In search of ponies: Dove had one last ride

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Courtesy photo: Sharna Johnson Sleeping on the warm back of a horse on a cold winter night may seem like a great idea, except in the case of one dove who learned the hard way that tree limbs probably are the best roosts for cold birds. It looked a little like a seasoned sailor, oblivious […]

Finding ways to help others better than gifts

Freedom New Mexico Give thanks to God during Christmas and as we head toward and New Year’s Day. These are good times, and here’s why: • All over the country, people are walking into retail stores and paying off layaway items for perfect strangers. ABC’s “Nightline” on Tuesday featured a video from our sister paper, […]

Hounds name new football coach

PORTALES — Former Eastern New Mexico University player and graduate assistant Josh Lynn plans to hit the ground running in his new position as the school’s football coach. Lynn, who will turn 33 on Dec. 23, was named ENMU’s 15th head coach on Monday, replacing Mark Ribaudo. “I think Eastern New Mexico is a good […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

McGee: Head-banging music

Tooling down the road on a fine High Plains Saturday, the Lady of the House and I were listening to the radio. On came the heavy guitars and rockin’ beat of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She cranked it up. While I drove, the Lady of the House was […]

Anyone can reflect God’s light

As a child I was involved in Sunbeams at church. Sunbeams were a mission organization for children. We sang about being a Sunbeam for Jesus and bringing light into the world. When my family moved from Kansas City to New Mexico, one lady was saying goodbye to my parents and then she turned to me, […]

Drought conditions blamed for cattle sell-off

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Broadview rancher Pat Woods in one of his pastures north of Clovis. He said he’s already sold half of his cattle and may have to sell the rest if rain doesn’t come because the cattle won’t have anything to eat. Alisa Boswell Livestock owners have been selling their cattle at […]

ENMU narrows coaching pool for baseball

Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University hopes to fill its open baseball head coaching position by June 15, athletic director Jeff Geiser said Tuesday. ENMU is looking to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned after 20 seasons last month and was the program’s only coach after the sport was revived at the school […]

Melrose man dies in crash

CNJ staff A 54-year-old Melrose man died early Thursday morning from injuries received in a head-on collision. Jose Perez’s 1989 Toyota Camry was traveling west on U.S. 60/84 about five miles east of Melrose when it veered into oncoming traffic, according to State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock. Earlene Williams, 52, told police she applied the […]

Clovis man still in serious condition after shooting

Freedom New Mexico A Clovis man who was shot in the head Wednesday night remains in serious life-threatening condition. Curry County Sheriff’s officials have said Daniel Perez, 26, was shot in the head in the 900 block of South Valley Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Flown to a Lubbock hospital for treatment shortly after […]

Clovis man convicted in stabbing

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Luciano Guerra, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the March stabbing death of Andrew Gama. Sharna Johnson While the family of Andrew Gama sobbed, defendant Luciano Guerra bowed his head in his hands and cried, reaching for a tissue while a jury’s guilty verdicts were read. Thursday, after […]

Officials: Giraffe died after fall

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis Hillcrest Zoo’s giraffe Jael eyes a heated barn in her enclosure Monday afternoon. Zoo keepers say giraffes Jael and Jay frequently went inside to escape the cold during cold weather last week. Jay was euthanized Saturday after he was injured in a fall. Sharna Johnson Clovis zoo keepers believe […]

Press release: Padgett selected as third head coach of Zia soccer program

PORTALES, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University athletic director, Dr. Jeff Geiser has announced that Todd Padgett has been selected as the new head coach of the Zia soccer program, and will begin his duties in January. Padgett comes to Eastern very familiar with the level of competition in the region, having helped Fort Lewis […]

Engagements —

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Sites-Head Amy Sites and Marshal Head will be married Dec. 19, 2010, at Muleshoe Methodist Church. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Deborah Sites of Portales. She is the granddaughter of the late John Sites and his wife, Norma of Roswell; and Carl and Mary Skrobrak of Dalhart, Texas. The prospective groom is […]

Enhanced high school concussion rules positive move

After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and must be […]

Wasn’t crime to deliver retribution

Glenda Price Times were hard. In desperation, George decided to gather a herd of cattle and head west with them — to California. This was in the 1850s, and folks in Texas had heard talk that gold miners in California (the 49ers) were a great market for beef. George and his wife, Inez, had been […]

Education digest — Sept. 2

Head Start programs accepting applications The Clovis Head Start and Early Head Start programs are accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year. Head Start is a federally funded comprehensive program for pregnant women, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers of low income families with the purpose of supporting children’s physical, social-emotional and cognitive development. Information: 742-3426

Head of superintendent search confident he can find candidates

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Moses By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The man who is leading the effort to find a new superintendent for Clovis schools says finding candidates for the job won’t be a problem. Mike Moses, chief of School Executive Consulting Inc., was in Clovis on Wednesday to brief the school board in a three-hour executive session. […]

Song leads to cravings for steak

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Ever get a song stuck in your head with no hope of shaking it? Lately for me it’s been the Zac Brown Band’s song “Chicken Fried.” You can’t miss the tune if you listen to a country music station longer than 15 minutes these days. “You know I like my […]