Clovis baseball team seeking new manager

Kevin Wilson John Harris found the Sox fit him better, and the Clovis Pioneers are looking for a new manager four months before their professional baseball debut. Harris, a 1973 graduate of Clovis High School, was named Wednesday as the manager of the Amarillo Sox, who will play in the American Association this season. The […]

Local charities say giving season has been good

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Volunteer Connie Cordova, left, hands Angel Tree gifts to Jaylyn Price, middle and Isaiah Sena Thursday at the Salvation Army. Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said […]

Church performance awoke spirit of season

Judy Brandon Always at Christmas I recall the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas children’s program over fifty years ago. The children in the church were to tell the Christmas story the Sunday night before Christmas. Daddy was the pastor and on this particular Sunday, my sister Susie had strep throat so mother stayed at home […]

Storm may bring first snow of season

CNJ staff A winter storm heading toward eastern New Mexico will likely bring the first snow of the season. National Weather Service meteorologist David Craft in Albuquerque said there is a winter storm watch in effect for Thursday evening through Friday morning. He said the watch means there could be “a few to several inches” […]

Holidays about embracing those closest to us

Freedom New Mexico The end-of-the-year holiday season is intended to be a celebratory time, but there are more than 12 days’ worth of issues, situations and pressures that increase stress levels for many people. Last week, a team of University of Missouri health experts offered some tips for coping with seasonal sourness to help, as […]

Press release: Holiday season increases opportunity for thefts

Every Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal. The other issue is that […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Hounds finish season on strong note

Dave Wagner PORTALES — While the season didn’t turn out quite the way Eastern New Mexico University coach Mark Ribaudo and his team hoped, the Greyhounds ended it with one of their better performances in some time. Ribaudo credited his team’s discipline in part for Saturday’s 35-10 Lone Star Conference crossover drubbing of Tarleton State […]

Clovis Christian caps unbeaten season with 6-man crown

Senior Mike Urioste scored eight touchdowns as Clovis Christian beat Lake Arthur 60-13 Saturday in the 6-man state championship game in Lake Arthur. It is the school’s first state title in any sport. Urioste’s 46-yard run in the first quarter gave Clovis Christian (10-0) the lead for good at 13-7. The Eagles led 34-13 at […]

Hounds roll in season finale

Freedom New Mexico STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Senior running back Tony Valenzuela scored three touchdowns and senior cornerback Tavius Bigelow had three of Eastern New Mexico University’s four interceptions, including one he returned for a key touchdown late in the first half, as the Greyhounds whipped Tarleton State 35-10 on Saturday in a Lone Star Conference […]

Hounds try to shake off tough loss in season finale

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After coming up short last week in their bid for a piece of the Lone Star Conference North Division title, the task this week for Eastern New Mexico University’s football team is to get its emotional edge back. The Greyhounds visit Tarleton State for an 11 a.m. (MST) kickoff […]

Baseball league seeking host homes for players

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League, answers questions during a Wednesday meeting at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department. The Clovis Pioneers will start play in May as part of the Pecos League. Kevin Wilson A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message […]

Ticket feature: American Idol finalist taking stage in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Melinda Doolittle, sixth season American Idol finalist, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Marshal Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico American Idol hit Melinda Doolittle takes the stage Saturday in Clovis. With a voice described as big and soulful, the sixth season finalist of the popular TV show is performing as part of […]

Local business owners say election seasons boon

Sharna Johnson Signs and banners sprout up throughout the community during election season, an indicator that printing companies have the corner on the business of elections. But printers say while elections certainly are a boon to their business, it’s not an element they count on. “I wouldn’t say it’s a major component, but it is […]

Winning season still possible for Hounds

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — It was soon apparent in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game against fourth-ranked Abilene Christian that the Eastern New Mexico University football team was in a bit over its head. The Wildcats, with designs on a possible national championship, elected to take a brisk west wind […]

Clovis’ Crockett figures prominently in Tech’s plans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jaye Crockett averaged 29 points and 12 rebounds his senior season at Clovis High. By Rick White: CNJ sports editor Jaye Crockett has literally grown into what figures to be a prominent role this season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. A redshirt freshman, Crockett has sprouted more than 2 […]

Nomads continue to grow in third rugby season

Kevin Wilson Saturday is game time for the Clovis Nomads, with the rugby squad well into its third season. The Nomads (2-2) have been in operation for four seasons, and first started league play in the 2008-09 season. Players on the team run from 18 to 40 years old, and interest has run high enough […]

ENMU rodeo team starts season at home

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU graduate student Kacey Kobza of Brighton, Colo., practices goat tying for the ENMU College Daze Rodeo today through Saturday at Lewis Cooper Arena in Portales. Kobza competes in goat tying, breakaway and barrels. Clarence Plank The Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team kicks off their fall season with the […]

ENMU men’s soccer squad moves to 2-0

Andy Wilkinson scored his first goal of the season 13 minutes into overtime, helping Eastern New Mexico University take a 2-1 win over Colorado-Colorado Springs Sunday at the ENMU pitch. Emerson Rodrigues, who scored the first goal for the Greyhounds (2-0), found Wilkinson on a cross pass, and Wilkinson redirected the ball past Mountain Lions […]

Baskett makes Eagles’ roster

Clovis’ Hank Baskett beat out Kelley Washington for the fifth and final wide receiver spot with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to the team’s website. NFL teams were required to trim their rosters to 53 players Saturday. Besides playing receiver, Baskett is considered a strong special teams player. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate and former […]