City, airport contractor dispute runway deadline

Robin Fornoff The meter is running — to the tune of $1,500 a day — as far as Clovis city officials are concerned. But the contractor building a $5.5 million runway extension at Clovis Municipal Airport doesn’t figure it that way. At issue is the completion date of the project. The city contends it was […]

Three ENMU athletes named to LSC track all-conference team

Freedom New Mexico Three Eastern New Mexico University athletes were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference team Wednesday. Senior thrower Steven Aragon and sophomores Bill Squire and Nicole Reid marked the first time in seven years the squad had multiple athletes named all-conference. To qualify, an athlete must score at least 14 points at […]

Tucumcari claims another Olympian

Looks like Tucumcari leads all area towns in ties to Olympians. Tucumcari resident Rex Maddaford competed in two Olympic events in the Mexico Games in 1968. Maddaford finished 10th in the 5,000 meter run (14:39.8) and 12th in the 10,000 meter run (30:17.2) for his native New Zealand. Reporter Thomas Garcia is working on a […]

ENMU’s Boit earns All-LSC track recognition

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University junior Felix Boit, the Lone Star Conference men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase champion, was selected to the All-LSC track team for his accomplishment. Boit ran the event in a career-best 9 minutes, 50.20 seconds last weekend at Commerce, Texas, beating the runnerup by nine seconds. Abilene Christian and […]

CHS girls third in district meet

CNJ staff SANTE FE — In their final outing before the state championships, Clovis High teams competed well in district swimming championships Saturday morning at Santa Fe High, with the girls placing third and the boys finishing sixth. Characterized as a fast-paced meet by Clovis coach Vincent DeMaio, each of the 14 boys and girls […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Resident to appear on paid programming

A CLOVIS RESIDENT will peddle the fertilizing device his grandfather created on television today. Robert Thorn, general manager of Inject-O-Meter Mfg. Co., and his “chemigation” and “fertigation” pumps will be featured on “World Business Review.” The pumps are primarily used to inject fertilizers and other chemicals into agricultural irrigation systems, Thorn said. But the pumps […]

CHS swimmers sweep titles at Valley

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis High boys and girls swimming teams finished first in the Valley Invitational Saturday, winning the girls 200 meter relay, and the 200, 100 and 50-meter freestyles. For the boys, junior Miles Ware won the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 13.22 seconds while Nicholas DeMaio won […]

Swimmers hard work paying off

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Clovis High junior Amber Espinoza prepares to push off during Wednesday’s swimming practice at Play Inc. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Although New Mexico is a landlocked state, the Clovis High swimming team spends most of its time in the water. After a morning filled with weight and aerobic […]

Foxes finish distant second at state

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Fort Sumner senior Jeremy Gauna competes in the 300-meter hurdles. Gauna won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles for the second consecutive year. (De Baca County News: Scott Stinnett) By Pete Herrera: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Jeremy Gauna repeated as champion of the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, but it was not enough to lift […]

House alum thriving at UNM

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House alum Haily Lee is the Lobos’ top 400 meter hurdler. UNM coach Mark Henry said Lee “works her rump off for us.” (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer University of New Mexico sophomore and House High School alum Haily Lee said if she hits a hurdle in a race, she has a […]

Student profile: Tanner Fickling

Tanner Fickling is a senior at the Clovis High School. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Fickling. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Fly fishing in beaver ponds while it is pouring rain. What’s so great about your favorite sport? Football: Running out on Leon Williams Stadium on a Friday night in […]

Lady Cats win first meet of season

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — On a cold, windy, “miserable” day, the Clovis girls won the Plainview Invitational on Friday and the boys took fourth. In her first meet of the season, sophomore Ebony Bunton took first and qualified for state in high jump by going 5-foot-4. Also, Bunton and senior Vanessa O’Neal put up […]

Shorthanded Lady Cats take fifth in Amarillo

CNJ staff AMARILLO — The Clovis girls track team almost didn’t send a team to Amarillo. They ended up sending only four girls, but managed to get 56 points, good for fifth out of 16 teams on Saturday in the Amarillo Relays. Kim Perkins finished first in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles, and […]

3/26 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: On Thursday morning, officers were called to a residence in the 2000 block of Jonquil Park in response to a report of a burglarized vehicle. They met with the owner who said the vehicle’s plastic cover was cut and several items were […]

CHS girls finish 10th in Academy Invite

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Led by senior Alyssa Pyeatt, the Clovis High girls team finished 10th in the 21-school Albuquerque Academy Invitational swim meet on Saturday. Pyeatt finished fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:12.34) and 15th in the 200-meter indivual medley (2:37.37). She also anchored the 200 freestyle relay to seventh place and the 400 […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]

Senior’s gold rush continues

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Fort Sumner senior Sandy Fortner pulls away to win the 100 meters Saturday in the Class 1A track and field championships Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. Staff photo: John Eisel By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — Teenagers tend to remember little things like promises for a car. And […]

CHS track teams second in Carlsbad

CNJ staff CARLSBAD — Both the Clovis boys and girls track teams opened its season by finishing second to Alamogordo at the Carlsbad Invitational on Saturday. For the Wildcats, Damien Robinson won both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Robinson’s time of 14.92 seconds in the 110M automatically qualifies him for the state meet at the […]

Lady Cats no longer have sinking feeling

By Eric Butler Familiarity has been a major factor in the Clovis High swimming team’s improvement over a year ago. Now, some of the Wildcats are hoping a second look at the state meet this weekend will provide some fruitful results. While last season — the first in the school’s history in having a swim […]

Police Blotter 11/14

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A gas company meter reader called police about 10:30 a.m. Monday regarding an unauthorized gas meter at the 600 block of Sheldon Street that had been taken from the 500 block of Merriwether Street. The owner of the Sheldon Street residence had […]