Oct. 5 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Sept. 27 through Wednesday: David Cantu, 50, to Cinthia Marie Barros, 46, both of Clovis Mark Allen Hancock, 38, to Carole Deanne Schmitt, 40, both of Clovis Steven Michael Dement, 17, to Sassha Victoria Rose Foster, 20, both of Portales John B. Evans, 46, to […]

Infant death investigated as homicide

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials said Wednesday the cause of death of a 9-month-old girl last week was blunt force trauma and the case is now being pursued as a homicide. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said a preliminary report from the New Mexico Office of […]

Portales infant’s death declared suspicious

By Freedom Newspapers Law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation into what they are now calling the “suspicious death” of a 9-month-old, according to a news release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker would not comment on why the death is considered suspicious. Hooker said his office is still awaiting […]

Sci-fi author honored in lectureship

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Freedom Newspapers: Casey Peacock Members of the science fiction community gathered Friday in the Science Fiction Special Collections area of the Golden Library at Eastern New Mexico University for a panel discussion on the legacy of Jack Williamson. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Traveling across the country to participate in the 31st annual Jack Williamson […]

COLLEGE UPDATE: Ex-CHS point guard helping McMurry

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer McMurry University junior point guard Bud Willis did more than hone his basketball skills at Clovis High School. Under the tutelage of Wildcats coach J. D. Isler, Willis also learned his true calling in life was coaching. “When I see him coach, he teaches you how to play ball, […]

Friends, family say farewell to sci-fi legend Williamson

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers World-renowned science fiction writer and Eastern New Mexico University professor Jack Williamson cut a diverse and pioneering path in the 98 years of his life. Friends, fans and family filled the ENMU Campus Union Building Thursday to celebrate that life. The crowd assembled reflected Williamson’s own diversity — from farming […]

Author remembered as friend

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers While Portales people knew him as “Jack,” the Eastern New Mexico University professor and all-around nice guy, Jack Williamson, cast a large shadow in the science fiction community. Terms and even ideas adopted by science or Hollywood often had their roots in science fiction. Williamson coined or made popular a […]

Sense of relief washes over area

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Eastern New Mexico celebrated Tuesday’s announcement an Air Force Special Operations wing is moving to Cannon Air Force Base. By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Frank Sherman wore a knit shirt embroidered with “Operation Keep Cannon” above his heart. Below the stitching, Sherman placed a white strip bearing a small American flag and the words […]

Cameron completes sweep of Hounds

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Casey Bigham legs out a single in the seventh inning of Saturday’s second game against Cameron at Greyhound Field. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s bats remained silent again on Saturday. In fact, the Greyhounds came dangerously close to getting shut out three […]

Willis, James

James Joseph “Joe” Willis, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at his home in Carlsbad. He was born in Nara Visa in 1926. He attended Melrose High School where he played football, basketball and track. He attended the University of New Mexico on an athletic scholarship where he lettered in football and played in the […]

Clovis runners sign with Eastern

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Clovis senior Megan Willis, right, seen here running with Clovis sophomore Tori Northcutt in 2004, signed Wednesday to run cross country at Eastern New Mexico University. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer After a one-year hiatus, Melissa Clark and Megan Willis will be back together running cross country. Clark, a 2004 […]

Large turnout expected at expo

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers More than 450 exhibitors of farm, ranch and dairy products and services are expected for the 13th annual New Mexico Ag Expo Feb. 22-23 in Portales. Pat Willis of the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce and an event organizer said once again there will be vendors from the west Texas and […]

Prep x-country: Lady Cats third

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Megan Willis took sixth as the girls cross country team placed third at the Sandia Invitational Saturday morning. Willis finished the 5K race in 25:12. Behind her in 10th was Monica Soto with a time of 26:15. One spot behind her with a time of 26:30 was Tori Northcutt. […]

Summer work makes times fall

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The Clovis High School girls cross country team runs downhill as the boys team runs uphill during practice Wednesday at Ned Houk Park. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Despite winning nearly all of their meets last year, few coaches thought the Clovis boys cross country team could continue that […]

Pinckney, Willis score nine points each in all-star game

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — While most of the attention for Thursday’s North/South big school all-star basketball game was going to University of New Mexico and New Mexico State recruits, a pair of Clovis players found The Pit floor in Albuquerque much to their liking, too. However, the efforts of Justin Pinckney and Bud Willis, […]

Willis, Pinckney ready for all-star game

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Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney (left) and Bud Willis will play for the South in tonight’s New Mexico Coaches Association Class 4A-5A all-star basketball game in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney and Bud Willis will be off to college soon, but first they’ll take part in the […]

Clovis senior signs with New Mexico Junior College

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Clovis senior Bud Willis is known for his passing more than his scoring. File photo. By Rick White Slick-passing Clovis senior point guard Bud Willis is following in the footsteps of his coach and mentor. Willis, a three-year letterwinner for the Wildcats under coach J.D. Isler, signed a national letter of intent Tuesday to play […]

Hobbs eliminates Wildcats in OT

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Clovis senior Bud Willis finished with 22 points in Friday’s 96-90 overtime loss at Hobbs. Photo courtesy of the Hobbs News-Sun. CNJ staff HOBBS — Ervin Youmans scored 26 points and substitute Matt Davis had a back-breaking three-point play late in overtime as Hobbs outlasted foul-plagued Clovis 96-90 in the semifinals of the District 4-5A […]

Cats stun Hobbs

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Mike Floyd drives past Clovis’ John Props during Friday’s game in Hobbs. Hobbs News-Sun photo by Cody Gideon. CNJ staff HOBBS — John Props said he’s made some buzzer-beaters this season — just not at the end of games with the outcome on the line. Props’ 3-point shot with two seconds left Friday night sent […]

Cats relegated to third

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Clovis junior John Props drives past Manzano senior Jordan Parks as he tries to get to the baseline during the fourth quarter of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Eldorado guard Tyrone Crawford dropped an unexpected bomb on the Clovis High Wildcats Saturday night. After being virtually non-exsistent […]