Small donation can make big difference

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist For the past three years, our life in the winter, post-Christmas, has revolved around lower elementary level basketball, because of my grandson’s aptitude for and interest in this sport. Knowing how hard it is to get people to coach the lower levels, I volunteered when he was in kindergarten. I […]

Telecommuting can produce distractions

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist This is a column about telecommuting. You know … working at home. It’s an art that involves conning your boss into thinking you can be productive in the comfort of your own living room or kitchen table. Many ethical questions arise when it comes to working at home. For example, […]

Martial arts decision left to Civic Center officials

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis Civic Center’s management company has no policy against booking contact sports at their facilities. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Civic Center Committee members voted Monday to give the center’s management final say on what events are allowed at the civic center. The Committee discussed whether to approve […]

Pushing children not good idea

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My older daughters, ages 4 and 6, have recently started competitive sports. The younger one is on a gymnastics team and the older one on a cheer squad. I knew I had a competitive streak, but wasn’t aware that it would come out full force with my offspring. In fact, I […]

Mother can’t hide her team spirit

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist My older daughters, ages 4 and 6, have recently started competitive sports. The younger one is on a gymnastics team and the older one on a cheer squad. I knew I had a competitive streak, but wasn’t aware that it would come out full force with my offspring. I started […]

Survivor recalls Sept. 11 attack

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Van Walworth of Nashville, Tenn. entertains a crowd Tuesday during a Sept. 11 ceremony at Patriot Outdoors. Walworth sang songs that were inspired by 9/11. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Penny Bailey remembers watching in amazement as firefighters rushed into the Pentagon trying to find survivors of the Sept. […]

NCAA wrong in limiting event coverage

By Freedom Newspapers The National Collegiate Athletic Association is applying 20th-century thinking to 21st-century news events, tossing the constitutional right of a free press as it tossed a reporter from the press box at a college baseball tournament. The offense? Blogging. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported one of its sports reporters, Brian Bennett, was […]

Q&A: Former player at helm of Play Inc. board

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Charles Lott grew up with days of football and nights of basketball at Play Inc. Now as the president of the board he tries to give the same positive sports memories to today’s participants. He’s been a board member since 2003. Q:What are your earliest memories of Play Inc.? […]

Merger satellite radio’s chance for survival

By Freedom Newspapers Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million […]

Feb. 23, 1951

Clovis police were looking for someone who robbed 23 parking meters downtown. … Paschal Wickard and Helen Lee were named king and queen of sports at Clovis Junior High. … Clovis 4-H Club was planning a bakery sale at the Goodyear store, 423 Main. … Dunlap’s was promoting the latest in women’s shoe styles – […]

Grand slam keys Zias in softball

CNJ staff PHOENIX — Freshman Kristen Cruickshank’s fifth-inning grand slam held up and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team edged San Francisco State 8-7 on Friday night in the Schutt Sports Division II leadoff Classic. The slam put the Zias (9-10) in front 8-3 and they held off a late rally by the Gators […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commission action at Thursday’s regular meeting included the following: —Accepted a $754,346 state grant to maintain and enhance the Clovis Police Department’s 911 system. The upgraded system will automatically route calls to the appropriate emergency responder and display the caller’s location and telephone number. Funds also will […]

Lady Buff energized

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Melrose junior post Toni Burdine, above, said she looks to her sister as not only a role model, but also as a driving force to succeed. She has helped Melrose to an 11-8 record this season. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) Melrose junior post Toni Burdine spends most of her time organizing her many after-school […]

Student profile: Maher

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Megan Maher is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Robert and Angela Maher. Tell us about your pets: I absolutely adore my two cats. Gizmo joined our family a few years ago when we got her from a friend, and Gadget, my black cat, was […]

Local women earns 2006 AAU award

CNJ staff Jane Miner of Clovis, a long-time volunteer for AAU sports in New Mexico, has been chosen for a 2006 Presidents Leadership Award by the national organization. She received the award at an AAU convention in Honolulu in October. Miner has spent 21 years working in various roles for New Mexico AAU, most recently […]

Nursing in her future

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Cristen Wofford is a 5-foot-8 junior guard who plays basketball and volleyball at Clovis Christian. The Lady Eagles are 8-5 this season. A self-proclaimed sports lover, Wofford spoke about time away from school, some of her favorites in movies and television and her plans for the future. What do […]

Inspirational sports movies overrated

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Kids can say the darnedest things

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re looking for answers that have eluded mankind for a dozen millennia, find a bunch of kids. They have all the answers. I received a real-life list of these answers recently from my niece Whitney, a soon-to-be college graduate. (No gifts please; send money!) Here they are: How do […]