TOUCHED BY LITTLE ANGELS: Mesa students give to needy

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Kindergarten students in Robyn Ericson’s class raised $75.31 for two angels. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence of a committed 6-year-old: Grace Teter researched the prices of a dozen or so toys on the Internet and recorded her findings on a sheet of paper, her handwriting like most in kindergarten […]

Homicide victim remembered as cheerful, dependable

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She was a mother, a waitress, a student reaching for a bachelor’s degree. Laura McNaughton approached those endeavors wholeheartedly — those who knew her said she was a hard worker, a dedicated mother, a person perennially cheerful. A Sunday phone call alerted Toni Russo of the slaying of her […]

Students learn about plants by helping prep the school grounds

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Mesa Elementary third grader Robin Howe pulls weeds with her class Wednesday morning, in front of the school. The children learned how to recognize weeds from plants before moving to the garden. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Mason Odom knelt among the woodchips and intently unearthed a weed. The 8-year-old […]

‘50s performers play at Mesa Elementary

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth Mesa Elementary third-graders Nellie Toliver, right and Tanner Geisler dance as Fireball members George Tomsco of Raton, back left, and Chuck Tharp of Clovis sing during the school’s sing-and-meet Friday. Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A guitar slung over his shoulder and musical legends at his side, Fireballs member George Tomsco sung […]

Fun, fellowship at Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp

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Bobby Speer, left, of Clovis and Rev. Scott King of Clovis laugh as they decide where to place the peach cobbler on King’s plate last year at Mesa Redondo Cowboy Camp at Ned Houk Park. (CNJ file photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer A cowboy tradition will be carried on next week during the […]

Whey plant means money for region

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Mesa Ingredient Co. is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will […]

Processing plant on the way

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Construction on the Southwest Cheese plant continued Thursday under a gray sky. The $200 million facility is scheduled to open in October. By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa […]

Trojans trounce Texico

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Texico’s Tony Clement is fouled by Mesa Vista’s Kenneth Martinez as he drives to the basket during the first half of a Class 2A quarterfinal game Wednesday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Texico and Mesa Vista were busy trading baskets when the […]

Updated Wednesday state tournament results

The Associated pRess The Associated Press State Basketball Tournament WEDNESDAY BOYS Quarterfinals 5A Cibola 77, Manzano 51 Eldorado 68, Alamogordo 59 Rio Grande 53, Gadsden 43 4A Capital 67, Albuquerque Academy 43 Deming 74, St. Pius 60 Roswell 60, Aztec 59 Silver 65, Kirtland Central 55 3A Bernalillo 60, St. Micheals 56 Grants 59, Wingate […]

Texico expects pressure from Mesa Vista

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Texico coach Rich Luscombe said handling Mesa Vista’s quickness and pressure defense is a must. “You have to have a high degree of concentration, that you have to get to the right spot, you keep composure,” said Luscombe of today’s Class 2A quarterfinal matchup at West Mesa High. “With […]