Pelosi’s Olympic request selective

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist When Nancy Pelosi is featured on SportsCenter, it somehow gets my attention. The California Democrat and Speaker of the House is turning her attention to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and to President George W. Bush. She’s calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics to […]

Horsing around

Photo by: Tony Bullocks Cannon Air Force Base wife Carol Myers leads Michelle Hernandez into the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena during the Special Olympics Equestrian tourament. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Carol Myers is an Air Force wife, mother of two and Child Development Center employee. She is also a horse lover and dedicated […]

Back in the saddle

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cynthia Fiala of Albuquerque competes Saturday in the New Mexico Special Olympics Equestrian Games at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. Fiala also participated in the Ireland International Special Olympics Equestrian Games in 2003. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cynthia Fiala rode her mustang, “Dusty,” through a barrel race […]

‘Horsing’ around

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleCindy Vaughan of Clovis competes in the halter division of the showmanship event at the state Special Olympis Equestrian Games Friday at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. By Tonya Fennell and Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers With poise and confidence, Cindy Vaughan slowly led her horse into the arena at the […]

Forgiveness warms hearts — even on ice

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino, Italy, are now history. I like the Olympics, and I like the winter games best of all. I’d come down with an almost terminal cold and was still sneezing, sniffling, coughing and spluttering on the second Sunday of Olympic competition, but I still […]

Voluntary capitivity part of Olympic experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist How many of us, like myself, have been held semi-captive by the Winter Olympics? It is, needless to say, a voluntary captivity. Nobody forces you, or me, or anyone else, to tune in to channel 14 or 4 respectively, entering by virtual reality, or wishful thinking, the world of cross […]

Colonel’s gymnast daughter has Olympic dreams

Melanie Salazar Not many 10-year-olds find themselves in practice at least nine hours a week, but not many 10-year-olds can stand on their feet after doing a double back flip. AnnMarie McClelland, daughter of Lt. Col. Patrick McClelland, 27th Operations Support Squadron commander, has been a gymnast almost half of her life. At 6, she […]

Clovis seniors compete in billiards, horseshoes, discus at senior Olympics

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Martie Hale of Clovis breaks during her game in the 65-69 age group of the Senior Olympics Pool Tournament Tuesday at La Casa Senior Center in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Clovis senior citizens are taking the olympics to a new level. They have prepared for months to […]

Special athletes take a ride

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Troy Hill gives emergency medical services personnel a thumbs up before competing in the Special Olympics on Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Some of them needed help guiding their horses around an obstacle course. But judging by the expressions on their faces, this weekend’s […]

Special olympics comes to Clovis

CNJ STAFF Today, 40 special Olympic athletes will be in Clovis to compete in the state special Olympics equestrian competition. The athletes will compete in events such as showmanship at halter, figure eight and pole bending. Gena Hankins is a volunteer helping with the event. Her 14-year-old daughter Brooke is competing in the competition. She […]

Olympics score ‘Perfect 10′ with Clovis

The Olympic Games are scheduled Aug. 13-29 in Athens, Greece. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if participants are looking forward to watching them. Some responses: “YES I ENJOY THE Olympics very much. I am concerned that there may be terrorist attacks at this one.” — Mac McDonald, Clovis “I LOVE THE OLYMPICS. I […]

Athlete was inspiration to hold on to faith

By Judy Brandon: CNJ correspondent Sporting events are really in the news this summer. Lance Armstrong just won his sixth Tour de France. Within two weeks, the summer Olympics will begin in Athens. Preparations have been under way for several years to accommodate the great influx of athletes, media and spectators at that event. There […]