Cats rebuilding on the run

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White/Clovis senior defensive end Jarod Baldwin closes in on Las Cruces High QB Brandon Lucero during last week’s scrimmage.Jarod Bald Rick White No Hank Baskett. No Nathan Nuttall. No Joey Garcia. No chance for the Clovis Wildcats? Not necessarily. For the first time in several years, the Wildcats head into a […]

Two-time state runnerup Texico faces first five games on road

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Texico head coach Mike Prokop talks to his players after practice on Wednesday about getting ready for Friday’s season opener against Bovina. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner TEXICO — If the Texico Wolverines are looking for a challenge in the 2003 football season, all they need do is take a quick peek at […]

U.S. needs to stay and finish job in Iraq

By Mona Charen The bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad drives home the point that terrorism is the modern face of evil. What purpose, other than sowing misery, is furthered by murdering those who are trying to run hospitals, distribute food and provide school supplies? One does hope that the apologists — those who […]

Governor: Reform gives rural areas a voice

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talks to Clovis Community College students Jordan Dickenson, left, and Gina Martinez, center, during his visit Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. Richardson was in Clovis to talk about education reform. Compiled by CNJ Senior Writer Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Rich-ardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday […]

Students start new phase

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Class of 2003 high school graduates (counter-clockwise from bottom left) Brenda Grado, 18, Daniel Aguilar, 18, Andy Garza, 18, Isaac Arzola, 18, and Ashley Sanders, 18, will begin their college careers Monday as classes start at CCC. By Gary Mitchell Friona High School graduates Daniel Aguilar and Andy Garza as well as Texico High School […]

ENMU faculty prepared for start of school

By Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell […]

Ideas sought for the ultimate cybercafe

Stop the presses — I’ve got nothing new to write about, I’ve reached the end of the Internet. Not really. There are thousands of new Web sites posted every day — I will never run out of things to write about. Now that’s great job security. Last week, I mentioned the fact that a new […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

Cats battle Cruces

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Clovis High School junior John Props takes the handoff from senior Jeff Epps during Thursday’s practice at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave W agner After nearly two weeks of going against each other in practice, the Clovis High Wildcats will see someone else on the other side of the ball today […]

Texico’s Loper is adjusting

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Texico High School junior Seneca Turner passes the ball during Friday’s practice at Texico Sports Arena. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Texico senior Sissy Loper earned All-District 6-2A and second-team Class 2A all-state honors as an outside hitter last season, helping the supposedly rebuilding Lady Spikers post an 18-4 record. When setter Melissa […]

Garage sales prove one person’s trash another’s treasure

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Virginia Gonzales, right, buys merchandise from Gloria Estrada, center, and Richard Lucero, left, at a yard sale for the Positive Expectations Program Aug. 1 at 300 E. Fifth St. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez It happens every weekend. People drive up to a stranger’s house early in the morning, pry through their personal […]

Google lets users tailor news to interests

By Tom DiFrancesca Lots of newsworthy events have occurred this past week. Sometimes it’s hard to keep with up everything going on — locally, nationally and worldwide. That’s when Google really comes in handy. I’ve spoken with lots of folks lately, and they have narrowed down their breaking news resources, to one Web site: news.google.com […]

Cats think they’ll be better

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Clovis High School senior goalkeeper Terrance Speice makes a save during practice Tuesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Second-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill is confident the Wildcats will do better than they did last season. There’s certainly plenty of room for improvement after the Wildcats went […]

Interest in fair sparked by many things

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants what they liked about the fair. Some responses: “My favorite part of the fair is checking […]

School uniforms could solve problems

By Ned Cantwell Scott Peterson will be named Husband of the Year before New Mexico schools adopt student uniforms. Threatening New Mexicans with school uniforms is like telling a Ku Klux Klansman he has to wear a blue sheet. You might as well tell the president of the local NRA chapter he has to get […]

Texas preps begin grid workouts today

By Dave Wagner High school football practice begins today in Texas, and the three area programs have something in common: All are trying to improve on 4-6 records from 2002. David Wood begins his eighth season at Muleshoe, which went to the Class 3A semifinals three years ago but is coming off its first sub-.500 […]

Two arrested in fraud sting

By Darrell Todd Maurina Two state employees face charges of stealing at least $2,900 from accounts meant to assist low-income Portales residents, according to 9th District Attorney Brett Carter. Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis, and Julia Tapia, 49, of Portales, were arrested Friday on charges of fraud over $250 and conspiracy to commit fraud over […]

Water Q&A

Here are some thoughts of randomly selected Clovis residents regarding the Clovis water supply problem who were shopping Thursday evening at the North Plains Mall: “This is okay if it’s fair for everybody. The city waters what it wants and so do the golf courses. If they’re going to cut somebody like myself, make it […]

State legislators get Christmas in July

By Ned Cantwell It is now officially illegal to hate in the state of New Mexico if one commits a crime based on that hate. Hate is also a biblical no-no. Interesting thought: If people paid attention to what’s in the Good Book, would we need legislators? New Mexico legislators, though, certainly do adhere to […]

Owner fights for ‘Buddy’

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Greg Hromas’ dog “Buddy” is currently housed at the Clovis Animal Shelter pending a hearing, set for Tuesday, on the dog’s status. By Darrell Todd Maurina Greg Hromas loves his dog “Buddy,” a mixed-breed pit bull given to him as a 4-week-old puppy in 2000. Hromas said Buddy is so gentle that he likes to […]