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 […]

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 […]

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 […]