Backyard celebration,concert at Norman Petty Studios


By Kevin Baird The Norman Petty Recording Studio hosted a backyard concert and offered tours Friday as part of the Clovis Music Festival, and for one girl who had been talking about the event all year, it was an opportunity to dance to one of her favorite bands. While lead vocalist George Tomsko was […]

Wolverines look to bounce back against Rams

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer The Portales Rams are hoping they can build on last week’s good start. Meantime, Texico is looking to bounce back from a tough loss at Dexter when the teams clash at 7 p.m. today at Texico. The Wolverines dropped a 7-0 decision against the Demons, committing six turnovers […]

Thursday area prep volleyball summaries — Sept. 5

Fort Sumner 3, Dora 0 Fort Sumner 25 25 25 Dora 13 6 18 Fort Sumner individual statistics Kills — Angelica Torres 11, Codi Scovel-Wood 10, Emma Moyer 8. Blocks — Torres 2, Ariana Lulcero 1, Scovel-Wood 1. Digs — Torres 6, Briana Terrell 5, three tied with 4. Aces — Scovel-Wood 5, Lucero 4, […]

Area prep football capsules — Sept. 5-6

Thursday Clovis JV 62, Fort Sumner 12 Records: Fort Sumner 1-1, Clovis JV 1-1. Difference: The Wildcats didn’t score until the final seconds of the opening quarter, but they unloaded after that with nine touchdowns — five on passes f rom QB Dalton Hatley. Difference-makers: Fort Sumner, Garrett Hisel hooked up with Nik Sanchez on […]

Pioneers edge Hounds in OT

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Junior forward David Neuberth pushed in a goal in the first minute of sudden-death over time on Thursday, giving Wayland Baptist a 2-1 men’s soccer victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the Greyhounds’ season opener. Scoring opportunities were few and far between. The Pioneers (2-1-1) and Hounds traded goals […]

Cats, Lady Cats post soccer wins

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior Dylan Knox, left, and Clovis sophomore Sergio Soto go toe-to-toe for control of the ball during the first half of Thursday’s boys soccer match at the Yucca complex. The Wildcats defeated the Rams 5-1.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer For more than 60 minutes on Thursday, it looked like the Clovis High boys soccer team might be headed for a sixth consecutive one-goal decision. Then Portales suddenly tied the score — a goal the Wildcats claimed didn’t actually go into the net. The Cats, though, bounced back […]

Sen. Tom Udall offering fall internships

CNJ staff Fall internships with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., are open to New Mexico college students and will take place at his congressional offices including Portales, according to a press release from Udall’s office. The senator is looking for students interested in gaining experience in public service. The other office locations include Santa Fe, […]

WT’s Carthel relieved of duties

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Don Carthel, who coached West Texas A&M to football prominence over the past eight years, was relieved of his duties on Thursday for what it called a violation of NCAA Division II Bylaw 10.1. WT athletic director Michael McBroom told the Amarillo Globe-News that Carthel violated the rule by “knowingly […]

Zias add post players for 2013-14 season

CNJ staff PORTALES — First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Josh Prock has added two prospects to the returnees from a year ago. Signing with ENMU were Breanna Conway, a 6-foot-1 junior post from Murrieta, Calif., and a transfer from Prock’s old stomping grounds, Howard Payne University, and Rodneisha Milum, a 6-foot junior […]

Anniversary — Roman

Jimmy Roman and Helen Roman are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married on Aug. 14, 1953, in San Antonio, Texas. They have four daughters, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. All friends are invited to honor them at a come and go reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 7 North Village […]

Coyotes’ second-half rally subdues Cats

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis High senior Taylor Sanders battles Roswell High’s Fernando Sanchez for control of the ball in the midfield during the first half of Tueday’s season-opening boys soccer match at Leon Williams Stadium. Sanchez had a pair of goals as the Coyotes rallied for a 4-2 win.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER With his team already down two goals, Roswell High senior Fernando Sanchez pulled the Coyotes back into contention with a near-impossible shot from a tough angle late in the first half. That momentum carried over, and the Coyotes dominated the final 40 minutes to post a season-opening 4-2 […]

Meetings watch: Public Works Committee — Aug. 20

The Public Works Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss the following:  Discussion of Schepps Boulevard relating to the road’s quality in front of Clovis Community College.  Discussion on a potential construction project on Llano Estacado east of Norris Street.  Discussion and recommendation regarding bridge construction at the landfill. Discussion regarding traffic […]

Cats’ Wagener assuming leadership role for CHS soccer

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Members of the Clovis High boys soccer team run the stairs at Leon Williams earlier this week before practice. The Wildcats, who finished 11-10 overall last season and were District 4-5A champions, will take on Roswell High at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the stadium in their season opener.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER Clovis High senior Adam Wagener is more than happy to help the Wildcats’ football team as a placekicker, but he leaves no doubt where his sports passion is — soccer. Wagener is in his second year of juggling the two sports. He is one of three returning defenders […]

Hounds get early scrimmage

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Clovis High grad Marshall Winn fights off a defender during Eastern New Mexico University’s intrasquad football scrimmage on Saturday morning at Blackwater Draw. The Greyhounds open the season at home on Sept. 7 against New Mexico Highlands.

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER BLACKWATER DRAW — Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn got a good early look at his squad in semi-game conditions on Saturday. ENMU wrapped up its first week of drills with an intrasquad scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium, running just over two hours in length. “This […]

Supreme Court can end obscure state marriage statues

— The Santa Fe New Mexican The New Mexico Supreme Court has a thorny case before it as the great national debate about marriage equality comes to New Mexico. The court is being asked to require county clerks across New Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples. Many argue that because New Mexico’s statutes […]

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Second ain’t so bad

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Marin Smith rolls down her driveway in a demonstrative dry-run. Smith will practice on the racetrack on Friday to get ready for the derby on Saturday.

Soapbox racer would rather continue racing than win. By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer Marin Smith likes racing Soapbox Derby cars so much she wants to lose. Smith is one of 15 kids who will compete on Saturday in the 12th annual Clovis Soapbox Derby, sponsored by the Clovis Rotary Club. If a racer […]