Foxes looking for three-peat in Class 1A

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Coming off back-to-back Class 1A state championships, Fort Sumner coach Dexter McDaniel is hoping the Foxes can do something they’ve never done. “We’re excited about this year because the boys have an opportunity to three-peat, which is something never done at Fort Sumner,” said McDaniel, beginning his fourth season […]

In Tribute: Teacher left mark on peers, students

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer By the time Sylvia Burgett retired as a teacher, she’d taught students in kindergarten through high school for more than 40 years around the world, including more than 18 years in Texico. Burgett died July 12 at 89. Born and raised in Grady, she graduated in a class of […]

HPJRA Finals comes to end

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sterling Smith of Post, Texas, zeroes in on his target during Saturday’s short-go in the 16-19 calf roping competition in the HPJRA Finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Smith finished first in the short-go competition with a time of 8.67 seconds. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Figuring out the […]

Rodeo set for Clovis next week

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Founded in Clovis in 1974, the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association still calls the city home. During the HPJRA Finals this week, some 250 contestants will also call Clovis home — at least temporarily. Participants younger than eight, and as old as 19, will culminate a circuit that started in […]

Saying of day outlives moment in spotlight

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Soon the Marshall Junior High School and the other junior highs will be different. Ninth-graders from all over town will move to another location. No matter how much it changes, my memories of Marshall will still be vivid in my mind. Back then Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, […]

Prairie chickens making comeback

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Joe Whitehead of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Clovis shows a field trip group attending the sixth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival a clump of native little bluestem grass. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers The lesser prairie chicken was once prolific across the shortgrass prairies of the Great Plains. […]

Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

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McDaniel— Oxygen tank ran low after tornado By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado […]

Daylight-saving time helps some business thrive

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro shop […]

Some teachers’ salaries exceed principals’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Some teachers in Clovis Municipal Schools are being paid more than principals because of a skewed salary system mandated by the state, according to Clovis Schools administration. The highest paid teachers in the district get approximately $7 more an hour than elementary principals, according to a breakdown of salaries […]

Foxes host district rival Clayton in 1A finals

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer While he wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat of last month’s 32-13 district win at Clayton, Fort Sumner football coach Dexter McDaniel expects it won’t be that easy when the teams clash for the Class 1A state championship at 3 p.m. today in Fort Sumner. The defending champion Foxes (6-4) […]