Retirees getting second chance at program

By Tom Philpott: Military Update More than 800,000 military retirees who declined the Survivor Benefit Plan at retirement will get another chance to buy into a much-improved program, starting this fall. But delayed enrollment won’t be cheap, particularly for retirees who left service during the last six years. Congress voted last year not only to […]

Resilient Clovis defensive effort not enough

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer LAS CRUCES — If you looked only at the stats — 19-4 in first downs, 289-62 in total offense, 61-30 in plays from scrimmage, all favoring Mayfield — you’d figure it was a blowout. But the Clovis High Wildcats nearly got Friday’s season opener at Field of Dreams into […]

Aztec surges past Clovis for 3rd place

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Clovis freshman Jasiman Dykes, right, challenges Aztec senior Alyse Spencer for the ball during the second half of their game during the Clovis Girls Soccer Invitational Saturday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Fatigue and lack of experience caught up to Clovis on Saturday in a […]

Muleshoe senior leaves ‘em black and blue

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Muleshoe High School senior Brady Black directs traffic from his free safety position during a recent practice in Muleshoe. Black returns to his free safety position where as a junior he had three interceptions. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent MULESHOE — Brady Black grew up in the company of three […]

Lady Rams fight through fatigue

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Portales’ Morgan Hill looks to block a Las Lunas player’s shot during the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider […]

Tatum sweeps Lady Cats

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow hits the ball over Tatum’s Amanda Parks during the championship game in the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at Rock Stabus Gymnasium. Tatum defeated Clovis is straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Tatum Lady Coyotes had no problems blowing through the 16-team field in […]

Ideas flowing for new Cannon mission

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for […]

World War II threw farmer’s career for curve

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Len Santi, whose baseball career was interrupted by the draft, holds a baseball with signatures from the Clovis Pioneers of the now-defunct West Texas-New Mexico league. The ex-catcher said he was a line-drive hitter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but […]

Charles Bracken, Bruce Hamilton, Juan Vega, Merriman Vise, E.J. Crownover

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Charles Bracken Date of birth: March 25,1914 Dates of service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Friona Current residence: Clovis Theater or location of service: Alaska […]

Semester starting at CCC

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Clovis Community College students Carisma Garcia, left, and Christina Reynoso start classes Monday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Elizabeth Alonzo said she will follow her usual morning routine Monday before driving to Clovis from her hometown of Bovina to embark on her life as a college student. A 2005 Bovina […]