Trouble named Rufus runs overhead

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I just heard Rufus again as he ran across the attic in my sons’ house in Mbale, Uganda. Though we hear him fairly regularly, mainly at night, we’re not sure that anyone has ever actually seen Rufus. But we’re 99.9 percent sure that Rufus, who is actually Rufus II […]

Wolverines fall short of finals

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The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE – Thousands of fans wore yellow and blue, waving signs and shaking pompons. It seemed the whole community of Penasco packed The Pit on Friday to cheer their Panthers in the state tournament. Bobby Richardson scored 18 points and Manuel Velasquez added 14 to lead Penasco to a 62-52 win over […]

Cats survive foul trouble at Roswell

CNJ staff ROSWELL — The Clovis High boys had a somewhat uneven game Friday night, partly due to foul trouble. Nonetheless, the Wildcats had relatively little trouble improving to 19-3, putting four players in double figures in a 70-58 non-district victory over Roswell High. Clovis was held to nine points in the second quarter as […]

Clovis eyes open road

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Clovis High’s Cody Thornsbury drives to the basket against Rio Rancho’s Marcus Williams, left, in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic on Dec. 30 at Rock Staubus Gym. Rio Rancho edged the Wildcats 97-95 in overtime. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer They don’t score much. They don’t fill […]

“Hardest-working” title fit self-reliant Brown

By Freedom Newspapers It was almost a shock to hear that James Brown was only 73 when he died on Christmas morning in Beech Island, S.C. It seemed as if the self-styled — but accurately so — “hardest working man in show business” had lived through enough to fill at least three or four ordinary […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

On the job: A look at the Clovis Police Department

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Shawn Gore has been on the Clovis police force for 14 years. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Compiled by Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The CNJ asked these police officers to tell us a little bit about themselves and to answer a few questions: Shawn Gore, master police officer, traffic division Years of service: 14 What […]

Lady Cats roll in second half

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Clovis senior Brittany Blackmon is surrounded by three La Cueva defenders. Blackmon finished with a game-high 18 points. (Staff photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis coach Miles Watters preached to his starters the importance of staying out of early fouls trouble at the state tournament. He’s likely not done […]

Hot-handed Frenship outguns Wildcats

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Clovis junior Cody Thornsbury and Frenship’s Trey Merchant fight for a loose ball on Tuesday during the third quarter of the Wildcats’ matchup against Frenship. CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When your opponent shoots 66 percent from the field, suffice it to say, you’re in trouble. Clovis High’s boys, […]

Richardson moving on to bigger things

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist As a self-appointed and sadly unpaid public relations advisor to Gov. Bill Richardson, it is disheartening to learn I can no longer leave the state. Every time I do, it seems, I return to find Big Bill boiling in a pot of trouble. Not to brag or anything, but I […]