Zias salvage split on senior’s 2-hitter

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ENMU senior Natasha Lindsey fires a pitch plateward during the Zias’ first game against Texas Woman’s on Friday. (Freedom Newspaper: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Texas Woman’s pitching held the potent Eastern New Mexico University offense well in check on Friday. Despite that, the Zias found a way to get a key Lone […]

Day Trip: Ski Apache opens Dec. 17

Courtesy Photo A skier hits the powder at Ski Apache. The southern New Mexico ski resort opens Dec. 17. Compiled by Mike Jimenez It’s time to think skiing for those who have been anxiously waiting for the season to begin. Dec. 17 is the scheduled date for Ski Apache to officially open, according to the […]

Lady Cats hoping for speedy recovery

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Clovis senior Courtney Cole works on her headers during soccer practice Thursday at the Yucca Soccer Complex. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer After a forgettable 2004 season, the Lady Wildcats are hoping a youth movement and quick legs will bring them a winning season and the second playoff berth in […]

Living in a slow state of mind

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ columnist When I was in some class that no one was paying attention to some 200 years ago, I recall the instructor, in an attempt to tame his unruly bunch, stand in the middle of the room and scream “Slow Down!” That’s sort of like New Mexico. Even though many speed […]

Bike shop valuable piece of Americana

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Quietly and without widespread fanfare, Clovis lost its bicycle shop. The last day of 2004, when Ace Trading at Main and First closed its doors, so did the only bicycle shop for 100 miles in any direction. A sign on its door reads “BIKE SHOP FOR SALE.” Another piece of Americana […]

Mules turn thoroughbred

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Muleshoe’s defense is allowing an average of 154 yards per game. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisler: CNJ sports writer MULESHOE — Muleshoe coach David Wood said he may have had a defense as good as this year’s, but not one that was faster. With a swarming mentality and speed at every position, the […]

Mother urges neighborhood drivers to slow down

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Krisha LeClear has been watching the cars zip by on Tierra Blanca for three years, and she does not like what she sees. Her oldest child is in second grade, but he is not even allowed on the sidewalk in front of her house. The section of street where […]

Greed: It gets great things done

By Walter Williams Economic ignorance allows us to fall easy prey to political charlatans and demagogues, so how about a little Economics 101? How many times have we heard “free tuition,” “free health care,” and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we […]

Area team wins national youth softball title

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers sports writer It’s not the Clovis-Portales Speed’s fault there were only three teams in the 12-and-under division of the USSSA youth slow-pitch recreational national tournament last weekend in Moore, Okla. The Speed took care of its business, sweeping four games in double-round-robin play and then routing the Moore-based Angels 18-7 […]

Former Clovis star takes hands-on approach at UNM

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Rick White Former Clovis star Hank Baskett is drawing accolades for something other than his athletic talent. University of New Mexico coaches recruited the sturdy 6-foot-4 sophomore to play wide receiver based on his rare combination of size, speed and jumping ability. Coaches now talk about his work ethic, determination, and ability to make plays […]

Qwest touts broadband

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John Badal (center), president of Qwest’s New Mexico operations, helps Danielle Welsh (left) and Marie DePatti, both of Albuquerque, look for driving directions on the Internet from Clovis to Albuquerque on Thursday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” […]

Police chief says protocol followed in fatal crash

By Gary Mitchell By Gary Mitchell CNJ SENIOR WRITER gary_mitchell@link.freedom.com The driver of the pickup involved in Friday’s deadly holiday crash appeared to be looking for a place to pull over just moments before he sped away from police and crashed into numerous vehicles, according to a report filed by Officer Rodney Wallace. Joe Martinez […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Texico’s new chief knows area well

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]