Football still in Portales High grad’s blood

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Courtesy photo Portales native Raul Anaya played two years at quarterback for the New Mexico Razorbacks. He now plays linebacker for the New Mexico Crush. After more than two decades playing football, Portales native Raul Anaya said he’s done after this year. An all-state quarterback and safety at Portales and a two-year starter at linebacker […]

Southeastern Oklahoma used to tight contests

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU running back Tony Valenzuela, shown being tackled by Abilene Christian cornerback James Williams, rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries last week against the Wildcats. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer If nothing else, the Southeastern Oklahoma football team is battle-tested. The Savage Storm, playing its sixth consecutive Lone […]

County attorney: Video OK in courthouse

Sharna Johnson Curry County officials have done nothing wrong in playing an informational video related to Tuesday’s election in the lobby of the courthouse, its attorney said Tuesday. A petition seeking removal of the video argues it is campaign material promoting approval of a new judicial complex. Such promotion is not permitted within 100 feet […]

Cannon spouse wins lottery

CNJ staff report A Clovis homemaker and military spouse won $30,000 playing scratch off lottery’s Big Bingo Monday night. Darlene Greene told lottery officials she plans to use some of the money to pay off a car loan, according to a press release. Linda Hamlin, New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman, said Greene’s husband Wendell, stationed at […]

First person: Bell ringer takes on musical challenge

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jill Whitehead of Clovis performs with the First United Methodist Church’s hand bell group. The group performs every two months during services. Jill Whitehead has been playing in the First United Methodist Church hand bell group for 25 years. To start: When I started, we were new to town and […]

Musician likes keeping old tunes alive

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist He began playing music for cowboy dances at age 12. Oh, I forgot, I’m talking about Wayne Crume, who was born in 1924 in Kenna. Wayne’s mother, Helen Crume, was an accomplished piano player, and she tried to teach Wayne to play piano, but she finally gave up and let […]

Players aren’t only winners in New Mexico Lottery

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CNJ illustration: Tony Bullucks and Liliana Castillo Curry and Roosevelt County residents won more than $3.4 million by playing the lottery in fiscal year 2009, according to the New Mexico Lottery. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For a handful of area residents, scratching, picking and rubbing has turned out to be lucrative. Curry and […]

First person: Young fiddler full of talent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Portales’ Coby Carter said he started playing the fiddle after hearing George Strait play. The 13-year-old has been playing five years. Thirteen-year-old Coby Carter has been playing fiddle for five years. He has played with big name bands, including Restless Heart at last year’s Dairy Fest. This year, he’ll be […]

Ticket feature: Musician learned art from father

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Courtesy photo Jeremy Montoya was born in Portales and grew up in Clovis in a home filled with music, which led him into making his own music as an independent hip-hop and R&B artist. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Jeremy Montoya prefers to be called J.T. or Keize. Keize comes from his love of […]

Head bumps scary

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago, my oldest daughter, who is eight years old, fell while playing on our living room and smacked her head on the carpeted floor. She was playing some sort of Barbie acrobat game with her sisters and hit the back of her head. Aside from yelling “ouch!” […]