Ski season: Better late than never

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Courtesy Photo Angel Fire plans to open Dec. 15 for ski season. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ski season is happening a month later than past years, but it’s still happening. Ski resorts in New Mexico have had to postpone their openings this year due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Natural […]

Calling out ‘wrongdoers’ backfires

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was closing out my treadmill session at the gym a few weeks ago, and I saw something I couldn’t stay silent about. There was somebody parking his truck in the handicapped spot in front of the gym. Without a handicapped plaque visible in his cab. While walking in […]

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 […]

Baskett ready for Eagles’ preseason camp

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Philadelphia Inquirer: Michael Perez As a rookie in 2006, Clovis High grad Hank Baskett caught 22 passes during the regular season and led Philadelphia Eagles receivers with a 21.1-yards-per-catch average . CNJ staff Hank Baskett is getting ready for his sophomore season in the NFL. The 2001 Clovis High graduate leaves Wednesday to join his […]

Are you ready to go on a short-notice deployment?

Major. James Rich What did you bring to the Air Force today? Are you fully trained to do your job, are your CDCs accomplished? Do you have all your necessary shots? Do you have your family prepared if you get a short notice deployment? These are questions you need to ask yourself everyday when you […]

Days of the week may be backward

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have it backward, says my Spanish professor, Dr. Vitelio Contreras of Eastern New Mexico University. Monday is the best day of the week, he says, because we’re rested from the weekend. By Friday, we’re exhausted. It’s a psychological thing, he says, about dreading Mondays. Many of us take on […]

Ready reserve activation could break military

By Freedom Newspapers The decision to start calling up Marine Corps reservists who have already served their active-duty obligation but are still subject to being called back is a strong indicator that the war in Iraq is not going well — and that our leaders believe U.S. troops will be required in significant numbers for […]

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 […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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Ashley Birkholz, right, listens to valedictorian Jeremy Smith’s address to the class during Portales High School commencement exercises Friday at Greyhound Arena in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is […]

Warrior Week keeps Cannon mission ready

Col. Scott West Get ready Cannon—next week is Warrior Week! Readiness is our top priority and we’ll focus on training exclusively. Everyone needs to be ready, not just those currently projected to deploy in an upcoming AEF bucket — our nation may need more of us to serve abroad in combating terrorism. So, next week […]

Clovis grad fights for starting role with Red Raiders

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer While battling for a starting position this spring, Texas Tech sophomore and Clovis High School graduate Joe Garcia said he can still hear words of wisdom from Wildcats coach Eric Roanhaus. “He said to always work hard,” Garcia said. “Never let another person outwork you. If they are going […]

Deployment readiness more than training, TDY paperwork

Master Sgt. Robert Sobush We talk all the time about military readiness and the ability to deploy. We talk of how we need to be ready at a moment’s notice. With Aerospace Expeditionary Force 3/4 ramp up beginning at Cannon I would like you to stop, think and ask yourself if you are ready. Readiness […]

Portales girls ready for state tourney

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Morgan Hill (32) tries to control a rebound in the second half of Friday’s game with Las Vegas Robertson. Hill controlled the rebound and Portales controlled the regional playoff game 64-20. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams dominated the Robertson Lady Cardinals in a way that […]

Some Things Look Good on the Outside, But Inside . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist I don’t remember how old I was when the incident I’m about to mention took place. I just remember that I thought I was hungry-so that could cover most of the last 48 years and is not much help. I do think it was early on a Sunday morning, […]

ENMU still hounded by injuries

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Chad Donnell will likely see his role expand for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. Injuries to junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) and senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (hairline fracture in fibula), have left the Greyhounds (6-7) shorthanded heading into their final Lone Star Conference crossover games […]

Sept. 11 focus should shift to justice

Freedom Newspapers It has been said that time heals all wounds. Some wounds, however, are so deep and so severe that life will never be the same. Clearly, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, fit into that category, having changed our world drastically. Eastern New Mexico joined the rest of America this weekend in commemorating […]

Wolverines not looking back

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Texico High School junior Michael Johnson tracks the football during drills Tuesday at practice in Texico. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Even after winning a state championship in 2003, the Texico Wolverines feel they have something to prove. Texico coaches and players know that they will have a giant bulls-eye […]

SWL suspends operations for another year

CNJ STAFF The Southwestern League, a Class A independent minor league baseball circuit which suspended operations for this summer hoping to field at least six to eight teams in 2005, won’t resume its operations now for at least another year. League president Bob Lipp said the league has only about four teams ready to go […]

An exercise in deployment

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A1C Sean Ellenburg, of the 27th Comm Squadron, secures a pallet full of equipment before it’s weighed in the cargo yard at Cannon Air force base Thursday during a training exercise (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Col. Robert Yates wants his Cannon Air Force Base personnel […]