Ex-Ram standout signs with afl2 Dusters

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Jeff Howard (3) was a Division II All-American linebacker his senior season at Eastern New Mexico University. (File photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Come next semester, Jeff Howard is still going to be a student at Eastern New Mexico University, but May’s graduation ceremony may be the only time you’ll see him on campus. […]

Zias stay perfect

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University used three scoring runs of at least nine points in overcoming a 10-point, first-half deficit en route to an 82-67 victory over Montana State-Billings on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Shootout. Junior forward Elizabeth Richards posted her second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 12 […]

Prep playoffs

Friday Class 5A Semifinals Mayfield 21 La Cueva 7

Even workers feast on Thanksgiving

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Hillcrest Park Zoo dietitian Lisa Fox feeds Thanksgiving supper to black-handed spider monkeys Thursday at the zoo. (Staff photo: Andy Jackson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer They ate turkey, green-bean casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. The five black-handed spider monkeys at Hillcrest Park Zoo enjoyed the same meal many of the […]

Ski fans anxious for start of season

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Day after day after day of postcard-blue skies makes many an eastern New Mexico resident cheery. But, these days, some citizens are growing more anxious by the minute. That would be the local fans of skiing. Though the nearest slopes are at least three hours away, Clovis powder adherents know […]

Late indictment harms credibility of administration

Freedom Newspapers The case of Jose Padilla has done much to harm the credibility of an administration that would be well-served to develop from it a newfound appreciation of the rule of law. This law has evolved over centuries as the best way to allow government to be vigorous in pursuing its legitimate activities while […]

Christmas decorating sentimental time

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist This is the time of year when my living room starts to look like the Island of Misfit Toys. Please don’t hate me because I’m organized, but I’ve already got my Christmas tree up and ready to plug in tonight as the Christmas season officially gets into full swing. However, […]

Thanksgiving foods vary by tastebud

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist It’s the day after Thanksgiving. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year. I’m not thinking of shopping. I’m still thinking about food. I think about food a lot. I frequently tell folks, “I was born hungry and sleepy.” I got to thinking about Thanksgiving foods. There’s the […]

Reporter’s notebook: National Guard unit comes home for holidays

These soldiers made it home just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. After 14 months spent in the nation’s capital, members of the 1-200th Air Defense Artillery Battalion arrived Wednesday in Fort Bliss, Texas, according to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. Daniel Alvarez. They received a four-day pass to visit their family and friends, he said. […]

W.G. “Bill” Patton

W.G. “Bill” Patton Date of birth: April 6, 1920 Dates of service: April 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Ranchvale Lives in: Ranchvale Theater and location of service: Eastern Europe, Britain Branch: Army Air Corps Unit and Specialty: 5th Air Drome Squadron, control tower In his words: Working under the supervision of the British, Patton said […]

Onate making its mark in 5A

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Just three years ago, Onate High in Las Cruces won a state football championship, beating Roswell Goddard in the finals … in Class 4A. This fall, increasing enrollment pushed the Knights into Class 5A, where they’ve already earned respect as one of the state’s elite in any classification. “They played […]

ENMU weekend basketball capsule

CNJ staff All Times MST Men Adams State (1-0) at ENMU (2-1) When: 7 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena. Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3. On the Net: www.enmu.edu. Notes: Adams State dropped its opener to ENMU 72-67 last year at Alamosa, Colo., and proceded to go 0-18 before breaking through for its first win. The Grizzlies finished […]

Cats’ Sweet trying to carry on family tradition

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Clovis head coach Eric Roanhaus, right, talks with senior quarterback Devin Sweet during the second half of last week’s Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game against Manzano at Leon Williams Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Senior Devin Sweet is a starter at quarterback and free safety for the Clovis […]

Military sacrifice includes missing loved ones at Thanksgiving

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Shannah Garza, left, plans to cook a Thanksgiving dinner at home today for 22-month-old son Ethan Garza and daughter Victoria Garza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer There is a short pause at the end of the answering machine message. And then an outpouring. “Um. Hi Dad,” a child begins. It […]

God’s people are to ‘overflow’ with Thanksgiving

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished […]

Salvation Army effort targets needy families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped board […]

Restraint key in holiday feasting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Restraint. It is a word, and a concept, horridly out of place during the holiday season, especially around Thanksgiving. It is possible, however, to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast without causing irreparable damage to the waistline, according to local fitness experts. “The entire holiday season is the season of […]

Police increasing presence to curb holiday accidents

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer There will be an increased police presence this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to local agencies. New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints around the clock today through Saturday in every district of the state, according to State Police Capt. Oscar Gonzales. Eight to 10 officers will monitor […]

Turkey speaks out about American holiday

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The following interview was conducted Wednesday with Tom T. Turkey in a barnyard just south of Portales. Q. Mr. Turkey, what does the middle initial T. stand for? A. Terrified, until I realized that was a telephoto lens in your hand and not a hatchet as you came […]

11/24 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 9:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a call regarding a burglarized vehicle parked in the 1200 block of Ross Street. A window was broken and the owner of the vehicle said a CD was taken from the vehicle, between Sunday evening […]