Beauty of Voice: Communication comes in many flavors

Ryn Gargulinski There’s nothing as pleasing to the ear as a baby’s first words (unless, of course, it’s the sound of coffee being brewed). Some children murmur “mama,” others “papa.” My first words were “hot dog.” Our eight-week old puppy Lulu found the joy of her voice just the other morning. Yes, Lulu learned to […]

Goddard blanks CHS

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Clovis’ Cassie Belford, left, battles Goddard’s Sara Torrez for the ball during during Tuesday’s girls soccer matchup at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis High girls soccer coach Larry Jones found some positives on Tuesday despite the Lady Wildcats’ 5-0 loss to Roswell Goddard at Yucca […]

Inconsistency dooms Clovis at Monterey

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — An inconsistent effort by the Lady Cats lead to a four-game loss at Lubbock Monterey. “We were just kinda off,” Clovis coach Darrel Ray said. “The consistency wasn’t there. We couldn’t get all of the pieces together at one time.” Monterey beat Clovis 25-27, 26-24, 25-19, 25-0. Clovis won the first […]

Cats visit Mayfield in opener

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Clovis senior Devin Hanson helps fellow senior Jonathan Sweet stretch during the start of practice Thursday at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jim Bradley’s teams haven’t lost many season openers — just three in 38 years by his count. The veteran Mayfield coach has padded his […]

Alaska mobilizes to save Eielson AFB

By Dan Joling: The Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Lots of people around Fairbanks worry about the economic fallout if the Pentagon pulls more than 2,800 airmen and 3,300 dependents from Eielson Air Force Base. Benny Lin would take a direct hit. Lin owns Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, and his delivery truck makes hourly trips to […]

Experts estimate 20 to 26 percent decrease in jobs

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Economy experts are estimating a decrease in local jobs between 20 and 26 percent in Curry County if Cannon Air Force Base is closed. Pentagon officials on Friday announced Cannon was on the list of recommended U.S. base closures. According to the Department of Defense, Clovis would be the hardest-hit […]

Technology responsible for job losses

By Walter Williams Now that the elections are over, there’s little political gain for demagoguery about jobs, but let’s prepare ourselves for the next time. Losing a job means a financial crunch and readjustment regardless of the source of job loss. If it’s not from an economic downturn, the loss might be a result of […]

Melrose cranks up offense

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Melrose junior Carlos Ruiz reaches for a pass during Saturday’s six-man playoff game against Tatum. Ruiz was unable to hold onto the pass. (Hobbs News Sun photo: Cody Gideon) CNJ Staff TATUM — Melrose outscored Tatum 46-6 in the second and third quarters en route to an 82-47 win Saturday in the first round of […]

Keeping soldiers after enlistment expires dangerous

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the California National Guard have filed a lawsuit contending the military’s controversial “stop-loss” program, which forces those whose enlistment is about to run out to stay in the military, is illegal when applied to National Guard soldiers. About 40,000 National Guard members are now deployed in Iraq. “John Doe,” identified […]

Lawsuit questions ‘stop-loss’ authority

Tom Philpott Without evidence that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is protecting America from terrorism, the Army has no legal basis to use “stop-loss” authority to keep thousands of soldiers on active duty and serving in Iraq involuntarily, according to a lawsuit filed this month in federal court. Brought on behalf of a California National […]

Clovis sweeps Lubbock Christian

CNJ staff Clovis swept Lubbock Christian Saturday in West Texas Baseball Leaguedoubleheader. Clovis routed Lubbock Christian in the first game 24-2 (four innings), with Matt Ulibarri leading the team with a 3-5 outing at the plate and a solo homer. David Root earned the win, allowing three hits and one earned run. He struck out […]

Hounds returning solid core from LSC South champs

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Junior Jamal Washington was one of the Greyhounds key reserves this season. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Dave Wagner From four wins in his first season to the first NCAA Division II tournament bid in 11 years, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball program has made steady progress under fourth-year coach Shawn Scanlan. […]

Lady Cats regoup, Cats juggle lineup

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Clovis senior Monique Walker shoots over freshman Tori Northcutt during Monday’s practice at The Rock. CNJ photo by Rick White. Rick White Clovis coach Miles Watters said it took his team a while to put last week’s double-overtime loss at Hobbs behind them. The Lady Wildcats, who had their 13-game winning streak snapped in the […]

Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

Hounds look to rebound

By Dave Wagner The Eastern New Mexico University basketball teams were on their way to a perfect weekend in Oklahoma, but Southwestern Oklahoma’s Cer Edwards spoiled the party. Edwards drained a 3-pointer with four seconds left on Saturday, giving SWOSU a 51-49 win over the Greyhounds in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game. The […]

Cats striving for better execution, effort

Rick White An unwanted pattern is developing for the Clovis Wildcats: Fall behind early and the Wildcats fall apart. It happened in their season-opening 32-7 loss to Mayfield and again last week in a 33-13 loss to Highland. “We get down on ourselves a little too easy,” Clovis senior offensive lineman Philip Salazar said. “We […]

Lady Cats taste defeat

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Clovis senior Jessica Hohn digs a shot by Lubbock Coronado during Tuesday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Photo by Eric Kluth By Rick White Aimee Hilburn looked at her coach in bewilderment as Lubbock Coronado’s Kelsey Smith hammered another kill past the block of the Clovis sophomore. “I told her sometimes you get a few […]

Diamondbacks force deciding game

CNJ staff Brandon Adkins’ grand slam highlighted a seven-run fifth-inning as the Roosevelt County Diamondbacks stayed alive in the Tri-County Major league tournament with a 12-7 win over the American Yankees on Thursday at Dickenson Field The teams meet again at 7 p.m. at Rotary Park in Portales in the championship game of the double-elimination […]