First-year Clovis coach no rookie

By Eric Butler Larry Jones Jr. has coached soccer before — just not at the high school level. He has coached girls before — just not at the high school level. He’ll get his chance to do both this fall after being named the girls soccer coach at Clovis High. Jones succeeds Tamara Spradlin, who […]

Commissioner against sex, gender bill

By Jack King Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is backing a petition drive against a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. A bill prohibiting the discrimination, Senate Bill 28, was passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Bill Richardson this year. A statewide petition drive to keep […]

Ballooning an uplifting experience

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By Janet Bresenham When it comes to hot air ballooning, it’s all about the wind. How fast it’s blowing on the ground. How much speed it gathers climbing to higher altitudes. How fast it could carry a balloon. How much balloon enthusiasts wish it would calm down long enough to lift aloft and assure a […]

Two Clovis AAU teams headed to nationals

By Eric Butler One loss from elimination, the Clovis Heat beat the El Paso Comets twice on Sunday to win the 17-and-under division of the state AAU girls basketball tournament at Rock Staubus Gymnasium The 14-and-under Clovis Wildcats also snared a state AAU title on Sunday, walloping the New Mexico Magic All-Stars, 96-39, in that […]

Internet helps planning trips

By Tom DiFrancesca I hope that everyone had a “fantabulous” Memorial Day weekend. I hear that it was a wet one in eastern New Mexico. Miss Susie Q and I hopped into the “Country Cadillac” (pickup truck) and headed to the western side of the state to do some exploring, so, unfortunately, we missed out […]

Ceremony to fire the Spirit

By Gary Mitchell For the first time in recent memory, several Clovis churches will join together to celebrate what many Christians call the birth of the Church — Pentecost Sunday. “Since this is the first time we’ve done it, we want to get it right,” said the Rev. Lemuel Perry, pastor of Bethel Assembly of […]

Crosby, Stills and Nash: Still performing three decades after Woodstock

By Eric Butler The days of widely popular folk rock trios have long since passed. But many Clovis and Portales fans of Crosby, Stills & Nash will get to hear that group’s music in concert for the first time next week. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash will be playing in Albuquerque on June […]

Zias prep for first soccer season

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s venture into women’s soccer is on course, and then some. Coach Travis McCorkle has signed 21 prospects, and said he may add one or two more players. The Zias are the 10th women’s soccer program in the Lone Star Conference. They are scheduled to begin practice […]

Melrose loses power in brief outage

By Darrell Todd Maurina The city of Melrose lost electric power for about an hour Wednesday night, knocking out the lights at most homes and businesses in the city of 800. Police Administrator C.C. Pyle said a few buildings retained power due to generators, but most went dark. “It went off at 7:45 and came […]

Movie review — “The Lizzie McGuire Movie”

By Stacy Allen “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” is an adorable Disney movie that plays out just like the television show. After Gordo and Lizzie decide their two-week vacation is going to be full of adventure, Lizzie finds herself in a misunderstanding of identity. Disney moments happen — equipped with fireworks — and scenes play like […]

Clovis teams on a mission

By Dave Wagner The Clovis High boys golf team is on a mission — beat three-time defending Class 5A state champion La Cueva. Desert Lakes Golf Course in Alamogordo will be the site of this year’s 36-hole, two-day state meet. The Wildcats’ five players are slated to tee off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. today. […]

Clovis hopes to make playoffs

By Dave Wagner Clovis coach Shane Shallenberger doesn’t want to just settle for making the playoffs, he’s more interested in winning the district crown. The Cats (14-9, 6-3 district) enter the weekend tied for the district lead with Carlsbad (15-7, 6-3), but the Cavemen hold the tiebreaker after taking two of three in games in […]

Buzard to coach at Unifest

By Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Dan Buzard will coach a team of regional players, including one from his own squad, in the Bajan Unifest Tournament June 20-29 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The eight-player squad includes ENMU guard Laci Lee of Portales. Buzard’s assistant coach will be Brandi Thomas, a former ENMU […]

Kids show concern over war

With the war dominating the thoughts of Americans, many find themselves glued to the television and scouring the newspapers, seeking news about events in Iraq. In these reports, adults speak openly about the war. But what do kids think? Members of Joe Strickland’s fourth-grade class at Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy gave their opinion on several […]