Honor —

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Thatcher Plains Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recognized Sissy Thatcher as Auxilian of the Month for December. She joined the auxiliary in March 2000 and volunteers at the information desk.

In tribute: Farwell woman put family first

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Courtesy photo Christy Thatcher By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christy Thatcher could easily send 100 text messages in a day and text a “TF” moment without even looking at the cell phone. But she’d also use the phone to call mom when she was a few minutes late coming home, or when she’d call […]

Dora starting up football program

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Dora Coyotes are joining Floyd, Melrose and Clovis Christian in area 8-man Friday night football frenzy. Dora may be fielding its first football team, but the Coyotes expect to win. “We set high expectations,” coach Pablo Pena said. “We plan on going out there and not just […]

Busy Floyd standout helps teams win

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Is Floyd’s Brad Lee a southerner or a northerner? Over the weekend, he was both — and a winner every time. Lee was on the North squad at the six-man football North-South all-star game in Ruidoso on Friday night (see page 2B). The North won that clash as […]

South 1A-2A all-stars fall in bottom of seventh

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — For his first all-star coaching experience, Dora’s Ty Thatcher definitely had a philosophy that differed radically from his opponent. Using his bench liberally, Thatcher used 20 players for the South in Friday’s Class 1A-2A senior high school all-star game at Sandia Prep. Meanwhile, the North utilized four substitutes […]

Lady Wolverines one step from EPAC finals

CNJ staff The Lady Wolverines are one game away from the finals of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, but Texico coach Keith Durham does not want his team to get caught up in a mid-season tournment. “We’re just trying to get better every time we step out on the floor,” Durham said. “I […]

Dora starts season with win

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers DORA — Like the city they represent, the Coyotes are trying to make sure whatever success they have starts with a “D.” The host Coyotes held San Jon scoreless for a five-minute span bridging the first and second quarters, and Dora got its season off to a rousing start with […]

Opportunity knocks for 1A schools

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Texico’s Logan Brown slides in safely against Grady earlier in the season. He and the Wolverines face Dora at 10 a.m. today in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at St. Pius High School in Albuquerque. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Several teams are taking advantage of the new setup for the state baseball […]

Nation says goodbye to Ronald Reagan

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Former first lady Nancy Reagan leans over to kiss the casket of her husband former President Ronald Reagan, shortly before his body was removed from the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington today. (AP photo/Stephan Sovoia) By Calvin Woodward: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a final hail to the chief beneath marble […]

Reagan gave the world hope

Few men in modern times have changed American politics as significantly as did President Ronald Reagan, who died Saturday after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In some ways his death at age 93 was a relief. There was something inordinately sad about seeing a man with such a sharp wit, and with such glorious […]