North takes All-star series for fifth time in 18 years

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North All-Star Heather Carter of Manzano catches a fly ball in the third game of the North/South All-Star softball series Saturday at the Lady Wildcat Softball Complex in Clovis. The North won the game 9-7 and series 2-1. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent It was just the kind of springboard an […]

Gee ignites Hounds’ rally

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Making just his second pitching appearance and first start, Eastern New Mexico junior Micah Bernhardt got off to an inauspicious start — he walked the first two hitters and plunked the next two. New Mexico Highlands took advantage for a five-run first, but Bernhardt settled down over the […]

Hounds tear up Panhandle State

Freedom Newspapers GOODWELL, Okla. — Justin Gee hit a two-out, three-run homer in the first inning, and visiting Eastern New Mexico University claimed a 17-5 victory at Oklahoma Panhandle State on Wednesday. Josh Kuchta, Brett Scherer and Marc Wallace had three hits each for ENMU (13-16), which compiled 20 hits for the game and never […]

Lady Cats roughed up in Las Cruces

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LAS CRUCES — Clovis’ undefeated softball players were warned, heading into the weekend, that the level of their competition would be dramatically different at the Southern New Mexico tournament. The Wildcats usually reached full cognition of that difference while playing from behind. And, though the ‘Cats fought back repeatedly, the […]

View from under the pew: Amos falls in a vat of chocolate

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos asked to have his chocolate vat adventure rerun. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   amos falls into […]

Income is determined by one’s ability

Walter Williams Last month, the U.S. Bureau of the Census reported its findings on income and poverty. Median real income remained constant between 2002 and 2003 at $43,000; the official poverty rate rose slightly from 12.1 percent to 12.5 percent for a total of 36 million Americans; poverty rates by race remained unchanged at 8 […]

Tascosa sweeps Clovis

CNJ STAFF AMARILLO — Amarillo Tascosa rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat Clovis 5-3 and complete a sweep of their West Texas League baseball doubleheader on Saturday. Tascosa won the opener 13-3, ending the game in the bottom of the fifth on the league’s 10-run rule. Daniel Casarez doubled […]

Muleshoe man found dead at bottom of grain silo

By Darrell Todd Maurina A Muleshoe man died Thursday morning at a Farwell grain elevator owned by AGP Grain Marketing, according to Farwell police. Samuel Alvarado appears to have fallen into a grain silo and died as a result of suffocation, said Farwell Police Chief Robert Achterberg. “We received a 911 call approximately 10:35 a.m. […]

State senate candidate has big plans for future of local area

Question and Answer William V. Palmer is a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor. He has announced he will run as a Republican for State Senate District 42, which covers Curry, Lea and Roosevelt counties. The seat is currently occupied by Gay Kernan, also a Republican, from Hobbs. Q: Tell us a […]

Eastdale takes crown

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Clovis American’s Adrian Loya lays down a bunt attempt during Wednesday’s state 9-10 Little League tournament championship game against Albuquerque Eastdale North at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Albuquerque Eastdale North erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third Wednesday night, breaking open a close game en route to […]