Coach Robinson hangs up whistle

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Though he’s tried to step away from the game before, this time Jimmy Joe Robinson said it’s for good. The Clovis Christian boys basketball coach has decided to retire and end a 34-year stretch in which Robinson was also a head coach at Clovis High, Melrose, Grady and, for one […]

Robinson Jr., Alex

Alex Robinson Jr., 75, of Rickman, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 4, 2006, in Livingston Regional Hospital of cancer. He was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Jamestown, Tenn. He joined the Air Force in 1951. He was stationed in Clovis where he met and later married Pearl Mitchell on June 22, 1954, at House. He also […]

Choices honor roll

Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. 10th Grade Eugene A. Anaya, Keshia S. Holmes, Marina Lopez, Vanessa Lopez, Amy Jo P. Mckenna, Alysha D. Ramos, Kirstie B. Rayburn, Steven M. Robinson, Trynesse T. Robinson, Dustin D. Rush, Krystal N. Sepeda, Chase M. Sloniker, Manuel Vigil 11th Grade […]

Portales brother pleads guilty

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A Portales man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for his role in the 2004 death of Amber Robinson of Portales. Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn sentenced Clifford “Bubba” Baca, 21, after Baca pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. A week-long trial […]

Sci-fi lectureship honors Portales Legend

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Portales will be the center of the science-fiction world Thursday when experts join local science-fiction writing legend Jack Williamson of Portales for the 30th annual Williamson Lectureship. “I enjoy the variety of people who have different points of views,” Rick Hauptmann of Portales said. Hauptmann, a friend of […]

Robinson, L.C.

L.C. Robinson, 89, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, in Kannapolis, N.C. She was born on Aug. 26, 1916, in Coolidge, Texas, to Eddie and Minnie Page Johnson. She married Robert Robinson in 1939 in Coolidge. She worked in housekeeping for the Civil Service at Cannon Air Force Base and was a member of […]

Clovis Christian posts win over Cardinals

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Clovis Christian’s Ryan Boatman drives past Amarillo Ascension’s Tyler Bixler during the second half of Tuesday’s game Tuesday in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Christian Eagles beat Amarillo Ascension on Tuesday and impressed Cardinals coach Kyle Johnson in the process. “Clovis (Christian) plays real well together; […]

Fair prmotes healthy aging

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Karen Kennedy, a nutrition educator with the Curry County Extension Service, explains the food pyramid Wednesday during the New Mexico Senior Olympics Trek to Healthy Fitness at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A group of silver-haired senior citizens filled a classroom at Clovis Community College, while another […]

Grand finale holiday golf tournament ends season

Mr. Dennis “Chris” Christensen The annual Christmas Tournament, the “Grand Finale” golf event of the 2005 golf season, attracted 64 golfers. The tournament kicked off with an 8 a.m. champagne breakfast followed by shotgun start tee times at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Whispering Winds Golf Course. The format for the tournament was […]

Surgeon rejoins military to save lives

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Before he returned to active duty last year, Army Reserve Maj. Donald W. Robinson was a civilian trauma surgeon at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J., a city so violent it’s known as the “murder capital” of America. Nothing Robinson saw in Camden, however, came close to the horrors he and […]

Earl Robinson

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Earl Robinson Date of birth: Oct. 9, 1925 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: […]

Brown, Jacqueline “Jackie”

Jacqueline “Jackie” Brown, 75, of Clovis, died Sept. 23, 2005, in Lubbock, Texas. She was born July 8, 1930, in Ennis, Texas to J.D. and Anna Collins.  She was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a historian of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117, a member of the N.A.A.C.P and A.A.R.P. won medals and […]

Muleshoe man faces second murder trial

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Muleshoe man who has been acquitted of two murder charges went on trial Monday in connection with the third victim in a 2003 triple homicide. A jury was selected and two prosecution witnesses were heard Monday in the trial of Larry Brent Kitchens, 52, who is accused of […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name now official

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A hill located near Lingo will be forever be designated as Buffalo Soldier Hill on federal maps in honor of African-American members of the U.S. Cavalry. Lingo is 40 miles southeast of Portales, near the Texas border. “This means no name other than Buffalo Soldier Hill may appear on federal […]

ENMU men thinking big in soccer

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ENMU freshman Rhen Salas (left) tries to break up a pass to sophomore Albert Robinson during Tuesday’s soccer practice. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Playing with a roster comprised largely of freshmen, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team held its own as a first-year program in 2004. The […]

Judge grants motion to withdraw as counsel

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ninth Judicial District Judge Stephen Quinn granted a public defender’s motion to withdraw as counsel for a 19-year-old Portales man charged in the slaying of a teenage woman in April 2004. Raton attorney Ray Floersheim stepped down as Richard Baca’s lawyer on Friday during a hearing at the […]

Area track team qualifies 10 for regionals

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis-based New Mexico Stars youth track and field team had 10 of its 17 participants at the USA Track and Field state championships finish in the top three Saturday and Sunday at the University of New Mexico track stadium. The 10 qualified for regionals, to be held July 14-17 in […]

Local track team competing at state meet

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Kim Perkins and the rest of the New Mexico Stars will compete at the USATF state championships Saturday and Sunday in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Last summer’s track season ended a little sooner than Clovis High School’s Kim Perkins would have liked. She won the 400-meter hurdles in her […]

Local athletes compete at national meet

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque over the weekend was special, in itself, for the quality of athletes invited. Many of the top high school athletes of the past school year competed and six national bests for the season were set on Saturday. But for twins Sandy […]

Robinson pulls upset; Wildcats finish fourth

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Tanner Fickling, left, helped Clovis take fourth in the 800-meter relay Saturday at the state track meet. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis senior Damian Robinson gave himself a little birthday present Saturday. He also helped elevate the Wildcats to a fourth-place team finish in Class 5A state […]