Rides top draw for brothers

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Elighio Rodriquez, left, and his brother Joshua Willmot look up from their seats Thursday atop the ferris wheel at the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal gave Joshua Willmot, 9, of Clovis, $80 to spend at the Curry County Fair. He took his brother, Elighio Rodriquez, 7, and […]

Lady Cats buoyed by Hilburn, Blackmon

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Clovis High outside hitter Aimee Hilburn has returned to the Lady Wildcats volleyball team this year after skipping her junior season to concentrate on basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Aimee Hilburn decided to skip her junior year in volleyball to concentrate on the basketball season. Brittany […]

City hosts USSSA nationals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Cheryl James and her Lonoke (Ark.) Pool Fisheries team have been planning for this since last year. They left their central Arkansas community around midnight Wednesday for the drive to Clovis and this weekend’s second annual United States Slow-Pitch Softball Association national youth recreation tournament at Guy Leeder Complex. […]

Kid Fest 2005 to feature talent show, food, games

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Andrew Dixon has been trying to break through to the big time as he raps his way into the minds and ears of the Clovis community. He is only 11, but already he has performed in several talent competitions over the last year, most recently winning the Juneteenth talent […]

Do you believe in magic

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

Greenwalt still battling for spot in WNBA

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer So far, so good for Cisti Greenwalt. The Clovis native, who played in college at Texas Tech, is enjoying herself as she battles to make the roster of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. “Everything’s been going really good,” said Greenwalt, who was taken in the third round of April’s draft. […]

5/5 Ticket Calendar

All times Mountain Clovis Annual Spring Student Fine Arts Show — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Main ARTeri, 311 N. Main St. Information: 742-3112. Student Fine Arts Show — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Main ARTeri Gallery, 311 N. Main St. Information: 742-3112. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Fiesta […]

God’s love will endure for all eternity

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On Valentine’s Day, we all get excited to assure those we love that we are thinking about them. Love is not something new. Love was conceived in the heart of God. Jesus demonstrated that love on the cross and the apostle Paul tells us that love is the greatest of attributes. […]

Some still claim past election was stolen

by Jim Lee It’s time to write about something even more scary than Halloween — the election is Tuesday. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word scary. When things go reasonably close to the way they should, presidential elections are not evil occasions. Maybe it’s because of my legal training or all those political science classes […]

Brothers, competitors, teammates

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Dustin McDaniel, left, gets a hand from friend Logan Potts on Wednesday in preparation for his run in the 13-15 breakaway roping. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor During the week, two teenage brothers just a year apart participate in friendly roping competitions at their Clovis home. The loser does […]

Willis, Pinckney ready for all-star game

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Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney (left) and Bud Willis will play for the South in tonight’s New Mexico Coaches Association Class 4A-5A all-star basketball game in Albuquerque. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Clovis High grads Justin Pinckney and Bud Willis will be off to college soon, but first they’ll take part in the […]

Hounds set camp for youth

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Eastern New Mexico University senior quarterback Steven Hinson, shown last fall in a game against Angelo State, is one of several Greyhounds football players scheduled to take part in a free camp for area youth in Portales on Aug. 9. CNJ file photo By Dave Wagner With the start of football practice just around the […]

Rain can’t stop rally’s poker run

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Despite heavy rains, Badlands Motorcycle Rally organizers figured out a way Saturday morning to keep a motorcycle rally tradition alive — a “Poker Run” in which motorcyclists pick up poker cards at various stopovers on a prescribed route. Poker Run winner Amy Campbell of Clovis took a shorter […]

Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]

Girl scout program getting off of ground

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What is this new thing going on at Delta and Second Street off of Grand Avenue? How can I get involved? What are they doing that seems so interesting and fun? Maybe you are in luck. Maybe you are a girl between the ages of 7 and 16, which makes […]

Not even Arnold can save ’80 Days’

The Baltimore Sun Jackie Chan movies are known for jaw-dropping stunts and thrilling action. Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days’” is known as literature’s most famous travelogue. Whoever thought these two cinematic templates belonged together? Heaven knows what the suits at Disney were thinking, for what they ended up with was a bland […]

City manager making most of summer

Reporter’s Notebook One of eastern New Mexico’s more famous residents spent last weekend roaring around Ute Lake on a Harley. Well, sort of. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon was seen zipping around on a Harley-Davidson replica mini scooter. The scooter goes about 25 mph and is powered by a two-cycle lawnmower engine, he said. “It’s […]

Fort Sumner course a unique golfing experience

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Course owner Carl Vick tracks his putt on sixth green last month as Rufus Stewart and the rest of the “Alligators” look on. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White FORT SUMNER — Carl Vick muscles his tee into the hardened ground, addresses the ball, and smacks a shot toward a red flag off […]

Business Digest 6/1

Fun-Putt reopens for business After acquiring it from Play Inc., new owner Paul LeClear has reopened the Fun-Putt Fun-Time Miniature Golf course at 1520 Thornton. LeClear estimates that it’s been “three or four years” since anybody had played a round at the site — until, that is, LeClear officially opened for business two weeks ago. […]

Cats dyeing to advance

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Clovis High senior Mark Replogle, center, came up with the idea that all the varsity baseball players should dye their hair blond. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Mark Replogle and the Clovis Wildcats baseball team are hoping it’s true blonds have more fun. Wildcat players bleached their hair blond this week in […]