Music teaches discipline

By Cindy Martin: Guest columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Like many people, music is an everyday part of my life. I have the radio on in my car and in my office. […]

Letter to the Editor: Kids deserve better sports organization

Play, Inc., Clovis� youth sports provider, needs an overhaul.

Feb. 7 – Baskett at basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Hank Baskett took part in Thursday’s Wildcat basketball practice to help them prepare for their game against Hobbs Friday night.

Self-sacrifice worthy for all beliefs

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist For persons who follow the liturgical calendar of the Christian tradition, the season of Lent will soon be upon us, a season which comes this year about as early as it possibly can. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of that season, is Feb. 6 this year. For those to […]

Cats’ Phillips in transition

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis football coach Eric Roanhaus directs the play to go through the “2” hole as quarterback Josh Potocki, left, hands off to Manuel Robles during Monday’s practice at CHS. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Derrick Phillips is transitioning from defense to offense this season, but he doesn’t think the […]

Motocross track open for action

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks James Havir of Clovis takes his 250 cc motocross bike into and out of a tight curve during practice on Friday at Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer At the Ned Houk Motor Sports Complex, riders make at least eight jumps on the motocross track, […]

Here’s a good word to work into conversation

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I am of the strong opinion that, as a general rule, people should avoid omphaloskepsis. It’s a nasty practice that almost always leaves those who practice it much less happy than before.   So there. I’m on the record. If I ever aspire to high public office, the paper […]

“Toothfully” speaking, local dentist age a concern

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Dr. Michael Wood practices as a dentist in Clovis. Wood, 56, said the high age of dentists in Clovis and the lack of candidates to replace them means, “We’re headed for a crash.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Demand for dentists in Clovis has kept octogenarian Dr. O.T. Rozzell […]

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 […]

Injured trio back for Zias

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Elizabeth Richards, Riikka Lehtonen and Rochelle Vance have a lot in common — starting with torn ACLs in consecutive games that proved devastating to the 2005-06 Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball season. All had their surgeries on the same day in January at Amarillo, and all […]

Letter to the Editor: Gasoline pricing strategy long outdated

I have waited much too long to comment on the price of gasoline, so here goes. The 9/10 cent pricing practice was initiated at a time when a 1/10 cent saving per gallon of motor fuel represented a much larger portion of the total purchase price than is the case today. The industry-wide and unchanging […]

Hounds gear up for start of practice

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University football team should have plenty of time to get ready for its first game. Around 140 players reported Wednesday for the start of preseason workouts, which begin today. School doesn’t start until Aug. 28, with the Greyhounds scheduled for a Thursday night […]

New QB ready to step in

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Clovis High senior Keaton Howell runs an agility drill as the Wildcats began a week of two-a-day practice sessions on Monday at the high schoolThe Wildcats’ first practice in pads will be on Thursday morning. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Jordan Mendoza knows he’s about to jump into the […]

Baskett Watch: Clovis grad starting for Eagles in preseason tilt

On TV Rookie sensation Hank Baskett of Clovis will start tonight’s nationally televised game against the Oakland Raiders in the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame contest in Canton, Ohio, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The game is on NBC at 6 p.m. (MDT). “I’m definitely excited, coming in the first game and […]

Hounds improve tourney chances with rout of Angelo

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Eastern New Mexico University freshman Joshua Jackson tries to get around Angelo State University’s Ronald Pittman during the first half of Wedneday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After coming off the bench for a few games, Eastern New […]

Congress’ finance reforms should start on inside

Freedom Newspapers The Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal has Congress scrambling to drum up reform ideas, as the profligates attempt to repackage themselves as neo-Puritans. Most of these efforts, no doubt, will involve tinkering with the minutiae of lobbying rules, as if sinning lobbyists, rather than saintly members of Congress, are the problem. An even bigger […]

Resolutions to make roads, bathrooms safer

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — While collecting New Year’s resolutions around town in honor of a new beginning for the next 12 months — or 12 days, depending on how long the resolutions last, I hit on a cow-pie mine. Not only did I uncover the fascinatingly unprintable, but I also came across some […]

Lady Cats no match for Cruces

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Clovis’ Kourtnie Cole controls the ball in front of a Las Cruces player during the second half of their game Saturday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Improvement is a matter of perspective. Las Cruces beat Clovis 10-0 via the mercy rule at the Yucca […]

ENMU’s backup QBs get chance

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — With projected starter Michael Benton away for personal reasons, everybody else in the Eastern New Mexico University quarterback chain moved up a notch for Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage at the ENMU practice field. That meant redshirt freshman Brandon Dominguez got significant work with the No. 1 unit. “I […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]