Bull riding off my bucket list

Staying aboard a 2,000-pound bovine for eight seconds. Yes sir, I can now scratch that one off my bucket list. OK, I wasn’t exactly aboard a raging bull in a rodeo arena, hell-bent on throwing me off his back. Instead it was a docile Texas Longhorn steer complete with a comfortable Western saddle. It was […]

ENMU adds 14 recruits, eight more expected to sign

CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University has released the names of 14 high school signees to national letters of intent for the 2012 football season on Wednesday’s national signing day. First-year coach Josh Lynn said Wednesday night that he expects about eight more players to sign by the end of today. “It went real good,” […]

Birthdays — July 24

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Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Even world champs have bad days

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By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Trevor Brazile has had many good nights en route to Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association records of $4 million in earnings and eight all-around cowboy titles in the last nine years. Thursday wasn’t one of them in the 41st Pioneer Days Rodeo at Curry County Event Center. Brazile, in the […]

Shoutouts — May 29

Grandson returns from Afghanistan Bob and Mary Trujillo of San Diego Calif., have lived in Clovis for the last eight years. They are the very proud grandparents of 20-year-old Seaman Zachairah Trujillo, also from San Diego. He is the third generation serving in the armed forces. Zachairah is a medic attached to the Marine Corp. […]

Portales man gets eight-year sentence for burglaries

A 26-year-old Portales man received an eight-year sentence Tuesday for burglarizing two businesses and damaging property at the Roosevelt County jail. Nasario Maldonado was arrested in November 2010 after he was identified by officers watching surveillance footage of a burglary to Robert’s TV and Appliance in Portales, according to a release from the district attorney’s […]

Reader submitted content: Portales eight-grader spells way to state competition for third time

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Betty Williamson S-T-A-T-E C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. Those are two words that eighth-grade spelling whiz Mathew Sanchez hopes to add to his resume after March’s state Spelling Bee in Albuquerque. Mathew earned the right to represent Roosevelt County for the third and final time after surviving a 25-round showdown with sixth-grader Nicholas Brown in the senior division of […]

My turn: Goodbye doesn’t have to be complicated

It always amazes me how the simplest forms of entertainment are some of the best. All it takes is a box of eight multi-colored markers and a large piece of white poster board and you instantly have the attention of eight fully grown people. On Sunday, I attended a coworker’s going away party and I […]

Clovis man sentenced to eight years on drug charges

Freedom New Mexico Clovis man was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison on drug charges. Marcello Garza, 34, was convicted in October of possession of paraphernalia, marijuana and methamphetamines as well as felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office. The convictions stemmed from two incidents. […]

Former councilor reflects on public service

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As Michael Miller steps down from the Portales City Council after more than eight years, he says he’s most proud of the city’s good financial standing. “I enjoyed the council,” Miller, 54, said. When Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected mayor in the middle of his council term in 2002, he appointed Miller to finish that […]

Zias slip past LCU 73-69

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Freedom New Mexico Junior forward Precious Herrin scored 21 points and senior guard Cat Clay had eight of her 11 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes, including two clinching free throws with three seconds left, as Eastern New Mexico University’s women pulled out a 73-69 win over Lubbock Christian on Tuesday in an exhibition […]

Family hitting books

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Wendy Proctor, right, her son Matthew Pringle and daughter Veronica Proctor gather around the table for study time at their Clovis home. The Proctor family is on a mission and they know something about missions. Tech. Sgt. Robert Proctor is active duty military and his wife Wendy Proctor served 20 […]

Sept. 19 —

Health office near completion Carol Morgan of the Public Health Office in Portales said construction of the office’s new building next to La Casa Family Health Center on Fir Street is ahead of schedule and she expects it to open March 1. Morgan said a crew of seven or eight people has been working on […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

County fair kicks off with entry day

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Argen Duncan This year, Ellie Garduno of Portales entered white dinner rolls, almond cookies, oatmeal-cherry cookies bars, Mexican cornbread and anadama bread, a yeast bread made with cornmeal in the baked goods competition at the Roosevelt County Fair. Garduno started participating in the contest eight years ago, five years after moving to Portales. “It was […]

LSC South preview: Finding QB key for ACU

By Nick Eatman: lonestarconference.org Entering his sixth season as head coach, Chris Thomsen has several talking points to get excited about this year. Not only did the Wildcats return to the playoffs last year with a 9-4 record, which included eight straight wins to open the year and a No. 1 ranking at one time […]

Portales hosting inaugural 42 tournament

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By Linda Long: PNT columnist The first 42 tournament for Portales happens Friday at the Roosevelt Electric Cooperative. Organizers say anyone who loves the challenge of 42 is encouraged to enter. Eight games with a 20-minute time limit are scheduled. Jerry Whitney organized the one-day event along with Jimmy Roberts. Whitney is a member of […]

Their view: Governor needs to bolster border protection

Brian Moore of Clayton is one of eight candidates for New Mexico lieutenant governor. Here’s what he had to say recently on his Web site about violence along the Mexican border: “The murder of an Arizona rancher with ties to New Mexico is more evidence of the violence spilling over our southern border with Mexico. […]

Hounds erase eight-run deficit, win opener

Freedom New Mexico SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored eight runs in the top of the seventh — four after two were out — then added four more in the eighth for a 14-10 victory over Angelo State Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader. Trailing 10-2 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Survey says and eight-second rides

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Survey says If there’s really nothing for your kids to do, here’s your chance. The Curry County Wellness Council and the City of Clovis Quality of Life Committee want your opinion on Youth activities and recreation options. Click on this link to take a survey for parents […]