaye Crockett, didn’t have […]

Lady Rams survive quarterfinals

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Portales senior Morgan Hill looks to pass during Tuesday’s quarterfina win against Thoureau. Hill finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Three-pointers from Portales’ Briana Hernandez may have kept a large Thoreau cheering section quiet at the start. But, after awhile, silence turned into […]

Lenten sacrifices lend greater appreciation

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist The 40-day Lenten journey to Easter Sunday has begun. It’s during this time of year that I think of Grandma Emma, her Friday meals without meat and the stories she’d share with us. If you’re Catholic, you know meat is out on Fridays during Lent. But with Grandma Emma’s special […]

Clovis captures 5A title

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Marichia Floyd hugs teammate Aimee Hilburn as Clovis celebrates a49-46 win over Mayfield in the Class 5A championship Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — More than four months of hard work and sacrifice and a year’s worth of frustration exploded into a wild post-game […]

Tuesday’s basketball state championship schedule

CNJ staff Tuesday GIRLS Class 5A (The Pit) Quarterfinals Sandia (20-6) vs. Los Lunas (19-9), 9:45 a.m. Rio Rancho (24-3) vs La Cueva (18-7), 1:15 p.m. Mayfield (25-0) vs. Highland (18-10), 4:45 p.m. Clovis (27-0) vs. Gallup (17-10), 8:15 p.m. Class 4A (The Pit) Quarterfinals St. Pius (18-6) vs. Silver (21-8), 8 a.m. Deming (24-4) […]

Buddy gets day in court

By Darrell Todd Maurina Buddy is still alive and he’s going to trial. The mixed-breed pit bull’s owner, Greg Hromas, faces up to $1,500 in fines for allegedly allowing his dog to run at large and chase police. Conviction can be even more serious for Buddy, who faces death. Curry County Magistrate Judge Doug Miller […]