Police make arrest in weekend mugging

Police arrested Michael Ruiz, 19, of Portales Wednesday for the robbery and beating of two men walking on the Eastern New Mexico University campus last weekend. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said a warrant was issued for the arrest of another man in the mugging, but the suspect remains at large. Berry said the two […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Honors

RuizJose Carlos Ruiz, of Melrose, received his bachelor of applied arts and science degree in business occupations during Tarleton State University’s summer commencement ceremonies held Aug. 8-9 in Stephenville, Texas. JimenezBrittni Jimenez, of Clovis, was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. To be eligible for the […]

Aragon, Julia

Julia A. Aragon, 94, of Clovis, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at her home in Clovis. Born Oct. 27, 1911, in Juan de Dios to Stephen and Senapia Sanchez (Baca), she was a longtime Tucumcari resident and resided most recently in Clovis. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Tana Garcia, and […]

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 […]

Buffs falter in six-man final

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ROSWELL — In its bid for a second consecutive state six-man football title, Melrose dominated most of the statistics against Gateway Christian on Saturday — except one. The Buffaloes rolled up an 18-9 advantage in first downs and a 566-310 margin in total yardage, but the Warriors converted five […]

Melrose returns to six-man title game

CNJ staff LOGAN — The Melrose Buffaloes are ready to defend their state six-man football championship. Senior Brock Graham ran for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Carlos Ruiz and sophomore Adam Hairgrove added three touchdowns and a safety Friday night as the Buffs routed District 3 rival Logan 86-40 in a semifinal […]

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 […]

Melrose romps to easy win in quarterfinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Carlos Ruiz was back in action Friday night and provided the Melrose Buffaloes with a big lift. Not that they needed a whole lot. The top-ranked and top-seeded Buffs opened defense of their state six-man title with a 48-0 quarterfinal victory over Roy-Wagon Mound. Melrose (10-0) advances […]

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 […]

PREP NOTES: Wolverines’ defense dominating foes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer TWO GAMES INTO the season, Texico’s defense has proven to been stingy. The two-time defending Class 1A champion Wolverines are just 1-1 so far, but have allowed only seven points while forcing 14 turnovers — eight in a 33-6 win over Smyer, Texas, and six last week against Bovina. […]

Melrose’s Ruiz, Floyd’s Long named All-American

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz was named first-team All-American by Six-Man Illustrated. Ruiz scored 56 touchdowns while leading Melrose to the state title. (CNJ file photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz and Floyd’s Jarrod Long are known as two of the best six-man football players in the state. Now they’ll be known […]

Hagerman eliminates Melrose

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Melrose’s Brock Graham is fouled by Hagerman’s Allen Pilley during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BERNALILLO — One thing that postseason opponents have learned about Melrose is not to ever count the Buffaloes out. But, thanks to a big counter-punch from Hagerman in […]

Buffs more balanced heading into state

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MELROSE — An early-season injury to their starting point guard was a real problem at the time for the Melrose Buffaloes. Now it may turn out to make the state-tournament-bound Buffaloes a tougher team to handle. But first Melrose had to overcame an 11-point third quarter deficit to beat Cimarron […]

Top 10: Loss leads Melrose to state title

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The road to the six-man state championship was a long one for the Melrose Buffaloes. Along the way to the school’s second state title six years, the Buffaloes weathered a 16-hour round-trip in the semifinals and a snowstorm that postponed the title game four days. The Buffaloes rode the […]

Buffaloes earn all-state nods

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Melrose senior quarterback James Walker earned first team All-State in six-man. It was his first year at the position for Melrose, which won the state championship. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Staff and wire reports Junior Carlos Ruiz led five Melrose players on the 2004 All-State team selected by the New Mexico Six-Man Football Coaches […]

Melrose takes second title in six years

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush chases down Floyd junior Jerrod Long during the second quarter of Wednesday’s six-man championship at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — In a game featuring 134 points, going two quarters with a combined one touchdown proved nearly impossible to overcome. The Melrose Buffaloes gained control […]

Melrose RB sets national record

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz has rushed for more than 5,000 yards in the last two seasons. (File photo) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Caleb Dodd has played football with Carlos Ruiz since the seventh grade, and he’s still amazed by some of the feats of his fleet-footed teammate. With the help of Dodd’s crushing […]

Buffaloes blast Mountainair

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — The only thing that came close to stopping Melrose’s Carlos Ruiz on Friday night was leg cramps. The junior speedster scored eight touchdowns as the Buffaloes crushed Mountainair 64-14 in a six-man contest. The game was stopped on Ruiz’s eighth touchdown 5:26 into the third quarter due […]

Voters swarming county office

Political Notebook The Curry County clerk’s office is busy these days. County Clerk Mario Trujillo said last week 320 people have voted early at his office for the June 1 primary. Also, his office has mailed out 159 absentee ballots. Those figures, he says, are higher than other primaries. “Well I do know that it […]