Lady Cats squeak past Hobbs in finals


Clovis junior Siobhan Flatow tries to split a Hobbs double block during Saturday’s District 4-5A tournament championship match at Rock Staubus Gym. Flatow finished with 12 kills. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Fifth game. All tied. District championship at stake. Those with heart conditions and pregnant females be warned. […]

Jail officials cracking down on contraband


A inmate uses the phone Wednesday in the annex of the Curry County Adult Detention Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Commonly confiscated contraband in the Curry County Adult Detention Center includes letters between inmates, tobacco, drugs, crude knives, tattooing devices and ink, as well as dried fruit and vegetable […]

Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

Diesel fuel prices staying high

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As regular unleaded gas prices continue falling, diesel fuel remains at a near-record high. According to New Mexico AAA officials, diesel prices are up about 44 percent from last year while gasoline prices are up 22 percent over the same time period. The hurricanes that swept across the Gulf […]

Q&A: Forensic chief talks bullets, fingerprints, blood

Ann Talbot, 50, is the forensic laboratories bureau chief for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Santa Fe. Talbot holds her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry and has been the lab’s bureau chief for nine months. Clovis law enforcement officers send bullets, blood and fingerprints to the Santa Fe lab. […]

10/30 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Oct. 5 and Oct. 19: • Steven Lujan, 22, was found guilty by a jury of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, concealing identity, failure to carry proof of financial responsibility, evidence […]

Social justice advocates reunite in Portales

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — They fought for social justice. Decades later, they told their stories so Portales won’t forget. More than 100 people remembered Portales’ history and spoke out Sunday against how minority Portales residents were treated during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic […]

10/30 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call from a home on the 600 block of 13th Street regarding a stolen stove. The caller told police his rental home was being renovated and an electric stove was stolen sometime between Oct. […]

FBI’s reporting requirements need beefing up

Freedom Newspapers The FBI has committed at least 13 violations of the guidelines governing its conduct under the Patriot Act serious enough to be referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board. That’s an arm of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, which is charged with examining violations of laws and directives. These facts came to light […]

Aiding children not means to end

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist At times I watch BBC World News because it covers more international issues than even CNN. So the other night I was watching and there was a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The report gave some harrowing information as well as quotations from people trying to raise funds […]

Economy in debt to Volcker, Greenspan

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When the history of the Federal Reserve is written, one of its most important chapters will cover the period from 1979 to 2006, when the Fed was under the stewardship of Paul Volcker and then Alan Greenspan. That chapter will have a simple title: The Conquest of Inflation. For those […]

Hounds host Tarleton State tonight

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer What you see isn’t always what you get with the Midwestern State football team. When the Indians are on their game, they’ve shown they can play with anybody in the Lone Star Conference. Even Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill says he doesn’t know what to expect from week to […]

Melrose romps to easy win in quarterfinals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer MELROSE — Carlos Ruiz was back in action Friday night and provided the Melrose Buffaloes with a big lift. Not that they needed a whole lot. The top-ranked and top-seeded Buffs opened defense of their state six-man title with a 48-0 quarterfinal victory over Roy-Wagon Mound. Melrose (10-0) advances […]

Texico routs Jal for district title

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent TEXICO — Just in time for a seeding committee near you: A statement game from the Texico Wolverines. With more struggles than they’ve been accustomed to over the last two state championship years, the Wolverines capped off the 2005 regular season by clobbering Jal 47-7 on Friday night in a […]

LOCAL BRIEFS: Zias suffer shutout loss at Commerce

CNJ staff COMMERCE, Texas — Erin de Wolfe scored two goals Friday and Texas A&M-Commerce handed struggling Eastern New Mexico University its fourth consecutive shutout with a 4-0 win in a Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match. The Zias (10-7-1, 3-4-1 LSC), who have managed two scoreless ties during the drought, close the LSC and […]

Lady Cats host Hobbs in district volleyball final


Junior Jasmine McDonald battles for a ball at the net against Carlsbad. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer En route to a school record 10-match winning streak, the Clovis High volleyball team dispatched rival Hobbs twice. They’ll try to do it again tonight when the Lady Wildcats host the Lady Eagles […]

Young teams battle for 4-5A girls cross country title

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer In a three-team meet, Clovis High cross country coach Brian Stacy believes today’s District 4-5A girls race is between two teams. “It’s going to come down to Carlsbad and us,” he said of today’s District 4-5A competition scheduled for Ned Houk Park. “It just depends on who decides to […]

Cats survive against Hobbs


Clovis senior Tanner Fickling scored the game-winning touchdown. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer HOBBS — Never underestimate the power of a halftime speech. Trailing at halftime for just the second time this season, Clovis rallied to beat Hobbs 14-7 win in a District 4-5A game Friday at Watson Memorial Stadium. […]

Rams falter at NMMI


Portales sophomore Chris Mosier tries to find running room in the fourth quarter of Friday’s District 4-3A game at New Mexico Military Institute. Mosier gained 12 yards on the run. The host Colts defeated Portales 21-6. (Staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ROSWELL — Portales’ second District 4-3A loss was a short […]

Lady Rams shoot for No. 1 seed in regional


Junior Briana Hernandez stretches to get a volleyball during a drill at Friday’s Portales practice. Portales (17-3) hosts Ruidoso tonight for the District 4-3A championship at 7 p.m. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No matter what, Ruidoso and Portales should expect to receive homecourt advantage in next weekend’s Class 3A volleyball […]