County teen birth rate declines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Babies born to Curry County young teens in 2006 dropped 18 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. In Roosevelt County, the number increased 43 percent, statistics show. In 2006, 51 babies were born to Curry County teens 17 years old and under, […]

Zias drop South Division finale

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas —Erin Curry had 14 kills and Lauren Leone added 12 as Abilene Christian defeated Eastern New Mexico University 30-18, 30-25, 30-22 on Saturday in the Lone Star Conference South Division finale for both teams. Junior outside hitters Jessie Macknicki and Kari Adkins had eight kills each for the Zias (6-26, 1-9 […]

Eastern’s slide continues

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Southeastern Oklahoma kept the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team reeling on Saturday, sending the Zias to a 30-15, 25-30, 30-27, 30-23 setback in West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. After getting dominated in the first game, the Zias got five kills each from junior outside hitters Jessie Macknicki and […]

Shared passion: Twins teach at Clovis grade schools

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Pam Adkins, left, teaches at Mesa Elemenand Tam Curry, right, are twin sisters that teach at Mesa Elementary and her twin sister Tam Curry at Clovis Christian. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The kindergarten teacher plucked an old hardback book from a shelf in her sister’s classroom. “Can I have […]

Former Roosevelt deputy sentenced to five years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for having sex with a female inmate. Gary Adkins, 47, was convicted […]

5/21 Anniversaries

Jacoby John and Mary Jacoby of Clovis will celebrate their 50th anniversary at 11 a.m. on June 3 at their home. The celebration will be hosted by the Jacoby children and their families. The couple married on June 3, 1956, in Clovis. They have seven children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is a retired […]

Rams beat district rival to advance to semis

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Portales senior guard Jerrod Long battles for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Class 3A boys state quarterfinal game against Ruidoso at Bernalillo High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, four of the five wins racked by the Portales boys basketball team have come against District […]

Former deputy’s sentencing delayed

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Sentencing for a former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy convicted of criminal sexual penetration has been delayed at least 60 days while the defendant undergoes a diagnostic evaluation. Ninth Judicial District Judge Ted Hartley agreed to the evaluation for former Deputy Gary Adkins during court proceedings Thursday at the Roosevelt County […]

Late steals seal Rams’ win at Carlsbad

Freedom Newspapers CARLSBAD — Chris Adkins scored five consecutive points to break a 34-34 tie, and Cruz Ontiveros added a pair of late steals for Portales to secure a 44-39 upset win Friday over Class 5A Carlsbad. The Rams (9-7) led through most of the game after taking a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, but saw the […]

Wildcats hold off Portales

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Clovis’ Rishard Mathews drives to the basket around Portales’ Jerrod Long during the first half of their game Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Portales 48-45. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer CLOVIS — The Clovis Wildcats had just enough to hold off Portales on Tuesday night. After missing […]