Lady Cats tear up Frenship

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Clovis Lady Wildcats junior Tori Quintana dishes a pass to a wide open teammate during Monday’s win over Frenship in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer The Frenship Tigers had the size advantage over Clovis on Monday night, but that didn’t seem to bother Brittany Blackmon. The Lady Cats […]

Lady Rams fall to Carlsbad

Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Rams nearly survived 21 turnovers — against only six for Carlsbad. Instead, the Cavegirls overcame major scoring droughts at the beginning of both halves, finally pulling out a 37-33 victory in the Lady Rams’ season opener Tuesday night at the PHS gym. Junior guard Carolyn Smith was the […]

Zias enter season with higher expectations

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Picked to finish last in the Lone Star Conference South Division a year ago, the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team surprised the experts by staying in title contention until the final weekend of the season. This year the Zias won’t slip up on anybody, but they […]

Hounds play WT to scoreless tie

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West Texas A&M University freshman Eric Smith leaps over Eastern New Mexico University freshman Andrew Perez during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Portales. ENMU and West Texas played to a scoreless tie after two overtimes. (Staff photo: Eric Kl By Dave Wagner@link.freedom.com PORTALES — If a tie is like kissing your sister, neither […]

Connell, Dixie

Dixie Lee Connell, 51, of Logan, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Fort Sumner, to Pecos and Eleanor Cater Finley. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1970. She married Billy L. Connell on May 2, 2002. Family members said she […]

Wacky word definitions increase humor

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist A few weeks ago the Washington Post published its annual Pulitzer Prize winning list of wacky word definitions. It was a slow news week. But I enjoy lists like that. This particular file was sent my way by Maurice and Ethel Trimmer of Santa Fe, because as old friends they […]

Legion post ruined

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By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Decades of camaraderie and Friday night bingo sessions faded with the smoke and flames that engulfed the second floor of American Legion Post 117 late Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was in the structure at 1400 W. Seventh St. and firefighters reported no injuries, but the more than 55-year-old building is […]

American Legion to host state convention

CNJ Staff Roughly 500 members of American Legion posts statewide will be in Clovis today through Sunday for the state’s annual convention. The event will kick off this morning with a golf tournament for American Legion members at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course. American Legion members across the state voted to have Clovis American Legion […]

Clovis police find no problems after woman calls 911.

CNJ STAFF About a dozen police officers, some carrying long-barreled rifles, surrounded a Clovis post office Wednesday evening after a woman called 911 and said a person was in the building with a gun. Police Chief Bill Carey said police are investigating, but have no suspects in the incident that occurred about 5:15 p.m. at […]

There’s plenty to do this summer within a short drive

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent With gas topping out at $2 a gallon across the country it’s understandable why many might not beplanning a major cross country road trip this summer. It might just be the summer of day-trips. And if you live in eastern New Mexico, you have plenty of options. Muleshoe A 30-minute […]

Families join for cookout at post

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ News Journal While many Clovis families enjoyed Memorial Day by cooking food in back yards on a family grill, members and friends of VFW Post 3015 came to a Monday afternoon cookout at the veterans’ post. “This is our family,” said Post Commander Dale Huft. “We get together as veterans […]

Man killed four days before armistice

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer In 1907, Charles Ledbetter came to Curry County when it was still a pioneer community only recently connected to the rest of the world via the new Santa Fe railroad line. A few years later he became one of the first three graduates of Clovis High School. “Charles […]

Young man was eager to join paratroopers

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When Helen Garcia Trujillo observes Memorial Day, she can’t decorate her older brother’s grave. The grave of Joe C. Garcia, along with thousands of others, is located in France, not far from the location where he died on D-Day while the 101st Airborne Division was parachuting out of […]

Military families want flags for veterans’ graves

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Leon Morris wants to hear from local relatives of United States military veterans. Two local veterans’ groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 3280 and 3015, coordinate the annual Memorial Day placement of American flags on the graves of Curry County veterans. However, Morris said members of local veterans’ […]

Small-town post offices are crucial part of rural communities

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor ST. VRAIN — Across the highway from the train tracks, where the pavement meets a sun-baked dirt road, sits the St. Vrain Post Office. A beacon for a community not even recognized by the United States census, the post office adds character to a town dotted with just a […]

Virtual trip can help before actually traveling the miles

By Tom DiFrancesca III, columnist I was driving back to Clovis a few weeks ago, ending what had become a 3,000 mile trek across the country. Somehow (well, I needed gasoline for the Dodge), I ended up in Post, Texas. While filling up the truck’s fuel tank and while grabbing a bite to eat at […]

CCC to hold annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Legion Post

By Michelle Seeber, Freedom Newspapers Holiday commemorates victory by ragtag Mexican army over French forces in 1862. In the mood for a party? Clovis Community College invites the pubic to its second annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta on Saturday at the American Legion Post No. 25. Food from some of Clovis’ best restaurants will be […]

Brackney, Henry

Henry Brackney Services: Have been held. Henry A. Brackney, 67, of Clovis, died Thursday, March 11, 2004, at Southwest Regional Skilled Nursing Center in Lubbock. He was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Wellington, Kan., to Robert T. and Ruby Meekins Brackney. He married Marie Hurtado on Sept. 27, 1975, in Albuquerque. He had been a resident […]

Clovis sophomore 5A all-state

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Clovis sophomore Aime Hilburn was second on the team in scoring and assists and third in rebounding. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Brio Rode’s footprints are all over the Rio Rancho girls basketball program. The senior who seemingly has played a decades-worth of games for the Rams has had a […]

Former Lt. Gov. not interested in heading GOP

David Arkin Clovis native and former New Mexico lieutenant governor Walter Bradley says he would run for the state’s GOP Party leadership post as a “last resort.” The state’s GOP Republican Party has until April 17 to elect a replacement for Sen. Ramsay Gorham, who quit her post last week. She also has announced that […]