Shoutouts — Nov. 7

Lighthouse Mission Come join the building team for the new Lighthouse Mission shelter. You can help the Lighthouse Mission by donating materials and labor or discounted contract rates. Building Team: • General contractor, Roper Construction • Pad Site, Eastwood Construction • Concrete donation, Don Pool Construction • Concrete finishing, Mercadal’s Construction • Plumbing, Mark Carpenter […]

Bacteria study could help combat digestive problems, disease

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University microbiology master’s student Jody Floyd finishes extracting DNA from the bacteria that causes cholera. ENMU researchers are seeking to learn more about how the dangerous and less-dangerous versions of the bacteria metabolize sugars differently in order to find better ways to fight cholera. Argen Duncan The […]

Hounds need win to stay in LSC North title hunt

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Hounds junior wide receiver Chase Kyser is stopped short of the goal line by a pair of Southeastern Oklahoma defenders during last week’s game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Few people, outside of the participants, saw this coming. Eastern New Mexico University plays at Northeastern State […]

Olympian spends time with Clovis swim team

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Olympian Sheila Taormina gives Clovis High School freshman Caitlin Myers advice on how to move her arms Tuesday at the Aquatic Center. Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School swim team swarmed tables at the Clovis Community Center Tuesday afternoon to write thank you notes to Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina. […]

Semi-pro football tryout draws 74

CNJ staff A tryout for the inaugural Curry County Cats was above expectations, the team’s general manager said. Mike Muscato said 74 hopefuls came to Leon Williams Stadium Sunday morning to take their shot at a spot on the roster for the semipro team, which is gearing up to play February 2011 in the New […]

Zias notch win over Cameron

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University ended a six-match Lone Star Conference losing streak against Cameron on Saturday by sweeping the Lady Aggies 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 at Greyhound Arena. Sophomore outside hitter Amber Durand posted a double-double for the Zias (9-10, 2-4 LSC) with 11 kills and 13 digs, and she also had four […]

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 […]

Officials optimistic about setting up pro baseball team in Clovis

Kevin Wilson An effort to place a professional baseball team in Clovis seems ahead early in the count. Officials with the city and the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, set to open play in May 2011, reported a positive meeting Friday afternoon. Andrew Dunn, the commissioner of the Pecos League, is trying to finalize […]

Pro baseball commissioner tours Clovis parks

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Ronnie Anaya, off camera, holds a cap of the Las Cruces Vaqueros with Andrew Dunn, owner of the Vaqueros and commissioner of the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, in the background. Anaya was giving a tour of area parks on behalf of Clovis Municipal Schools to Dunn, who would […]

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 […]

Hounds look for help from running game

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank ENMU sophomore running back Troy Harris center finds a hole in the Greyhounds’ defense during Thursday’s practice at the ENMU practice field. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — With a senior-dominated offensive line and a handful of capable backs, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to put together […]

Kickball tournament registration open

Freedom New Mexico Registration is open for the City of Portales kickball tournament 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at Rotary Park. The cost is $50 per team, said city Athletics Director Mike Doerr. Proceeds go to Portales city sports. Players must be at least 12 years old. Each team must have eight to 14 members, including […]

Roping event to honor Curry County farmer

Argen Duncan A team roping event set for October aims to honor a Curry County farmer, benefit children and raise money for agriculture advocacy. The inaugural Charles Petty Memorial Team Roping Event is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lobby group for farmers and ranchers, and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

In Tribute: Caton last surviving member of 1933 Forrest hoops champs

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Submitted by Susan Caton Wright Oran Caton, holding the ball in the front row, was a member of Forrest’s 1933 state basketball championship team. By Ben Moffett: Special to the CNJ Oran Caton, 93, the last living member of the 1933 state champion Forrest High basketball team, died Friday at his home in Albuquerque. Caton […]

ENMU’s Poku nominated for ‘Good Works’ team

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior wide receiver Jesse Poku has been nominated for the 2010 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team, based on performance on the field and community contributions off it. Poku, from Murphy, Texas, was among the leaders in receptions and yards receiving in NCAA Division II […]

Hail to Steinbrenner and other rambling thoughts

Kevin Wilson Rambling thoughts while debating whether I should antagonize my editor when my baseball team beats his baseball team: • That free credit score website is having a national campaign for viewers to choose the site’s new “spokesband.” I watch and I can’t help but wonder the average credit score of these struggling bands. […]

Loyalty important at work

Karl Terry I think modern society has almost completely lost touch with the concept of loyalty. The most recent example of this was last weekend when basketball superstar LeBron James used free agency to leave the team and fans who had invested seven years in him at Cleveland, taking his talent to a loaded up […]

Airmen return from dental mission to Africa

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Courtesy photo Capt. Ben Britten, left, and St. Sgt. Marc Bustria work on a patient on their trip to Africa. Liliana Castillo Capt. Ben Britten and Staff Sgt. Marc Bustria, both of the 27th Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Cannon Air Force Base recently returned from a humanitarian deployment to Africa. During their trip, […]

Clovis High School soccer team wins Matt 25 boat race

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CNJ photo: Gabriel Monte The Clovis soccer team runs to its milk boat Sunday at Green Acres park during the Matt 25 Hope Center’s milk boat race. The team won first place, which it also won last year. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis High School soccer team claimed its first victory of the year, and […]

Two-state team stocked with local talent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A team with plenty of local talent is helping put New Mexico on the girls basketball map. Four area players are set to leave today for the first of three tournaments as part of the New Mexico/Texas Heat. The Heat is a collection of players from across the two […]