CHS: Freshmen to lead cross country at Carlsbad Invitational

By Greg Price: CNJ Sports Writer Surrounding the football field at Leon Williams Stadium is an oval, asphalt track where the Clovis cross country teams are now running 200-meter sprints, ranging from times of 28 to 40 seconds. The arena is typically filled to the brim with Clovis football supporters on Friday nights in the […]

Kenyan boosting ENMU cross country

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Nimrod Lelei didn’t leave much of an impression on Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Joel McMullen last year. McMullen said he hardly noticed Lelei running for Wayland Baptist even though the Kenyan consistently beat all of ENMU’s runners. But the Hounds’ best runner, Felix Boit, […]

Dear God, how could you let this happen?”

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist We’ve all had times when through our pain and tears we ask, “Dear God, where are you? How could you let this happen? How long can you stomach this kind of atrocity before you break in and do something to stop it?”   Maybe it’s a senseless mass murder […]

ENMU men third, women fourth in NMSU cross country meet

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — Junior Nimrod Lelei finished sixth and sophomore Felix Boit was 12th in New Mexico State’s Kachina Classic cross country meet on Saturday, leading the Greyhounds to a third-place team finish. Lelei placed sixth with a tiime of 23 minutes, 4.3 seconds — behind five runners from team champion Texas-El Paso, […]

CHS hosts cross country invitational

CNJ staff Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen would like to see his teams ready to go for today’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. To that end, he cut back on workouts this week for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. “I’ve rested the kids a little,” Bussen said. “We’ve been working hard for […]

Slaying victim’s family visits site

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson David and Maria Beardmore view a cross they placed Thursday to mark the location where the body of their daughter, Laura McNaughton, was found by hunters in December. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer On the edge of a desolate, wind-whipped field stands a small homemade cross wrapped in a […]

ENMU notes: Two qualify for CNFR

CNJ staff PORTALES — Two members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team, senior Rowdy Sanders and sophomore Raelyn Gardner, will represent the school in the College National Finals Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Gardner, from Lovington, was first in the Southwest Region this season in breakaway roping, while Sanders placed second […]

Resident crafts crosses

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clusters of crosses adorn the walls of Cheryl Burch’s quaint Clovis home. Religious symbols crafted of wood, metal and terra cotta decorate a pale yellow wall in Burch’s inviting living room. They vary in size with some bearing elaborate ornamentation. A short walk across shining wood floors reveals more […]

Reaching out to others part of Easter story

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Sometimes simple and seemingly insignificant words leave permanent impressions and stay in our memory for a long time. For years, I have remembered a woman who said something to me when I was a young girl. At just a very young age, this woman helped me look within myself and […]

Muleshoe church members re-enact Christ’s walk to his crucifixion

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Louis Godinez of Muleshoe carries a cross Friday along U.S. 84 with other members of Immaculate Conception Parish in a re-enactment of the walk Jesus is said to have made to Calvary. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz They set forth where the town begins and inch along U.S. 84, past vast fields of […]

Message of Easter holiday message of life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Easter eggs … Easter bunnies … Easter baskets … Easter egg hunts … Easter bonnet? What about that green Easter grass that comes in a variety of colors these days? I even made my first trip to Easter, Texas, last week. What does Easter mean? This is my favorite season […]

Voluntary capitivity part of Olympic experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist How many of us, like myself, have been held semi-captive by the Winter Olympics? It is, needless to say, a voluntary captivity. Nobody forces you, or me, or anyone else, to tune in to channel 14 or 4 respectively, entering by virtual reality, or wishful thinking, the world of cross […]

Hounds improve tourney chances with rout of Angelo

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Joshua Jackson tries to get around Angelo State University’s Ronald Pittman during the first half of Wedneday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After coming off the bench for a few games, Eastern New […]

Christ’s sacrifice Is indeed all-sufficient

By Curtis K. Shelbure: Religion columnist A friend e-mailed me a few days ago for help in finding the source of a quotation from C. S Lewis.   Whatever the source, it’s vintage Lewis: “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When […]

Accepting God’s gift means “getting over” ourselves

By Curtis K. Shelburne If God’s Son had only chosen to make peace with religious folks who loved rules better than they loved God, who loved the Law better than they loved the Giver of the Law, whose pride required a law they could use to keep score and left little room for soft hearts […]

Thank God Christians sing the same hymns — mostly

Curtis K. Shelburne It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the introduction to one of his hymnals pronounced stern words against anyone who would mess with the words (and thus the theology, not to mention the beauty) of his hymns. He had little use for […]

Environmental, fiscal challenges coming into focus

Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday — four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992. As President Bush prepared to speak to the nation from an undisclosed location in […]

New Orleans family evacuated to Muleshoe

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Located eight blocks from the New Orleans levees, the Ridolfo family escaped the flooding in boats. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The house Annie Young grew up in is gone. So is much of city she calls home. So are photographs of her childhood. Hurricane Katrina took much, but it spared her […]

Clovis prepared to take in 250 hurricane victims

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis is poised to embrace 250 Hurricane Katrina victims, and efforts to provide relief to victims continue, local officials said. Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county could house victims in the 4-H and arts buildings at the Curry County Fairgrounds. He said that the county is on […]

CHS gearing for cross country opener

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Members of the Clovis High School girls cross county team workout Tuesday at Ned Houk Park. Clovis opens its season on Saturday in the Borger Invitational. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s a long dropoff from second place in the state Class 5A cross country meet two years ago […]