Voters say no to judicial complex bond questions

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Voters overwhelmingly defeated two bond questions aimed at building a $33 million jail and courthouse. Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Frank Blackburn doesn’t know what will happen next, but he heard voters’ message loud and clear on Tuesday. “The citizens of Curry County have spoken, so we’ll have to make […]

Commissioner: Events center usage far off

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CNJ file photo County officials are hopeful for $850,000 in capital outlay money from the state Legislature to help with construction of the Curry County Events Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Even when construction is finished on Curry County’s Special Events Center, it could be several months before it’s available for use, a […]

(Live)stock market

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Junior Livestock Sale exhibitor Brian Blackburn shows off his grand champion steer “Uncle Ethan” to bidders Friday at the Curry County Junior Livestock Sale. The steer sold for about $7,300. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Chelsea Henrich, 16, mustered all her strength to control a steer more than 10 […]

Murray wins sheriff race; Sandoval, Blackburn gain commission seats.

CNJ Staff Matt Murray did not cheer or burst into celebration early Wednesday morning when the final votes were counted and he was declared winner of a three-man Republican primary for Curry County sheriff. Instead, the announcement was met with quiet satisfaction, saturated with exhaustion and relief. In a spirited race, Murray garnered 48 percent […]

Sandoval, Blackburn take county commission seats

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Veteran politicians Robert Sandoval and Frank Blackburn were victors in the Curry County commissioner races on Tuesday. Sandoval defeated Fidel Madrid and Edwin Perales II during the Democratic primary election to fill the District 1 commission seat being vacated by Edwin Perales Jr. Sandoval received 132 votes. Madrid finished […]

Denison, Vera Lee

Vera Lee Denison, 84, of Conestee, S.C., formerly of Clovis, Hassell and Encino, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Conestee. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Texas to Oscar and Evvie Turner Ranells. Her family moved to Hassell, where she married Carl Leslie Blackburn in Clovis. They moved to Subiaco, Ark., where he later […]

Grady’s lone senior comes back from knee injury

By Jesse Wolfersberger Heather Blackburn, Grady’s lone senior, has words of wisdom for her younger teammates on life and basketball. “I tell them not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Because tomorrow it could be gone.” Blackburn, a 5-foot-6 guard, learned that lesson the hard way. Two minutes into last season’s season-opener, she went […]

Grady, Logan split district doubleheader

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Grady’s #10 Colt Grau, right, and Logan’s #51 Austin Whetton, left, battle for the ball during the first half of Thursday’s District 4-1A boys contest at Grady.  The Grady Bronchos lost to Logan 71-55. CNJ correspondent: Martha Hardwick By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent GRADY — Thoughts of tying up the District 4-1A boys basketball race […]

Cagle, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cagle Services: Have been held. Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Graham Cagle, 96, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at her home. She was born on June 3, 1909, in Stevenson, Ala., to James R. and Lena Huddleston Graham. She came to Clovis at 10 months of age in 1910 with her family. She married […]

Late-game run propels Grady

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Grady’s Brittany Bailey drives to the basket past Cliff’s Kaya Mayberry during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game Tuesday in Bernalillo. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers BERNALILLO — The Grady Lady Bronchos are back in the state Class 1A semifinals — and facing a familiar foe. Senior Jennifer […]

Basketball bonds: EPAC tournament unites rural communities

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Lance Widner, 11, of Melrose tries to pump up the crowd during Friday’s semifinal game against Texico. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Each January, for more than a half-century, basketball reunites rural eastern New Mexico. The EPAC tournament reunites old friends, former rivals, coaches, and conjures up memories of a time when players wore […]

A fair state of mind

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Many Clovis families will bring their animals to the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque this weekend. Curry County has the largest number of people staying in the dorms for those involved in the agricultural competition, said Les Owen, Curry County 4-H agent. “A lot of people joke about […]

Late run pushes Des Moines past Lady Bronchos

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Grady junior point guard Brittany Bailey blows by Des Moines’ Jodi Kibbe during the first half of Friday night’s Class 1A girls state championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Static cling only lasts for so long, and that was true with the pesky Grady girls […]

Grady’s title bid halted by Lady Demons

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Grady sophomore Stephanie Bailey puts up a shot during Friday’s Class 1A girls state championship game against Des Moines at The Pit. Photo by Rick White By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — Making their first appearance in the state finals since 1987, the Grady Lady Bronchos made repeated comeback attempts Friday night against the favored Des […]

Lady Bronchos gain state Class 1A finals

CNJ STAFF ALBUQUERQUE — Sparked by full-court pressure, Grady rallied in the final two minutes to beat Elida 40-38 Thursday in a Class 1A girls semifinal game at West Mesa High. Stephanie Bailey’s free throw with 26 seconds proved to be the game-winner as Grady (26-5) survived a six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter […]

State tournament scores, area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Tuesday Girls Class 1A quarterfinals Grady 51, Cliff 34 Des Moines 63, Magdalena 49 Elida 33, Tatum 24 Fort Sumner 55, Mescalero 47 Class 2A quarterfinals Hatch 33, Eunice 21 SFIS 59, Zuni 52 Cimarron 65, Navajo Prep 55 Santa Rosa 58, Hope Christian 52 Prep summaries Girls Class 1A state tournament At […]

Grady buries cold-shooting Cowgirls

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — A fairly easy victory with the next day to practice and shop. It’s not usually that good at the state basketball tournament, but the beginning of the Class 1A girls tourney for the Grady Lady Bronchos on Tuesday was everything the doctor ordered for a nice, stress-free visit. And the […]

Des Moines overtakes Grady

By Eric Butler GRADY — Although up against a seasoned group of girls who have won two straight state championships, for a while on Saturday afternoon, it looked like the third meeting of the season might be the charm for Grady. But Des Moines (26-1) wrested away control of the Class 1A Region A basketball […]

Late Saturday prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF District 4-1A Girls Grady (20-3, 6-0) — Jennifer Blackburn 2 0-0 4, Taris Pond 1 1-2 3, Aerial Verble 0 1-2 1, Jessalyn Murray 1 0-0 2, Brittany Bailey 5 4-8 18, Stephanie Bailey 4 5-5 13, Heather Blackburn 7 2-3 16, Brooke Bailey 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 13-20 57. Logan — […]

Thursday area prep basketball summaries

CNJ STAFF Grady 64, Clovis Christian 21 Grady (14-3) — Jennifer Blackburn 3 9-10 16, Taris Pond 7 0-0 14, Aerial Verble 3 0-0 6, Jessalyn Murray 5 0-0 10, Brittany Bailey 3 0-0 7, Stehanie Bailey 2 0-0 4, Heather Blackburn 3 0-0 7, Brooke Bailey 0 0-4 0. Totals 26 9-14 64. Clovis […]