Texico first in pool at 2A state volleyball tourney

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales in Class 3A and Texico in Class 2A captured first place in state volleyball tournament pool-play competition on Wednesday, setting up today’s eight-team bracket quarterfinals. At La Cueva High School, Portales swept all six of its games — two games to 15 against three pool opponents — to earn the […]

Texico likes chances in 2A tourney

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Texico’s Zandi Queener spikes the ball during Saturday’s Class 2A Region C championship game in Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Texico coach Mike Littlejohn thinks experience can be overrated. Despite having only four players with state tournament experience, the veteran Texico coach likes his team’s chances of winning […]

Lady Cats set for state

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Clovis’ Tarrah Sweet looks to tip the ball over an Onate defender during Saturday’s Class 5A regional match Saturday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis advanced to state by winning the match in four games. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Lady Wildcats have lofty expectations for the Class […]

Relaxing in pool worth some extra work

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist As the end of summer approaches, I’ve been thinking about how nice it was to have a swimming pool this year. Thanks to modern design, a number of us in Clovis have our own swimming pools. For somewhere between $100 and $200 you can get one of these plastic contraptions […]

Melrose city pool scheduled to open

CNJ Staff The pool at Melrose’s city park is scheduled to open today — just in time for the end of the community’s first day of school. State environmental officials on Tuesday night approved the pool’s opening after nearly two years and more than $100,000 in repairs, City Council member Lance Pyle said. Pyle said […]

Cats set to make move up

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Clovis high school junior goalie Josh Bussen clears a corner kick in front of junior teammate Luis Miranda during practice Wednesday at Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Fourth-year Clovis High boys soccer coach Shaun Gill thinks team chemistry could help the Wildcats achieve a spot in […]

Light crowd shows up as Potter Pool reopens under stricter guidelines

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Veteran lifeguard L.P. Francis said he supports the state’s new guidelines for the city pool. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sun beat down Monday on about a dozen of the first swimmers to enter Potter Park pool since the July 13 drowning of 3-year-old Jequon Haynes. Although the […]

Local 10U team third in nationals

CNJ staff The Clovis New Breed 10-and-under boys basketball team won four of six games over the weekend to place third in the Inland Empire AAU West Coast national boys basketball tournament, played at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev. New Breed, coached by David Dawson, went 2-1 in pool play on Thursday and […]

Potter Park pool expected to reopen Monday

CNJ staff Potter Park pool is expected to reopen at noon Monday, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter. The city-owned pool will resume regular hours of noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until school starts, pending a final pool evaluation and recertification Monday morning by the New Mexico Environment Department, Carter said. […]

Potter Park pool could reopen as soon as Monday

CNJ staff The Potter Park pool could reopen as early as Monday, city officials said. However, opening the pool will be contingent on approval from the state Environment Department. “Right now I have submitted all the necessary paperwork to the Environment Department, and there’s a good chance they will approve our reopening of the pool […]

Report: Just one lifeguard on duty during drowning

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico Environment Department investigation into last week’s drowning at Potter Park pool shows only one lifeguard was actively on duty at the time of the incident. The report states that a protection plan submitted by the city “indicates that four lifeguards will be posted at four designated […]

7/17 Letters to the editor

Pool vandals’ origin not determined I was saddened by the article in Wednesday’s CNJ about the vandalism at Potter Pool. I was saddened to learn that someone vandalized the pool, but I was more saddened by comments made by city of Clovis Parks Superinten-dent Neil Lambert. In the article, Lambert is quoted as saying, “We […]

Drowning victim called ‘good-natured’

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The 3-year-old boy who drowned Wednesday afternoon at Potter Park pool was described by his grandmother as a good-natured child who loved to play outdoors. Jequon Haynes of Dallas died Wednesday in the shallow end of the city-owned Potter Park pool, according to police reports. “He was always in […]

Child drowns at Potter pool

CNJ staff writer: David Irvin A 3-year-old boy drowned Wednesday at Potter Park pool. He was pronounced dead at Clovis’ Plains Regional Medical Center in the late afternoon. Police were withholding the name of the child pending notification of the mother, police said late Wednesday. Officials said they believe the boy lives in the Dallas […]

Potter Pool vandalized, temporarily closed

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Vandals broke into the Potter Park swimming pool overnight Monday, throwing trash into the pool and breaking equipment. The pool will be temporarily closed while repairs are made. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer City officials temporarily closed Potter Pool on Tuesday due to damage incurred during a vandalism spree. […]

Melrose seeks to open pool by August

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Lee Rittenhouse of Edgewood-based PoolPro LLC works on a fence at the Geo P. Baxter Memorial swimming pool Tuesday morning in Melrose. The city was granted more than $100,000 by state the last two years for repairs. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Sweltering children in Melrose, longing to dip into […]

Nothing compares to Atlantic Ocean

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer My little blue pool just doesn’t cut it. Now that summer’s here and temperatures are more blistering than the time I fell asleep with the space heater on, there is one thing I miss most about New York. No, it is not the summer stench that emanates from every […]

Time to get back into the swim of things

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I love water and I’m having a big splash this summer getting back into the swim of things. Water is one of my greatest weaknesses. I dream of water, in some form or another, almost every night. I read that water represents sensual desires, but maybe these continuous dreams have […]

Lack of lifeguards leads to summer pool shortage

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Unlike others, when Sheila Holley gazes at the old, retired, one-time oasis that is the outdoor Play Inc. pool she sees possibility. The pool is by most accounts abandoned — a crack runs through its bottom, seemingly screaming for some heavy duty caulk and a good paint job, but […]

Pittillo, Jeraldine

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Jeraldine “Jerri” Pittillo, 82, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Dec. 31, 1922, in Afton, Texas, to Alma and A.R. “Ray” Pool. She attended school at Springlake, Texas, and Hart Camp, Texas, before graduating from high school in Littlefield, […]