Commission incumbents retain seats; Taylor-Sawyer wins District 2

Kevin Wilson Though Clovis voters changed their mayor in the Tuesday municipal elections, the city commission will be mostly unaltered. Randy Crowder, Bobby Sandoval and Chris Bryant retained their seats in Districts 1, 3 and 4, respectively, while Sandra Taylor-Sawyer was elected to the open seat in District 2. Crowder, who will serve his third […]

Hounds open season with pair of wins

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team opened its season on Friday in the Texas-Permian Basin tournament with a couple of firsts — beating the host Falcons and Incarnate Word, both for the first time in the program’s history. Junior left fielder Luis Quinones and junior third baseman Daniel Binz each […]

ENMU wins LSC men’s cross country title

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s men ended Abilene Christian’s 20-year reign as Lone Star Conference cross country champions on Saturday, as Marv Albert might say, “with authority.” Led by individual winner Isaiah Samoei, ENMU because the league’s first men’s cross country team champion not named ACU since 1990, placing six […]

Hounds, Zias notch LSC road soccer wins

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — For the first time in the program’s history, Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team has a winning streak against Lone Star Conference rival West Texas A&M. Junior defender Michael Stewart headed the ball into the net on a corner kick by freshman Anthony Bardon early in overtime on Friday, […]

Clovis woman wins $50,000 in lottery

CNJ staff A Clovis woman claimed a $50,000 New Mexico lottery prize. Susanne Souders purchased a $5 “Diamond Mine” scratcher ticket, picked by her husband Jerry, at Allsup’s No. 170 on 3500 N. Prince St., according to a release from the New Mexico Lottery. The $50,000 is the game’s top prize, with approximate odds of […]

Clovis resident wins $50,000 in lottery

CNJ staff Clovis resident Stacy Scott won $50,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s Money Multiplier Scratcher, according to a news release. Scott claimed the prize Tuesday and plans to use the money toward a down payment on her first home, the release said. The winning ticket came from Allsup’s Store at 2121 W. 21st Street […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News/News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

CNJ wins press association honors

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 fourth consecutive year, the seventh time in eight years, taking honors for news and sports reporting and advertising initiatives […]

King wins attorney general race

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Republican Attorney General candidate Matt Chandler, left, looks at New Mexico returns Tuesday night in Clovis with Campaign Manager Henry Varela. Kevin Wilson Gary King never thought victory would come easy. But he said the spoils had to be short. “I feel like it was a good, hard battle,” King […]

Lujan wins 3rd Conressional District

By Tim Korte: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Steve Pearce reclaimed his old job on Tuesday, beating incumbent Democratic Rep. Harry Teague to win back the U.S. House seat he relinquished two years ago as the representative for southern New Mexico. With 63 percent of precincts reporting in unofficial returns, the Republican challenger had […]

Cannon spouse wins lottery

CNJ staff report A Clovis homemaker and military spouse won $30,000 playing scratch off lottery’s Big Bingo Monday night. Darlene Greene told lottery officials she plans to use some of the money to pay off a car loan, according to a press release. Linda Hamlin, New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman, said Greene’s husband Wendell, stationed at […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: Maguire wins 400th with Zias

CNJ staff ODESSA, Texas — Junior middle blocker Kristen Beck compiled a season-best 18 kills as the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team salvaged its finale in a weekend tournament hosted by Texas-Permian Basin, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 for coach Mike Maguire’s 400th career win in the program. Maguire returned to […]

Ranchvale Elementary wins national honor

Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School is one of just three New Mexico schools — 314 in the U.S. — named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement came late Thursday. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or have demonstrated dramatic gains […]

Clovis’ Roanhaus one away from 300th win

Freedom New Mexico At 299-103-5, Eric Roanhaus is third on the New Mexico career wins list, and is 57 wins ahead of Artesia’s Cooper Henderson. He needs a seven-win season to pass Bill Gentry. If he passes leader Jim Bradley for the top spot, Roanhaus will either have won his 11th title or be playing […]

Sugar-free blueberry pie wins fair contest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Randy Rhue with the Clovis Lions Club takes notes on one of three pies entered in the pie baking contest Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Liliana Castillo At the age of 13, Rebecca McDaniel says she’s been baking “a really long time.” The Clovis native’s experience and attention to […]

Press release: Clovis Woman Wins $50,000 New Mexico Lottery Prize

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Courtesy photo Bock ALBUQUERQUE – Gloria Bock won a $50,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery playing a Scratcher game based on rock entertainment legend Aerosmith. On Wednesday, the Clovis resident bought the $5 “Aerosmith

Martinez wins GOP gubernatorial primary

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez became the nation’s first Hispanic woman nominated for governor Tuesday night and will face Democrat Diane Denish in the general election to decide who becomes New Mexico’s first female governor. It will be the third time in U.S. history that two women will run […]

Crook wins district representative race in landslide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks State Representative Anna Crook, R-Clovis, talks on the phone Tuesday evening at the Curry County Courthouse while watching the vote tally come in the primary election. Crook went on to defeat challenger Wade J. Lopez. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, won Tuesday’s primary election […]

ENMU frosh wins steeplechase

CNJ staff SAN ANTONIO — Eastern New Mexico University freshman Pedro Martinez took first place in th men’s 3,000 steeplechase, while soplhomore Nicole Reed was second in the same event for the women on Thursday in University of the Incarnate Word’s Last Chance Open track meet. Martinez finished with a time of nine minutes, 51 […]

Education digest: Texico student wins anti-tobacco award

Texico student wins anti-tobacco award Texico High School student Jennifer Campos won second place in the “Youth Kicking Tobacco’s Butt Youth Advocate of the Year Award” according to a news release. Twenty students were nominated. The teens are all part of the Youth Advocacy Empowerment Heroes! Coalition through the anti-tobacco groups in their schools or […]