LSC races tight heading into final week

CNJ staff The Lone Star Conference basketball regular season is down to its final week. All but one of the 21 teams — 10 men’s, 11 women’s — remain in the running for the conference tournament, which is slated for Feb. 29-March 4 at Allen, Texas. The top eight teams on each side qualify. For [...]

In search of ponies: Dove had one last ride

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Courtesy photo: Sharna Johnson Sleeping on the warm back of a horse on a cold winter night may seem like a great idea, except in the case of one dove who learned the hard way that tree limbs probably are the best roosts for cold birds. It looked a little like a seasoned sailor, oblivious [...]

Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve [...]

Hounds hang tight with UNM until late

By Kenn Rodriguez: FNM correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — In its second straight exhibition game against a Division I opponent, Eastern New Mexico started out strong but faded late to fall to the New Mexico Lobos 80-58 at the newly renovated University Arena Wednesday night. Junior guard Stefan Mirabal enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, hitting 5 three-pointers [...]

Tight credit market changes focus for local business

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The economic development arm of the city is pumping its brakes on recruiting businesses because of the tight lending market and focusing efforts on supporting existing ones. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the meltdown on Wall Street has made it hard to secure financing to [...]

Loan concerns authority member

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Money has been tight and it’s going to be tighter in the short term for the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. At its monthly meeting Wednesday in Portales, the authority voted to rescind acceptance of two grant-loan agreements with New Mexico’s Water Trust Board, totaling $3.52 million. The [...]

Clovis junior TE catching on

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By Rick White: CNJ managing editor Everything about Clovis High junior tight end Chris Finch is huge, from his octopus-sticky hands that hungrily envelop passes thrown his way to his still-growing 6-foot-4 frame to his ever-present smile. He also has a big future in football, Wildcat coaches say. “He’s only going to get better,” Clovis [...]