A bull rider’s best friend

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Tony Alarcon, a bullfighter from El Paso, Texas, prepares for the chute to open during the bull riding event Friday afternoon at the ENMU’s College “Daze” Rodeo in Portales.

By Joshua Lucero jlucero@cnjonline.com Don’t call them clowns. There’s not a lot of comedy in trying to protect a rodeo cowboy from an angry, 2,000-pound bull. Tony Alarcon, 21, and Dakota Ebare, 23, are professional bullfighters. They take their jobs seriously. “I’ve got two broken ribs, but I can’t sit out because I’m hurt,” Alarcon, […]

Chief: Criminal probe started into excessive force claim


By Robin Fornoff PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders confirmed Thursday his department has started a criminal investigation into a suspect’s allegations a police officer used excessive force in making an arrest. Jorge Corona, 26, suffered a broken cheek bone and other injuries Aug. 3 after being slammed to the ground while handcuffed […]

News, notes and numbers: Three unbeatens left

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Bovina senior Joseph Casas looks to pass to a receiver, while sophomore Emilio Espinoza provides pass protection in the first quarter of Friday night’s game against Ralls.

Three weeks into the season, there are three undefeated area football teams left — Bovina, Melrose and Clovis Christian. All three figure to face stiff tests this week. Bovina (3-0) faces undefeated Crosbyton (3-0), which is averaging 40 points game. Melrose (2-0) also faces an unbeaten foe in former district rival Logan (3-0). Melrose hasn’t […]

Jaguars use big plays to overtake Clovis

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Clovis linebacker Jashawn Balancier pulls down Atrisco Heritage back Andre Sanchez in the second quarter Saturday at Community Stadium.

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis Wildcats, with the exception of a few stretches, dominated play against the host Atrisco Heritage Jaguars. But yet it was Atrisco Heritage gathered outside their locker room, chanting, “Oh yeah,” while Clovis was dejected just 150 feet away in their locker rooms. “Winners,” Clovis coach […]

Pearce talks Constitution in Portales


By Lillian Bowe lbowe@pntonline.com The U.S. Constitution, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said on Friday, is a contract between the people and the government. And it works in favor of the people. “It’s like my wife getting our floors done at our house and, if the floor breaks, then she has the right to tell the […]

5 things to know about collectible card games

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Eric DeLeon, left, and John George engage in a game of Magic: The Gathering, while John Aceves looks on Thursday at Card Crazy. The shop, one of two hobby shops in town that sells the collectible card game along with True Games, is hosting a pair of collectible card game tournaments Saturday.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Collectible card games combine two aspects that somebody has found addictive at some point in their lives — playing a fun game with friends, and trying to get a complete set of cards. The clubhouse leader in the industry is Magic: The Gathering cards —available locally at Hastings, Wal-Mart, […]

Education feature: Clovis High’s Japanese course popular, challenging

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Tyler Kendrick talks with instructor Hisano Richeson during a computer lab portion of Wednesday’s Japanese II course at Clovis High School.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com At a corner classroom at Clovis High School, the letters go up and down and right to left, the last name comes first and the students refer to the teacher as “Sensei.” The Japanese course, taught at two levels at CHS, has been taught for three years, and school […]

Residents donate to replace stolen pumpkins

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Elizabeth Vaughan, 4, picks out her favorite pumpkin from the pile of donated pumpkins on Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico University Childhood Development Center. Program Director Elaine Gard said 10 pumpkins have been donated so far.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Elaine Gard was sitting at her desk on Wednesday when she heard the doorbell ring. At the door were three people, each with a pumpkin in hand. Gard, program director of the Childhood Development Center at Eastern New Mexico University, said the three had heard about the pumpkins stolen […]

Riding for veterans

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Matt Littrel of Elbert, Colorado, rests during his coast-to-coast horseback ride Tuesday at the Curry County Fairgrounds with Big Country, one of seven horses he and two companions are using on the trek. They started a Marine Camp LeJune, North Carolina, on May 1 and plan to make Marine Camp Pendleton, California, by mid-December to raise awareness about high suicide rates among veterans.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com To hear Marine veteran Matt Littrell tell it, this coast-to-coast horseback ride found him. It was about the time he placed the pistol that was to end his suffering on a table in front of him. “I just didn’t pick it up,” Littrell, 32, recalled during a day-long rest, […]

ENMU Childhood Development Center pumpkin patch vandalized

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Lara Vaughan, Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center master teacher, looks at the damage caused to the pumpkin plant on Tuesday at the garden. Vaughan said four pumpkins were taken.

By Lillian Bowe Staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Learning how plants grow was one of the fun activities Lara Vaughan taught the children at Eastern New Mexico University’s Childhood Development Center. The children tend to gardens and, since June, they had been growing a pumpkin plant. Vaughan said every day they would go outside and observe the […]

No decision reached on artificial turf for par-3 course

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City Commissioner Gary Elliott leans on a pin marking a hole Monday at the Hillcrest park par-3 golf course. Elliott and other members of the city’s parks, recreation and beautification committee took a walking tour of the course while considering an upgrade and redesign.

By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It’s one thing to sit in an office at City Hall and debate. Quite another to actually tour the subject of debate. Which is exactly what the city’s parks, recreation and beautification committee did Monday. They, along with City Manager Joe Thomas, hit the links, walking the soft grass […]

Former ENMU student returns for comedy act

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Steven Michael Quezada, a former ENMU student, said his comedy act is about family.

By Desiree M. Cooper ENMU Communication Services Former Eastern New Mexico University student Steven Michael Quezada is returning to the Portales campus for a comedy act at 7 p.m. Monday in the ENMU Theater. The actor is known for his role as Steven Gomez on the Emmy-Award winning series “Breaking Bad.” “The show was not […]

Volunteers reviving history at Farwell Cemetery


By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com Lots of big history here. Big as the state of Texas, where almost everything is always bigger, it seems. All of it shared by a less imposing, perhaps more modest, New Mexican border town. This is ranching country and has been for more than a century. That’s when “The […]

Reunion brings Farwell native home

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Farwell’s Clayton Corn has toured as a keyboarder with Phil Vassar and Pat Green. He joins Vassar for tonight’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Clayton Corn loved the Friday night lights of West Texas, so much so that he would do triple duty at Farwell football games — offense, defense and halftime marching band. “I was awful at all of them,” Corn said. “Make sure in the article that I’m not claiming to be a […]

5 Things to know about: The Clovis Music Fest

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Geraldine Offutt, 93,
of Clovis waits to get 
a program from 2014 Pioneer Day Rodeo Queen Janay Blevins before Thursday’s show. Offutt said she came to see Will Banister & The Modern Day Ramblers.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Thursday night cranked up the volume on the Clovis Sound once again, as the Clovis Music Festival began at the Curry County Events Center. Here are five things to know about the annual event, which started in Clovis 27 years ago. • • • Organizers hit the shuffle […]

Clovis Walk for Recovery in its fourth year

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Junctions’ program coordinator Laura Leeder-Martinez, right, and her mother Paulette Leeder prepare goodie bags Thursday afternoon at the Junctions office. The bags will be given out at Saturday’s Walk for Recovery event at Greene Acres to honor children whose parents are in recovery,

By Vanessa Kahin Staff correspondent Stepping out in faith: It’s not an unfamiliar concept for those who have recovered from issues such as abuse, PTSD, drug dependency, alcoholism or divorce. Those who are on the path of recovery — any kind of recovery — are invited to step out in faith once more to celebrate […]

Stansell’s Thriftway closing doors


By Robin Fornoff Projects Editor rfornoff@cnjonline.com It isn’t the bargain prices or that owners and brothers Lindy and Randy Stansell know most of their customers by first and last name. What it is, according to customer Dona Dickinson, is a sad loss of a huge chunk of Clovis history. “It makes me sad,” said Dickinson. […]

4 questions with the CHS varisty cheer captains


The four captains of the Clovis High varsity cheerleader squad were asked a question. What’s your favorite song/cheer to perform to? Nela Dixon: If I had to pick one, it would be the cheer “C-L-O-V-I-S”.  It’s short and simple, but it’s the team I cheer for.  It’s the name of the town I’m proud to […]

Q&A: Kentucky HeadHunters guitarist talks career, touring

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The Kentucky Headhunters, who started in 1968 as a family band called Itchy Brothers, will be the opening act for Phil Vassar Saturday at the Clovis Music Festival.

The opening act for Saturday night’s performance at the Clovis Music Festival has been in music for nearly half a century, and draws fans of all genres because everybody has a “Dumas Walker” of their own. The Kentucky HeadHunters, who started with a pair of brothers and their cousins in 1968 as Itchy Brothers, has […]

Labor of love

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Sal Maestas, front, and his uncle, Robert Gutierrez, dry off a car Monday afternoon at the Hilltop Plaza. The two were part of a family effort to defray funeral costs for Julia Maestas, Sal’s mother and Robert’s brother.

By Kevin Wilson Staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Maestas family didn’t have any particular plans for Labor Day, but they were probably going to do something as a family. Then the not-so-unexpected happened. The family said good-bye Monday morning to Julia Maestas, a mother of eight, grandmother to 26 and great-grandmother to 34, with many of […]