Curry County 4-H hands out awards

CNJ staff The 2006 Curry County 4-H Awards were presented Sunday at the Extension Building at the Curry County Fairgrounds. 2006 Project Awards Winners Achievement Lynnae Allen, Melrose Mandy Rush, Grady Makenzee Starbuck, Clovis Kirsty Forrest, Clovis Agriculture Lynnae Allen, Melrose Avery Jones, Grady Mandy Rush, Grady. Trenton Jones, Grady Baking Makenzee Starbuck, Clovis Lynnae […]

School physical time

27th Fighter Wing staff report Parents who have children starting kindergarten or the seventh grade, plays sports or is new to New Mexico can schedule a physical and avoid the last-minute rush. The 2006 school year beings Aug. 16. Parents should bring their child’s shot record and any necessary paperwork to the appointment. To schedule […]

Buffs’ Rush sets state mark

Melrose’s Cedar Rush leads during the first lap of the 800 meters. Rush won the event in a record time of 1:58.53. (De Baca County News: Scott Stinnett) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose senior Cedar Rush normally doesn’t run the 800. On Friday, he ran it and he ran it well. Rush won the 800 […]

4/16 Births

Rush Zane Henry Rush was born March 20 to Larry and Alicia Rush, of Grady, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. He has one brother, Chisum Rush, 4. Grandparents are Karen Smith of Ruidoso, and Rod and Vickie Smith of Azle, Texas. Great-grandparents are Bud and Phyllis Queener of Clovis, […]

Hearts and flowers: Local gift shops braced for holiday rush

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Cindy Tarango orders Valentine’s Day balloon bouquets for her five children Monday afternoon at Katie’s Flowerland. “I wanted them to feel extra special. They’ve been extra good this year,” Tarango said. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Just as lovers monopolize Valentine’s Day, so do certain gifts. Giving greeting cards, candy, […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Ruidoso’s scoring spurt sinks Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Lora Esquivel (light jersey) battles a Ruidoso player for possession of the ball during Saturday’s girls soccer matchup at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For nearly 60 minutes, the Clovis High girls soccer team seemed positioned for victory Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. […]

Melrose seniors searching for perfect ending

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Melrose’s Brock Graham, left, Cedar Rush, center, and Carlos Ruiz are three of six seniors who have been playing football under coach Dickie Roybal since seventh grade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock […]

Rush, ENMU line improving

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Tyson Rush (left) battles with Devin Pilgrim during Thursday’s ENMU football practice in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tyson Rush is a third-year starter on a veteran Eastern New Mexico University offensive line that is expected to be a strength this season. After struggling in the first […]

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. […]

Lady Cats finish with split

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CNJ Photo: Eric Kluth Clovis sophomore Kelli Helm, left, and Moriarty sophomore Aileen Nimick collide after going for a ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Girls Soccer Invitational Friday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Jesse Wolfersberger Clovis’ Lady Cats opened their soccer season slowly, but learned from their mistakes and finished […]

Lady Cats hoping for speedy recovery

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Clovis senior Courtney Cole works on her headers during soccer practice Thursday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a forgettable 2004 season, the Lady Wildcats are hoping a youth movement and quick legs will bring them a winning season and the second playoff berth in […]

Rush shaking off injury

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Clovis High junior Jennifer Gross (foreground) hits the deck as she tries to defend against junior Jordan Garrett during Lady Wildcats soccer practice on Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High junior Callie Rush is just happy to be back on the soccer field. […]

It’s snow surprise

Clyde Davis There it was — the surprise ending to an incredibly balmy winter, a late-season snowstorm greeting us as we arose on Tuesday morning. I personally had been aware of it since about 2 a.m. and, like at least one other person I know, became so excited I had a hard time getting back […]

Fort Sumner, Grady face rough road at state

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Grady’s Brittany Bailey wrestles for the ball with Desert Academy’s Theresa Wittman during the Lady Broncho’s 75-25 win on Friday at home. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Before the regional championship games, Grady coach Alicia Rush considered then-undefeated Fort Sumner as the favorite to win the girls Class 1A state […]

Grady cruises into state

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Grady senior Brittany Bailey releases a shot past Desert Academy senior Georgia Jenkins during the first quarter of their Class 1A Region B game Friday in Grady. Grady defeated Desert Academy 75-25. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer GRADY — Grady’s energy never stopped out on the court. Desert Academy found […]

‘Whiner’ gets mixed replies from readers

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Thank you, reader, for letting me get that off my chest. I have spent the last couple of hours going over reader response e-mails and letters to the editor. I was shocked — be prepared, this is going to knock your socks off — to find not everyone thinks I am […]

Moisture makes for gain on grain

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Heavy rains early this month have set wheat farmers up for a strong harvest this summer, though more rain would secure the possibility, a local agriculture agent said on Sunday. Curry County ag agent Stan Jones said many area farmers were preparing to cut their losses early this year. […]

It is possible to take the middle ground

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh is, as the title of the best-selling book would have it, “a big, fat idiot.” The man has, after all, lost a considerable amount of weight in recent years. But he is a major reason I’d rather hammer a spike through my ears than subject […]

What is Rush and Gov. Bill’s real story?

Ned Cantwell Who says the Hatfields and McCoys can’t get along? Think Israel will never come to terms with Palestinians? Think again. The war between the sexes will soon end. Ted Kennedy and Newt Gingrich will go fishing together. Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight is going to write a book called “My 10 Favorite […]