Broncos survive defensive struggle

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Melrose junior Cedar Rush tries to protect the ball from Floyd’s Jonathan Mitchell during the second quarter of Saturday’s game at Floyd. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent FLOYD — Jonathan Chavez wasn’t happy with the support his teams was getting so he marched over to the home stands and exhorted the […]

Kernan likely winner

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 61-39 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to totals obtained through the Secretary of State’s Web site at 11:30 p.m. Kernan had received […]

Mexico issues mean Cuba losing support

Freedom Newspapers Cuban President Fidel Castro says it shows Mexico has become a lackey of the United States. Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, director of the Mexico Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, however, said the expulsion of Cuba’s ambassador to Mexico and the recall of Mexico’s ambassador to Cuba “is indicative of […]

Gallegos gunning for another trip to state

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Clovis senior Patrick Jones will play in the singles bracket this weekend at the District 4-5A tournament in Hobbs. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner When Clovis High junior Patricia Gallegos begins play Friday in the two-day District 4-5A meet at Hobbs, she’ll go in with high expectations as the tournament’s No. 1 […]

Close, Martin F.

Martin F. Close Services: Have been held. Martin F. Close Sr., 81, of Victorville, Calif., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003. He was born on Oct. 24, 1922, in Potsville, Pa., to James and Annie Close. He lived in Clovis for 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II who was decorated with the […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Curry voters: No on everything

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Hannah Borden, 7, helps her father Billy Borden vote in Tuesday’s special election at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. Gary Mitchell Although one state constitutional amendment won handily, the second amendment still was in doubt as of press time late Tuesday night. Voters have given Gov. Bill Richardson new powers he […]

Heavenly neighbor gets closer; Mars makes closest approach in 60,000 years

When Carol Nash of Ranchvale looks at the night sky, she is awed by its enormity and complexity. “When you just think about the solar system and how the Earth is tilted just right to make the seasons and all these objects out there doing their thing, it’s just kind of amazing,” she said. “You […]

Alligator handler to headline venue of events at Curry County Fair

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Harold Ives of Wright’s Amusement of Elbert, Colo., sets up the ferris wheel Saturday at the Curry County Fair Grounds. The 2003 Curry County Fair starts Monday. Photo by Rick White. By Gary Mitchell Jeff Quattrocchi’s job often lands him up to his neck in alligators — especially when he’s bulldogging them. Quattrocchi, also known […]

Former pastor reports on his retirement

BRENHAM, Texas — A former Elida and Ranchvale pastor recently called the Clovis News Journal to report on his retirement status since leaving the Clovis-Portales area. The Rev. Lester Vinson was pastor of Elida Baptist Church for 2 1/2 years, interim pastor of Iglesia Bautista Bethel in Portales for 15 months and at Ranchvale Baptist […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]