Hounds adjust to rain

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Eastern New Mexico University junior offensive linemen Marcus Smith sprints between cones during an agility drill Thursday inside Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with […]

Steers making changes

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Farwell senior defensive end Roper Smith practices a “swim move” on senior defensive end Colton Sudderth as Steers head coach Jacob Thompson looks on during group defensive drills in Monday’s season-opening practice. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Like their counterparts throughout Texas, the Farwell High School football team got […]

Students attend band camp to prepare for halftime shows, competitions

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Clovis High School marching band students work on their marching skills Tuesday during band camp at the high school. The camp, which began Monday and runs through Aug. 10, starts at 8 a.m. with marching practice. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Lounging by the pool and sleeping in are no […]

Internet hunting shameful practice

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist New Mexico has the darker side of the wild, wild west in a headlock with her stubborn refusal to outlaw the barbarian practice of drugging chickens, strapping razors to their claws and letting them fight to death under the guise of sport. Cockfighting it’s called. Could anything be dumber? Well, […]

Doctor part of long line of practitioners

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer When his son was hit by a car, his leg smashed in several places, Dr. Allan Haynes Sr., a general surgeon with a orthopedic specialty, mended the wounds of his eldest with his own hands. The little boy with the broken leg followed in his father’s footsteps, as […]

High jumpers leading way for Lady Wildcats

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In Darrel Ray’s 26 years of coaching track, he’s never seen a group of jumpers with the potential to reach so high. Junior Brittany Blackmon and freshmen Ebony Bunton and Jasmine McDonald have already qualified for the state meet in May in the high jump, while sophomore Mahalia Molett […]

Restocking defense Greyhounds’ primary goal for spring practice

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All-conference wide receiver Derrick Hunter is one of several returning starters on offense for Eastern New Mexico University. The Hounds begin spring practice Tuesday. (Freedom Newspapers) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University football program is going to reach the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time, first-year […]

Activists, actors shouldn’t influence ban

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Lawmakers have once again decided to consider banning cockfighting. Why? The sport is a Mexican-American tradition, and a New Mexican tradition. New Mexico and Louisiana are the only two states in which cockfighting is legal, but that’s no reason to ban it. Animal-rights activists contend cockfighting is a form of […]

Greenlee, Vernon

Dr. Vernon Greenlee Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cope Memorial Chapel in Farmington. Dr. Vernon Greenlee, 83, of Farmington, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington. He was born on July 28, 1921, in Clara, Mont., to John G. and Alice Greenlee. He graduated from Pacific University with a […]

Spring sports bloom

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Clovis senior Like Gray, left, sophomore Jonathan Sisneros, center, and senior Jared Montoya take part in “mass bat” a dry hack drill Wednesday at Bell Park. Wednesday was the second day of practice for the Wildcats. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The rippling effects of President George W. Bush’s re-election […]

Fraud becoming standard practice

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Call it the revenge of Milli Vanilli. You remember them, right? The pop music duo that came out of nowhere to score one of 1989’s biggest hits, an album called “Girl, You Know It’s True?” But “true” is one thing Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never were. One year, 7 million […]

In tribute: Ex-POW becomes doctor

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer He was a medical doctor who took a personal interest in each of his patients, always strived to make the best of a bad situation, and had a deep love for knowledge and education. That’s how family members described Clovis’ Michele de Maio, who died Nov. 4 from complications […]

Campus prank goes haywire

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It began with the “Jack the Ripper” movie. This horror flick, from sometime in the 1930s, contained all of the classic elements that make for a still viable fright-night feature. As the main focus on the campus horror movie evening for Halloween, it was supplemented with “Sorry, Wrong Number” and […]

Title March

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Clovis High School senior Jameson Wilson, 17, plays the bass clarinet as he practices Wednesday morning at the high school. CHS will defend its 2003 state championship Saturday at the Zia Marching Festival. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School Band director Bill Allred stood on a 35-foot high […]

College basketball: Hounds anxious for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — It took Shawn Scanlan two years to bring the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team from a 4-22 record and the basement of the Lone Star Conference South Division to back-to-back championships. Scanlan said the Greyhounds, who begin organized practice this afternoon, have conditioned well in preseason […]

On the front line

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At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Clovis coaches believe junior Kendall Richards can develop into a force at offensive tackle. Richards is expected to be one of four new starters on the offensive line. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Alex Everett is crossing the line for the Clovis Wildcats. With just one returning […]

Record-setting setter back for Zias

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Eastern senior Margie Goble holds the school single-season and career record for assists. Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In three years as Eastern New Mexico University’s setter, Margie Goble set single-season and career records for assists. After sitting out last year with a torn right ACL sustained on the […]

Cats ready to go

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Clovis senior Simon Salguero, center, senior Damian Robinson, left, and junior Vince Chavez, do an agility drill Thursday at the high school. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Rick White: CNJ sports editor It’s high school football’s version of boot camp. Sprints. Agility drills. Position drills. Team workouts. Chalkboard sessions. All crammed into a […]

Hounds set camp for youth

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Eastern New Mexico University senior quarterback Steven Hinson, shown last fall in a game against Angelo State, is one of several Greyhounds football players scheduled to take part in a free camp for area youth in Portales on Aug. 9. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner With the start of football practice just around the […]

Dad broke arm, but fixed soccer team

Alexis Domme: Guest Columnist Something I’ll always appreciate about my dad is that he will drop whatever he is doing to make his daughters happy. When I was in eighth grade, my soccer team discovered our coach had quit. This was halfway through the season and the league basically said, “Too bad.” We were devastated […]