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. […]

Hounds win seesaw game from Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore quarterback Michael Benton rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score Saturday to help lift Eastern New Mexico University past Abilene Christian 33-30 in the Lone Star Conference South Division opener for both teams. ENMU (3-2) erased deficits of 16-7 and 22-14, then held on […]

Sooner or later, we pay for government

Steve Chapman For those Americans who hate sending money to the Internal Revenue Service, here’s the good news: President Bush says he is not going to raise taxes to pay for the costs of Hurricane Katrina. And here’s the bad news: He’s already raised them. That happened the day he signed a bill laying out […]

Most-prized possessions record life stories

David Stevens My brother in San Antonio sent an e-mail last week about relatives heading for his house to escape the wrath of Hurricane Rita. He was amused by the possessions they were planning to bring with them, including frozen food and old tax returns. So after you knew the family and pets were safe, […]

New Orleans planning not by ordinary citizens

CNJ Editorial The floodwaters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to feast […]

Friday area prep football capsules

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Senior Richard Canales of the Fort Sumner Foxes (3-1) is brought down by senior Brent Wells of the Cloudcroft Bears (3-0). (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) CNJ staff Texico 34, Eunice 13 Records: Texico 2-2, Eunice 1-4. Impact: The Wolverines, who went 12-0 en route to Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004, snapped a […]

Hounds begin division play at Abilene Christian

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Two weeks ago, things weren’t looking too good for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. The Greyhounds were coming off solid spankings at the hands of Central Arkansas (51-0) and Southeastern Oklahoma (28-12), and their streak of seven consecutive winning seasons appeared in jeopardy. Now the Hounds have won […]

Goddard hands Rams 42-0 whipping

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Portales running back Cruz Ontiveros takes a pitch for a 21-yard gain in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Goddard at the Wool Bowl in Roswell. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Portales, 1-1 in Class 3A play so far, got a rude welcome to its first foray […]

Clovis clips Rio Rancho in final seconds

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer RIO RANCHO — Clovis rolled the dice twice in the final minutes and came out a winner of its fourth straight game. In what turned out to the winning drive, senior quarterback Devin Sweet kept the drive on a short fourth-down run and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass […]

Charges still pending in bondsman shooting

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers A search warrant was carried out Friday at the residence where two people were shot earlier this week as a Clovis bail bondsman was revoking a bond. Clovis Police Lt. James Schoeffel said officers found a small amount of marijuana at 305 Gayland Drive, Apartment 3. He said he did not […]

Day trips: Alamogordo makes for spontaneous day

By Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Where in New Mexico can you surf the pristine white sand dunes in the morning, stroll the New Mexico Museum of Space History in the afternoon, and save that show at the IMAX theater for last? Where else, but in Alamogordo. Located in the Tularosa basin and surrounded by the […]

United Way yard sale to benefit hurricane victims

Staff reports The United Way is sponsoring a yard sale to offer relief to the recent hurricane victims. The sale will take place at the Curry County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Laurie Bentley of the United Way said area residents can drop off donated items on Sept. 24 and Sept. […]

Salas to be tried as adult

Andy Jackson: CNJ Staff Writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler told Orlando Salas, 15, Friday he would be tried as an adult in connection with last week’s killing of a 10-year-old Clovis boy. Chandler told Salas during his first appearance in district court that if the Clovis teen is convicted of murder, he will […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]