Fair chance to explore health-care options

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Organizers and participants agree that Saturday’s Health and Wellness Fair is a much needed opportunity to explore the health-care options available in eastern New Mexico. With health tests, demonstrations, information from health- and wellness-oriented businesses and non-profit organizations, and safety information for the kids, the health fair has something […]

Wildcats jump on rival Hobbs in crucial district game


Clovis’ Jacob Jones changes direction as he dribbles up the court during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer When the Wildcats calmed down and executed, they took control. Clovis outscored Hobbs 22-8 in the third quarter on their way […]

Unblemished Clovis shuts down Hobbs


Clovis’ Melissa Roberts drives past Hobbs’ Samantha Cruz during their game at Ralph Tasker Arena on Tuesday in Hobbs. (Hobbs News Sun: Daniel Howell) CNJ Staff HOBBS — The Clovis Lady Wildcats showed why they are undefeated on the season and one of the top teams in New Mexico, shutting down Hobbs on Tuesday night […]

ENMU on fourth softball coach in two years

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in […]

Prosecution witness: Defendent shot two men


Dominic Murphy, left, seated with his lawyer Roger Bargas, listens to testimony during his trial Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Lawyers for a Clovis man charged with two counts of first-degree murder sought to discredit a prosecution witness who admitted as a part […]

Instructor nails down national championship


Frank Oborney demonstrates his technique for hammering in nails with both speed and accuracy Tuesday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Frank Oborny is worried a national championship and a brief appearance on ESPN’s top 10 plays of the day is going to send the wrong […]

Board supports wellness center

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday night approved a resolution in support of the $7.5 million Wellness and Youth Development Center proposed for construction at Spencer Park. The center would supply Clovis with a regulation-sized pool for community use and use by the Clovis swim team. “As the City Commission […]

Hoover, Vickie Woods

Vickie Woods Hoover Services: Have been held. Vickie Woods Hoover, 67, of Rialto, Calif., died Jan. 5, 2005, in Fontana, Calif., after a short illness. She was born on Nov. 12, 1938, in Melrose, to DeWitte and Lois Woods. She married Darnell Hoover on July 2, 1959, in Melrose. She graduated from Melrose High School […]

More government means problems for Texans

CNJ staff The 79th Session of the Texas Legislature began in Austin last week. Once again, politicians promise Texans to solve the state’s woes without raising overall taxes. Once again, voters are likely to be disappointed. The biggest issue facing lawmakers this session is school finance. Because politicians spent the previous regular session and then […]

Reader Reaction: Poaching punishment reactions mixed

A Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the recent killing of five deer out of season. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum punishment of 7 1/2 years in jail. Is the potential sentence too harsh? Too lenient? Some responses: “BEAUTIFUL TROPHIES THAT HUNDREDS of law-abiding citizens would love to have. … I say the […]

Black man freed, but no rejoicing here

By Leonard Pitts Yes, his civil rights were violated. He was held without access to an attorney for 10 days. Lawmen threatened his life. His interrogation was filmed and then televised, tainting the small-town jury pool. They did it because it was 1961, because it was Louisiana, and because he was a black man accused […]

Change: Like it or not, it’s a matter of attitude

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist It finally happened. Last Friday at 1:47 p.m. Something I’ve been dreading for ten years or so. I finally hit the optometric wall. Bifocals. Every time I’d see the guy, once every year or two or whenever his nurse would strong-arm me into coming in for an actual appointment […]

Clovis, Hobbs battle for first


Clovis senior post Dominique Easterlin fights for a shot in the paint Friday against Sandia. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Take a deep breath. Calm down a little. Despite what 4,500 fanatics in the stands may think, Hobbs is just another district opponent. Clovis Wildcats coach J.D. Isler said […]

Win at Hobbs would give Lady Cats edge in 4-5A


Clovis freshman Ebony Bunton fights for a shot against Alamogordo’s Shikyra Dailey on Jan. 15. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) CNJ staff A victory tonight against Hobbs could go a long ways towards the Clovis girls basketball team’s chances of winning the District 4-5A title. The No. 1 Lady Wildcats have already beaten No. 3 Sandia […]

Zias coach takes job at West Texas A&M

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For the second time in three years, the Eastern New Mexico University softball program is looking for a new coach in January. Kevin Blaskowski, who was hired in May 2003 after a five-year stint at Southern Arkansas, resigned in late December to start up a new program at […]

Big run thwarts Hounds against West Texas

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — Senior forward Jamil Terrell scored 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had three blocks while senior guard Carl Lamb had 15 points and four assists Monday night as West Texas A&M downed Eastern New Mexico University 66-59 in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball. The host Buffaloes (8-10, 2-1 […]

West Texas A&M routs Zias

Freedom Newspapers CANYON, Texas — West Texas A&M jumped to a 14-1 lead and put five players in double figures Monday night in a 91-44 rout of Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball. Guard Dixie Bell went 6-for-7 overall and 5-for-5 from 3-point range for 17 points, leading a barrage of […]

Prep notes 1/25

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Texico girls were the tough-luck team on the basketball court this week. Up 39-38 on Friday at home with a few seconds left, Santa Rosa’s game-winning attempt bounced off the rim, but 5-foot-2 junior guard Reena Tenorio snuck into the paint and put it back in for the […]

Business feature: New year, new tax laws

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business […]

Ranchers raise concerns

By Tara May: Roswell Daily Record ROSWELL — Several ranchers and a non-military pilot brought up concerns at a public meeting here to discuss Cannon Air Force Base’s proposed military airspace expansion. Monday’s meeting at Goddard High School was the first of four public hearings taking place in the communities impacted by the expansion, including […]