Roosevelt county pounded by heavy rain

Freedom Newspapers Parts of Roosevelt County received up to 4 inches of rain Tuesday night, weather officials estimated, closing roads and leaving drivers with near zero visiblity at times. A Roosevelt County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said no injuries were reported. But officials said parts of State Highways 88 and 206 south of Portales were closed and […]

Hounds junior named All-Region

CNJ staff FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ South Central Region all-district team for the 2003-04 season. The selections are voted on by NABC members, and are intended to “recognize the country’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes,” […]

Floyd, Melrose begin state 1A bids

By Dave Wagner Temple Baptist’s next close game this season will be its first. The defending Class 1A state runnerup Roadrunners have cruised to a 29-0 record heading into today’s 8 p.m. 1A boys state quarterfinal match against Floyd at Albuquerque’s Valley High School, and only one — a nine-point verdict against Magdalena — has […]

Road to 1A title goes through Des Moines

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Grady sophomore Taris Pond has scored in double figures in several games this season. CNJ file photo. By Kevin Wilson In a literal sense, the road to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament goes through Albuquerque, with games at Valley High, Rio Grande High, West Mesa High and The Pit. In a figurative sense, […]

Saturday area prep basketball summaries, state scores

CNJ STAFF Girls Class 1A Region A Championship At Grady Des Moines 45, Grady 40 Des Moines (26-1) — Emily Kennedy 4-5 2-2 11, Jodi Kibbe 4-10 3-4 11, Jamie Atwater 4-7 2-2 10, Annie Kennedy 1-7 4-6 6, Chasity Russell 0-1 3-4 3, Hanna Bray 1-1 0-0 2, Kelli Goodan 0-1 2-5 2. Totals […]

Clayton rallies past Texico

CNJ staff CLAYTON — Texico led virtually all the way until the final two minutes, but the Wolverines couldn’t hold off Clayton and lost 49-47 Saturday night in the Class 2A Region B boys championship game. Both teams qualify for state competition and will play at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Albuquerque at sites to be […]

Hounds’ coach likes chances for bid

CNJ STAFF After having to sit and wait for several days, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team will find out its fate in the NCAA Division II tournament tonight. Selections for the eight-team South Central Region tournament will be announced at 8:30 p.m. (MST) today. The Greyhound, ranked fifth in the region at […]

friday area prep basketball summaries, state scores

CNJ STAFF Boys Class 2A Region A at Clayton Semifinals Texico 84, Questa 71 Texico (22-6) — Joe Zaikowski 0 0-0 0, Curtis Williams 0 1-2 1, Braden Vaughan 17 4-5 38, Johnny Rivera 2 2-4 6, Mark Peabody 1 1-2 3, Josh Pena 0 2-5 2, Garett Mayfield 5 4-6 14, Aaron Vaughan 0 […]

Lady Cats host Los Lunas on Saturday

By Dave Wagner The Clovis High Lady Wildcats have drawn Los Lunas in a Class 5A regional playoff game set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. Los Lunas lost on Saturday at top-ranked Las Cruces Mayfield 55-42 in the District 3-5A finals, the teams’ fourth meeting of the season. A couple of weeks […]

2003 was most arid year in two decades

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The drainage area on East Seventh Street in Clovis is bone dry as the sign reads no swimming, wading or boating. Clovis received less than 13 inches of rain this year, making it the driest year since 1980. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Michelle Seeber Sticky, hot and nasty. Those were the words U.S. […]

Our region owes thank you to Wright brothers

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico T oday we live an era of hyperspeed air travel by millions of men and women worldwide. So it almost seems an afterthought to celebrate the 100th anniversary of motorized flight. It shouldn’t be because it signaled a monumental shift in the events of daily life, especially travel. It was […]

Brrrrrrr c-c-cold and wet

CNJ STAFF Cool temperatures and rain showers covered the region on Thursday, but area law-enforcement agencies reported no serious weather-related issues. By 9:30 p.m., National Weather Service officials said temperatures had already dropped below freezing at Clines Corners, located northwest of Fort Sumner. By that time the rain had generally ended in De Baca, Curry, […]

ENMU harriers face talented region field

CNJ STAFF Eastern New Mexico University cross country coach Greg LaSage knows his Greyhounds and Zias have their work cut out in Saturday’s South Central Region meet at Commerce, Texas. “The teams that beat us in the (Lone Star) Conference meet are all ranked in the top 10 in the region,” said LaSage, whose squads […]

AEDs to be available in rural areas

By Gary Mitchell Heart attack victims in rural eastern New Mexico will have greater access to medical attention, thanks to a recent $251,709 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Rural Health Policy. The grant — for the placement of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in rural areas of the state — […]

Latin America could be a silent enemy

By Mona Charen The global war on terror has scored huge successes thus far. Pakistan, once an open supporter of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has done an abrupt about face and now cooperates with the United States in tracking and capturing Al Qaeda. To date, Pakistan has arrested more than 500 terrorists. Yemen, Jordan […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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Water takes on even more importance in the High Plains, where agriculture is one of the leading businesses. By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water […]