College hoops: Zias hope to blend quickly

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ENMU coach Dan Buzard returns this season after taking a year off to deal while recovering from a cancerous brain tumor. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer One of the positives of playing people better than you in preseason is finding out the areas where you need improvement. In an exhibition […]

Hounds host Southeastern Oklahoma tonight

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Pampa High School junior James Coffee is tackled by Clovis High School’s Jonathan Sweet (87), Cade Wheeler (26) and Randy Cerda (67) during Clovis’ 34-13 win over Pampa Friday at Leon Williams Stadium. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Ray Richards took over the Southeastern Oklahoma football program in April, but he […]

Richards to play again for Zias

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Elizabeth Richards, who left the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball squad last season, plans to return to the court this year for the Zias. (CNJ file photo) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — After a one-year hiatus, former Texico High School standout Elizabeth Richards is coming back to the Eastern New Mexico […]

Richards continues family tradition

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Katelyn Lide races to the finish Saturday during the short-go of the 13-15 year old poles at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals held at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Casey Richards comes from a rodeo family, but it took him a while […]

Greenwalt returns for 3-on-3 hoopla

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Zach Terry of Terry’s Rams drives to the basket against Jesus Medina of the King Ballas during a match-up at the Three-on-Three Hoopla Street Ball Tournament at the North Plains Mall. The King Ballas won 16-14. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Casual observers, as well as players who were in-between contests, […]

Miller, Eldon

Eldon Miller Services:Have been held. Eldon L. “Bunk” Miller, 81, of Aztec, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004. He was born on May 14, 1923, in Rogers, to Lem and Gnita Miller. He grew up in Rogers, but he lived most of his life in the Farmington-Aztec area. He married Mary Catherine Bell on Dec. 30, […]

Texico could be growing

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Cody McCord from Guy’s Electric works on the interior of Justin and Kim Barnes’ new home in a planned subdivision of Silver Shadows Estates, just north of Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer For 27 years, Nancy Barnes has lived in the same house on the same farm with […]

Basketball bonds: EPAC tournament unites rural communities

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Lance Widner, 11, of Melrose tries to pump up the crowd during Friday’s semifinal game against Texico. By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Each January, for more than a half-century, basketball reunites rural eastern New Mexico. The EPAC tournament reunites old friends, former rivals, coaches, and conjures up memories of a time when players wore […]

Conflicts of interest

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher spent six to eight weeks in the fall managing a construction project about two miles outside the Curry County line. His employer was Tim Ashley, one of five county commissioners responsible for setting the sheriff’s annual budget. Was the arrangement between the two elected […]

Fort Sumner testing back on track

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Fort Sumner School District has had strict mandates put forth to ensure testing is administered correctly this school year, a state education official said this week. But the district will not face further repercussions for failing to order the proper tests last year. The state has instituted new checks […]