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 […]

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 […]

Military Equal Opportunity born out of social strife

Janet Taylor-Birkey The time was the early 1970’s — just a few short years after President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and race relations were not only affecting society as a whole, but also the military. “The military was going through a large transition at that point with integration […]

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 […]

‘Fantastic Four’ unleashed on adventure race

The Cannon team competed in the two-mile raft race which was the final leg of the second annual Laughlin Race Saturday. Greg Allen Cannon unleashed Thunder, Turbo, Psycho and Raw on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas as the Fantastic Four team completed 30 miles of bicycling, running and rafting through the Texas hill country Saturday. […]

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 […]

522 Airman stays fit one event at a time

Airman Thomas Trower There are many excuses to avoid physical training, but one Airman decided how she would overcome the urge to “slack off” by setting personal goals and striving to surpass them. First Lt. Kristin Hubbard, 522nd Fighter Squadron, decided to start training for, and competing in, triathlons. “I’ve always wanted to do it […]

Med Group Airmen show what they’re made of

Melanie Salazar Three Airmen went the distance earlier this month — literally. Staff Sgt. Patrick Wells, 27th Medical Support Squadron, 1st Lt. Curtis Murray and Senior Airman Simon Watson of the 27th Medical Operations Squadron all competed in the Palo Duro Trail Run in Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo. Lt. Murray finished 48th out of […]

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 […]