Small budget calls for homegrown fun

Our summer began with a wonderful trip into unknown places, at least unknown to me, though familar to many from this area, as we went to southern Colorado. However, that will probably be the extent of our travels this summer, as like many families, our budget is small. We have found, though, small celebrations can […]

Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]

Freedom of information should be celebrated

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Sometimes you just need a little perspective. Last month, while politicos and activists of every stripe were hunkered down in the Roundhouse, I slipped away to meet with two small delegations of African officials. They had come to America to learn about public transparency and anti-corruption efforts in an experienced […]

Swimming, Shaving, Soap, DDT, and Theology

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Swimming right after you eat is dangerous. Using antibacterial soap significantly decreases your chance of getting a cold. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. Getting chilled gives people colds. Road rage is an epidemic. Mouthwash cures bad breath. Sugar makes kids hyper. DDT is an awful chemical whose […]

First person: Retiree keeps busy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carole Eggleton says she came to Clovis 30 years ago and loves the city for the warm, friendly, good people that live here. CNj staff Carole Eggleton, 76, stays active by swimming three days a week and volunteering with the Curry Resident Senior Meals and Meals on Wheels programs. She […]

Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today at 8 a.m. The pool at the center has been closed since December after failing to meet state standards. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Aquatics Center passed a state inspection Monday afternoon and will reopen today after being closed for nine […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

Cats make history at state finals

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Clovis High swim coach Vince de Maio said that the last day of the New Mexico Swimming & Diving State Championships on Saturday was the first day of the 2007-08 season. If that’s true, then the Wildcats are off to a decent start. On a team dominated by underclassmen, one […]

TAKE 5: Cats’ junior makes splash

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Miles Ware of the Clovis High swim team. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis junior swimmer Miles Ware has qualified for next week’s state swimming championships in four individual events and one relay. In his spare time, Ware hangs out with his friends on the swim team and enjoys […]

CHS SWIMMING: Clovis teams finish 10th, 11th at Academy

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis High swim teams will finally feel at home today when they practice at the Clovis Community College pool. The teams’ primary practice facility at Play Inc. was shut down late last month, forcing the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats to use the pool at Eastern New Mexico University for […]

Clovis squads finish third at St. Michael’s

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Clovis High’s swimming teams finished third in the seven-school St. Michael’s Invitational on Saturday. The host school swept both team titles, finishing with 181 points in boys competition to 103 for Santa Fe Prep and 86 for the Wildcats. On the girls side, St. Mike’s tallied 169 points, followed by […]

Swimmers hard work paying off

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Clovis High junior Amber Espinoza prepares to push off during Wednesday’s swimming practice at Play Inc. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Although New Mexico is a landlocked state, the Clovis High swimming team spends most of its time in the water. After a morning filled with weight and aerobic […]

Clovis swimmer has international background

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Clovis High’s Amber Espinoza spent 3 years swimming in Germany before she moved to Clovis with her family in 2003. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis sophomore Amber Espinoza says there’s not much difference between competitive youth swimming in America and Germany. She knows from first-hand experience — she […]

12/8 Student Profile

Aylssa Kate Pyeatt is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Sam and Lisa Pyeatt. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? My all-time favorite TV show would have to be “Boy Meets World.” What is so great about your favorite sport? Swimming is really fun because I am […]

CHS swim program building

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Clovis junior Laura Pyeatt swims laps during practice Friday at the Play Inc. pool. The swim team travels to Hobbs today for a meet. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For most people, Tuesdays are just another day of the week. For the Clovis High swim team, they are something […]

Local teacher triathlon contender

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Carl Armstrong has qualified for the 50-to-55 age group for the national triathlon championships next month in Kansas City. Armstrong will be one of 67 to compete in his age group. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent A Clovis science and physics teacher shares more in common with seven-time Tour de France […]

Time to get back into the swim of things

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I love water and I’m having a big splash this summer getting back into the swim of things. Water is one of my greatest weaknesses. I dream of water, in some form or another, almost every night. I read that water represents sensual desires, but maybe these continuous dreams have […]

Clovis High adding boys swimming

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Clovis High School swimming program is going co-ed. Four years after the formation of a girls program, the school will start fielding a boys team in 2005. “We’re excited to have a boys program,” said Vince DeMaio, who will be coaching the boys and girls teams. DeMaio and […]

Pyeatt ninth at state for Clovis swimmers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In a way, the sight of a Clovis Wildcat cap bobbing in and out of the water while ahead of the rest of the field was a dream come true Saturday for Lady Wildcats’ swimming coach Vincent DeMaio. While it is true that the victory of Clovis junior […]