Letters to the Editor: Gas price disparities disheartening

I know you hear a lot of complaining about fuel prices in the Clovis area, but I would like to add another. We made a trip to Ruidoso last weekend and for the first time in my memory gas in Ruidoso was less than in Clovis. We filled up in Roswell for $2.73 9/10 per […]

July 9, 1973

A 58-year-old Clovis man was charged with bootlegging. A quantity of beer and wine was confiscated following the arrest, the Clovis News-Journal reported. … The Piggly Wiggly grocery store announced it would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. …Susan Murrell of Clovis was one of 14 contestants competing for the New […]

Portales’ Erf, Partin brothers reach semis

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Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Portales’ Bethany Self lost to Sandia Prep’s Chelsea Lehman in three sets Friday afternoon at the state tennis tournament in Albuquerque. By Mickey Winfield ALBUQUERQUE — Portales senior Ella Erf and the Ram doubles tandem of Walker and Skyler Partin advanced to the state tennis semifinals after big wins Friday afternoon. […]

Split enough to give Rams district title

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Portales needed a split to win the District 4-3A title. After coming up on the short end of a 43-run slugfest in the opener, the Rams rode the steady pitching of senior right-hander Phillip Danbom to a 13-5 win over Ruidoso Friday in the nightcap to wrap up the district title. […]

Lady Rams hold on

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Bethany Self had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists, leading Portales to a 41-34 victory over Ruidoso on Tuesday in the girls Class 3A quarterfinals. The Rams (19-8) seized control early. Ruidoso (17-12) got within 38-34 with 57 seconds remaining after a 3-pointer by Tonee Montoya. But with the […]

Top-seeded Lady Rams rout Cobre

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Senior guard Briana Hernandez drives pass Corbe’s Marissa Dalton during Friday night’s Class 3A state round of 16 game at the PHS gym. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams used long-range shooting and stifling defense to punch their ticket to a 25th consecutive Class 3A […]

Lady Rams snare district title

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Portales junior Vicki Huber goes up for a shot in the paint during Friday’s District 4-3A girls championship game against Ruidoso at Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor PORTALES — The Portales Lady Rams rode a potent first-quarter offensive attack to a 69-48 victory over Ruidoso and wrapped up the […]

Rams rush by Ruidoso

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Portales junior quarterback Chris Mosier tries to avoid the tackle of Ruidoso senior Peter Zagone during the second quarter of Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams grabbed the lead early, and rushed their way to a district-opening win Friday night […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: Ruidoso Invitational results

CNJ staff Ruidoso Invitational Thursday All races 3 miles Varsity boys Team standings: 1. Odessa 78; 2. Clovis 97; 3. Cobre 102; 4. Artesia 136; 5. Silver 141; 6. Gadsden 151; 7. Ruidoso 174; 8. Hobbs 196; 9. Alamogordo 224; 10. Las Cruces High 282; 11. Mayfield 312; 12. Las Vegas Robertson 224; 13. Roswell […]

CHS SOCCER: Lady Cats edge Ruidoso

CNJ staff RUIDOSO —Jasiman Dykes and Cassie Belford scored goals Saturday as Clovis High’s girls edged Ruidoso 2-1. The Lady Wildcats (3-4-2) trailed 1-0 when Ruidoso’s Allison Rigby scored with about six minutes left in the half. But Dykes countered three minutes later on an assist from Calie Rush. Belford got the game-winner in the […]

Day Trip: Ruidoso Downs Race Track

“And they’re off!” Horse-racing season at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack begins each year on Memorial Day and lasts until Labor Day. This season Ruidoso Downs celebrates its 60th anniversary racing season, according to the Ruidoso Downs Racing Web site. The racetrack is also home of the Billy the Kid Casino, which offers more gambling fun […]

Columnist takes heat for paper editorials

Ned Cantwell : State Columnist Miss Thistlewhistle, when you’ve finished popping chewing gum and making purring noises over the phone to Hank the Hunk, I need some help here. No, you won’t need the IPOD, just a notepad. Help me get a message out. Call David Stevens at the Clovis News Journal. If he’s not […]

Answer when Ruidoso calls

Clyde Davis Personally, I’ve never needed a good reason to go to Ruidoso — a western Pennsylvania boy gets homesick for land that isn’t flat, anyway. However, in this column, with summer stretching out before us, I’m going to give you several good reasons. One reason, of course, is the relative cost. You can do […]

North wins six-man football clash

CNJ staff RUIDOSO — Melrose’s Cedar Rush scored four touchdowns on Friday as the North All-Stars beat the South 67-36 in the New Mexico Coaches Association six-man all-star football game, played at Ruidoso High School. Rush caught four passes for 60 yards, including TD tosses of 16 and 7 yards from Logan’s Drew Perez and […]

Billy the Kid byway scenic exploration

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Courtesy photo Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, […]

Clovis girls seventh, boys eighth in Ruidoso

CNJ staff There is no question who the best teams at the Leroy Gooch Invitational were. The Mayfield boys won by 20 strokes and the Roswell Goddard girls won by 41 strokes in the 4A-5A division Tuesday at Ruidoso. The Clovis boys finished eighth, and the girls finished seventh. Jordan Moore shot a 161 for […]

Hoffmann, Karen (Olson)

Karen Marlene (Olson) Hoffmann, 59, of Ruidoso died Thursday, March 2, after a brief illness. She was born April 8, 1946, in Palm Beach, Fla., to Richard and Dorothy Olson. After graduating from high school in Minneapolis, she attended Stevens College for a year before marrying Henry V. Smith II, father of her two children. […]

Rams beat district rival to advance to semis

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Portales senior guard Jerrod Long battles for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Class 3A boys state quarterfinal game against Ruidoso at Bernalillo High School. (Freedom Newspapers: Jesse Wolfersberger) By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — In the past month, four of the five wins racked by the Portales boys basketball team have come against District […]

3/5 Wedding

Ford/Buckingham Kelly Dawn Ford of Ruidoso and Larry Kenneth Buckingham of Clovis were married Jan. 14, 2006, at The Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort in Mescalero. Judge Harry Prelo performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Ford of Ruidoso. She is the granddaughter of Jeryell and Euealle Webb […]

Rams face Ruidoso in finals

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer PORTALES — By coming out on top of the three-way tie for first place in District 4-3A, the Portales boys basketball team greatly improved its chances of winning the district tournament for a second consecutive season. First of all, Portales was able to sit back and wait while third-seeded […]