Unbeaten Elida takes 3-1A tourney title

Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — The Elida Lady Tigers are still living the dream after beating the Fort Sumner Vixens in four games in the District 3-1A tournament championship game Saturday afternoon. After dropping the first game, Elida (21-0) won the final three games to take the crown, and although they are unbeaten this […]

PREP VOLLEYBALL: Texico notches big victory

CNJ staff WITH THE FIRST GAME already under its belt, Texico faced 22-18 and 21-15 deficits in the next two games Saturday against District 6-2A rival Clayton. The Lady Wolverines, though, rallied to win both games against a team Texico coach Mike Littlejohn believes is the best in district. The only losses this season for […]

Fire destroys Portales business

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl TerryPortales Fire Department crews work early Friday morning on a blaze at 2018 South Globe. When firefighters arrived, the shop building, owned by Jack Jennings of Portales, was fully engulfed in flame. By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A fire early Friday morning destroyed a trucking business shop building on South Globe in […]

Elida beats Floyd to gain EPAC girls finals

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Elida Lady Tigers spent Friday afternoon filling up the stat sheet, and the team was able to fill in its name to the final game in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament. Jewlie Paiz scored 16 points and stole eight Floyd passes and freshman guard Lindsey Bob […]

Dry conditions fuel grass fires

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Blackened rangeland near Floyd on Thursday shows how close Wednesday’s 35,000-acre fire came to the eastern New Mexico town. The Air Force is investigating to determine the cause of the blaze, which began on the Melrose Bombing Range. (AP photo) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire […]

Floyd fire destroys one family’s home

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An unoccupied home west of Floyd was destroyed during Wednesday’s fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom […]

Rested Elida ousts Lady Buffs

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ELIDA — Momentum from two playoff wins helped Melrose earn nine of Thursday’s first 10 points. Rest and homecourt advantage helped Elida claim 74 of the next 106. Elida recovered from a 9-1 deficit in the first game and had little problem after that in claiming a 25-21, 25-17, 25-13 […]

Floyd cruises past Lady Buffs

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FLOYD — With a whole week off before the District 3-1A tournament, the last thing the Floyd High School volleyball team would have wanted was a loss. The Lady Broncos didn’t need long to erase such worries. Darcee Chenault led the way with 12 kills, and Floyd needed a little […]

Portales man saves wife from house fire

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales man saved his wife from a fire which destroyed the interior of their house in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Bill Machen, 62, and Faye Machen, 58, of Portales, escaped the fire which destroyed the interior of their house at 317 E. Kaywood. According to […]

Roosevelt All-Stars take major division

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Clovis American left fielder Miguel Vega comes up short as he dives for a fly ball hit by Roosevelt County’s Iszak Valdez in the first inning of Saturday’s District 3 majors bracket championship game at Beachum Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner The Roosevelt County All-Stars rode strong pitching and just enough hitting […]

Melrose’s Park leads North to victory

CNJ STAFF RUIDOSO — Record-breaking Melrose wide receiver Harvey Park was named the North’s offensive player of the game after scoring four touchdowns Saturday in a 36-28 win over the South in the New Mexico High School Coaches Association’s six-man all-star football game at W.D. Horton Stadium. Park, who set the six-man national record with […]

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 […]

Wolverines claim EPAC boys title

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Texico’s Joe Zaikowski grabs a rebound over Floyd’s Eric Padilla. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Thirty-nine points won’t win many high school basketball games. It was more than enough for Texico in Saturday’s EPAC boys championship game. Playing suffocating defense throughout, the Wolverines eventually got a few of their own […]

Elida eclipses Lady Blue in OT

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Farwell seniors Tara Schilling (23) and Hailey Grimes (15) try to grab an offensive rebound during the first half of Thursday’s game against Elida in the Farwell Invitational Tournament. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner FARWELL — Elida struggled in the first half, but coach Dan Howard was confident the real Lady Tigers hadn’t […]

Vixens gear for rematch in regionals

By Tony Parra FORT SUMNER — The Elida Lady Tigers and Fort Sumner Vixens are looking at a possible fourth matchup this season when they compete this weekend in the Class 1A Region B volleyball tournament. The teams split their District 3-1A regular-season matches, necessitating a playoff last weekend at Elida for the title. Fort […]

Chenault, Tura

Tura Chenault Services: Have been held. Mrs. Tura Ola Chenault, 88, of Clovis, a homemaker and cafeteria worker, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Dec. 5, 1914, in Richland, to Silas Franklin and Ida Dove Thompson Beeman. She was a member of 16th and Pile […]

High winds spark grass fire, cause minor damage to church.

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Sacred Heart employees Johnny Gallegos, left, and Jose Montoya survey the damage to the Sacred Heart School’s roof Thursday after a gust of wind ripped a piece from the building. Darrell Todd Maurina Despite Thursday’s high winds, Clovis was mostly spared from damage. One exception was Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where winds approaching 50 mph […]