In tribute: Former detective loved challenge


Courtesy photo Bill Bollinger was a former Clovis police detective and city commissioner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Bill Bollinger saw something he liked — a case to solve, a piece of wood to form, or a person to care about —he never let go. The former Clovis police detective and city commissioner […]

Sports Briefs June 20

Friday Diamond Skills softball challenge — 11 a.m. at the softball fields Saturday Alien pin night — 5 p.m. at Cannon Lanes Sunday Ladd and Lassie tournament — 1 p.m. at Whispering Winds NASCAR Sunday — Toyota Save Mart 350 at The End Zone lounge Monday Retiree special — Golfers with a retired military ID […]

Farwell senior will attend West Point


CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Spurred by a sense of patriotism instilled by her parents and a love for a challenge, Farwell’s Briana Anglin will be attending the U.S. Military Academy at West […]

Searching for a new challenge


CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jim McDaniel, Clovis Municipal Schools assistant superintendent for personnel, is retiring. He started as a teacher in Clovis in 1969. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Jim McDaniel said teaching hasn’t changed much since he started at what was then Gattis Junior High School in 1969. He said today’s teachers […]

Great American Cleanup

What: The Great American Clean Up When: 8 a.m. to noon. Saturday Where: 500 Sycamore St. Who can help: The event is open to the public. Groups can register in advance by calling 769-7870. The contest: The Department of Parks and Recreation will pick out routes for the teams, which include the major throughways into […]

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Mustangs seeking playoff berth

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer With four of their six rivals in the Lone Star Conference South Division ranked in the top 25 nationally, virtually every game is a major challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team. That’s what helps make last week’s 38-35 loss at Texas A&M-Kingsville a little hard to […]

Firefighters put their rescue skills to test


CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Firefighter Jarod Baldwin drags Rescue Randy during a competition Thursday between firefighters. Randy, a training dummy, weighs 180 pounds. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Chad Healer ran from challenge to challenge, his teammates chanted his name along with words of encouragement. He climbed a 70-foot ladder, carried […]

Hounds get another challenge


CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU quarterback Michael Benton talks with running back Tim Hammett on the sidelines during the team’s Oct. 6 homecoming game at Greyhound Stadium against Angelo State. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team was already significant. This week, facing […]

Texas center offers hope

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Once a promising basketball player at a Division I college, Scott Reynolds seemed to have a bright future. But an addiction to drugs and alcohol landed him in a Japanese prison when he was caught smuggling drugs, he said. “I was at the end of my rope,” Reynolds said. […]

When winning is losing: Weight-loss challenge ends in tie

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gravy and biscuits and boxes of doughnuts were orchestrated pitfalls for contestants of this challenge, but the victors slimmed down in spite of it all. A weight-loss challenge that waged for four months among Clovis Municipal Schools, the Clovis Police Department and a few other organizations ended 10 days […]

PHS grads celebrate success


Ashley Birkholz, right, listens to valedictorian Jeremy Smith’s address to the class during Portales High School commencement exercises Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is […]

Counselor challenges schools, city to weight-loss contest


Bob Pullings, school counselor at Gattis Junior High School, has issued a weight-loss challenge via email to faculty and staff of Clovis schools. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer It began with Bob Pullings pondered New Year’s resolutions. “It’s just on everybody’s mind to lose weight” said Pullings, in his ninth year as school counselor […]

Prep hoops: Lady Cats thnking repeat


Senior Brittany Blackmon (22) led the Lady Wildcats in scoring and rebounding last season. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer With most of their players back, the Clovis High Lady Wildcats have visions repeating of last year’s 30-0 season and Class 5A girls state championship. Fifth-year coach Miles Watters, a veteran […]

Heritage Days chance to fiddle around


People watch Kelsey Timmons, 13, of Guthrie, Texas, perform during the First Heritage Days Fiddler’s contest Saturday at the City Park in Portales. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Hundreds of people came out to the annual Heritage Days celebration at City Park on Saturday to fiddle around, rev up […]

Camp for sick youth superb

By Clyde Davis This column is geared to a special group of readers, though it may expand to include all of you with generous hearts. If you are in the first group, it is because you know a child who has or has previously had cancer. If you are in the second group, as most […]

Recount under way

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A recount is under way that could bring closure to the state Senate District 7 race by week’s end. The state granted Democrat Bob Frost a partial recount in his race against Republican incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, when Harden was declared the winner by 36 votes of the nearly […]

Martinez ready to take on new challenge

Don’t expect Fort Sumner’s Mario Martinez to do a coaching version of Michael Jordan and make a comeback any time soon. The longtime the Foxes football and boys track coach recently accepted a position as assistant director of men’s athletics for the New Mexico Activities Association. The NMAA is expected to formally approve the hiring […]

Selling CD for a cause makes horse sense


Trenton Meeks, 17, of Farwell, brushes 3-year-old quarter horse CD before taking the horse out for a ride Saturday during the Spring Horse Sale at the Clovis Livestock Auction. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King Clovis Livestock Auction owner Danny Rogers estimated 1,000 horses would be sold this weekend in the business’ annual […]

Supercomputers? Not a problem

By Sue Gilmore Just the thought of navigating around a computer can send shivers up the spine of some adults. But a group of junior high and high school students from Clovis and Melrose are on their way to becoming high-performance supercomputer masters. The students, members of supercomputing clubs in their respective schools, have been […]