Motorcycle drive nets over 200 toys

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Laura Reynosa and her 22-month-old son, Israel, wait for the start of the “Operation Santa Claus” toy run Saturday at High Plains Harley-Davidson. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Braving low temperatures and cutting winds, bikers bundled up Saturday morning and tucked dolls, cars and teddy bears in saddlebags to […]

Robertson repeats in Class 3A

The Associated Press PORTALES — Robertson won its second-straight Class 3A football championship Saturday, defeating Portales 28-6. “I don’t know about a dynasty. We’re just happy to be back-to-back state champs,” Robertson coach Chad Roanhaus said. “This year, we knew we had the team to win it, we just had to go out and play […]

Letters to the Editor: Dumpster initiative should be dropped

In reading the most recent article reporting efforts to “Keep Clovis beautiful,” I had to laugh. I have to side with City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen. It would be virtually impossible to police those choosing to place trash in dumpsters without first bagging it. Simple economics are the word. A) Who will pay for the […]

Earmark errors won’t stop with Democrats

By Freedom Newspapers If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, […]

Tree lighting, parade set for tonight

CNJ Staff Seventy small dancers clad in green and red elf costumes will perform on Main Street tonight in downtown Clovis. The performance will kick off the city’s 2006 Christmas Lights Parade. A tree lighting is also scheduled for 5 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets. The theme for this year’s parade, which begins at […]

Fires extinguised at school, home

CNJ Staff Clovis Fire Department firefighters extinguished small fires Friday at a Clovis school and residence that caused no injuries, according to officials. An electrical fire about 11 a.m. at Marshall Junior High School caused by a malfunctioning stove was put out with a fire extinguisher, according to Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer Karen […]

Rams … or repeat?

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Portales head coach Andy Correll, far right, watches as defensive coordinator Mark McAfee puts the Ram defense through the paces Friday. The team was taking a light practice in its last workout of the season. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When the Portales Rams met Las Vegas Robertson in the […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats roll past Portales

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Clovis High junior guard Ebony Bunton steals the ball from Portales’ Briana Hernandez in Friday’s game at Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Clovis junior Ebony Bunton scored 22 points in keeping the Clovis girls undefeated, leading the Wildcats to a 51-34 domination of the Portales Lady Rams Friday night […]

Roanhaus leads big turnaround at Robertson

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Las Vegas Robertson football coach Chad Roanhaus, a Clovis High grad and son of longtime Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus, celebrates during last week’s Class 3A semifinal win over Socorro. Courtesy photo: Santa Fe New Mexican By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When he first accepted the job as Las Vegas Robertson’s football coach, Chad Roanhaus […]

Holidays bring about nostalgia

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Whenever the yuletide season rears its evil head, I’m always reminded of my world-class journalistic enterprises. In fact, I get all teary eyed and go looking for Kleenex tissues with wintry scenes printed on them. Back in olden times I reported for the Denver Post, and my city editor, a […]

Holidays evoke many emotions

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Along about mid-December, few of us can be blamed, or even held accountable, if we begin to get a bit Scroogified about the season. That might be especially true if one hasn’t done all of one’s shopping, and knows that the other schedule-challenged shoppers will be out there, running around […]

Road trips teach several lessons

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers They say the best part of the journey is the journey itself, not the destination. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I’ll bet they’ve never taken a road trip. My latest jaunt took me some 1,300 miles from the blustery Pacific Northwest to the desert heat of Arizona, mainly […]

Quick thinking saves swimmers’ lives at unforgettable picnic

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist “There was an air of excitement in the group for we had planned a big picnic for several weeks,” said Lucille Matlock. “We departed for a far-off destination, Cottonwood Grove, about 10 miles west of Melrose. We all felt a great adventure was in store for us that day. If […]

Ideal body shouldn’t be child’s main focus

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist Three of our five children play soccer. My husband and I believe any sport they practice will help them develop self-esteem, discipline and focus. But according to my husband, no “sport” includes dance, cheerleading or ice-skating. Not only do I love to watch these three “sports,” I also studied dance […]

Community shows appreciation to Cannon Airmen

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Clovis radio personalities Duffy Moon (left) and Steve Rooney perform their usual morning show live from Balad Air Base, Iraq, outside the recreation center. Airmen from the 27th Fighter Wing sent live holiday greetings home. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Clovis radio personalities Steve Rooney and Duffy Moon of 107.5 FM traveled to Balad Air Base, […]

When it comes to health, there’s no free lunch

Col. Kenneth Hall It’s easy to take for granted that which we enjoy every day. What is firmly in hand one moment can be snatched away the next. And what goes neglected or mistreated will prematurely fail. Health is a perfect example, especially for a young and robust population such as ours. All too often […]

CHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Lady Cats set to invade Portales

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Clovis and Portales girls basketball teams have enjoyed plenty of success over recent seasons. Portales has reached the Class 3A state championship game in each of the last six campaigns, winning four times, while the Lady Wildcats were Class 5A state titlists in 2005 and have won 67 […]

Bulldogs turn back Hounds

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Southwestern Oklahoma defenders surround Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette on a first-half shot attempt in Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mikal Monette matched Southwestern Oklahoma’s Nate Perry in points and rebounds, but not in turnovers. On a […]

Zias rout Southwestern Oklahoma

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Rochelle Vance, left, tries to steal the ball from Southwestern Oklahoma’s Jenna Sprague during Thursday’s matchup at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — It’s early in the season, but the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team might want to bottle the […]