Feb. 8, 2009: Engagements

Southern-Encinias Max Baca and Judy Southern, both of Portales, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Amanda LeAnn Southern to Phillip Ray Encinias, both of Clovis. He is the son of Rubel and Judith Encinias of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows March 7, 2009 at 200 E. 7th in Portales. A reception […]

Fort Sumner police officer arrested

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Fort Sumner police officer and his wife have been arrested on charges they conspired to take and trade a vehicle seized by the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police. Robert Roybal and his wife MaryAnn Sanchez were arraigned Tuesday […]

Floyd High gridders teach lesson for all: Just keep playing

By Freedom New Mexico Coach Rafael Roybal was not oozing confidence when his Floyd High School football team traveled to Roswell to play two-time defending state-champion Gateway Christian on Saturday. When the teams played in September at Floyd, Gateway Christian won 62-0. Roybal knew his team had improved since then, rebounding to record its first […]

Buffaloes hit early by knee injuries

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Dickie Roybal hopes his Melrose football team can build on last week’s season-opening 26-0 shutout of Tatum. It’ll be tough, though, considering the Buffaloes’ injury situation — they’ve already lost three starters for the season to ACL injuries — and this week’s opponent is two-time defending state champion Roswell […]

Firefighters make house calls to promote safety

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighters Steve Garcia, center, and Garrett Nash, right, discuss fire safety door hangers with Joe Gomez Wednesday in front of his home. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Joe Gomez said he has never used smoke detectors in his home, but after talking with Clovis firefighters Wednesday he welcomed their […]

Firefighters look to fill the boot

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Firefighter Robert Seno and his fellow firefighters are out today to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association with the department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis firefighters will be on street corners throughout today raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Termed “Fill the Boot,” […]

Melrose AD Black honored

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers For more than a quarter century he has argued on behalf of Melrose student-athletes to be honored for their actions in and out of their participation in sports, and now, in the twilight of his career, longtime Melrose athletic director Sid Black is the one getting recognition. Black was given […]

Police arrest Portales men on drug-related charges

By Freedom Newspapers Portales police made two drug-related arrests Thursday with the help of a police informant, according to a Portales Police Department news release. Chris Roybal, 20, of Portales attempted to sell 3.2 grams of methamphetamine for $225, police said. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to traffic. Freddie Dominguez, […]

Firefighters dispense safety tips to seniors

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Three young Clovis firefighters were on a mission Wednesday morning. Their goal was to visit homebound senior citizens and install new smoke detectors. According to Vee Lucas, director for the Older Adults Division of the city of Clovis, the Clovis Fire Department and OAD are collaborating in an effort […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Cats pumped for start of district

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Clovis High quarterback Jordan Mendoza drops back to throw a pass against Artesia during the Wildcats’ last game on Oct. 13 at Leon Williams Stadium. The Cats begin District 4-5A play tonight at home against Hobbs. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer In the entryway of the Clovis locker room, […]