Melrose seniors searching for perfect ending

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Melrose’s Brock Graham, left, Cedar Rush, center, and Carlos Ruiz are three of six seniors who have been playing football under coach Dickie Roybal since seventh grade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Six Melrose seniors are trying to go out the same way they came in — undefeated. Quarterback Brock […]

Prep volleyball notes

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn said sophomore Bryn Mayfield is a clutch server. “She’s saved our bacon lots of times with her serves,” Littlejohn said. Her serving line from last weekend’s Mountain Top Tournament at Cloudcroft backs that up. She was 74 of 75 on serves with 28 aces. “She […]

Two more charged in shooting death

By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, […]

Charges pending in bond shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will decide today whether to file charges against a Clovis bail bondsman involved in shooting two people — including a co-worker — while attempting to revoke a bond. Hank Bayless of Hank’s Bail Bonds shot Christina Snell and suspected bail-jumper Javier Sanchez, Chandler […]

Members of the Red Hat Society return to CCC to keep learning

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Ione Wood, left, and Valerie Benedix, right, are members of the Clovis Community College Red Hat Society or also known as the Frivolous Floozies. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The classes the women take aren’t conventional, and neither are the women. Nancy Bartholomew exercises in the Clovis Community College swimming […]

Youth minister acquitted of charges

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Erwin Estoque, who was found innocent of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female, feels his life will never be the same. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Erwin Estoque’s life as a youth music minister and college student changed dramatically after his arrest. He was accused of having sexual contact […]

Senators commit to finding new mission for Cannon AFB

Staff and wire reports Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega met Wednesday with New Mexico’s two U.S. senators to talk about ongoing efforts to find a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission last month handed the eastern New Mexico base a reprieve of sorts. Instead […]

9/22 Education Digest

Clovis Head Start recruiting students The Clovis Head Start preschool and Early Head Start is recruiting students, said Head Start supervisor Margie Tapia. The public is invited to tour the facilities on 901 Martin Luther King Blvd. and receive Head Start information, she said. The official start of the preschool year was August, Tapia said, […]

9/22 Education Calendar

Today: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., school officials will host a community discussion at Ranchvale Elementary about the proposed closure of this school. Monday: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held at all elementary and secondary schools. Teachers will not be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday: From […]

9/22 Student Profile

Billy Stephenson is a senior at Clovis High. He is the son of Sherri and Rick Stephenson. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? My current is the series “Lost.” My old favorite show is a series called “Reboot.” What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? Flying an F-22 or […]

Ray Gauntt

Sharna Johnson Gauntt said native children on the islands would scale a tree and return with a coconut… 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. Ray Gauntt Age when entered service: […]

Civil rights protectionism goes overboard

Ned Cantwell The American Civil Liberties Union is once again astride her black steed, charging around the countryside saving New Mexico from God. Specific target this time is God in sports. Let’s make this clear: There is no place for God in sports. Sports, and we’re talking about big-time college and professional sports, belongs in […]

Public charity against Constitution’s spirit

Walter E. Williams Last week, President Bush promised the nation that the federal government will pay for most of the costs of repairing hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, adding, “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.” There’s no question that New Orleans and her sister Gulf Coast […]

Crusader gone; memory of Nazi atrocities remain

Editorial H e was controversial, and he was not always right. Sometimes he displayed an ego as large as the cause he took on. However, Simon Wiesenthal, who died Tuesday in Vienna at the age of 96, probably did more to prevent people from forgetting the Holocaust perpetrated on European Jewry by the Nazi regime […]

Thank God Christians sing the same hymns — mostly

Curtis K. Shelburne It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the introduction to one of his hymnals pronounced stern words against anyone who would mess with the words (and thus the theology, not to mention the beauty) of his hymns. He had little use for […]

ENMU FOOTBALL NOTES: LSC’s strength is in South

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer IF THE CROSSOVER GAMES are in any way indicative, the South Division is far stronger than the North this season in Lone Star Conference football. The South, playing at home on Saturday, improved to 15-3 against their counterparts with a six-game sweep. The North looks like the LSC’s version […]

Lady Cats down Artesia

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Clovis’ Sioban Flatow tips the ball past two Artesia defenders during the first game of their match Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Artesia in straight sets. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Despite the addition of talented athletes like Aimee Hilburn and Brittany Blackmon, it’s been a struggle […]

Bail revocation ends in shooting injuries

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis bail bond employee and a suspected bail-jumper suffered non-fatal gunshot wounds Tuesday. Crystal Snell of Hank’s Bail Bonds was shot in the leg and Javier Sanchez, 33, in the lower back about 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Gaylord, according law enforcement officials. Both were shot […]

City civic center expected to be completed by mid-December

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Lanny Gass of Clovis hangs wire for decorative sheet rock Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center located on the north side of Seventh Street near Schepps Boulevard. The civic center is scheduled to open by mid-December. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A light coat of tan dirt covers the site […]

Roswell High slips past Cats

CNJ staff Roswell High’s Dylan Thomas scored toward the end of the first half and the Coyotes made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Clovis High Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. The Coyotoes fired 21 shots on goal to 11 for the Cats, but Clovis coach Shaun Gill said his team had most […]