Asbestos found in Texico schools

CNJ staff Asbestos has been discovered in the Texico Municipal Schools cafeteria and an elementary school classroom, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent R.L. Richards said safety precautions include roping off the cafeteria while students use a newly-constructed cafeteria. Richards said Cures Environmental of Albuquerque, a licensed abatement company, was hired to perform removal of the […]

Weekly update — Oct. 24

Texico school boss gets raise Texico Schools Superintendent R. L. Richards has received a raise of nearly $26,000 a year, according to a three-year contract approved by the school board in September. Richards is to be paid $138,700 annually through June 2013. The increase started in July. Richards’ previous contract was not due to expire […]

Driver in fatal accident charged

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The driver of a wrong-way vehicle police say claimed the life of former Portales High three-sport standout Ashleah Richards is facing felony charges. Jimmey Scott Barnhill of Midland, Texas, was indicted Nov. 19 on one count of intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Richards, 21. Police said on Oct. […]

Proposed annexation on agenda for city commission meeting

CNJ staff Little debate is expected over a proposed annexation on the agenda for a Thursday Clovis City Commission meeting. At issue at the meeting, set for 5:15 p.m. at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library, is roughly 11.1 acres of land in what is known as the Pheasant Run Subdivision, a residential […]

Commissioners, BNSF reach Hull demolition agreement

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CNJ file photo The Hull Street overpass was closed in July due to safety reasons. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission approved a $500,000 contract with the BNSF Railway to remove the top structure of the Hull Street overpass despite the strong objections of Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and several citizens. The […]

Oct. 19, 2008 Anniversaries

Richards Marion and Mary Jo Richards of Texico are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25, 2008, at Leal’s Restaurant, 2115 N. Prince St. R.L. Richards, Lecil Richards, Damon Richards and Quata Casaday are hosting the luncheon. The couple was married Oct. 26, 1948, in Fame, Okla. They have […]

Texico boosters not seeking donations

CNJ staff Texico Municipal Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards said the district’s booster clubs are not currently asking for donations for posters for the school’s football and soccer teams. Richards said several businesses have called the school district saying unknown persons have asked for donations for the posters on behalf of the school. “They said they’re […]

Jonquil Park homeowner seeks residential vehicle restrictions

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer One man’s vehicles are another man’s nuisance — at least according to Don Maggio, who is asking the city to pass an ordinance restricting the number, age and condition of vehicles parked in residential areas. Maggio, who lives in the Jonquil Park area of Clovis, presented his concerns Wednesday […]

Recommendation downsizes rate hike

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A state Public Regulation Commission hearing examiner recommended a smaller water rate increase for the city’s water provider, according to a PRC document. Hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst recommended in her Feb. 12 report a 12.6-percent hike, which would generate about $1 million annually in additional revenue for New Mexico […]

Girls 2A title preview

CNJ staff Today Championship No. 3 Texico vs. No. 1 Penasco 4 p.m. at Santa Ana Star Center Records: Texico 26-4, Penasco 23-1 How they got here: Texico beat Tularosa 47-34; Eunice 52-27; Navajo Prep 42-30. Penasco beat Escalante 54-29; Capitan 68-31; McCurdy 53-41. Lowdown on Texico: Texico already captured the state volleyball championship this […]

Richards reaches goals

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ENMU senior Elizabeth Richards dives for the ball against against Texas Woman’s during a game earlier this month at Greyhound Arena. Richards was chosen to the women’s All-LSC South first team, announced Tuesday (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Senior forward Elizabeth Richards said she had two goals […]

Lady Wolverines hold off Clayton for district title

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Texico’s Katlin Luscombe, left, goes up for a shot over Clayton’s Brittany Trujillo during Friday’s District 6-2A girls tournament championship game at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer TEXICO — Katlin Luscombe reacted on instinct, and as a result the Texico Lady Wolverines will host a first-round Class 2A […]

Richards wins honor

Eastern New Mexico University senior forward Elizabeth Richards was named the Lone Star Conference South Player of the Week Monday. Richards averaged a team- high 27.5 points and 15.5 rebounds in the Zias two games last week, including a 76-63 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville where she had 26 points and 19 rebounds. For the season […]

Zias’ comeback falls short at Abilene Christian

CNJ staff ABILENE, Texas — Sophomore center Audrey Maxwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and junior forward Alex Guiton added 22 points Thursday night to lift Abilene Christian past Eastern New Mexico University 72-67 in a Lone Star Conference South Division women’s matchup. The Wildcats (11-6, 2-1 South) held on after building an […]

Free throws lift Zias past Lady Aggies

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Eastern New Mexico University’s Elizabeth Richards jumps to block a shot by Oklahoma Panhandle State senior Nina Kuleff during Thursday’s game at Greyhound Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Thanks to solid free throw shooting down the stretch, the Eastern New Mexico University Zias have matched the best […]

No matter who says it, n-word stings

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that screamed the word in big, fat type. Consider instead what he told anyone who argued that blacks […]

Zias notch win over Panhandle in opener

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Senior guard Heather Brown kicked off an 8-0 run by hitting a tie-breaking 3-pointer with eight minutes left Saturday night as Eastern New Mexico University’s women defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 64-57 in their season opener. Brown finished with a team-best 12 points for the Zias, while Elizabeth Richards and Ashley […]

Zias seek healthier year after 2005-06 struggles

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First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach talks to his players during a break in practice at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A quick glance at the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball roster reveals that the Zias have six seniors returning, including four starters, so […]

SMALL-SCHOOL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Texico matures quickly

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In 28 years as Texico’s volleyball coach, Mike Littlejohn said his 2006 squad is the youngest and least experienced he’s coached. The Lady Wolverines (19-3) start two freshmen, three juniors and a senior, with only two of the players having varsity experience. So much for the importance of experience. […]

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 […]