‘Better’ best defined by community

By Tom McDonald State columnist A story came out recently in my hometown newspaper to which I think people who live in other small towns and cities around New Mexico might relate. The Las Vegas Optic reported in its Oct. 10 edition on findings from a city-sanctioned study of residents’ purchasing habits. By tracking credit […]

City’s losses worth pondering before voting

Last week we learned Clovis’ Civic Center continues to lose money, perhaps more than usual, according to figures provided by the city’s finance director. LeighAnn Melancon tells us the Civic Center lost $95,625 in the first quarter of this fiscal year. That’s $66,362 more than it lost in the first quarter of the last fiscal […]

Late goal lifts Lady Cats to second district win

Staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior forward Samantha Meza, right ,slips what turned out to be the winning goal past Alamogordo senior goalkeeper Kayla Ross with 15 seconds left in Saturday’s 1-0 District 6-4A girls win at Leon Williams Stadium.

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com Now that they’ve broken through their district drought, Clovis High’s soccer girls have started a little winning streak. And the Lady Wildcats did it in dramatic fashion on Saturday, edging Alamogordo 1-0 on junior forward Samantha Meza’s tally with 15 seconds left. CHS (12-5-1, 2-3-0 District 4-6A) ended a […]

Cats drill Alamo to keep playoff hopes alive

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Clovis junior Luke Bussen heads the ball away from Alamogordo’s Tristan Scumaci during the first half of Saturday’s District 6-4A boys soccer match at Leon Williams Stadium. Bussen scored a pair of goals in the Wildcats’ 6-1 victory over the Tigers.

Staff report Clovis High’s boys struggled with Alamogordo when the teams played on Oct. 4, with the Wildcats escaping with a 2-1 victory at Alamo. They weren’t about to let that happen again, with senior midfielder Juan Ramos striking in the first 30 seconds and the Wildcats going on to a 6-1 District 4-6A victory […]

Regular attendees say Peanut Valley Festival only getting better

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Joshua Lucero
Victoria Jaramillo, center, and her husband Claude Jaramillo, right, browse through items for sale at the Karl’s Coins, Currency, and More booth Saturday afternoon. Jaramillo said she and her husband have attended the Peanut Valley Festival since it began 41 years ago.

By Joshua Lucero Staff writer jlucero@cnjonline.com For Peanut Valley Festival veterans Claude and Victoria Jaramillo, the event only gets better with age. Victoria Jaramillo, of Portales, said she and her husband have been attending the peanut festival since it began 41 years ago. “We love it,” said Jaramillo. “I like coming here to look at […]

Halloween Howwwl draws 156 teams

Staff report The 21st annual Halloween Howwwl slo-pitch softball tournament has drawn a field of 156 teams, including 100 teams from outside Clovis, according to a news release from the Clovis Softball Association. The three-day tournament, which includes three men’s and three women’s divisions, is Friday through Sunday at Guy Leeder Softball Complex.

Commission takes charge of money for Ute Lake study

By Thomas Garcia Staff writer tgarcia@qcsunonline.com The Interstate Streams Commission has taken charge of a $50,000 capital outlay allocation requested by the village of Logan, approved in legislation and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez. A spokesperson said the ISC will use the cash to update its existing study of Ute Lake’s capacity. Officials in Quay […]

Governor candidate talks jobs, water

Gary King

New Mexico’s attorney general, now the Democrat candidate for governor,  Gary King flew into Clovis on Friday for a town hall question and answer session on education. King is running against Republic Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. The CNJ asked King questions about his positions and his campaign. His answers are edited […]

Library’s Southwest Room showcase of regional works

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Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee displays some of her favorites book Thursday from the Library’s Southwest room.

By Aubry Buzek Correspondent In the Clovis-Carver Public Library, tucked down a long hallway just past the fireplace, is the Southwest Room. In this quiet room one will find a desk, historic maps hanging on the walls and many shelves of books devoted to preserving the stories and voices of the region. “It’s important to […]

Pages past — Oct. 19

On this date … 1971: Clovis police had a new “paddy wagon,” acquired with city and federal funds. Police Chief Ken Kingsbury said the vehicle “gives Clovis police the potential of mass arrests.” 1966: The region learned a 1964 Muleshoe High School graduate had been killed in Vietnam. Woodward Steven Hatfield Jr., 21, died on […]

Holiday happenings

The following are hosting fall events for Halloween: Oct. 31 • Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Trunk-A-Treat (Food, Games, Dunk Tank and more) 6 p.m. 104 Calhoun Street Information 575-762-4223 • First Christian Church — Trunk or Treat 6 p.m. 1700 N. Main St. Information: 575-763-7113 • Immanuel Lutheran Church — Trunk or Treat 6:30 p.m. […]

Police blotter — Oct. 19

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations. Wednesday • 12:56 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, Connelly Street and Grand Avenue. • 7:32 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident with injuries, 21st and Moberly Street. • 7:34 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident hit and run, […]

What’s happening — Oct. 19

Today Patriotic Sunday with Evangelist Time Lee — 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., First Baptist Church. Information: 575-762-2926 or www.timleeministries.org. Escanaba in Da Moonlight — 2 p.m., tickets available on website or at door, northeast Corner of Grand Avenue and Mitchell Street. Information: www.brickstreetplayers.com Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee meeting — 5:30 p.m., City […]

Steers rally past Bovina in second half

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Bovina’s Darius Armijo beat Farwell’s Curt Langford on a crossing pass in the end zone but the pass was just out of reach early in the third quarter of Friday’s district game in Farwell. Armijo had two catches for 28 yards in Bovina’s 38-20 loss.

By Derek Major dmajor@pntonline.com FARWELL — Farwell senior Chase Mitchell wouldn’t reveal what his coach said during halftime. Whatever it was, it worked. The Steers played a dominant second half, holding Parmer County rival Bovina scoreless in the half in a 38-20 comeback victory. Adrian Aleman rushed for 259 yards rushing and two first-half touchdowns […]

Zias take LSC soccer lead with OT win

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ENMU senior defender Renee Romero, who earlier prevented a West Texas A&M goal with a hustle play, heads a ball out of Zias territory during Friday’s Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match against the Lady Buffs at the ENMU pitch. The Zias won 1-0 in overtime and took over first place in the LSC standings.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — With its 2-0 upset of previously unbeaten, eighth-ranked Lone Star Conference leader Angelo State on Sunday, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team made things a bit more interesting in the Lone Star Conference race. Don’t look now, but after pulling out a 1-0 overtime win over West […]

Friday area prep football summaries — Oct. 17

Loving 26,  Fort Sumner 23 Records: Loving 2-4, Fort Sumner 4-4 Difference: QB Joel Hernandez threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and the Falcons rallied from an early 14-0 hole to pull out the victory. Difference-makers: Loving, Hernandez went 21-of-31 through the air, and also led the team in rushing with 68 yards. Miguel […]

Kingsville’s comeback sinks Zias

Staff report PORTALES — Kelsey Washington collected four of her match-high 23 kills in the fifth set and Texas A&M-Kingsville rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge Eastern New Mexico University 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-7 in Lone Star Conference volleyball on Friday night at Greyhound Arena. Washington, who added 15 digs, and Ashley Bukowski […]

ENMU maintenance crew has field day

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Doug Lee, left, and Dust Cathey walk off the field after completing an end zone. Dent McGill, ENMU grounds manager, said each letter in the end zone is painted by hand.

Staff report With game day only one day away, Eastern New Mexico University’s grounds and paint crews worked Friday to get the field at Greyhound Stadium for play. ENMU Grounds Manager Dent McGill said the grounds crew spent the days leading up to the game striping and grooming the field in preparation for the Hounds’ […]

Know where to go for revenge tips

By Grant McGee Local columnist While at a yard sale the other day, a book titled “When Strangling is Not an Option” caught my eye. Below the title it said it was about how to get along with difficult people, like difficult co-workers. “I’ve just got to know,” I said to the yard sale hosts. […]

Pages past — Oct. 18

On this date … 1966: Central Baptist Church of Clovis was in the midst of a week-long revival led by Rev. Fred Hubbs of Detroit. The executive secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention of Michigan was joined by Al and Ivy Walsh of Atlanta, who led the singing. 1954: A Clovis jury was unable to […]