Sports an avenue to college education

Ramblin’ Rick It’s a shame Tig Bunton won’t be playing basketball for the Clovis Wildcats. Not for the Wildcats, but for Bunton. The Wildcats will survive the loss of the talented but inconsistent Bunton, a 6-foot-6 junior who was rated the second-best player in New Mexico by a Sporting News publication. Justin Pinckney, Dominique Easterlin […]

Hounds, Zias hit road

CNJ staff CNJ STAFF Eastern New Mexico University’s basketball teams return to the road this weekend against challenging opponents. The men travel to Las Cruces for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff on Saturday against Division I New Mexico State. The women face host and Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M at 5 p.m. […]

Lady Cats beat Lovington

CNJ STAFF LOVINGTON — Clovis coach Miles Watters was pleased with the effort. The execution, he said, will come. Sophomore point guard Tori Quintana led a balanced attack with 17 points and senior post Monique Walker added 12 as the Lady Wildcats opened their season Tuesday with a 59-43 win over Lovington. “I think the […]

Should this conversation be taken seriously?

Leonard Pitts Jr. So this president and this football player meet in a bar … “O.J. Simpson, is that you?” “Yeah, who wants to — George W. Bush? Hey, how you been?” “Real good, Juice. So, what you been up to lately?” “Well, George, I’m still searching for the real killers. If I can bring […]

Lady Cats deep and determined

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Seniors Jessica Hohn (left) and Monique Walker have been mainstays for the Lady Wildcats the past two seasons. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Patience and determination. Those are the keys to this basketball season, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters said. That’s patience on Watters’ behalf to blend a sophomore class that is […]

Cheese plant will bring jobs, but worries for some

By Glen Seeber Cheese is the bait. Jobs are the target. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said a proposed cheese-processing plant could directly and indirectly produce more than 1,000 jobs if it opens as planned in 2005. But some area residents have concerns about the plans. “We need the economic value […]

Locals strut the catwalk

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Lauren Ware, 11, of Clovis models an outfit during the Women’s Initiative Network Holiday Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch sponsored by the United Way Saturday at K-Bob’s in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina During the week, Kathy Wright works as the manager and vice-president of New Mexico American Water. But […]

Emergency management agency to set up exercise

By Darrell Todd Maurina In the event of a major hazardous materials disaster, would local police, fire and medical officials be able to work together? Officials met in a series of three meetings this week, Monday through Wednesday, to set up a tabletop exercise to test this question. Organized as the Curry County Local Emergency […]

Farwell draws longtime 1A power Wheeler

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Farwell senior Jason Johnson threw three touchdown passes in last week’s playoff-clinching 46-7 win over Bovina. CNJ photo by Rick White. Dave Wagner At the end of a quarter-century run of Texas small-school football excellence, Wheeler is preparing to make the transition to the six-man in 2004. Meantime, the Farwell Steers bring an 8-1 record […]

Clovis LB a quick study

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Senior Jeff Epps leads the Wildcats in tackles in his first season at linebacker. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. Rick White Night after night, Jeff Epps watches film, trying to cram years of learning to play linebacker into one season. In charge of getting the Clovis Wildcats aligned correctly, he first checks the offensive formation. […]

Zias face surprising Texas Woman’s

Dave Wagner A month or so ago, it looked like neither the Eastern New Mexico University nor Texas Woman’s volleyball teams were postseason contenders. Both recovered, though, making it to the Lone Star Conference tournament with strong October runs. The Zias, seeded third from the South Division, and the Pioneers, the North’s No. 2 seed, […]

House holds fond memories for daughter

Letters to the editor I am Ellen Artman Verner, daughter of Teola Artman. I grew up in Clovis and I have been following with interest all the stories about my mother and the Girl Scout Little House. Don McAlvay and Jack King both have written very nice tributes to Mother. The actual date of the […]

Lady Mules ranked fourth

Rick White Muleshoe coach Shana Simms knows being ranked fourth in Class 3A in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches preseason poll comes with a price tag. She knows every opponent will be gunning for the Lady Mules, who have won 27 games in each of the last two seasons and return all-state senior Sara […]

Focused Wildcats breeze to 4-5A title

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Brian Romero led a 1-2 finish for the Wildcats. CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brian Romero wasn’t about to finish second — even if it was at the expense of a teammate. Pulling away from fellow Clovis High senior Matt Appelman in the final mile, Romero toured the gravel-strewn Bear Canyon Arroyo course in 16 minutes […]

Spammed out? ‘Make them pay’ is creed of Vanquish software

Tom DiFrancesca Here’s an update on the Clovis “WhyNot” project: We need more folks to get involved. A couple of local concerned citizens have registered at the Web site www.whynot.net/clovis but that is not enough. We need a lot of concerned citizens to participate in this project. I’m going to mention the endeavor in future […]

City still in hunt for baseball team

By Dave Wagner Clovis remains in the running for a minor league professional baseball team, but a decision one way or the other won’t be forthcoming anytime soon. Representatives of the Southwestern League, formerly the Arizona-Mexico League, visited the city last week. League president Bob Lipp said the process of looking at a number of […]

Wife’s list secret to successful column

Bob Huber I spent time recently reading my wife’s daily journals, a set of diaries dating back more than 50 years to the day we married. Without going into detail, I have to say we award-winning journalists must occasionally resort to this type of devious activity in order to capture more prizes and get a […]

You never know where you will find your calling

Judy Brandon There was a time in my life when I thought I would be a junior high schoolteacher forever — or at least until I retired. Yet, after seven years of junior high school days filled with spit wads, students sent to the office with disciplinary notes, early morning pep rallies and hall duty, […]

Strebeck won’t be playing for Zias

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Jennifer Strebeck By Eric Butler Jennifer Strebeck, who helped lead Texico to three straight state girls basketball championships, has decided to leave the Eastern New Mexico University program. A psychology major, the 5-foot-8 Strebeck was a backup guard for the Zias last year as a freshman. Eastern coach Dan Buzzard said that Strebeck, who could […]

Area educators: Secretary will explore new territories

By Darrell Todd Maurina Exactly what the new cabinet-level secretary of education will do hasn’t been decided. But local educators have some ideas of the type of person they’d like to see in that office. A constitutional amendment passed last week by voters requires that the newly-formed Department of Education be “headed by a secretary […]