Lady Cats try to shake personnel losses

By Dave Wagner When the 2003 track season ended, the Clovis High girls looked as if they might be prohibitive favorites in 2004 with what they had coming back. That has changed a bit — returning state qualifiers Chanel Ross (shot put) and Katrina Lazoya (sprints and relays) have moved away, another state qualifier (Teola […]

Bush faltering in explanations for Iraq agression

Freedom Newspapers Even the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, who wrote speeches for the first President Bush and seldom passes up a chance to praise the current one, thought George W. Bush did poorly in the “Meet the Press” interview Sunday with Tim Russert. She put it down to a lack of facility at sticking […]

Moon to stay in box to raise money for Make-A-Wish

CNJ News Staff Duffy Moon, half of the Mix 107.5 morning team Rooney and Moon, said last week in a news release that he plans to be raised 30 feet above Clovis in a 4-by-8-foot metal box until the radio station raises $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The official “raising” will take place at 7:20 […]

Cannon student faces tough test

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Samuel Spurgeon meets his hero, Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, earlier this month in Miami. Samuel met Williams through the Make-a-Wish Foundation which grants special requests for seriously ill children. Courtesy photo. By Keith Pannell Ask any parent how it feels when their child is in pain and they’ll tell you it’s one of […]

Cats thinking third — or better

Dave Wagner La Cueva and host Gallup may be out of the range of the Clovis High boys cross country team in Saturday’s Class 5A state meet in Gallup, but coach Brian Stacy thinks the Wildcats have a good shot at beating everyone else. Stacy has penciled everything out, and believes all the Cats need […]

ENMU harriers face talented region field

CNJ STAFF Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Greg LaSage knows his Greyhounds and Zias have their work cut out in Saturday’s South Central Region meet at Commerce, Texas. “The teams that beat us in the (Lone Star) Conference meet are all ranked in the top 10 in the region,” said LaSage, whose squads […]

Column fueled by ‘tons’ of fan mail

Ned Cantwell This column receives tons of mail proclaiming its brilliance. Oh, OK, a smattering of e-mails, often questioning the writer’s mental state. Here is some fun stuff. What will you ask God when you finally get a chance to meet him, a recent column wondered? A Carlsbad reader who requests anonymity for obvious reasons […]

ENMU sets modest goals for conference cross country meet

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University second-year cross country coach Greg LaSage knows that the Abilene Christians of the world are out of range in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, set for Portales Country Club. What he’s looking for is improvement over last year, when the Greyhounds finished eighth out of […]

On-line affairs romance area

Mike Linn When Eastern New Mexico University employee Dan Pilon dropped an e-mail to a woman in China the word “marriage” was as far from his mind as the country where she lived. After all, the 48-year-old Pilon was several months into the Internet dating scene as a member of Americansingles.com. He had exchanged e-mails […]

Clovis anxious to run at home

Rick White Bronchitis or not, junior Megan Willis isn’t about to miss Saturday’s Clovis Invitational cross country meet. “I’m going to be there no matter what because my team depends on me,” said Willis, who was held out of practice Thursday. “I might not get a top finish, but I can still help the team.” […]

CHS harriers open season at Borger

By Dave Wagner Brian Stacy takes over two distinctly different Clovis cross county teams. The boys team is senior-laden and experienced. The girls team is banking on youth. Stacy, who served as Mark Bussen’s assistant last season, is excited about both. “On paper, we have two phenomenal varsity teams,” he said. Senior Tyrell Northcutt, the […]

Proposal could legalize carports under P&Z plan

By Darrell Todd Maurina About 90 percent of the 165 carports violating Clovis zoning ordinances could be legalized under a proposal discussed Monday night by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Under the proposal, owners of pre-manufactured, portable and flat-roof carports that don’t meet city standards would be allowed to apply for rezoning that would […]

Speller doing more than study

Janet Bresenham Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of daily reports from Michael Martinez, the 13-year-old Tucumcari Middle School student from Conchas Dam, who won first place in the recent four-county Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico in Clovis. Martinez is now in Washington, D.C., with his parents, […]

Clovis comes up empty at state meet

By Rick White ALAMOGORDO — Clovis coach Darren Kelley said he felt empty Saturday as he watched La Cueva snatch away the Class 5A state track title from the Wildcats in the meet’s last event. This was supposed to be the season Clovis was finally going to win the school’s first boys state title. The […]

Clovis senior has sights set on state records

By Rick White Stealth bomber pilots might not be the only ones taking flight this weekend in Alamogordo. High-flying Clovis senior Derond Jackson plans to put on an aerial show of his own at the Class 5A state track meet at Alamogordo High School. Heavily favored in the long and triple jumps, Jackson said he’s […]

Clovis sweeps team titles

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High cruised to a sweep of team titles in the District 4-5A track meet Friday and Saturday at Wilson Stadium, and in the process qualified a few extra events for next week’s Class 5A state meet at Alamogordo. The CHS boys racked up 135 points to 92 for Carlsbad. New […]

Greig among the chosen few

By Eric Butler Clovis High senior Will Greig may seem like some kind of bionic long-distance runner sometimes, especially when his training regimen is considered. But two days before the district track meet — his last chance to qualify for the state meet in an individual event — Greig was hurting. A sore back was […]