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 […]