Hounds, Zias picked down near cellar in South polls

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Tarleton State’s men and West Texas A&M’s women are projected to win Lone Star Conference South Division basketball titles in polls released last week by the conference office. Eastern New Mexico University was tabbed sixth in the seven-team men’s South race and seventh in the eight-team women’s poll. Tarleton State, […]

Education Digest: Eastern enrollment increases slightly

CNJ staff The 2007 fall enrollment at Eastern New Mexico University is up slightly from 2006, according to a university press release. The university reported 4,180 students enrolled, an increase of 44 students. Graduate enrollment is down, officials reported ENMU President Steven Gamble said he was pleased with the numbers “considering the temporary reduction in […]

Tarantulas turning up across state

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Desert tarantulas are reclusive, nocturnal spiders. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Every year about this time male desert tarantulas emerge from burrows and crevices in search of a perfect mate. About the size of a human hand — counting their eight long, hairy legs, they traverse roads and fields […]

Accident didn’t slow down farmer

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist This story is told by the daughter of Clyde Sparks, Neva Riggins of Clovis, and takes place in the fall of 1945. “Dad said that he lacked two rounds being completely finished with the wheat harvest in that field. It was close to sundown so he felt that he could […]

Enrollment down at CCC

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Enrollment numbers are down this semester at Clovis Community College because of the transition at Cannon Air Force Base and a low unemployment rate, officials said. “If it stayed where it is right now, it would be down about 6.8 percent (from last year),” said Vice President for Institution […]

Hounds edge RiverHawks

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Safety Brandon Dominguez, bottom, linebacker Tony Johnson, right, and cornerback Tillman Stevens team up to bring down Northeastern State tight end Warren Kirk late in the first half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference crossover game at Greyhound Stadium. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New […]

Drive-through prank equals stupidity

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’ll fess up. I do a lot of stupid things as an adult, and I did a lot more as a kid. There was the time my friends and I won water guns at an arcade and tested them while driving the streets of Helena, Mont. I got challenged to […]

Headstrong children hard to control

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Last week I met a friend for lunch at a local restaurant. A few minutes after we were seated, a family of three, which included a 4 or 5 year old boy, was seated in the booth behind us. As my friend and I began filling each other in on our […]

Longtime Lady Rams coach steps down

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — After leading the Portales girls basketball team to five New Mexico Class 3A state championships, and seven consecutive championship game appearances, Lady Ram head coach Brenda Gomez is stepping down after 22 years as head coach. Gomez will be coaching girls basketball at Robinson High School in Waco, […]

Summer days often centered around TV

By Helena Rodriguez: CNj staff writer Hispanic comedian George Lopez jokes about abuelitas who keep track of time by the order of their favorite TV programs. For example, abuelita says, “When Judge Judy is over, that’s when I take my medicine.” The summer days of my childhood also operated around TV time for many years. […]

Low-tech friendships were just as good

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer I’m so out of the loop that I’ve never MySpaced, let alone started a Web page or blog. My idea of chatting is old fashion, talking face to face with a real person, or on a real cell phone. When we were kids, MySpace.com was my bedroom, I mean […]

Rams’ rally past Bloomfield in 3A quarterfinals

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The Portales Rams, seeded fifth in the Class 3A state baseball tournament, thought they were a better team than fourth seed Bloomfield, and in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, they proved it. The Rams erased a 7-3 deficit after three innings and rallied for an 8-7 win at La Cueva High School, advancing to […]

Letters to the Editor: Passing trash ordinance waste of time

As Ronald Reagan would say, “There you go again.” Our City Commission just imposed another senseless and unenforceable ordinance down the throats of the citizenry of Clovis (“Trash measure passes despite opposition,” April 20 CNJ). I suppose my disagreement with the mayor will be trivialized as just another whiner. As Mayor David Lansford stated, “I […]

And the show did go on …

Airman Wardell Wheeler Jr., 27th Services Squadron, pulls down light panels after the Top In Blue show Feb. 16. Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey thanks to Cannon’s hard-working volunteers As she eyed more than 52,000 pounds of equipment waiting to be unloaded and assembled, Senior Airman Shawnta Butler, 27th Operation Support Squadron said, “no way.” Although not […]