Portales slaying trial to begin

By Freedom Newspapers After multiple delays, the jury trial of a Portales man accused of killing a 19-year-old Portales woman in 2004 is set to begin Monday in Roosevelt County District Court. Richard Baca, 20, of Portales is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Amber Robinson of Portales. He is also charged with […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Woman starts support group

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS plague Laurie Johannsen. The 47-year-old suffers from pulmonary hypertension, sleep apnea and an autoimmune disease, she said. Although Johannsen, a former special education teacher, has a host of family and friends, she said discussing her ailments is hard. AND SO AN IDEA TO BEGIN […]

University founder returns for graduation

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The founder of Wayland Baptist’s Clovis campus, Carol Green, returned Friday to Clovis to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the campus. (Courtesy photo: Scott Hendershot) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago, the Clovis campus of Wayland Baptist University consisted of a black filing cabinet, two old desks and four rotary dial telephones […]

CHS SOFTBALL: Lady Cats reach tourney finals

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Lubbock Christian’s Maite Ramos, left, is unable to hold the ball as Clovis High’s Jordan Garrett slides safely into third base during Friday’s opening-round matchup in the Clovis Invitational at Lady Wildcat Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High softball coach Brandi Thomas said she didn’t know what […]

Des Moines holds off Grady’s bid

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer GRADY — A momentum swing late in the second quarter was all Des Moines needed. The Lady Demons put together a 10-2 run in the final two minutes of the half, highlighted by sophomore Caitlin McGlaun’s trio of 3-pointers, and went on to beat Grady 46-43 on Friday in […]

Lady Wolverines advance to 2A state quarterfinals

CNJ staff Katlin Luscombe scored 16 points and Texico put the defensive clamps on visiting Tularosa in the second half en route to a 47-31 win in a first-round game of the Class 2A girls state tournament in Texico. Bryn Mayfield, Victoria Richards and Amanda Bass added seven points each for the District 6-2A champion […]

Boys prep basketball capsules

Freedom Newspapers Class 2A Texico (21-5) at Lordsburg (17-11) 6 p.m. today Texico coach: Richard Luscombe (18th year). Last time to state: 2005, lost to Mesa Vista in quarterfinals. Leading scorers: Junior F Courtland Luscombe (17 ppg), junior P Daniel Schueler (15.8 ppg). Those two also combine for nearly 20 rebounds a game. Of note: […]

Southwestern posts sweep over Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Southwestern Oklahoma hardly looked like a winless team in Friday’s Lone Star Conference crossover baseball doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field. The Bulldogs, who brought an 0-9 record to Portales, pounded ENMU pitching for 32 runs on 32 hits and notched a 14-7, 18-8 sweep of the Greyhounds, […]

Zias absorb losses from LSC opponents

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women were competitive in a number of matches, but the Zias managed only wins by Australian freshmen Millie Weeks and Alex Taylor at No. 1 doubles on Friday in dropping 8-1 decisions to Lone Star Conference rivals Cameron and Midwestern State in a two-day quad meet at […]

Top-seeded Lady Rams rout Cobre

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Senior guard Briana Hernandez drives pass Corbe’s Marissa Dalton during Friday night’s Class 3A state round of 16 game at the PHS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A […]