Exercise important for moms

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week I took my youngest daughter, 11 months old, to a play date with several other moms, which was really an opportunity for me to enjoy some grownup company. As it often happens when women get together, our conversation eventually drifted toward issues of weight and looks, culminating with a […]

True lessons come after school ends

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Know what I hate about back to school? The superficial commercials that try to make school seem so cool and hip by showing kids rapping and dancing in the latest fashions. You have to have the right shoes, the right look, the right gadget, IPod, IPhone, laptop and designer shirts […]

Zias looking to sustain steady progress in soccer

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team set a goal of making the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament a year ago, and the Zias accomplished that by finishing sixth. Now, picked for sixth again this season, they’re looking to get past the first round. “I think we’re hopefully getting some respect,” said […]

Judge candidates on their policies, not their kids

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I couldn’t possibly have accurate numbers on this, but I’m confident thousands of 17-year-olds are holding out hope that in 2008 they’ll cast their first presidential votes for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. As I found out Monday morning, one of those is Caroline Giuliani. As the online magazine Slate reported, […]

Zias’ new coach ready to go

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired […]

Texas schools begin practice on Monday

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Texas high school football teams kick off preseason practice on Monday, and for second-year Farwell coach Mark Anglin it couldn’t come soon enough. “I’ve been ready to start football since June,” Anglin said. “It’s what I love doing.” The Steers went 5-5 last season, including 1-3 in District 4-1A. […]

Hounds hope to prove preseason poll wrong

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer he Eastern New Mexico University football team is hoping to prove the pundits wrong. Picked for last place in the seven-team Lone Star Conference South Division, players began checking in on Saturday for Monday’s first practice session. ENMU opens the season Aug. 25 against NAIA member Bacone College at […]

School time nears

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Wednesday not only marked the beginning of the month, but the beginning of back-to-school training for 11-year-old Christian Smith of Portales. That means no more late movie nights and lights out at 8:30 p.m. With only a little more than a week before area school bells ring, school counselors and […]

Eight Clovis schools miss AYP marks

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Eight Clovis schools did not meet federal academic proficiency targets for the 2006-2007 school year, two more than last year. Added to the list were La Casita Elementary for failing reading proficiency and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista because students with disabilities did not meet math and reading […]

County fair has much to offer

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It’s time to think about the Curry County Fair. In the area of “things kids would rather not discuss,” this also means the beginning of the school year, but in balance of that fact, many children are beginning to grow weary of summer anyway. My love affair with county fairs dates […]

Reid qualifies for U.S. Amateur golf

CNJ staff Clovis’ Travis Reid has qualified for the U.S. Amateur golf tournament in San Francisco later this month by winning a sectional tournament over the weekend in Mansfield, Texas. The 2005 Clovis High graduate shot a 36-hole score of 5-under-par 137 to win the event by one stroke. The top two finishers in each […]

Clovis teen benefits from early detection

ADVANCED TREATMENT

Albuquerque Journal photo: Sam Adams Cody Unser, left, and Kenneth Nation, 15, of Clovis, talk after meeting Monday at the University of New Mexico Hospital. By Olivier Uyttebrouck: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A tingling sensation in Kenneth Nation’s hands and legs were his first indication that something was wrong. Two days later, on June […]

Christ like first day of school every day

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Columnist Oh, the days of buying school supplies. The stores are stocked with them with the long aisles of notebooks, paper, pencils, glue scissors, rulers, crayons, totes and backpacks, all stacked several feet high on the shelves. When I was a child, there were certain preparation activities that surrounded the beginning […]

Clovis school turns mileage into money from grant

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CNJ Staff Photo Illustration: Gabriel Monte Barry Elementary School received a $5,000 grant for its efforts to educate students on a healthy lifestyle. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis elementary school recently was recognized for its effort to educate students about living a healthy lifestyle. Barry Elementary School was awarded a $5,000 grant in […]

Baskett Watch

CNJ staff Clovis’ Hank Baskett is entering his second season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who opened training camp Friday in Lehigh, Pa. PROSPECTS Coming off a strong rookie season, Baskett and fellow second-year player Jason Avant are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. “We like what we saw from Hank last […]

Year-round water plan suggested

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks City commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Randy Crowder expects new water conservation ordinances to come into effect next summer. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A new plan city commissioners adopted in their last meeting will lead to year-round ordinances restricting water use next year. City commissioners adopted a water […]

Migrant school offers seasonal instruction

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Betty Gonzales of Uvalde, Texas, leads her class during circle time at the Texas Migrant Council Head Start. By helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Every July, a sometimes empty schoolhouse on Sheldon Street in Clovis becomes busy as children from South Texas and surrounding areas migrate here with their families and […]

ENMU sees less-than-rosy immediate future

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University administration and regents participated in a little crystal-ball gazing at Friday’s regular meeting and saw tougher times ahead for their budget. Officials from all three campuses presented their preliminary 2008-2009 budgets that have to be submitted to the state’s Higher Education Department. “We have no idea […]

Man wanted for harboring suspect turns himself in

A Clovis man sought by police for harboring a homicide suspect turned himself in to police around noon today, Clovis Capt. Patrick Whitney said. As of 2:30 p.m. Ivan Vasquez was being booked at the Curry County Adult Detention Center, jail officials said. The 48-year-old is charged with a felony count of harboring a felon, […]

Charges filed in fight

CNJ Staff Two teenage girls will be charged as juveniles in connection with a fight on Sunday afternoon, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. The 17-year-old driver of an SUV that struck a 49-year-old man, causing injury to his arm, will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, Chandler said. A 16-year-old […]