McGee: It’s tough getting old

By Grant McGee Local columnist Have you been talking to old  friends lately? Comparing0  notes on how life is going? My old friend Catfish caught up with me the other day. Catfish and I go way back. Among my favorite memories are those summer days when I was 7 years old, sitting on the back […]

Zias rally, notch split with OPSU

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU junior Amanda Martinez slaps the ball on the ground for a fifth-inning single during the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State at Zia Field. The Zias lost the opener 8-2 before coming back to gain a split with a 12-2 victory.

Staff report PORTALES — One big swing pretty much did in Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team in the opener of Tuesday’s non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias, though, quickly turned the tables to earn a split. Pitcher Samantha Arledge keyed a six-run fifth with a grand slam that lifted the Aggies to […]

Lady Cats, Texico tie for team honors

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Clovis high school senior Victoria Fox watches a put during Monday’s Clovis Invite tournament at Colonial Golf Course. Fox led the Lady Wildcats for the day, shooting a score of 94.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer Playing on their home course, Clovis High’s boys put together a solid round in Monday’s Clovis Invite. Four players finished under 80, each earning legs towards Class 5A state competition, and the Wildcats earned a team leg with a score of 307 at Colonial Golf Course in what was […]

Area prep baseball linescores — April 7

District 3-1A First game Melrose 5, Logan 2 Logan    001  100  0 — 2    2    0 Melrose    040  001  x — 5    5    0 Wyatt Strand and Grady Loveland; Brian Hemminger and Gage Dietz. W — Br. Hemminger. L — Strand. Top hitters — Logan: Strand 1-3, 3B, run. Melrose: Dietz 1-3, run; Braden Hemminger […]

Williams leads CHS all-state picks

Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Junior guard Danni Williams is one of three Clovis High girls basketball players to earn Class 5A all-state honors from the New Mexico Basketball Coaches Association. Williams, who led the Lady Wildcats to a 30-2 record and 5A state title last year and a 29-1 mark this season, was named to the […]

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Historic Free Fall – – March 7


Historic 26 STS military free fall March 7, 2014 By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs History was made Feb. 28 at Melrose Air Force Range as two members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted the first Military Free Fall jump in conjunction with one of the many aerial assets […]

Our link with dogs more than familiarity

If they could, they would shrink and disappear at the first sign of anger, their ears lying tight against their heads, tails tucked and shoulders curling inward. They open up to the sounds of laughter, on the other hand, tails wagging, ears perked up and searching for more. There is no doubt dogs interpret the […]

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Lady Cats win second tennis tourney

CNJ staff The Clovis High girls tennis team is off to a fast start this spring, having won both tournaments it has played in. The Lady Wildcats went 4-0 in a five-team round-robin hosted by Roswell Goddard Feb. 14-15, then last weekend rolled through an eight-team tournament at Carlsbad. “This is the same set of […]

Cats, Lady Cats seek top-5 state swim showings

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis freshman Jasmine White works on her breaststroke during Wednesday’s practice session at Clovis Aquatic Center. CHS swim squads are slated to compete in the state meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer Without the numbers of some other programs in the state, Clovis High’s swimming teams don’t think in terms of a state championship. They do have enough, though, to make some noise in this weekend’s event at Albuquerque Academy. “I think both teams will be top 10,” said coach […]

Game Commission chair quits after cougar killing

Scott Bidegain of Tucumcari has  resigned as chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission after game-control officers filed a criminal complaint alleging he was an accessory to the unlawful killing of a cougar. In his resignation letter, Bidegain stated he was present during a hunting incident earlier this month in which a cougar was killed […]

3 QUESTIONS: Pleasant ready for season

Denzel Pleasant, a 2008 graduate of Clovis High School and defensive back for the Curry County Cats, is already hyped for the 2014 Cats season after being named a PAFL West Texas Division all-star last year. What are you looking forward to this season, and what are your goals? I’m just looking forward to another […]

What’s happening — Feb. 4

Today Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., north annex of Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 763-6016.   Economic Development Reviews AD HOC meeting — 1:30 p.m., Assembly Room, City Hall. Information: 769-7828.   Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7840. Clovis Community […]

Pets always grow on us

He was trouble from the first minutes I knew him but somehow the little Dalmatian won my heart over. We first met in a weekly newspaper office in Colorado where I was publisher. It was a dog friendly workplace for the most part and I only had one person that wasn’t all that into dogs. […]

Ten more things to fail at in 2014

In 2013 I only kept one of my 10 New Year’s resolutions — to stop being civil and dive head-first into mud-wrestling with truculent (quick to argue or fight) people. Not only was it a great stress-reliever, but it did wonders for my complexion. With a .100 batting average, I hesitate to step up to […]

Lady Cats begin defense of 5A title

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Danni Williams averaged nearly 20 points a game last season in leading the Lady Wildcats to a 30-2 record and the state Class 5A championship.

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer Sixth-year Clovis High girls coach Jeff Reed says the Lady Wildcats won’t be nearly as deep as the last two seasons. That said, don’t expect too many opponents to be shedding tears for them. CHS went 30-2 last season en route to the Class 5A championship. While they […]

Tuesday area prep summaries — Nov. 26

Tuesday Boys Floyd 71, Grady 46 Floyd (1-0) — Justin Whitecotton 12, Laneith Chenault 10, Lane Wallace 2, Adrian Borrego 8, Rigo Navarro 2, Jonathan Diaz 13, Tanner Essary 10, Colby Rogers 14. Totals 29 10-28 71. Grady (0-1) — Adrian Lunsford 2, Gunner Burrage 1, Ryan Bone 2, Trenton Lee 17, Cannon Burrage 3, […]

Officials at odds over BHSI report

By Robin Fornoff A 12-year-old law creating the Clovis Economic Development Tax Advisory Board (EDTAB) gave it sole responsibility for vetting and performing due diligence on applicants for projects such as the failed $2 million Beauty Health and Science Innovations plant. But EDTAB may have turned over those responsibilities to the Clovis Industrial Development […]