Clovis kid competes in All-American Soap Box Derby

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In less than 29 seconds, Kelsie Schwartz’s hopes were dashed, but she said she’s not going to let it keep her down. Losing at the 69th All-American Soap Box Derby on Saturday taught the enthusiastic 12-year-old a lesson — she wants to do it again, she said. In an […]

Mark your calendar for the County Fair

By Clyde Davis: local columnist “Start the hose. We need a drink.” It took me a minute to locate the source of the hoarse whisper. Actually, I knew where it came from; it took me a minute to believe my ears. The box tortoise in my right hand, the larger of the two, winked, opened […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Forcing students to maintain quotas also discriminatory

Freedom Newspapers Can’t we all finally agree that government should not discriminate against people based on race or ethnicity? Despite all the progress made in this country to give minorities equal access to public facilities such as schools, a newer, equally toxic form of discrimination has taken hold of some government officials, who would eagerly […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Early voting gets higher-than-expected turnout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Early voting turnout has been higher than expected for a gubernatorial primary election, according to officials. A heated sheriff’s race is one of the main factors, according to Deputy County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman. Typically presidential elections bring in more voters than gubernatorial races, but this year’s early votes […]

Clinton needs to be treated as real threat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to […]

Guilt, innocence only real factors in Duke case

Freedom Newspapers Just what America needs, yet another highly charged nationally publicized court case that deals with race, class and sex. Of course, the indictments against two Duke University lacrosse team members, for allegedly assaulting and raping an exotic dancer at a recent party, are the stuff that 24-hour cable news shows thrive upon. As […]

Finalist drops from CCC president race

CNJ staff One of the five finalists for the Clovis Community College president job dropped out less than 72 hours before he was scheduled to come to Clovis to interview for the position, according to college officials. Carl Heilman, president of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., alerted college officials of his intentions to withdraw […]

Donkey races summer high point

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Kids in my hometown had a summer bonus — donkeys they could ride all day long each year, free of charge. All they had to do was catch them, and my friends had the scars to prove it, mainly tooth marks on their behinds. This unique situation came about when […]

Dress code no hardship for NBA players

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I am trying to feel Marcus Camby’s pain. I am also trying to keep a straight face. I cannot do both. Camby, for those who never read the sports page, is a very tall man who is paid $8 million per annum to play basketball for the Denver Nuggets. You’d […]

Clovis teams win own cross country invite

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Clovis’ Caitlin Waters, left, finished first and Michelle Schenck, right, second in the Clovis Invitational cross county meet on Saturday at Ned Houk Park. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff The competition wasn’t what was anticipated, but Clovis High cross country coach Brian Stacy hopes his teams at least picked up some confidence in […]

Squeal appeal: Pigs race for Oreo cookie

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Four miniature pot belly pigs enter the first turn during the second race during the Hendrick’s Pig Racing Thursday at the Curry County Fair. The winning pig gets an Oreo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The employment ad, posted in a Kansas newspaper, was clever, and short. “Cabin Fever?,” it […]

Arenacross drawing youthful competitors

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Tucker Dobbs, 8, seen here riding his KTM Pro Senior 50 motorcycle, will compete in the fourth annual arenacross slated for Saturday at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Tucker Dobbs is described by his dad, Vernon, as a “nut.” Dobbs will be one of many racing […]

Melrose residents reminisce at annual Old-timers’ Day

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Peggy Pruitt-Laney-Fletcher, of Midland, Texas, takes a picture of her family name, Pruitt, in a brick Saturday during the Old Timers’ Day celebration at Baxter Memorial Park in Melrose. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Buddy Hepler said his family settled in Melrose in 1898, seven years before the village became […]

Casting call draws amazing candidates

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — While Hillary Boerio of Portales was singing “Amazing Graze” at the downtown square, there were interviews being conducted for “The Amazing Race” CBS show at Big Valley Auto. The Portales Fire Department held a water cannon competition to go with the Christian music, water volleyball, balloons and snow […]

Tombstone race trademark of Old Fort Days

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Ryan Autrey of Texico prepares to toss an 80-pound headstone over the first barrier in the finals of the Billy the Kid open division race during Old Fort Days in Fort Sumner. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Andrew Chavez: CNJ correspondent FORT SUMNER — Since its conception, the Billy the Kid Tombstone Race has been […]

Lady Wildcats third at state

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Clovis’ Caitin Waters, left, is congratulated by teammate Heather Malloy after the Lady Wildcats captured the 1600-meter medley relay during Saturday’s Class 5A state track meet at the University of New Mexico. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Darrel Ray had hoped it would be his Clovis High girls […]

Won’t it be nice to be out of time?

By Curtis Shelburne Won’t it be nice to be out of time? Huh? I repeat: Won’t it be nice to be out of time? I don’t wonder that you’re confused. You’re probably thinking: Whaddaya mean? “Nice” to be out of time? I find myself “out of time” already innumerable times every week, and running out […]

Pyeatt ninth at state for Clovis swimmers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In a way, the sight of a Clovis Wildcat cap bobbing in and out of the water while ahead of the rest of the field was a dream come true Saturday for Lady Wildcats’ swimming coach Vincent DeMaio. While it is true that the victory of Clovis junior […]