Clovis’ Jennings pursuing NMSU job

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Former Clovis Wildcats standout Bubba Jennings believes his familiarity his New Mexico and West Texas basketball as a player and a coach makes him a viable candidate for the opening at New Mexico State. Spending the last four years as an assistant under Bobby Knight at Texas Tech doesn’t […]

Clovis alum suiting up for Dusters

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Mike Thomas couldn’t pass up a chance to play closer to home. The 1994 Clovis graduate signed to play nose guard and center for the Amarillo Dusters in the Arena Football League 2. “I miss everyone down there and hopefully the people of Clovis will come watch us play,” […]

Hounds fall at Midwestern State

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior guard Jay January hit three 3-pointers inside the first two minutes and Midwestern State went on to an 88-77 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night. January finished 6-of-8 from the 3-point line and shared team scoring honors with Justin James, […]

Brown does plenty as Zias win on road

Freedom Newspapers WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Sophomore guard Heather Brown tied her career high with 25 points and junior post Tiana Bryant added a double-double Saturday night to lift Eastern New Mexico University’s women past Midwestern State 80-73 in a Lone Star Conference South Division matchup. The Zias (11-14, 5-7 South) moved ahead of the […]

Pyeatt ninth at state for Clovis swimmers

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In a way, the sight of a Clovis Wildcat cap bobbing in and out of the water while ahead of the rest of the field was a dream come true Saturday for Lady Wildcats’ swimming coach Vincent DeMaio. While it is true that the victory of Clovis junior […]

Eastern splits doubleheader


ENMU’s Gilbert Alvarado, left, offers a high-five after Mike McDuffie scored a third-inning run in the first game of Saturday’s twin bill at Greyhound Field.(Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University senior Brett Scherer made his mound debut for the Greyhounds two weeks ago at Sul Ross […]

ENMU softball splits four games


By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — On Friday, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team ended a homefield drought of nearly 22 months. Unfortunately, Western New Mexico didn’t give the Zias have much chance to enjoy their success. ENMU ended a 16-game home losing streak dating to April 25, 2003, by sweeping New Mexico […]

Bail short-lived for accomplice suspect

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man awaiting sentencing as an accessory to murder was released briefly from the Curry County Adult Detention Center on Friday . Eric Duran, 27, was released when he posted a $120,000 surety bond for his release. After learning of Duran’s release, the district attorney’s office filed a […]

Overpass concerns addressed in Santa Fe


Concerned citizens are hoping an overpass will be built over the BNSF railroad tracks at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval said much of the community just doesn’t understand what an inconvenience it is to wait at a railroad crossing day […]

She-devil stickers survive — for now


This is a partial image of the sexually explicit stickers on Dean Young’s vehicle that are at the center of a free-speech battle. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Dean Young says he will continue to display a pair of cartoon stickers depicting bare-breasted she-devils on the windows of his banana […]

Flu warnings are government advice, not orders

Freedom Newspapers If people want to understand why more and more Americans increasingly take lightly declarations by our federal government, they need only look at the policies regarding flu shots. The National Institutes of Health reported last week that flu shots don’t really help elderly people, despite the government’s insistence that older Americans continue to […]

Public needs to know media not always right

Steve Chapman: CNJ columnist The news media have sided strongly with reporters Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, who are threatened with jail unless they disclose their sources in the Valerie Plame case. Right now, that decision is starting to look like Custer’s Last Stand. It’s a battle the press can’t win and doesn’t deserve to […]

2/20 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed recently in the Curry County Magistrate Court: n Juanita A. Gonzales, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. Sentenced to 364 days in county jail, all but 75 suspended, and $192 court costs and fees. Placed on supervised probation with 98 hours community service. n James R. Ellison, […]

Bryant, Wayford

Wayford Bryant Services: Have been held. Wayford Ray Bryant, 50, of Winslow, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, in Winslow, Ariz. He was born on June 6, 1954, in Clovis. He was employed by the ATSF Railway as a locomotive engineer and later as a road foreman of engines, a terminal manager, and as a […]

Prep scores 2-18

CNJ staff Prep The Associated Press Friday GIRLS Texas Class 3A playoffs At Post Muleshoe 43, Merkel 34 New Mexico Portales 55, Lovington 36 Santa Rosa 48, Texico 42 Elida 59, Melrose 53 Cibola 50, Carlsbad 38 Del Norte 66, Albuquerque High 46 Deming 60, Belen 28 Des Moines 86, Wagon Mound 24 Eldorado 48, […]

2/20 Engagements, organizations

Sultemeier/Modesette Lon and Linda Sultemeier of Melrose announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kelli Sultemeier of Austin, Texas to Greg Modesette, of Austin, Texas, son of Carroll and Mollie Modesette of Rockdale, Texas. The couple will exchange vows 6 p.m., March 19 at Melrose Baptist Church. The reception will be at the […]

Flames in Clovis fire of 1909 were well-fed

Tom Pendergrass moved with his family from Texico to Clovis in 1907 when he was 7. He remembered all the excitement of those early days, especially the fires. This is his story about what he called the “big fire” in 1909: “Clovis’ first major fire occurred on April 29, 1909. That’s what my dad said. […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]

Local church burglarized

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A local Pentecostal church has been burglarized four times since New Year’s Eve, irking the pastor and confounding his church congregation. Even though an electric piano and guitar were stolen during the third break-in, music is still a part of the Calvary Tabernacle Church service. “(We) keep on making […]

Citizens push for overpass site change

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor While campaigning in south Clovis in the fall, Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, kept hearing the same complaint. Residents south of the railroad tracks felt cut off from city amenities since the Wheaton Street railroad crossing was closed in May 2003. A proposal to build an overpass about two […]