Aragon wrestles away title

By Kevin Wilson CJ Aragon admitted that he needed some luck. He had all he needed on Saturday night. Aragon, listed as competitor No. 7 in the Clovis Pioneer Days PRCA Rodeo, got the run he needed with a time of 5.3 seconds to win the steer wrestling championship. “I was just trying to get […]

Moments connect life, good or bad

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I went to a women’s conference and heard an array of speakers. The keynote speaker really stood out because her speech was simple. She only said four things: –Life is made up of moments. –Some of those moments are good. –Some of those moments are bad. –And most of […]

June a busy month for CHS basketball

CNJ STAFF June is a busy month for the Clovis High boys basketball program. Nine members of the Wildcats participated in the Cibola team camp in Albuquerque over the weekend. The Cats posted a 6-2 record, losing only to the host Cougars and Rio Rancho. Their victories were over St. Pius, St. Michael’s, Santa Fe, […]

Lights, camera, bidding . . .

By Janet Bresenham When the 27th annual KENW-TV Tele-Auction hits the airwaves this week, at least one group of Clovis volunteers will be helping raise money for the Public Broadcasting System station. Clovis Community College staff and students plan to man the phones Friday night as bidders call in for a variety of items up […]

Portales honors nonagenarians

By Mike Linn For an elderly woman, Ruth Creighton sure is an energetic sort, smiling and carrying on with friends, laughing and listening to stories. Creighton, 92, was one of 15 seniors over 90-years-old who met at the Portales Senior Citizens Center’s annual non-agenarian tea party Wednesday afternoon. She brought with her a quick-witted charm […]

Carrey makes role work

Stacy Allen Show: Bruce Almighty Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman Summary: Bruce has a bad day, takes it out on God and then ends up with a chance to do God’s job better when he is given all power. Show times: 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 I’m sure everyone has had one of […]

Rain storm is hail on some farmers

By Mike Linn A surge of timely rain in Roosevelt County and some unwelcomed hail near the Texas state line over the weekend has brought both joy and unrest to local farmers. While the rain over the weekend was a welcome commodity to the west side of the sun-baked county, hail on the east side […]

Hounds sign first basketball recruit

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kennis Green, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound wing from Blinn (Texas) College, is the first of what Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan hopes is four players who will sign a national letter of intent with the Greyhounds this spring. Green averaged 17.6 points and four rebounds a game […]

Web great to promote business

By Tom DiFrancesca In last week’s column, I wrote about a couple of Internet success stories, and I asked for my readers to send in their own. I did receive one this week, from Mr. Robert Schriefer of Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s a loyal reader and receives my column each week through a subscribable mailing list. […]

Clovis netter ousted at state

By Eric Butler ALBUQUERQUE — A combination of nervousness and altitude spelled a quick end to Clovis sophomore Patricia Gallegos’ trip to the state tennis tournament. Gallegos fell to Sandia freshman Anna Surviladze 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round of Wednesday’s Class 5A state tournament at Albuquerque Academy. Surviladze, the younger sister of 2001 individual […]

Wheeling and dealing

By Tom Difrancesca This past Saturday morning as I was driving around town, I noticed the proliferation of posted garage sale signs. That’s how I can always tell that spring has sprung and that summer is right around the corner. I love watching the “garage sailors” as they cruise the blacktop searching for priceless treasures. […]

Pitcher delivers art

By Eric Butler Brian Cronk is a former minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. But he’s also an artist — and we’re not talking about the walks he’s drawn on the diamond. Blank sheets of paper in Cronk’s hands often turn into sketches. Most are composites of already existing characters, but with […]

Q&A with Bill Ellis

Bill Ellis is retiring as owner of the Friona Star and the Bovina Blade. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by the Friona Chamber of Commerce, as well as being elected to the Panhandle Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Q: How long have you been active in the field of journalism? A: […]

Rasco signs with Eastern

By Dave Wagner When Muleshoe’s Shani Rasco was diagnosed with diabetes as a seventh-grader, the thing which most bothered her was that “I might never get to play basketball again.” She admits she’s had to prove to some people that she could play despite the disease, but Rasco — whose first name is pronounced “SHAW-nee” […]

Vaughan helps improve Wolverines

By Kevin Wilson TEXICO — Buddy Vaughan’s backyard is certainly not a cornfield in Iowa. But thanks to his frustrations and adaptations six years ago, it’s become a field of dreams for Texico High School baseball. In the late 1990s, Vaughan was a Little League coach in Clovis. The problem wasn’t his players, but instead […]

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 […]

Garden show returning

Gary Mitchell Touted as one of the city’s most economically enhanced weekends, this year’s Home and Garden Show in Clovis should provide a good financial jolt for local and out-of-state businesses, show co-chair Jim Sitterly said. “The residual effects of this show are phenomenal,” said Sitterly, who planned the show for March 29-30. “It’s great […]