Slow, steady wins race

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Muse, 7, of Clovis gets ready for the start of the Great American Turtle Race Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. In the end, he didn’t win the race, but said he can’t wait until next time. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Max Whitaker had trained his turtle, […]

Barrel race fiasco real crowd-pleaser

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Curry County Fair gets under way Monday. Are you going? You get to see some pals you haven’t seen in a while. If you’re a newcomer you get to know your neighbors. Folks get ribbons for things like livestock raising and quilt making. Then there’s fair food that includes […]

Race brakes for breakfast in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Amid cheers and whistles from bystanders, participants in the 25th annual Great American Race rolled in for a breakfast pit stop Tuesday in Portales at the Roosevelt County Courthouse square. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce volunteers were on hand to serve the Great Race participants and staff a hearty breakfast […]

Revving in the rain

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Clovis High School cheerleader waits Monday to greet a Great Race competitor on Main Street. Racers compete in the 4,000-mile endurance race across the country for the chance to win $270,000, according to race officials. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Through sunshine in central Texas and hail east […]

Great Race cruising through Clovis

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Courtesy photo: greatrace.com Drivers in the Great American Race will stop in Clovis Monday for an overnight stay on their way to Anaheim, Calif. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Clovis stands to earn its third Great American City Award in a row, the first city to do so, as the Great American Race passes […]

Fourth festivities: Display not dampened

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jared Vander Dussen, 13, stands at the bow of his team’s boat Wednesday during the Dairy Boat Race, one of several Fourth of July activities held at Greene Acres Park. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Thirteen-year-old Jared Vander Dussen stood majestically at the stern of the boat like Captain […]

Farmers sponsor July 4 boat race

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Local dairy farmers will sponsor the first Greene Acres Boat Race this afternoon as part of the city’s Fourth of July activities. The race is a part of a fund-raiser for the Matt 25 Hope Center. Coordinator Kent Ware said $80,000 has been raised from entry fees and other […]

Festivities involve more than fireworks

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer This year’s Smoke on the Water Fourth of July celebration at Greene Acres Park will be the biggest held, according to Jenni Gee of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce. While previous celebrations included fireworks displays, this year’s will also include live music and a boat race. “Everybody’s so […]

Racer sweeps Soap Box Derby

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Alex Collings, rear, races Kyra Bussen Saturday at the Clovis Rotary Club’s sixth annual Soap Box Derby. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Each under 6 feet long, each weighing 230 pounds, car and driver pairs could be seen rolling down Sycamore Street Saturday morning and afternoon. At the end of […]

Summer months offer numerous activities

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Summer will officially be here soon, and family activities have already begun. Pioneer Days, especially in light of our centennial year, might be viewed as the official kickoff to the golden season. For readers with children, a number of opportunities are available. Art and creative activities are offered in a number […]

Kicking O.J. out of restaurant good business move

By Freedom Newspapers Jeff Ruby’s restaurants are the kinds of places people go to spend an evening with friends and sometimes bump into someone famous. Ruby, a longtime Cincinnati restaurateur, works hard to maintain his company’s reputation for fine steaks and seafood and providing a great place for customers to relax and enjoy themselves. So […]

Church holding ‘Amazing Grace’

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer On your mark. Get set. Solve the Biblical clues to win The Amazing Grace. The congregation of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church will host a Christian version of the reality-based television show, “The Amazing Race.” Equipped with Bibles and city maps, racers will compete in a scavenger hunt-style […]

Attorney challenges death penalty

By Karl Terry: Freedpm Newspapers PORTALES — The constitutionality of the death penalty statutes in New Mexico was argued in a pre-trial hearing Monday in the Roosevelt County District courtroom in the case of a man accused of killing a retired Portales couple in 2005. Defense attorney Gary Mitchell of Ruidoso has filed four motions […]

Great Race returning to Clovis

CNJ staff More than 100 classic cars will cruise into Clovis on July 9 as part of the 25th Anniversary Great Race. The event is a recreation of the legendary 1908 New York to Paris “Greatest Auto Race,” according to www.greatrace.com. The coast-to-coast event, sponsored locally by the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, has rolled […]

Cats make history at state finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis High swim coach Vince de Maio said that the last day of the New Mexico Swimming & Diving State Championships on Saturday was the first day of the 2007-08 season. If that’s true, then the Wildcats are off to a decent start. On a team dominated by underclassmen, one […]

TAKE 5: Cats’ junior makes splash

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Miles Ware of the Clovis High swim team. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis junior swimmer Miles Ware has qualified for next week’s state swimming championships in four individual events and one relay. In his spare time, Ware hangs out with his friends on the swim team and enjoys […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

New Mexico election roundup

The Associated Press Democrat Lewis wins treasurer’s race ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democrat James Lewis won a decisive victory over his Republican opponent in the state treasurer’s race, bringing 30 years of government experience to an office that was clouded by scandal. Lewis, who served as state treasurer two decades ago, said he would begin work […]

Clovis places second at District 4-5A meet

CNJ STAFF CARLSBAD — The team scores in Friday’s District 4-5A cross country meet look almost like carbon copies. Host Carlsbad finished first, Clovis High was second and Hobbs third in all four divisions — boys and girls varsity and junior varsity. And the team totals were nearly identical. In both the varsity boys and […]

Turtle’s life isn’t just day at the races

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The other day I encountered a smooshed Southwestern box turtle on Kimberly Lane while tooling along on my bicycle. I paused for a minute to look at the little guy. No fuss, no muss, the turtle was just smooshed. “Well, I guess you won’t be in the turtle race,” I […]