Greyhound assistant heading to Adams State

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Mark Murdock, former Greyhound assistant, is the new men’s basketball coach at Adam State College in Alamosa, Colo. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Greyhound assistant basketball coach Mark Murdock is going north. Following five years as the top assistant to Shawn Scanlan, Murdock has accepted the head coach position at Adams State College in […]

Former Clovis All-Band member still enjoys life

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: This installment concludes the story of Otis Kelley, 98, who was 16 and a member of the Clovis Schools All-Band in 1924. He wrote the following in response to a column published Nov. 5, 2006, about the band. It has been edited for clarity and style. I went […]

Man shot outside Clovis eatery

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News editor An adult male sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his leg midafternoon Friday outside a Clovis eatery, according to police. A witness told police the shooting followed a verbal confrontation, according to a Clovis Police incident report. Eddie Torres sustained four wounds to his left leg and was treated at […]

Clovis’ Baskett opens NFL career

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis native Hank Baskett began his NFL career Sunday with some playing time, but no receptions in the Philadelphia Eagles’ 24-10 win over the Houston Texans. Baskett was part of a four-wide-receiver formation with 11:42 remaining in the second quarter and the Eagles down 7-0. Two plays later, Eagles […]

Q & A: Lance Pyle’s days packed with challenges

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Lance Pyle was elected mayor of Melrose in March and is assistant Curry County manager, responsible for the indigent health care functions, human resources and risk management. Born in Muleshoe, he earned an associate’s degree at Clovis Community College and bachelor’s at Eastern New Mexico University. He was appointed […]

ENMU adds volleyball assistant

CNJ staff PORTALES — Daniel Burkert has been hired as Eastern New Mexico University’s fulltime volleyball assistant. He replaces Wendy Whelan, a native of Canada who spent one year at ENMU and has returned to the Montreal area to go into private business. A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., the 26-year-old Burkert was an assistant […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Eastern hires former Texas Tech assistant

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Linden Weese takes over Zias’ hoop program that was ravaged by injuries last season. (Courtesy photo: John Vestal) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — As Marsha Sharp’s assistant and recruiting coordinator for 23 seasons at Texas Tech, Linden Weese helped the Lady Raiders win plenty of games. Eastern New Mexico University is hoping Weese […]

ENMU starts search for women’s coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has begun the process of finding a women’s basketball coach after announcing last week that Dan Buzard’s contract would not be renewed for next season. ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Wednesday that a selection committee is being put together. He said several applications have already been […]

CHS’ Watters honored

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Clovis High girls coach Miles Watters was recently names the 2005 Southwest Sectional Coach of the Year for girls basketball by the National Federation of State High School Association. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Miles Watters is modest about his coaching success, which includes 12 New Mexico girls state basketball titles. […]

Bovina coach and AD takes job in Lamesta, Texas

CNJ staff BOVINA — Bovina football coach and athletic director Kent Torbert has been hired for the same positions at Lamesa, Texas, and will start his duties there on March 1. Torbert has been Bovina’s AD since 2002. He was an assistant football coach to Bruce Scroggins in his first year at the school before […]

Assistant Air Force secretary says Cannon mission not identified

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William Anderson, an assistant secretary of the Air Force, toured Cannon Air Force Base on Wednesday. He said there has been progress in the mission-finding process, but no specific mission for Cannon yet. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A candidate mission for Cannon Air Force Base has not been identified, […]

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Clovis High bands to hold winter concert

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High music students are getting set to take what they’ve learned over the last few months and say goodbye to the fall semester and hello to the Christmas season. The annual winter concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Auditorium, with holiday-themed music played by the symphonic and […]

George Hicks

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. George Hicks Date of birth: Sept. 7, 1924 Dates of service: April 1945 to August 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

Stacy selected next CHS athletic director

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Brian Stacy, who has coached Clovis High’s cross country teams under contract for the past three seasons, has been selected to replace Dale Fullerton as the district’s athletic director. Stacy was chosen from a field of four finalists for the position. The others were Lonnie Baca, a teacher at […]

11/24 Education Digest

Hernandez earns Head Start honor Teacher Cesarea Hernandez was named Clovis Head Start Center Employee of the Quarter, according to an organization press release. The award is “given to an employee who excels in their work and whose conduct in displayed in a professional and positive manner,” the release said. Head Start is a federally […]

ENMU basketball teams begin practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dan Buzard isn’t completely healthy, but suffice it to say he’s thrilled to be returning as the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. Buzard sat out the 2004-05 season after suffering a cancerous brain tumor in July 2004. He was able to be around the program last year, […]

Cronk looking to turn around struggling team

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present […]

Zias’ Klafka leaves for South Plains College

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dustin Klafka, who as acting head coach last season led the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team to a 13-14 record, has accepted an assistant coaching position at a junior college in his hometown of Levelland, Texas. An ENMU graduate, Klafka stepped in last year while head coach […]

Clovis schools superintendent makes changes in ranks

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rhonda Seidenwurm has been Clovis schools superintendent since June 1, but already she has made changes in the ranks. The retirement of Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of business and operation, spurred the creation of a new position she’s called deputy superintendent. Ladona Clayton, formerly the district’s assistant superintendent of […]