Clovis girls breeze into title game

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Nichelle Hyman battles a Sandia player for a offensive rebound in the first half of Friday night’s game at Rock Staubus Gym.

By Dave Wagner Even Clovis High girls coach Jeff Reed is ready for a bit of a challenge. The Lady Wildcats certainly didn’t get that in two games on Friday in the Plateau Holiday Classic at The Rock, blowing out Amarillo Caprock 67-22 before overwhelming Sandia 63-9 and holding the Matadors to just one […]

Wildcats blow by Abilene Hawks

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Marquese Gaither drives down the baseline after getting by Abilene Hawks defender  Allen Martin in the first quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Gaither scored 11 of his career-high 21 points in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 86-54 win.

By Kevin Wilson The basketball adage goes that shooting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line is just as good as shooting 60 percent inside it. Shoot around 60 percent from behind the arc? You’re definitely going to the championship for the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic. That’s where the Clovis Wildcats are going, after […]

Portales girls reach Littlefield title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams will be in their third tournament final of the month tonight. Sophomores Sheraya Cox and Kambrey Blakey combined for 31 points on Friday night and PHS knocked off host Littlefield 46-34 in a semifinal game of the Wildcat Classic. Portales (10-1) will face Claude, Wellington or Snyder […]

Rams advance to Littlefield consolation title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — After a tough one-point loss to Farwell in Thursday’s opening round of the Wildcat Classic, Portales’ boys bounced back with a strong performance on Friday. The Rams dominated Whitharral 64-40 and whipped Friona 52-37 in consolation bracket play to earn a final game in the tournament at 1 p.m. (MST) today […]

Never too late to follow your dreams

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share their greatest accomplishment in 2013. Here are some of the answers: Taking a job that happens to take me out of New Mexico, and yet still finding ways to celebrate the people and culture of the Land of Enchantment. Jason W Brooks At 61 yrs old I […]

Not this year — Things we refuse to include among new year’s resolutions

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share the one thing you refuse to include among your new year’s resolutions. Here are some of the answers. I refuse to give up Duck Dynasty!! Virigina Gonzales My husband would like for me to give up Diet Dr. pepper. Karen Donice Strickland Caffeine free coke zero and […]

McGee: Health care used to be a lot simpler

Grant McGee

By Grant McGee CMI columnist I got to thinking about this health care stuff everybody’s talking about; about how I wish things were simpler. It began with a discussion about the appropriateness of a gift. The Lady of the House and I were “yardsale-ing” a few weeks ago. This particular sale had an abundance of […]

There’s not just one way to pick pet names

By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist “Fuzzyclaw.” Thank goodness for the “try again” button. Next: “Cosmo” — the suggestion for an unfriendly, lazy cat suffering gender ambiguity. It can be hard to come up with a moniker for a new family pet. The responsibility can even be a little overwhelming at times in the search for […]

Lady Cats dominate Caprock

The Clovis High Lady Wildcats improved to 10-0 on Friday with a 67-22 drubbing of Amarillo Camrock in the Plateau Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. Junior Danni Williams scored 25 points, 20 in the first half, as the Lady Cats broke open a 5-4 game midway through the first quarter with a 27-0 burst. […]

Cats beat St. Mike’s with furious fourth-quarter rally

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Willie Bradley goes up for a layup attempt against St. Michael’s defender Bradley Vaughan in the second half Thursday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. McCray scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter of Clovis’ 56-54 win, including the first 15 of an 18-1 run to knot the game up.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER The St. Michael’s defense made point-blank shots difficult all night for the Clovis Wildcats. But they couldn’t do anything but watch D.D. Egbert sink two open 15-footers with 1.6 seconds left. “I just thought, ‘I’ve got to step up and make these,” Egbert said of his free throws, […]

Lady Cats rested up for holiday tourney

By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER After a busy start to the season with nine games in 19 days, including two tournaments, the Clovis High girls basketball team took a break for the holiday this week. After a five-day break, CHS was back at practice on Thursday as it prepares for two games today […]

Rewarding to listen when God speak to us — Judy Brandon

In 2014, God may be calling you to be generous in some way to someone you don’t even know. The blessing will be marvelous for the giver and the receiver. This true story all began with Audrey, a mother of four, who lost the sales receipt to a new pair of shoes that she had […]

View from under the pew — Gary Mitchell

Amos the Church Mouse
Illustrated by Gary Mitchell

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos the irresolute boss in light of pastor leroy beetle s sermon on making resolutions i have decided not to make any resolutions this […]

Lujan Grisham conradictory on fuel spill

The Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill is a big problem — a federal one the Air Force says it is addressing. New Mexico’s junior congressional representative, Michelle Lujan Grisham, recently said the massive underground spill should be the delegation’s “No. 1 priority.” She is calling for more independent oversight and accountability of efforts […]

Life is better without coercion — Kent McManigal

Kent McManigal

I love people. If you had known me 15 years ago, that would sound like a shocking statement coming from me. But that was before a few things changed in my life to bring out the best in me. Within a period of a few months I discovered there is a name for how I […]

City sends off cemetery proposal

Staff and wire report A five-acre plot adjacent to Cannon Air Force Base is the top choice for a veterans cemetery if Clovis lands one of four sites in rural communities being proposed by the governor. The city’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee and representatives from area veteran organizations were involved in rating the cemetery […]

In Year Review: Failed BHSI venue spills into 2013

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER New laws on prairie dogs and synthetic marijuana, along with failed economic deals and terminated services, are part of the year in city government for Clovis. Here are five key things to remember from 2013, with a few of the items spilling over into 2014. Taking an ugly […]

Police blotter — Dec. 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday • 12:28 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 1000 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 2:50 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 100 block of South Main Street. • 8:12 a.m.: Missing person, 400 block of Las Casillas Boulevard. • 9:49 a.m.: Open door/window, 3000 […]

What’s happening — Dec. 27

Wednesday Kenny Zamora Team Roping Event — 9:30 a.m. (roping begins), Curry County Events Center. Information: 575-935-7000. Thursday City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 769-7828. Ongoing Artist of the Month — Lois Snyder, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 769-7840. What’s Happening is a daily listing of area events. To place an […]

Prep basketball capsule — Clovis boys

Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic Clovis (4-2) vs. St. Michael’s (5-1), Abilene (10-4) • When: 7, 7:30 p.m. Friday • On the air: 1240 KCLV-AM, 99.9 KTQM-FM. • Last time out: The Wildcats won their third straight, 70-47 over Artesia, on Saturday. The Hawks defeated Graham 79-58, and face El Paso Cathedral in a noon […]