Feb. 8, 2009: Engagements

Southern-Encinias Max Baca and Judy Southern, both of Portales, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda LeAnn Southern to Phillip Ray Encinias, both of Clovis. He is the son of Rubel and Judith Encinias of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows March 7, 2009 at 200 E. 7th in Portales. A reception […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

By Freedom New Mexico Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first […]

Buffaloes hit early by knee injuries

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dickie Roybal hopes his Melrose football team can build on last week’s season-opening 26-0 shutout of Tatum. It’ll be tough, though, considering the Buffaloes’ injury situation — they’ve already lost three starters for the season to ACL injuries — and this week’s opponent is two-time defending state champion Roswell […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Firefighters look to fill the boot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Robert Seno and his fellow firefighters are out today to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters will be on street corners throughout today raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Termed “Fill the Boot,” […]

Melrose AD Black honored

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was given […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Firefighters dispense safety tips to seniors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three young Clovis firefighters were on a mission Wednesday morning. Their goal was to visit homebound senior citizens and install new smoke detectors. According to Vee Lucas, director for the Older Adults Division of the city of Clovis, the Clovis Fire Department and OAD are collaborating in an effort […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats pumped for start of district

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Clovis High quarterback Jordan Mendoza drops back to throw a pass against Artesia during the Wildcats’ last game on Oct. 13 at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats begin District 4-5A play tonight at home against Hobbs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In the entryway of the Clovis locker room, […]

Mustangs maul Melrose

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Mountainair’s Nathaniel Romero pulls down Melrose sophomore Zach Pack during the second quarter of Friday’s 8-man game in Melrose. Mountainair defeated Melrose 42-6. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Mountainair converted its first six fourth-down plays, including two for touchdowns, and beat Melrose 42-6 Friday in an 8-man game. […]

Melrose’s opener at Tatum postponed by rain

CNJ staff TATUM — Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of Friday’s Melrose-Tatum football game, the 8-man season opener for both teams. Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Buffaloes made the trip to Tatum and were warming up when the inclement weather struck. The teams will attempt to make up the game a 6 […]

Teams ready to jump into 8-man

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Clovis Christian players line up in a basic 8-man formation offense which the Eagles will use this season in their transition from the 6-man game. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After 19 seasons of playing 6-man football, the New Mexico Activities Association has opened the door this year for […]

5/14 Births

Word Noah Scott Word was born May 1 at Elmendorf Medical Hospital in Anchorage, Ala., to Caryn and Scott Word. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and has one brother, Laylon Helfferich, 14. The mother is a former Melrose resident, and the father is from Naperville, Ill. Grandparents are Johnny and Terrell Thompson of Clovis; […]

Melrose senior wins six-man award

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Senior Carlos Ruiz rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the second consecutive season. (CNJ file photo) CNJ STAFF When Dickie Roybal started coaching Carlos Ruiz in 7th grade, he was uncoachable — literally. “When he first started playing, he didn’t speak a lick of English,” Roybal said. “So, that made it hard. But all […]

Texico seeking 3-peat

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Texico’s Eddy Segovia looks for room as he runs to the outside during practice Thursday in Texico. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico’s bid for a third-straight Class 1A state title has picked up momentum in recent weeks. A sub-.500 team until two weeks ago, the second-seeded Wolverines (5-4) […]

Dramatic Mustangs headed to playoffs

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Bovina squeaked out another dramatic win Friday, beating rival Farwell 6-3 on Friday with a 40-yard field goal as time expired. Senior Michael Ortiz set up the game-winner with two big plays. On the final drive, Ortiz caught a 50-yard pass that put the Mustangs on the Farwell 30-yard […]

Buffs host Longhorns in playoffs

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The formations look the same, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said, even if the personnel — and the team name — have changed. The defending six-man state champion and top-seeded Buffaloes begin their title defense at 7 p.m. today contest against Roy-Wagon Mound at Melrose. Roybal noted the last time […]

PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Buffs may be minus two starters for season

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer DEFENDING SIX-MAN STATE champion Melrose could be without two starters, including its most explosive weapon, for the rest of the season. Junior lineman Jose Arenivar suffered a broken arm two weeks ago and senior running back Carlos Ruiz is out indefinitely with a heart murmur, Melrose coach Dickie Roybal […]

Unbeaten Buffs keep rolling

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Melrose’s Zach P>ack is pushed out of bounds near the goalline by Floyd senior Brad Lee on Saturday. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — The Melrose Buffaloes proved they can win without star running back Carlos Ruiz. With Ruiz sidelined with a heart murmur, Brock Graham led an efficient offense […]