Ex-Wildcat helps Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State

CNJ staff Yes, that was the same Rishard Matthews who scored 20 touchdowns as a junior at Clovis High School six years ago who helped Nevada upset No. 3 Boise State 34-31 in overtime Friday. Matthews caught 10 passes for 172 yards in Friday’s game, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick with 13 […]

Baskett catches pass in Vikings’ debut

CNJ staff Hank Baskett caught a pass Sunday in his debut with the Minnesota Vikings. The 2001 Clovis High graduate caught a Brett Favre pass for an 18-yard gain on third-and-9 in the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s 24-10 win over the Detroit Lions. It was his first catch of the season. Baskett was signed Wednesday […]

Police say fewer people riding in truck beds

Sharna Johnson Local law enforcement say they see fewer and fewer kids riding in the back of pickup trucks, in part because of seatbelt laws and because of growing awareness of the danger. Wednesday a 14-year-old Texico girl fell to her death from a moving pickup truck when the wind caught a mattress she was […]

Police: Two men arrested after burglary attempt

CNJ staff Two Clovis men are in jail after police said they were caught burglarizing a house Friday. Gabriel Rodriguez, 27, and Jeremiah Mascarenas, 30, were apprehended around noon after a foot pursuit. According to a Clovis police press release: • Officers were called to Nancy Lopez Drive in northeast Clovis by neighbors who reported […]

Sheriff’s office: Man caught stealing scrap metal for second time in two weeks

CNJ staff Curry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Clovis man Thursday after they say they caught him stealing scrap metal for the second time in two weeks. The man, out on bond at the time of the second incident, is being held on two misdemeanor charges of receipt of stolen property. He is being held […]

Two caught with stolen goods

Freedom New Mexico Portales Police said a man and a woman accused of stealing prescription drugs from CJ’s Pill Box Friday were caught literally holding the bag. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Taylor Watson, 24, whose last known address is 212 North Indio, and Jenna L. Bender, 19, of Clovis,

Tucumcari suspect caught in Clovis

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Families seek to end separation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roberto Valadez’ daughters, from left to right, Preciousa, 4, Samantha, 11, Esmeralda, 8, and Gulianni Mary, 5 months, are unable to see their mother at the Roosevelt County Detention Center because of the jail’s policy that forbids children’s By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer While the state works to study […]

Jail escapee caught in Amarillo

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Escaped Clovis homicide suspect Larry McClendon Jr. was captured around 10:30 a.m. (CDT) in Amarillo. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff A suspected killer who escaped from the Curry County jail six weeks ago was recaptured Saturday morning in Amarillo. Larry McClendon Jr. was taken into custody after a brief chase around 9 a.m., near an […]

Local residents enjoy annual parade

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Madeline Smith, left, and Norma Patterson, members of the Red Hat Floozies, wave to the crowd lining Main Street during the Pioneer Days Parade. The Red Hat Floozies’s float was dedicated to going green. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The 6-year-old redheaded girl pointed at the nearby horses and […]

Two arrested in break-in case

CNJ Staff A man and woman are in jail after they were caught breaking into a house Sunday evening, according to police reports. Kateri Bardin, 26, and Jeremy McCloud, 28, were arrested after police caught them at a residence in the 800 block of 10th Street. McCloud is being held on $10,500 bond and Bardin […]

Feb. 10 – Caught

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis guard Manuel Robles was caught in the flood of excited fans who stormed onto the court after Clovis beat Hobbs 92-74 Friday at the Rock Staubus Gym.

Lady Buffs turn back Zias

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU freshman Tori Northcutt tries to steal the ball from West Texas A&M’s Emily Brister in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division woman’s game at Greyhound Arena. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women may have caught nationally-ranked rival West Texas A&M a bit […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Record day at fishing derby

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sarah Hernandez, 12, fishes Saturday while her dad, Richard, unhooks a fish his son, Richard Jr., just caught during the Optimist Club of Clovis’ annual fishing derby at Ned Houk Park. By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Young anglers from the Clovis area reeled in 933 pounds of the scaled creatures […]

Work not as important as The Word

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What if you are having several people over for Sunday dinner? Women, are you concerned with the rolls and dessert or do you want just to visit with your guests? It seems trivial but let me explain. Among the many characters mentioned in Bible passages that chronicle the week before […]

Baskett wins weekly rookie honor

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Hank Baskett’s 89-yard touchdown catch Sunday against the Falcons was the longest scoring play from scrimmage this season, according to the Eagles’ Web site. (AP photo) CNJ staff NEW YORK — Clovis’ Hank Baskett was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, the league announced Thursday. An undrafted rookie […]

Sex offender oversight caught early locally

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Only one local case was affected by a statewide oversight that led to approximately 100 convicted sex offenders receiving parole periods shorter than they should have. The state Corrections Department has identified more than 100 cases in which sex offenders weren’t given the proper amount of probation or parole […]

Authenticity still important to some

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist I can understand why people throw things at Barry Bonds. No baseball aficionado am I, but even I’ve heard folks over the years say the San Francisco Giants slugger was to nice as Eva Longoria is to butt-ugly. Indeed, Bonds was reputed to be a jerk of such antisocial magnificence […]

Record fish caught at Ute Lake

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Cale Sanders holds his record fish before he released it back into the lake. (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two years after his college football career ended, Cale Sanders made one of his most famous catches. Sanders, a teacher and coach at Roswell’s Goddard High School, landed a state-record smallmouth bass Friday evening […]