May 18, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: Big Medicine Where: TLC When: 8 p.m. What it’s about: A man who once weighed 1000 lbs. tries to walk for the first time in 10 years after losing more than 600 lbs. by exercising in a swimming pool.

Zias split pool games in tourney

CNJ staff OKLAHOMA CITY — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank pitched a seven-hitter and Eastern New Mexico University took advantage of two errors to score twice in the fourth inning en route to a 4-2 victory over defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University on Friday in pool play of the Stars’ tournament. The teams then played again […]

Cross highest wisdom

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You don’t have to be a fan of Charles Darwin to get a kick out of the Darwin Awards, those tongue-in-cheek awards that each year honor “people who ensure the long-term survival of the human race by removing themselves from the gene pool in sublimely idiotic fashion.” Some of […]

Alligator will outgrow Hillcrest habitat

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Zoo officials want to build a heated pool for Wally that measures at least 14 feet wide by 32 feet long. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Slinking into the corner of his blue plastic baby pool, sliding under the water with only his eyes and tip of his snout […]

Billiard boys

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jerry Judah aims for the four ball Wednesday at Baxter-Curren Senior Center. “That’s the cowboy way to shoot,” Bud Johnston said as Judah sank the ball in the side pocket. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Amid the clack of billiard balls, laughter and wisecracks, four old friends try to […]

Regents OK Natatorium renovation plans

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A $1.5 million renovation of Eastern New Mexico University’s natatorium received formal approval Friday from the board of regents at their regular meeting. Scott Smart, vice president for Business Affairs at ENMU, told regents an inadequate heating and cooling system installed when it was built in 1958 has resulted […]

Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson The Clovis Aquatics Center reopens today at 8 a.m. The pool at the center has been closed since December after failing to meet state standards. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Aquatics Center passed a state inspection Monday afternoon and will reopen today after being closed for nine […]

Clovis Aquatic Center pool fails inspection

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Aquatic Center pool failed a New Mexico Environmental Department inspection Tuesday. The pool failed the inspection because it lacked repairs city officials were not aware needed to be made, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. “I would have like to open today, but it didn’t […]

Local Roundup: Aquatic center opening planned

CNJ staff Officials hope to open the Clovis Aquatic Center on Monday pending an inspection by the New Mexico Environmental Department, according to Rob Carter, director of Clovis’ Parks and Recreation. Utilizing city and state funds, the facility has undergone approximately $450,000 in renovations, Carter said. The pool was sandblasted and repainted and the deck […]

Local Roundup: Man faces forgery charges

CNJ Staff Man faces five forgery counts A 26-year-old Clovis man is facing five counts of forgery for allegedly attempting to pass $3,600 in phony money orders at the post office, according to police reports. Rosario Claudio was released from the Curry County jail Tuesday on a $10,000 bond, court records show. A post office […]

June 22, 1960

More than 500 children and adults had turned out for free swimming lessons at the Hillcrest Park pool. … About 45 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Clovis were attending a district assembly in Fort Worth. … Walt Disney’s “The Sign of Zorro” was playing at the Lyceum theater. Admission was 65 cents for adults, 25 cents for […]

June 13, 1958

Clovis Rotary Club was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Bill Duckworth, Carl Miller and E.J. Frear had attended more than 1,000 meetings since the club’s beginning. … City officials announced Hillcrest Park swimming pool would be open until 9:30 p.m. on Friday nights “as long as the demand warrants.” … Sass Studio at 506 Seventh Street […]

Kids learn at their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” […]

Local Roundup: Potter Park pool open for season

CNJ staff The following is the schedule for Potter Park pool: Tuesday, 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, closed Thursday, 1-7 p.m. Friday, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1- 5 p.m. Information: 769-7870. Centennial coins on sale at Chamber A limited number of centennial coins commemorating Clovis’ 100-year birthday can be purchased for $3 at […]

Fire training facility OK’d

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman is getting his wish for a fire training facility he estimated to cost $1.4 million. Clovis City Commission awarded contracts for $192,351 at Thursday’s meeting to lay the groundwork for the facility on city-owned property north of Station No. 5 on Brady Avenue near […]

CHS SWIMMING: Clovis teams finish 10th, 11th at Academy

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis High swim teams will finally feel at home today when they practice at the Clovis Community College pool. The teams’ primary practice facility at Play Inc. was shut down late last month, forcing the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats to use the pool at Eastern New Mexico University for […]

Local Roundup: Trees will be picked up after first of year

By CNJ Staff Now that Christmas has come and gone and this holiday season is almost over, it’s time to think about untrimming the tree and boxing up the decorations for another year. The Clovis Public Works Department is asking residents who used live Christmas trees to dispose of them properly. Clovis Public Works Administrator […]

Quick thinking saves swimmers’ lives at unforgettable picnic

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist “There was an air of excitement in the group for we had planned a big picnic for several weeks,” said Lucille Matlock. “We departed for a far-off destination, Cottonwood Grove, about 10 miles west of Melrose. We all felt a great adventure was in store for us that day. If […]

STATE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats sixth in 5A pool play

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — Things started and ended pretty well for the Clovis High volleyball team in Class 5A state tournament pool play on Wednesday. In between, it wasn’t all that good. The Lady Wildcats went 3-7 in games against their five Pool B opponents, winning the first game from La Cueva and then sweeping […]

SMALL-SCHOOL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Texico matures quickly

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In 28 years as Texico’s volleyball coach, Mike Littlejohn said his 2006 squad is the youngest and least experienced he’s coached. The Lady Wolverines (19-3) start two freshmen, three juniors and a senior, with only two of the players having varsity experience. So much for the importance of experience. […]