La Cueva cruises to win in Clovis

By Rick White CLOVIS — On a day when Carlsbad pole vaulter Zach Graham catapulted himself to gravity-defying heights and Kenyan-born La Cueva distance standout Shadrack Kiptoo ran with effortless efficiency, a slightly built, overachieving Clovis senior stole the hearts of local fans and teammates. Matt Appelman, who earlier signed with Lone Star Conference school […]

Abilene sweeps three from Hounds

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian catcher J-Bob Thomas drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk in a five-run eighth as Abilene Christian beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-6 to complete a three-game sweep of their Lone Star Conference South Division series. Center fielder Chris Judkins was 4-for-4 and first baseman Matt Callahan 3-for-4 in ACU’s […]

Zias finish winless home campaign

By Dave Wagner Perhaps, first-year Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Kevin Blaskowski mused, the Zias should just play in tournaments. They’ve certainly had little success at home or anywhere else besides a neutral field. Saturday, Tarleton State completed a four-game Lone Star Conference South Division sweep with 5-2 and 5-1 wins at Zia Softball […]

Be cautious, but do not fear rattlesnakes

Jim Lee Well, spring has sprung. The time has come to bask in the sunshine of warmer days, smell all those nice green things coming to life after their winter slumber, enjoy the tulips and daffodils peeking up through the soil, look at the buds coming out on the trees, and think about rattlesnakes. I […]

It’s time we bridge the generation gap

Bob Huber Here at the Institute for Scholarly Stuff we’re looking into the vast chasm that exists today between kids and grownups. I mean why can’t kids understand that certain things are more pressing than ankle tattoos and body piercing? On the front line of this confrontation are teachers who every day must wage uphill […]

CIA publicized event, then later cried wolf

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

Public Record April 18

The following dispositions were recently filed in the Roosevelt County district court: l Nasario Maldonado, 21, was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of shoplifting, three counts of forgery, driving on suspension or revocation and concealing identity and the defendant will serve a term of 13 1/2 years of incarceration. […]

Obits April 18

Wayne Feland, 64, of Clovis died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Floyd to Verna and John Feland. Mr. Feland was a farmer and lived his entire lifetime in the Floyd community until about two years ago when he and his brother moved to […]

Citizens get home-buying advice at fair

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Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega dubbed the housing fair on Saturday a “great success” with over 120 people from across eastern New Mexico participating in the event. Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, Fannie Mae Foundation and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority met with individuals interested in buying a new home. “As […]

ENMU fraternity raises money for former student’s family

Abby Dunn CLOVIS — On Friday, 104 students from Eastern New Mexico University made the drive to Clovis for a bowling tournament sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, a campus service fraternity. The tournament, which took place at Mainline Bowl, was held as a fundraiser for the family of Monica Martinez, an ENMU student who passed […]

Officials to raise victim awareness

Michelle Seeber An informal gathering at Roosevelt County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Monday will bring Roosevelt and Curry County District Attorney Brett Carter, law enforcement officials and crime victims to speak in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24. Leah Schoeffel of the District Attorney’s Office said in addition, a representative from the […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Merrick, Welch shoot top scores in Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales boys golf team is on its way to state. Behind the efforts of Cassidy Merrick, there’s no reason to believe the girls won’t join them. Merrick and Kevin Welch took the top finishes Thursday at Lovington, and both Portales teams got qualifying scores. Behind a 72 from Welch and […]

Portales tennis teams win at Lovington

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — The Portales girls and boys teannis teams moved into a first-place tie in the district standings on the strength of easy wins at Lovington Thursday afternoon. The girls (14-2) and boys (12-4) both moved to 3-0 in district play, putting each into a tie with New Mexico Military Institute for first […]

Local players making big impact for Greyhound football

Freedom Newspapers Their numbers are relatively small overall, but several area athletes could make noteworthy contributions to Eastern New Mexico University football next fall. First-team All-Lone Star Conference linebacker Jeff Howard of Portales and defensive end Larry Roybal of Fort Sumner, both of whom will be seniors, are already proven commodities. But veteran coach Bud […]

Taking a run at rugby

By Dave Wagner Dan Dannar didn’t grow up playing rugby, but the sport has grown on him. Now he’s hoping the often rough-and-tumble game of European origin will become a popular pastime at Cannon Air Force Base. After three years of combining forces with players from Eastern New Mexico University, Cannon formed its own team […]

Republicans gather for re-election meeting

Ryan Lengerich CLOVIS — A grassroots organization touting the Bush/Cheney campaign held its first meeting Thursday night and featured an address from a state representative. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, spoke at a local restaurant to 15 area residents involved in the Curry County Bush/Cheney Re-election Campaign. “I think we are in exciting times and it […]

County officials looking into portable jails

Tony Parra The reality of a portable detention facility will be researched from May 11-13 by Roosevelt County Commission officials and Roosevelt County Detention Administrator Jesse Luera when they tour a facility in use. The Roosevelt County commissioners originally scheduled to fly to New Orleans to research the facilities in late April, but Roosevelt County […]

Obits April 16

Florence Mildred Grubelnik, 83 Florence Mildred “Mickey” Grubelnik, 83, of Raton died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Miners’ Colfax Medical Center in Raton. She was born on Nov. 28, 1920, to Ethel Mae and William L. Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Family members said she enjoyed hunting and fishing. She […]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on […]