ENMU baseball picked fifth, softball sixth in LSC poll

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University was picked for fifth place in baseball and seventh place in softball in Lone Star Conference South Division preseason polls released by the conference office. The baseball team, which finished 26-27 under 15th-year coach Phil Clabaugh in 2004, finished ahead of only West Texas A&M in […]

Cats hit road for lengthy trip to Aztec

CNJ staff The Clovis High boys basketball team will tune up for District 4-5A play with a couple of road trips this week, beginning with a long one to Aztec for a 6 p.m. contest today. The Wildcats (11-6) left on Monday afternoon for Albuquerque, where they planned to spend the night before completing the […]

Bills address drug problem

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of […]

Police detective cleared in pedestrian fatality

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis police detective involved in a pedestrian fatality while on duty last month has been officially cleared of any wrongdoing, according to a state police report made public last week. Investigators determined the fatal injuries Delores Jacks, 71, received Dec. 12 when struck by a police car being […]

1/22 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 8 a.m. Tuesday police responded to an accident involving two vehicles on Mitchell Street near Sutter Place. One driver said the sun was in her eyes so she swerved over the center line, and crashed into the side of the second […]

Clovis grad Baskett Senior Bowl bound

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New Mexico’s Hank Baskett will play for the South team in the 2006 Senior Bowl on Saturday (AP photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School graduate Hank Baskett III has a lot of running in front of men with clipboards and stopwatches in his future. The University of New Mexico all-conference receiver […]

McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

1/22 Letters to the editor

Taxpayers ultimately fund schools The Jan. 10 school board meeting, as reported by the Clovis News Journal, again leaves this citizen very uneasy about the pathway our school system is being taken down. True, every issue has two sides to it and sometimes it is difficult to determine which side is best. However, when 75 […]

Hounds start slow, fall at Abilene Christian

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Cameron Holson’s 3-pointer after just 16 seconds kicked off a game-opening 17-5 run that included five 3-pointers, and Abilene Christian held off Eastern New Mexico University 82-73 on Saturday in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball. Senior guard Demarquez Rembert scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and senior […]

Zias drop division game on road

CNJ STAFF ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore guard Alex Guiton led five Abilene Christian players in double figures with 20 points on Saturday as the Wildcats posted an 83-63 Lone Star Conference South Division women’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University. Senior guard Kierstan Barbee added 14 points and team highs of 16 rebounds and six […]

SATURDAY PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

CNJ STAFF Game of the night The Clovis Christian girls played from behind almost the entire game, but hung close and finally pulled ahead for a 37-34 win at San Jon. Tied at 34 With 1:12 left to play, Sam Barnett found Jennifer Schaap for the game-winning bucket for the Lady Eagles (8-8, 2-1). Clovis […]

Lady Cats survive slowdown

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Clovis’ Aimee Hilburn attempts to put back a rebound for a basket during the second half of Saturday’s game against Rio Rancho in the Clovis State Farm Classic. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Averaging nearly 60 points a game, the Clovis High Lady Wildcats found a way to win […]

Award going to deserving Clovis citizen

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Monday at the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force will honor Clovis’ Ernest “Doc” Stewart with the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitar-ian Award. This is a truly fitting tribute for the civic leader and businessman who has been a staple and champion of the Clovis community since the […]

Clovis swimmer has international background

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Clovis High’s Amber Espinoza spent 3 years swimming in Germany before she moved to Clovis with her family in 2003. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis sophomore Amber Espinoza says there’s not much difference between competitive youth swimming in America and Germany. She knows from first-hand experience — she […]

Lady Cats blast Aztec

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Clovis High’s Tori Northcutt releases the ball over Aztec’s Rayla Doty during the first half of Friday’s game in the State Farm Classic at Rock Staubus Gymnasium(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For the second-straight outing, the Clovis Lady Wildcats played a near-perfect first half. The Lady Cats jumped ahead […]

Clovis officials seek redevelopment tax

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Local officials want the state to authorize a special redevelopment tax, but city commissioners would have to approve it before it could be enacted, according to a local economic development official. The potential tax is part of a five-pronged package the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Industrial […]

Portales officials pursuing housing development

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales city officials are in talks with Artistic Homes developers out of Albuquerque about building a housing development in Portales that would have between 70 and 100 homes. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said the proposed project would have homes ranging from $80,000 to $120,000. City councilors by general consensus instructed […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Lady Rams rout Lovington in district opener

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Morgan Hill had 15 points to lead three Lady Rams in double figures, and Portales jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 71-42 victory over Lovington in Friday night’s District 4-3A opener. Portales (13-6) played an inside-outside game, with Hill scoring on the interior and her […]

Day trips: Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock

Freedom Newspapers Residents of eastern New Mexico are certainly proud of their areas ties to legendary singer Buddy Holly, whose work with the Norman Petty Studios are celebrated on a consistent basis. The Clovis studio certainly isn’t the only place to celebrate the rocker, however, and the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock is getting set […]