Midwestern State sweeps Zias

CNJ staff WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Senior middle blocker Krissa Johnson and sophomore middle blocker Alysha Pritt combined for 25 kills — matching the entire Eastern New Mexico University total — as Midwestern State handed the Zias a 30-23, 30-22, 30-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss on Saturday. The Mustangs (24-4, 8-2 LSC) bounced back […]

Commission rejects fire department pay increase

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission voted down a proposed pay increase for city fire department employees. The plan called for using about $240,000 from five vacant firefighter positions to increase the pay of about 50 middle-range jobs, which includes paramedic, lieutenant and driver/operator posts. Commissioner Robert Sandoval, who voted against […]

Roswell outlasts Lady Cats

CNJ staff ROSWELL — Chantele Riddle had nine kills and was credited with 16 blocks Tuesday night as defending Class 4A state volleyball champion Roswell High defeated Clovis High 25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18. The Lady Coyotes (1-1) bounced back from a season-opening loss to Ruidoso against the Lady Wildcats, who were playing their opening match […]

Education Feature: Back in session

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis High School freshman students wait for their parents to pick them up Wednesday after the first day of classes. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The first day of school went smoothly at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, the newest addition to Clovis schools. And principals from Clovis […]

Education Digest: Clovis schools awarded $5 million

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor The Clovis school district is set to receive nearly $5 million in state funds for construction at La Casita and Zia elementary schools, according to officials. More than $3.8 million will be used for planning, design and construction for additions and renovations at La Casita and to bring the […]

Education Digest: ENMU to receive $1 million

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a request by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., for Eastern New Mexico University to receive $1 million to help purchase state-of-the-art technology equipment, according to an ENMU news release. Domenici serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which last week approved the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, […]

Neighbors fear Gaza Strip after Hamas takeover

Freedom Newspapers There are losers all around the Middle East, and most decidedly in Washington, in the virtually complete takeover of the Gaza Strip by the militant Islamist faction Hamas. But the residents of that unhappy territory will suffer the most. A little more than a month ago, before the fierce fighting of the past […]

Education feature: State suggests enlarging risk survey’s scope

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The state wants to extend the reach of a survey that measures risky behavior among youth. State officials have created a version of the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey for middle-school students, and have requested schools administer it this spring, according to New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Dan […]

Americans must encourage Saudi in new endeavor

Editorial In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has taken on an uncharacteristically aggressive role in trying to stabilize the Middle East. While the interests of the United States and the Kingdom, as friends and foes call the regime in Riyadh, may not always coincide, the United States would do well to watch these moves with interest […]

Lady Chaps topple Zias

CNJ staff PORTALES — Lubbock Christian spoiled Mike Maguire’s final home match as Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball coach Tuesday night, posting a 30-24, 30-25, 30-21 non-conference victory over the Zias at Greyhound Arena. Maguire has announced that he will end his 20-year run as Zias coach at the conclusion of this season while remaining […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats sweep Artesia

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Clovis High’s Siobhan Flatow (2) jumps to block an attack by Artesia’s Tory Burnett during Tuesday’s volleyball clash at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer After dropping two straight matches on the road, the Clovis Lady Wildcats snapped their skid Tuesday night with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-17 […]

Clovis figures out Tatum to win invitational

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Clovis High setter Britni Montague, left, sets the ball for middle hitter Lainey Flatow against Tatum during Saturday’s championship match of the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-seven times last year, little Tatum dominated volleyball match after match with experience, solid defense […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

Middle East situation requires understanding

Freedom Newspapers The images of death and devastation are so appalling, the destruction seems so senseless. It is not difficult to understand the emotional impulse behind the call for the United States to “do something” about the fighting between Israel and the forces of Hezbollah, the jihadist group that effectively controls southern Lebanon. Surely the […]

Oprah’s snub has rappers in uproar

Leonard Pitts Jr.: syndicated columnist Would somebody please tell the hip-hop community to stop whining? Go drink some Cristal, buy some bling, pimp some hos or do whatever it is they do for amusement, but please, cease, desist, shut up already about how Oprah Winfrey has hurt their feelings. For those who came in late: […]

Continued prophet cartoon furor childish

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist What happened at the University of California-Irvine last week would have embarrassed a reasonably mature 8-year-old. It seems two campus groups, the College Republicans and the United American Committee, held a panel discussion about the riots that engulfed parts of the Middle East and Asia last month over a Danish […]

Zias’ Schiely earns All-LSC South berth

CNJ staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior middle blocker Lindsay Schiely represented Eastern New Mexico University on the All-Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball team, released monday by the league office. Junior middle blocker Grace George represented the Zias on the second team. South Division and LSC tournament champion Abilene Christian led the way with four […]

Zias fall short against Incarnate Word

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team waited until the final five minutes or so to get its wake-up call on Friday. As it turned out, that was almost enough time, but not quite. Incarnate Word was cruising to victory when suddenly a foul on Cardinals goalkeeper Amy […]

Lady Cats seek return to success

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Clovis junior Siobhan Flatow, right, and sophomore Jasmine McDonald, hidden at left, attempt to block a spike during Friday’s practice at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Before they even started last season, Clovis High volleyball coach Darrel Ray said the Lady Wildcats had two things going […]

7/13 Letters to the editor

Local businesses waste most water I keep hearing about the water shortage and how we can help save water. Then I drive down Prince Street and see all the restaurant employees washing down their drive and parking area with gallons and gallons of water. They take well over one-half hour to wash their business areas […]