Education feature: Getting back into the groove

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo First-grader Naci Durham puts her books and supplies in her desk on the first day of school after the holiday break at Sandia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Naci Durham wasn’t looking forward to going back to school Wednesday. The first thing she said Wednesday morning was […]

Veterans pause to remember service

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist While citizens across the nation pause this month to remember a myriad of individual reasons for Veterans Day, Neil S. Durham (now of Idalou, Texas, outside of Lubbock and formerly of Clovis) may be turning the pages of a diary he kept on Guadalcanal during World War II. Yes, Durham […]

Girls 2A title preview

CNJ staff Today Championship No. 3 Texico vs. No. 1 Penasco 4 p.m. at Santa Ana Star Center Records: Texico 26-4, Penasco 23-1 How they got here: Texico beat Tularosa 47-34; Eunice 52-27; Navajo Prep 42-30. Penasco beat Escalante 54-29; Capitan 68-31; McCurdy 53-41. Lowdown on Texico: Texico already captured the state volleyball championship this […]

Lady Wolverines in finals

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Texico’s Faith Martin drives to the basket past Navajo Prep defender Nicole Crisp in a Class 2A semifinal game at Rio Rancho High School Wednesday. Martin had 17 points and 6 rebounds in the game as Texico won 42-30. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer RIO RANCHO — Style points […]

Texico preps for early tip with Eunice

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Texico junior Bryn Mayfield, right, snags a rebound in the EPAC tournament in January. The Lady Wolverines play Eunice 8 a.m. today in the Class 2A state quarterfinals. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Faith Martin is a little concerned about today’s 8 a.m. start time for the […]

Texico thrashes Lovington in season opener

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Texico’s Faith Martin is fouled by Lovington’s Jaz Hernandez during Tuesday’s matchup at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — In his second year as Texico girls coach, Keith Durham said his team has had to learn a new system under his leadership. In their season opener on […]

Special ops leaders visiting base

By CNJ Staff Senior leaders of the incoming mission at Cannon Air Force Base plan to attend a conference at Cannon this week, according to Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs officials. The conference begins today and continues through Friday, officials said. Command senior leaders attend such conferences twice a year, according to Command […]

Cannon on Air Force special ops short list

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An in-depth report examining Cannon Air Force Base as a potential site for Air Force special forces has been submitted to the Pentagon, a spokesman for Air Force Special Operations Command told the Clovis News Journal on Monday. Cannon and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., are two […]

Lady Buffs draw top-seeded Tatum

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer It’s fair to say the Melrose Lady Buffaloes have their work cut out in today’s Class 1A state tournament quarterfinals. The Lady Buffs have the only losing record (13-17) of the 80 teams that qualified for various state quarterfinal play. And their opponent is Tatum (28-1), which went unbeaten […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Tuesday prep basketball roundup

Game of the night — The Texico Lady Wolverines survived a cold-shooting night and came away with a 30-27 win over the equally shot-impaired Fort Sumner Vixens. Texico (12-3) shot 10-of-51 (20 percent) from the floor, including a two-point second quarter without a field goal. “It was just a situation where they were just trying […]

Lady Wolverines one step from EPAC finals

CNJ staff The Lady Wolverines are one game away from the finals of the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, but Texico coach Keith Durham does not want his team to get caught up in a mid-season tournment. “We’re just trying to get better every time we step out on the floor,” Durham said. “I […]

Girls hoops on the rise

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Girls basketball has evolved over the years from the 1980s, left, to the 1990s, center, and into 2005, with many coaches saying girls are becoming more athletic, quicker and playing more of a boys style of basketball. (CNJ illustration: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Gone are the days of two-handed set shots […]

Lady Wolverines smother Logan

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Texico’s Stephanie Bailey releases a shot over a Logan defender during the second half of Saturday’s girls basketball matchup in Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — When the Logan Lady Longhorns came out in a 1-2-2 zone on Saturday night, Texico girls basketball coach Keith Durham was […]

Texico chooses Durham

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Keith Durham, a volunteer assistant on Clovis High’s 2004-05 Class 5A girls state championship basketball team, has been hired as the girls basketball coach at Texico. Durham replaces Buddy Little, who guided the Lady Wolverines to a 40-14 mark over the past two seasons. Little is also Texico’s principal […]

Cats suffer double-OT loss at Coronado

CNJ STAFF LUBBOCK — The Clovis High boys basketball team had its second seven-game winning streak of the season snapped Friday night — and it was a heartbreaker. Senior guard Anthony Durham scored on a jump shot with about 10 seconds left in the second overtime, and Lubbock Coronado outlasted the Wildcats for a 72-71 […]

Victim’s sister: ‘Part of me’ gone

Darrell Todd Maurina Police said an ongoing “situation” throughout the day on Tuesday may have led to Clovis’ latest homicide, but they offered no details. James Rogers, 42, was charged with open murder on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday evening’s shooting death of David Michael Wilt, 47, outside a home at 4220 North Prince. Police […]

One dead in shooting

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/A witness buries his head in his hands behind a state police officer at the scene of a homicide on North Prince Street north of Wal-Mart in Clovis. Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis recorded its second homicide in five days on Tuesday night. James Rogers, 42, was arrested in connection with the […]

Businesses hit in alcohol sting

A Clovis business will be barred from selling alcohol for more than a week beginning Sept. 6 because of its second offense selling alcohol to minors, and a second business faces lesser penalties for its first offense. Town and Country Food Store at 700 Thornton and Albertson’s at 1905 Prince Street were both accused of […]

Clovis teen struck by car

CNJ Staff A 16-year-old boy is recuperating in a Lubbock hospital today after being struck by a vehicle near Ned Houk Park north of Clovis early Thursday morning. Danny Benavides is in “stable condition” in the intensive care unit at Lubbock’s Covenant Medical Center, according to his mother, who was at the hospital on Thursday. […]