Lawsuit protests voting system

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Since 1982, nine minority candidates attempted to fill the Curry County magistrate judge’s seat. None of them succeeded. At fault, according to Johnny Chavez, is the at-large voting system used in magistrate elections. The Clovis native, defeated twice pursuing the seat, says the system is flawed, part of lingering […]

Scare tactics, poor information not persuasive

Freedom Newspapers The fight to maintain our rights is a never-ending struggle, as we’ve been reminded by an organization called the Freedom States Alliance. This is an outfit that uses scare tactics about terrorism to push its anti-gun agenda. Pictured on the front of a FSA postcard is a civilian airliner with an illustration of […]

Quay advances to 12-year-old final

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Left-hander Jakus Martinez pitched a three-hitter and also doubled and scored the go-ahead run Wednesday night to lift Quay County past American 3-2 at Dickenson Field in the losers bracket finals of the double-elimination 12-year-old District 3 Little League All-Star tournament. Quay County advances to the championship round where […]

Hounds win tight series from Tarleton

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Brian Green slides in for a triple as Tarleton State third baseman Chad Nixon is late on the tag in the first game of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Photo by Kevin Wilson By Dave Wagner PORTALES — If he didn’t already know it, Eastern New Mexico University’s Trevor Davis […]

Wildcats winless in district

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Clovis senior John Props slides back to first base during a pick off attempt in the first game of a doubleheader Friday against Sandia at Bell Park. Props was safe but Sandia defeated Clovis 18-3. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent After seeing the opposition score 81 times in its last five […]

Hounds win with small-ball

CNJ staff PLAINVIEW, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University used small-ball to build a 5-0 lead and the Greyhounds went on to beat Wayland Baptist 6-3 Tuesday night in a non-conference baseball matchup. The Hounds (19-20) parlayed 11 singles, a double and five stolen bases into their six runs while four pitchers managed to hold […]

Green’s homer caps dramatic Hound victory

Freedom Newspapers SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State must have figured turnabout is fair play. One night after going down to a loss when Eastern New Mexico University’s Brian Green capped a seven-run ninth with a dramatic three-run homer, the Rams returned the favor when Joey Kolar’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the […]

One-run losses mount for Zias

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas —Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team may be in last place in the Lone Star Conference South Division, but the Zias have been a tough out for most of their opponents. ENMU dropped 5-4 and 4-3 decisions at Tarleton State on Saturday, giving the TexAnns a four-game series sweep. TSU won […]

Hounds lose control in doubleheader losses

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — It’s safe to say Eastern New Mexico University’s pitchers had control issues on Thursday. ENMU hurlers issued 12 walks and hit four batters, and Cameron took advantage to post a 12-7, 7-4 sweep of their Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader. Junior Kelly Crain (3-5) walked four and hit three over […]

Zias split against Texas Woman’s

Freedom Newspapers DENTON, Texas — Junior Natasha Lindsey pitched a three-hitter and first baseman Elizabeth Whipkey drove in three runs as Eastern New Mexico University beat Texas Woman’s 4-0 Saturday to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The Zias lost a 1-0 heartbreaker in the opener when the Pioneers pushed […]

Fire guts trailer; no one injured

CNJ staff A fire Thursday morning gutted the living room and kitchen of a single-wide trailer in the 500 block of South Sandoval Street, fire officials said. Most of the items in the house were either destroyed or damaged by smoke and heat, officials said. No one was home at the time of incident. Officials […]

Zias continue early-season success

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Acting Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Amber Daniel is off to a nice start in her new role. The Zias improved to 7-3 under Daniel, a graduate assistant who has taken over the team while head coach Armando Quiroz recovers from ankle surgery over the next few […]

ENMU softball splits four games

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — On Friday, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team ended a homefield drought of nearly 22 months. Unfortunately, Western New Mexico didn’t give the Zias have much chance to enjoy their success. ENMU ended a 16-game home losing streak dating to April 25, 2003, by sweeping New Mexico […]

Single military parents find help in group

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Being a military parent can be challenging. But life can be especially tough if you’re a single military parent. Because of the many challenges that come along with raising a child alone and serving in the military at the same time, a Clovis woman has started a group to help […]

South sweeps North stars in softball

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The North’s Pamela Apodaca of Cibola slides safely into second under the tag of South’s shortstop Devin Zaragoza of Alamogordo. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler, CNJ Correspondent Clovis may be on the east side of the state, but New Mexico’s South softball all-stars were feeling right at home once again over the […]

Clovis’ Root flirts with no-hitter

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Clovis shortstop Jared Montoya cannot reach the throw as Levelland shortstop Bryan Ashley slides safely after stealing second base during the fourth inning of Tuesday’s second game of a doubleheader at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner First David Root lost his no-hitter. Then he lost his control. But the Clovis right-hander […]

Amarillo completes sweep with rout

CNJ STAFF Amarillo High pulled out a 3-2, eight-inning win over Clovis in the first game of a West Texas League summer baseball doubleheader Tuesday night at Bell Park. The Dusters completed the sweep with a 21-4 victory in the nightcap, a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. David Root pitched six […]

CHS baseball team advances to state semifinals

CNJ STAFF LAS CRUCES — The Clovis Wildcats advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, edging Las Cruces Mayfield 8-7 in a Class 5A regional game Saturday at Apodoca Park. After allowing an unearned run in the seventh, Clovis reliever Jason Seefeld retired the next three batters in order with […]

Zias salvage split at Panhandle State

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Runs were at a premium in Tuesday’s non-conference softball doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Zias scored a two-out run in the third inning and held on for a 1-0 win in the nightcap after the host Lady Aggies posted a 1-0 win in the opener. […]

Walks, errors doom Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Second baseman Zach Dominguez doubled home two runs to cap a four-run fourth inning, lifting New Mexico Highlands to an 8-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday in non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field. The outburst gave the Cowboys (24-18) a 6-2 lead and they stayed in control from there […]