AAU kicks off

By Eric Butler Who could blame the 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats for thinking just a little bit past the state AAU girls basketball tournament? The tourney, being held in Clovis this weekend, will enter its last day with a showcase team — a squad that’s obliterated the rest of its field so far. The Wildcats reached […]

Freshman crosses state for games

By Eric Butler Have game. Will travel. That’s one way to describe Talmai Aguirre, who traveled more than 400 miles (one way) to play with the Clovis 14-and-under Wildcats in this weekend’s state AAU basketball tournament in Clovis. As a freshman at Silver (City) High, Aguirre was the state’s leading scorer, averaging 26.6 points a […]

Country club to get redone

By Jack King The facelift at Chaparral County Club has begun. The groundskeeping crew has been busy repairing the course’s sprinkler system and reseeding the fairways at what was formerly Colonial Park County Club. Within two weeks, contractors will begin building concrete paths on the course for golf carts. This winter sand traps and water […]

Clovis wins summer opener

CNJ Staff HOBBS — Sean Cruce went 4 for 5, leading a 16-hit attack, and the Clovis Wildcats opened their 2003 summer schedule with a 16-4 victory over Hobbs Saturday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and lightning. The Cats scored four runs in the second for a […]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out […]

Pioneer Days Celebration will feature traditional rodeo

By Gary Mitchell Airabelle the Cow and her friends plan to crash the 33rd annual Pioneer Days party this year — and add a whole new dimension to the event. Airabelle, an 80-foot-tall by 120-foot-wide balloon shaped like a dairy cow, will lead the charge of more than 30 hot-air balloons during the Pioneer Balloon […]

More Cannon troops returning

CNJ Staff About 40 airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base are returning this afternoon after spending about seven months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to Capt. Mike Garcia, acting chief of Public Affairs at Cannon, the 40 airmen scheduled to return today are part of the 27th Civil Engineers, a unit […]

Homans to focus on job creation

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he will focus on job creation opportunities. Q: How long have you served as secretary of the state Economic Development Department? A: Since Jan. 1. When Gov. Bill Richardson got elected, I was his first cabinet appointment. Q: Prior to this position, what was your […]

Clovis schools tighten belt to avoid budget crunch

By Gary Mitchell Clovis schools will eliminate more than 20 teaching positions for the upcoming school year as a result of this year’s unfunded state mandate for an across-the-board raise for teachers. However, no teachers will be fired or laid off, Clovis school officials say. “We have about 22 teaching positions we have absorbed for […]

Pioneer Days offers fun

By Clyde Davis Age is mostly a matter of perspective, whether it’s attached to buildings, persons or objects. I cringe when I go into an antique store and see the prices sometimes attached to familiar objects — even toys — from my childhood. Did you ever have the feeling you should not have cleaned out […]

Best quotes long forgotten

By David Stevens One of the all-time great movies was released 40 years ago this week. “Hud,” starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal, was filmed in Claude, Texas, just east of Amarillo, about two hours from Clovis. The black-and-white Western classic was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three of them. It […]

Letters to the editor 6/1

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior to publication. I was visiting Clovis recently during a violent wind and dust storm. As the new […]

Amaro given life plus 31 years

By Darrell Todd Maurina Following tearful and bitter pleas by family and friends of a Clovis man killed in April 2001, 9th District Court Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Pedro Joaquin Amaro, 30, of Clovis, to life in prison plus 31 years. Amaro also must make an undetermined amount of restitution to the family of his […]

Ed Perales to pressure state on jail

By Jack King A Curry County Commissioner said he wants to further a statewide effort make the state pay county detention centers for housing state inmates. “I would like to encourage counties statewide to pressure the state to pay counties for those incarcerations,” said Commissioner Ed Perales. “I’m concerned about Curry County, but I think […]

Unit to help rape victims

By Darrell Todd Maurina Sexual assault victims in eastern New Mexico have a new place to turn for help. Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis has organized the state’s fifth Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Unit and has a staff of seven nurses and one doctor who have received special training to help victims of rape, […]

Journalism workshop arrives

By Mike Linn High school students from throughout the state will come to Portales next week to learn numerous aspects related to journalism: from photography to news writing, ethics to interviewing skills. Professional journalists from across New Mexico will teach the four-day workshop at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar is sponsored by the New […]

Pedro Amaro expected to receive life in prison

CNJ Staff The man convicted of murdering Clovis resident Kenneth Smith will receive a mandatory life sentence this morning in Ninth Judicial District Court. According to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, state law requires Judge Steven Quinn to give Pedro Amaro, 27, of Clovis, a mandatory life sentence following his conviction on March 10 […]

Service organization raises money by serving

CNJ Staff Local luminaries earned $1,341 for The Shelter For Victims of Domestic Violence Inc. last week in the second annual “Eat to Defeat Domestic Violence.” From 6 to 8 p.m. May 20, a number of well-known locals waited tables at Poor Boy’s Steak House on North Prince, then donated their tips to The Shelter. […]

Young beats old at alumni game

By Eric Butler They tried various forms of distraction — physical and verbal — when their younger counterparts came to the free throw line. They tried to literally throw their weight around on their thinner opponents. They even put six men out on the court for two exchanges in the fourth quarter. But alas, the […]

AAU tournament kicks off

By Dave Wagner Basketballs will fill the air this weekend as 42 teams converge on Clovis for the New Mexico state AAU girls basketball tournament. Play begins early this afternoon with games in six age divisions — 17-and-under, 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U and 10U — scheduled for Clovis High’s Rock Staubus Gym, as well as […]