Local fighters excite crowd

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis’ Mark Hightower, right, tries to protect himself from John Spark in the first round Saturday at the Evolution 2 mixed martial arts event at the Curry County Events Center. Hightower faced early trouble, but pulled out a split decision win. Kevin Wilson “If you’ve got anything left, Clovis, New […]

Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 capsules

CNJ staff What: Evolution Combat Sports Presents: Friday Night Fights 5.27.11 When: 6 p.m. today Where: Clovis Civic Center Fights: Eight, including two professional and six amateur bouts. Area fighters: Gilbert Cuhen, Clovis; Raul Rosas, Clovis; Tommy Arguello, Clovis; Dominic Baca, Clovis; Dewyne Hightower, Portales. Cage facts: Clovis-based Evolution Combat Sport uses a 30-foot wide, […]

One dead in Clovis fire

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks An unidentified man was found dead Monday morning in a trailer home at 917 Delta Street by firefighters who extinguished a blaze in the residence. Freedom New Mexico Police believe a 73-year-old man found dead in a burning mobile home early Monday morning died from smoke inhalation. Firefighters responded to […]

Fighters fill Golden Gloves cards despite weather

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Gabino Armijo looks for an opening in the first round of his fight with Albuqerque’s Isaac Bautista in Friday’s 141-pound bout at the Golden Gloves state tournament at the Roy Walker Community Center. Armijo won in a decision. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Weather was naturally a concern as boxers […]

Fire fighters battling Grand Ave. blaze

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A Clovis firefighter sprays a burning residence at Grand Avenue and Thornton Street Monday afternoon.

Years of a clown

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Dale “Gizmo” McCracken entertains the crowd and cowboys during Friday’s Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Gizmo is also the backup for bull fighters, if needed. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dale “Gizmo” McCracken keeps his audiences guessing every time he steps […]

Cage fights draw strong support

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Staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brandon Head of Prime Performance Boxing and MMA captured his match against Jonathan Petit of Kensu Studio of Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Despite the wind and rain blowing in through the side of the arena Curry County Fairgrounds, more than 600 fans gathered to see watch cage fighters […]

Cage fight scheduled for fairgrounds

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Ending his class at American Karate Studios, Markanthony Baca charges his students to display good sportsmanship and to stay out of trouble during the upcoming cage fight Saturday night at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Part of the proceeds from the fight will go to Clovis’ American Red Cross. This […]

Raptors ready to roll

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A F-22 Raptor is displayed at Canon Air Force Base on Saturday. The fighter was one that Holloman Air Force Base will start receiving in 2008. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ Staff Writer A pair of F-22 Raptors stopped at Cannon Air Force Base to get a taste of New Mexico […]

Negotiations might prevent Iraq from becoming puppet state

Freedom Newspapers In testimony last Wednesday before the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said “I can’t promise it,” in reference to a substantial withdrawal of U.S. troops this year. In fact, he emphasized the dangers of a too-early withdrawal, warning it could make Iraq a haven for extremists. That […]

Golden Gloves time again

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Ricardo Alexander,17 of Las Vegas, N.M., trains Thursday at the Roy Walker Community Center for his upcoming fight in the Golden Gloves. Alexander will compete in the 165-pound weight class. (CNJ correspondent: Tony Bullocks) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent As the host site for the New Mexico Golden Gloves competition in 18 of the last […]

Clovis handling Golden Gloves

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Chonte Walker, 19, of Clovis, spars Wednesday at the boxing gym in the Roy Walker Community Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer For most of the 15 or so Clovis fighters who train at the Roy Walker Recreation Center, the hours of jumping rope, hitting the punching bag and sparring, […]

F16s’ future discussed

Q and A Loren B. Thompson is the executive director of the Lexington Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Arlington, Va., mostly engaged in defense policy work. He discussed the role of the F-16 fighter jet (Cannon Air Force Base is home to 80 F-16s), assessing the military value of an air base, and […]