Construction of surgical center back on track

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Digging at the surgical center site is set to restart on Wednesday. The estimated completion date is May 2006, according to a construction official. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Construction on a $4 million surgical center will restart Wednesday, according to a project official. City building inspector Pete Wilt said […]

Halftime rally lifts Texico

Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer DOWN 13-7 TO EUNICE at halftime and his team in danger of losing its third straight game, Texico coach Mike Prokop said his team pulled together for the second half. “They got tired of losing,” Prokop said. “I told them, ‘at some point you have to make a decision about […]

ENMU men win Highlands meet

CNJ staff LAS VEGAS, N.M. — If nothing else, coach Joel McMullen says, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team is showing it’s not an easy touch for strong opponents running at less than full strength. The Greyhounds edged defending NCAA Division II runnerup Adams State 43-44 on Saturday for the team championship […]

ENMU men continue to struggle on offense

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team has been able to keep opponents close most of the season. It’s finding enough offense that has been the problem. Northeastern State handed the Greyhounds their fourth consecutive setback, all by one goal, when junior forward Ludinei Picelli Filho […]

Special teams play helps ENMU survive

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The offense had a solid day, and the defense made big plays. Still, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said the Greyhounds’ special teams were as responsible as anyone for Saturday’s 33-30 win at Abilene Christian in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for […]

9/27 Business Digest

Certification program open to companies The New Mexico Economic Development Department is accepting applications for the Albuquerque 2006 class of the New Mexico 9000 program. The purpose of this program is to provide small businesses in New Mexico with technical assistance to achieve ISO 9001:2000 compliance/certification at an affordable cost. Costs incurred in becoming ISO […]

Reporter’s notebook: Local publishes book of poems

Brenda Marshall-Wilsea says she never leaves home without carrying a notebook and pen. Wilsea is the author of “Special Poems to the Lord,” a 30-page book of inspirational passages. A simple, sky-blue cover shows a dove of peace. According to the poet, she has been working on this book of poetry for the last five […]

Richard Sullinger

Sharna Johnson Designated as the flagship for the convoy entering Tokyo Bay, the USS San Diego… 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. Richard Sullinger Date of birth: Dec. 27,1923 Dates […]

Tucumcari air show features stunts from U.S., Canadian planes

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Tucumcari’s first air show in 1992 featured a crop duster — and not much else, said air show Chairman Bob McClelland Jr. More than a decade later, Wednesday’s 13th annual Rotary Air Show’s lineup includes a team of Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U.S. Air Force A-10 Demonstration Team, the […]

Catastrophes provide heroic moments

Tom Philpott During Lt. Todd Fisher’s first tour as a young helicopter pilot at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., he would peer across the tarmac to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah and notice not only the colorful paint scheme of Coast Guard helicopters, but also the timing of their deployment. “Every time we’d be coming back […]

Money politics replace Republican ideals

Mona Charen It’s not possible, is it? Rep. Tom DeLay did not say the Republican Congress had achieved a “victory” over wasteful spending? What a sense of humor! This, just as Congress is rushing to blanket the Gulf Coast in a thick quilt of taxpayer funds? Who are these Republicans? A little over a month […]

Census officers on disturbing, invasive drive

CNJ Editorial What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, then threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face […]

Car wash raises funds for slain child’s family

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Friends, family and volunteers from the community gathered Saturday morning at Taco Box in Clovis for a car wash to raise money for the family of Carlos Perez. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer At least 30 school kids from Gattis, Yucca, Cameo, Lockwood and Clovis High schools volunteered their time […]

Yard sale gears up

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Mike Krell piles donated clothes on his son, Cub Scout Scott Krell,10. Father and son volunteered to assist in sorting donations Saturday morning at the Fairgrounds in Clovis. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Pickup trucks and horse trailers are nothing new at the Curry County fairgrounds, but — pickup trucks and […]

Murder trial begins Monday

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer On Monday morning the selection of the jury for the trial of Steven Robert Duran will begin at the 9th District Court in Clovis. Duran, 36, has been charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 13, 2004, shooting death of Ricardo Gallegos. Gary C. Mitchell, Duran’s attorney, said […]

Officials: Vehicle collision sped slated demolition of Texico building

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The port of entry building outside Texico was slated for demolition anyway. A vehicle accident that caused considerable damage to the front of the building on Thursday will simply speed the process, officials said. No injuries were reported after a car struck the building, which is located just off […]

Floyd posts win over Eagles

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Cloudcroft’s Brent Wells drags down Fort Sumner running back Richard Canales during Friday’s clash in Fort Sumner. The Bears rallied with the game’s final 21 points to post a 21-18 victory over the host Foxes. (CNJ correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Clovis Christian was able to get something going Friday […]

Relay for Life sign-ups still open

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer There’s still time to sign up for this year’s Relay for Life. The annual event raises money to help the American Cancer Society with cancer research, prevention, education and patient services. The event, which will be held May 2-3 at Ned Houk Park, “honors cancer survivors and reminds our […]

Missouri Southern hands ENMU loss in OT

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team was struggling in the first half on Friday against Missouri Southern, but managed to get out with a scoreless tie. The Greyhounds were never able to get anything going on Friday and lost 1-0 in sudden-death overtime to the Lions […]

Ruidoso’s scoring spurt sinks Lady Cats

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Clovis High’s Lora Esquivel (light jersey) battles a Ruidoso player for possession of the ball during Saturday’s girls soccer matchup at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer For nearly 60 minutes, the Clovis High girls soccer team seemed positioned for victory Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. […]