Carlsbad edges Clovis 14-13 in district showdown

Raymond Beachum scored on a 38-yard run with a little more than a minute left in the game, but Clovis missed the ensuing extra point and fell to Carlsbad 14-13 Friday in a showdown for the District 4-5A title. Brandon Mendoza threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter to stake Carlsbad (7-3, […]

Our people: Taking center stage

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Courtesy photo Mendoza and her aunt Rachel Cassillas do everything together, Mendoza said. Name: Christy Mendoza Birthday: Nov. 28, 1949 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Film and theater instructor and director, Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series director Family: My mom Mary Mendoza and my aunt Rachel Cassillas Christy Mendoza was born in Los Angeles. She moved […]

Ticket feature: CCC group performing ‘Holy Ghosts’

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon, left, and Caleb Brandon, right, play estranged husband and wife Nancy and Coleman Shedman. Mark Schmidt, who doubles as technical director, plays the lawyer Coleman drags with him on his search for his wife and the possessions she took. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As the cast […]

Investigators still seeking crash details

CNJ Staff Crash investigators are still trying to determine which of two vehicles involved in a fatal head-on collision Wednesday night was driving in the wrong lane, according to State Police Lt. Gary Ross. Three men Clovis men were killed around 5 p.m. when two vehicles crashed in the southbound lane of N.M. 209 north […]

Oct. 5, 2008 Weddings

Mendoza-Garcia Heather Mendoza and Roman Garcia of Clovis were joined in marriage Sept. 9 at the of home of Teresa and Robert Montoya. The rev. Jan Garrett performed the ceremony. Their children Masen, Mauricio and Gabriella Montoya along with Eleanna Garcia were in their wedding party. The couple will reside in Clovis.

Pursuit to land “Suit” complete

Courtesy photo Joseph A. Wasson Jr., center, stars as Gomez in a National Hispanic Cultural Center performance of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.” The show will be presented free Friday night at Marshall Auditorium. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” six men see something they want and […]

Former Broadway performer takes show to Clovis

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Courtesy photo David Geist is playing Jan. 26 at the Mabry Hotel in Clovis as a fund-raiser. Tickets are $50 and available at Clovis Community College. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer David Geist doesn’t just want to play music. He wants to teach others why he loves it so much. “I infuse dramatic intent […]

Behind the scene

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Layne Strebeck and his mother, Selena, are both involved in all things Wildcat’s football. Strebeck, a senior at Clovis High School, plays as defensive and tight end on the team, while his mother shoots photographs and organizes dinners. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Bonnie Mendoza hasn’t tackled anybody or […]

CCC students present award-winning production

By Jennifer Laurent: Freedom New Mexico A semester of rehearsing, coupled with a play powerful enough to solidify Director Christy Mendoza’s decision to have a career in theater, has led to an award-winning performance of “Buried Child” by Clovis Community College students. In a story ripe with symbolism, three generations of an American family and […]

Gaelic storm thunders into area

Freedom New Mexico Performing driving pipe sets, spirited fiddle tunes and haunting Celtic ballads, Gaelic Storm will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts director at CCC, said she has been trying to get the group to come […]

Wildcat fans flood Bulldog Bowl

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CNJ Staff Photo: Rick White Clovis High Football Booster Club member Eric Boydston serves brisket to a Wildcat fan during a tailgate party before Friday’s nationally televised game in Artesia. Boydston’s son, Aaron, plays defensive end for the Wildcats. By Eric Butler: FNM correspondent ARTESIA — Custodians of the parking lot at Artesia’s Bulldog Bowl […]

Cats seek potent offense

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CNJ staff photo: Rick White Senior running back Manuel Robles, left, and senior quarterback Jordan Mendoza are key returning players on offense as the Clovis High Wildcats prepare to open the 2007 season next week. By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Manuel Robles smiles. He swears he’s going to adapt his sledgehammer running style and […]

Crashes claim two lives

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Texico woman and a Clovis senior citizen died Monday morning in separate accidents involving motor vehicles, according to officials. Just before 9 a.m., Magalibanesa Mendoza-Jimenez, 28, was killed when the compact car she was driving struck an oncoming tractor-trailer on State Road 108 near Leftwhich Avenue in Texico, according […]

Clovis eyes open road

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Clovis High’s Cody Thornsbury drives to the basket against Rio Rancho’s Marcus Williams, left, in the finals of the Milk Cow Classic on Dec. 30 at Rock Staubus Gym. Rio Rancho edged the Wildcats 97-95 in overtime. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer They don’t score much. They don’t fill […]

Award-winning pianist George Winston to perform

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Focusing his songs to reflect the fall and winter seasons, Grammy-winning pianist George Winston will perform Jan. 25 at Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis as part of the continuing Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series. Winston is best known for playing three styles of piano: New Orleans rhythm […]

Taos performer’s tour debut in Clovis

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Robert Mirabal will perform songs from his new CD, “Pueblo Christmas,” at Clovis Community College. (Courtesy photo) By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Growing up at Taos Pueblo, Robert Mirabal says he celebrated the holidays in all his culture’s indigenous ways as well as a good Santa-fearing Christian. He’ll share some of those traditions with a […]

Guadalajara closing

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Cleo Sena of Guadalajara Restaurant in Clovis makes chili relleno for the lunchtime crowd Tuesday afternoon. The restaurant is scheduled to close two days after Thanksgiving. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As Cleo Sena rolls tortillas, a plume of steam rises behind her, floating from a pot of meat. […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Quarterback getting more comfortable

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Clovis High’s Michael Howard, left, and Luke Masters tackle Rio Rancho’s Sabino Vidaurri on Friday at Leon Williams Stadiumduring the Wildcats’ 36-33 win. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer First-year Clovis quarterback Jordan Mendoza knew he would not be called on to throw 30 times a game — not in […]

New QB ready to step in

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Clovis High senior Keaton Howell runs an agility drill as the Wildcats began a week of two-a-day practice sessions on Monday at the high schoolThe Wildcats’ first practice in pads will be on Thursday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jordan Mendoza knows he’s about to jump into the […]

Mendoza, Raymond R.

Raymond R. Mendoza, 82, of Cambridge, N.Y., and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Troy, N.Y. Born Jan. 22, 1924, in Los Angeles to Sidney Mendoza and Lupe Contreras-Pascutti, he married Mary Casillas on June 22, 1948. He retired from the trucking business in Los Angeles. He lived part of the year […]