Clovis couple wins lottery prize

CNJ staff A Clovis couple won a top prize playing a New Mexico Lottery Scratcher game, according to a press release. According to the New Mexico Lottery press release: • Troy and Tiffany Vancleave won $50,000 playing the lottery’s “Crossword Deluxe” Scratcher. “I fell to my knees and cried,” Tiffany Vancleave told lottery officials in […]

Mustangs clinch top seed with win over Hounds

CMI staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Fifth-ranked Midwestern State broke open a close game with a 14-2 run over a five-minute stretch early in the second half and the Mustangs went on to a 79-64 victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night to clinch the top seed in next week’s Lone Star Conference […]

Hounds top Mustangs in 11 innings

CNJ staff HOBBS — Senior first baseman Joe Huwer delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the top of the 11th inning Friday to give Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team a 6-5 win over University of the Southwest on the first day of the USW round-robin. The Greyhounds (3-1) pulled into a tie with a […]

‘Par 3′ golf course renovations top parks priority list

Kevin Wilson In line with approving the start of a bid process for fixing the sprinkler system at Colonial Park Golf Course, the Clovis City Commission on Thursday directed Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell to push the “par-3” golf course renovation at Hillcrest Park to the top of his park renovation priority list. The […]

Water, roads top election issues

Kevin Wilson Clovis’ municipal elections are 30 days away, as of Sunday. Here’s a rundown of five of the top issues candidates have, and will, discuss throughout the next four-plus weeks. There’s plenty of intersection on some of these issues. For example, the growth of Cannon Air Force Base has led to a demand for […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A local Top Dog, Toddle Time and terrorists strike

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Local Top Dog The infamous Dachshund, Sasha, who won the Clovis Wiener National’s qualifying race back in July will be competing for the title of “Top Dog” in the 2011 Annual Wiener National Finals. Sasha is one of seven dogs competing for the 2011 […]

Hounds need top two finish to advance to nationals

Dave Wagner PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team has climbed one mountain. Today, they go for an even bigger one. The Greyhounds, who ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year run as Lone Star Conference champions two weeks ago, will try to earn one of two NCAA Division II national berths from the […]

Hounds face winless Lions, former QB

Dave Wagner At long last, the Eastern New Mexico University football team is facing an opponent without a number attached to its name. After four consecutive outings against teams ranked in the NCAA Division II top 20, the Greyhounds visit winless Texas A&M-Commerce in a 5 p.m. (MDT) Lone Star Conference clash today at Commerce, […]

CNJ takes top award

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal on Saturday was awarded the top prize from New Mexico Press Association at its annual Better Newspaper Contest. CNJ won the general excellence award for the fifth consecutive year — the eighth time in nine years — taking honors for news and sports reporting and […]

Climbing the Seven Summits

Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force and Australian Defense Force members stand together displaying their flags on the summit of Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, Oct. 3. This was part of the U.S. Air Force Seven Summits Challenge, where a group of airmen have made the goal of climbing to the top of each continent’s highest […]

Our people: Rising to the top

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Courtesy photo Sievers hiking at San Luis Peak in Colorado in July. Portales resident Joel Sievers is the team physician for Eastern New Mexico University, Portales and Clovis high schools. Sievers said he believes overcoming an injury helps young people learn how to overcome other obstacles they will face in life. “I enjoy teaching athletes […]

Clovis native top sniper

CNJ staff Clovis High graduate Herman Gomez was a member of a team that placed fourth among 37 teams last month at a national sniper competition in Gastonia, N.C., according to a press release from the Franklin, Tenn., police department, where Gomez is an officer. A member of Franklin’s SWAT Team, Gomez teamed with Ryan […]

Zias top Highlands in four

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Senior middle blocker Jessica King had 18 kills and junior outside hitter added 12 kills and a team-high 19 digs Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team defeated New Mexico Highland 26-24, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20. Junior Evelyn Escobar notched 10 kills for the Zias (4-12), who improved to […]

Zias top Wayland in second OT

CNJ staff PORTALES — Junior defender Emily Simon scored on a penalty kick early in the second overtime and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to five games Tuesday with a 1-0 win over Wayland Baptist at the ENMU pitch. Simon, who transferred from the University of New Mexico […]

Top-ranked Storm beats Clovis 49-14

Cole Gautsche threw four touchdowns passes as top-ranked Cleveland beat Clovis 49-14 Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. Clovis (2-2) scored on Jonathan Johnson’s 6-yard run three minutes into the game and Kamal Cass’ 61-yard run in the final two minutes of the fourth. In between, the Storm (4-0) scored seven una TDs, including Romell Jordan’s […]

Cuts could impact TRICARE users

Low reimbursements are the top reason physicians say they turn away beneficiaries who use TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service insurance option, or TRICARE Extra, the preferred provider option, according to TRICARE health care provider surveys. Access to health care for these two groups of beneficiaries could become an even bigger challenge thanks to the convoluted […]

Business digest — Aug. 9

Clovis business awarded top 50 status Elliott Marketing has been named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s top 50 women-owned businesses for 2011. The award recognizes the top earning women-owned businesses in New Mexico during 2010. Elliott Marketing was established in 2002 by Kathy Elliott. A native New Yorker, Elliott moved to Clovis in 1990 […]

Cars spark musical hits

I love a car show, the chrome, the gasoline, the stories and all those great car songs on the loudspeaker. As we got ready to hold the show on the square at Portales last week and we were thinking about the music. I told one of the car show planners I would burn a CD […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Official: Housing, health care among top growth priorities

Argen Duncan Housing, quality of life and health care are top priorities for regional growth management, the regional growth planner has said. At the Local Growth Management Committee meeting Wednesday in Portales, Rick Draker of RM Draker and Associates gave a close-out report on the first year of regional growth planning work. Draker said the […]