ENMU’s Lelei falls short in cross country regional

CNJ staff WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Nimrod Lelei just missed qualifying for NCAA Division II national cross country competition on Saturday, placing ninth overall in the South Central Region meet hosted by Central Missouri. ENMU’s men finished 13th out of 17 teams overall, while the women came in 15th out of […]

Inexperience Obama’s biggest asset in presidential run

Sen. Barack Obama has been traveling the country to stump for fellow Democrats. But uppermost in the minds of many is his hinting on national television about a possible 2008 campaign for president. Intellectual yet unassuming, the Illinois Democrat rose from working-class parents of different races to earn degrees from Columbia and Harvard. With his […]

HPJRA finals: Short-go puts wraps on rodeo

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Abby Medlin races to the finish line after running her horse through the poles in the 9-12 age group in Saturday’s short-go of the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent In essence, the last day of the High Plains […]

Chicago cuts Greenwalt’s season short

CNJ staff Cisti Greenwalt’s recent venture into the WNBA turned out to be a short one. The 6-foot-5 Greenwalt, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, had a tryout with Sacramento in preseason before signing with the Seattle Storm in early June. She played in four games for the Storm, scoring two points and grabbing eight rebounds […]

Portales sends boys, girls doubles to semifinals

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Portales junior Kyle Adams (above) teamed with senior Matt Tucker on Friday to reach today’s boys doubles semifinals in the Class 1A-3A state individual tennis tournament in Albuquerque. (Freedom Newspapers photo: Jesse Wolfersberger) Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s Ella Erf and Bethany Self are right where they expected to be after Friday’s play in […]

Clovis downs Onate for state berth

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Clovis’ Siobhan Flatow, right, and Aimee Hilburn, left, celebrate their Class 5A regional match win over Onate Saturday at Rock Staubus Gym. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Aimee Hilburn may not have been completely healthy, but the senior led her team to the state tournament with a strong performance […]

ENMU falls short of rodeo finals

CNJ staff CASPER, Wyo. — Eastern New Mexico University senior Dusty Higgins and sophomore Brittany Bennett came up just a little short of reaching Saturday’s short-go finals in the College National Finals Rodeo at the Casper Events Center. Higgins finished 13th in bull riding with his score of 79, attained in the second-go Tuesday. The […]

Short-handed Cats swept in Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — The Clovis Wildcats’ first road venture in summer league baseball wasn’t a pleasant one. Hobbs made quick work of the short-handed Cats, run-ruling them in both ends of the West Texas Baseball League doubleheader 10-0 and 14-4. Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said the Cats played without several players who were nursing […]

Eastern trio competing in CNFR

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Three members of the Eastern New Mexico University rodeo program have made their way to Casper, Wyo., this weekend for the College National Finals Rodeo. Competition begins today and wraps up Saturday . Seniors Dusty Higgins of Roswell and James Gililland of Tularosa and sophomore Brittany Bennett of Portales […]

Roping competition draws pro cowboys

By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In the 1950s, some of the best calf ropers in the world competed in Clovis. World champions including Toots Mansfield, Lovington’s Troy Fort, House’s Glen Franklin would shell out $500 to enter. Clovis’ B.J. Pierce won the event one year. “The arena would be plumb full,” said Pierce, who […]

Burrell, Trevor

Trevor Burrell Services: have been held. Trevor Wade Burrell, 19 of Canyon, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, in Amarillo. He was born on Feb. 27,1985, in Canyon, Texas. He graduated from Canyon High School in 2003 and enlisted in the U. S. Army on July 22, 2003. He completed his basic training at Fort Benning, […]

Bow, Helen M.

Helen M. Bow Services: Have been held. Mrs. Helen M. Bow, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Feb. 28, 1919, in Paul’s Valley, Okla., to Ethel and Jonathan Short. She grew up in Oklahoma and New Mexico. She moved to Farmington where […]

Keenan, George

George Keenan Services: Have been held. George Wendell Keenan, 90, of Pottsville, Ark., died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at his home. He was born March 8, 1914, in Hale County, Texas, to George Washington and Alice Branson Keenan. His family moved to Curry County when he was 3 months old. He was a 1930 graduate […]

Snyder eliminates Muleshoe

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Muleshoe junior Brady Black rushed for 111 yards in Friday’s 42-16 loss to Snyder in Lubbock. The loss in the Class 3A Division II area round left Muleshoe at 9-3 on the season. (CNJ correspondent: Norman Brantley) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent LUBBOCK — Such a promising start. Such a disappointing finish. Muleshoe parlayed an […]

McCasland, Ola Mae

Ola McCasland Services: Have been held. Ola Mae McCasland, 92, of Portales, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at Carillon House in Lubbock. She was born on March 18, 1912, in Portales, to Della and Sam Harris. She grew up in the Rogers Community and graduated from Rogers High School. She worked for the local telephone […]

Chambers, Melton

Melton Chambers Services: Have been held. Mr. Melton Chambers, 72, of Portales, died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 20, 1931, in Malpie, to Annie Belle and Monroe Chambers. He grew up in the Raton area, where he attended school. He worked for a number of years in the […]

Fund short on cash, big on toys

CNJ STAFF REPORT Contributions to the Salvation Army’s Empty Stocking Fund, which is used to provide Christmas gifts to needy families, fell far short of the organization’s goal, according to results released Friday. According to Capt. Hector Diaz, the Salvation Army raised only $4,781.23 for the fund, a bit more than half of the organization’s […]

Local rappers are now new ‘soldiers for Christ’

By Helena Rodriguez The beat is still the same, but the message they deliver has changed. Since having a change of heart, saying goodbye to a thug-like mentality and leaving behind a music group called Ride n’ Smoke, three local rappers now call themselves Divine Destiny. And they say they are no longer “soldiers of […]