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. […]

5A STATE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats confident

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Clovis High’s Lainey Flatow, left, watches Tuesday as Tori Northcutt boards a bus that will take the team to the Class 5A state volleyball tournament in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports wrier With some inexperienced players on its roster, the Clovis High volleyball team wasn’t sure what to expect […]

Sept. 22, 2006 Meetings Watch

The following is a report on Thursday’s City Commission meeting: • Commissioners recognized Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey for his service, and Mayor David Lansford presented him with a key to the city and a plaque. Lansford described Carey’s contributions during his 29 years on the force as “enormous,” adding, “you cannot measure the contributions […]

Lady Cats reach semifinals in CHS volleyball invitational

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CHS hitters Siobhan Flatow, center, and Jasmine McDonald, right, block a shot by Hobbs setter Cynthia Mendez (11) in pool play of the Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament on Friday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Whether it was because they were mad about losing a pair of […]

CHS GIRLS SOCCER: Lady Cats manage tie with Artesia

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Clovis freshman Danielle Valdez (21) attempts to move the ball around Artesia junior Stacey Poe during Friday’s pool play match in the Clovis Invitational girls soccer tournament at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) Freedom Newspapers Clovis High’s girls will have to wait until this morning to find out whether they’ll play for […]

CHS VOLLEYBALL: Lady Cats host invitational

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Clovis Invitational volleyball tournament has a recent history of two things — producing a champion that eventually wins a state title in its classification, and showcasing unusually talented small school teams. Tatum fit both criteria last year as the Class 1A Lady Coyotes swept through the Clovis tourney and […]

CHS SOCCER: Lady Cats try to reverse losing atmosphere

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Clovis High senior Brittni Jimenez, left, and freshman Cynthia Madrid get some extra work in after practice on Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. The Lady Wildcats host a six-team invitational this weekend. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ correspondent Changing a losing atmosphere can be one of the hardest tasks a coach […]

Portales accident victim remembered for helping others

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers She loved lipstick, Bratz dolls and sunglasses. She voluntarily completed household chores. She loved to help others. Family and friends of 7-year-old Mireya Zapata Rascon shared stories about her too-short life on Saturday, mostly remembering her smile and charisma. “She was very vibrant, very electrifying. There was never a dull […]

CHS soccer: Cats confident in postseason chances

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Clovis High senior Luis Miranda, center, goes up for a header over Everardo Dominguez, left, and Taylor Burnett during a corner-kick drill Thursday at Yucca Soccer complex. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ correspondent A late-season 1-0 loss to rival Hobbs cost the Clovis High boys soccer team a District 4-5A championship […]

Lifeguard shortage could induce pool restrictions

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The state mandated stricter safety guidelines at Potter Pool last year following the drowning death of a 3-year-old boy. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has asked the state to lift a staffing stipulation placed on a Clovis public pool after a boy drowned in it last […]

Endangered coyotes may endanger you

By Ryn Gargulinski: local columnist A visitor from New Mexico is lurking behind my California home. No, it’s not a prairie dog, a rattlesnake or Gov. Bill Richardson. It is a coyote. And it wants to eat my dog. Actually, my mom, who is visiting from Michigan, is the one who spotted the coyote when […]

Clovis, Portales gain semifinals

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Clovis’ Jonathan Ware pitches to a Levelland hitter during Friday’s Clovis Invitational tournament at Bell Park. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Cade Wheeler didn’t get off to the kind of start on Friday that he’d hoped for on the mound. Leave it to an older hand to help him […]

Safety priority at public pools

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Lifeguard Britta Gordan, 19, of Texico, watches children Friday at Potter Park Pool. Gordon just finished her second year at New Mexico State and is home for the summer. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Michael Harrell: Freedom Newspapers Public swimming pools are a hot spot for children to spend their summer days. Safeguards, including lifeguards […]

Pool opens, offers splashing good summertime fun

Cannon’s Liberty swimming pool opens Saturday for a summer season of water fun. The pool will be open noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Janet Taylor-Birkey The days of summer may not be as lazy as they were a few generations ago, but many people still […]

Potter Park Pool opens noon today

CNJ staff Potter Park Pool opens at noon today with free admission. Admission after today is $2. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian. Proper swimwear is required. Pool hours are: • Saturday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Sunday — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Monday, Friday — noon […]

College happy with president applicants

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of a presidential search committee are sifting through a dense pile of applicants in hopes of finding a new Clovis Community College president by May, according to search committee chairman Jay Gurley. The window to apply for the position closed Friday. The three-month search yielded 35 to 40 […]