Celebration of new life and a triumph over death

Easter's eternal spirit feeds two essen tial human appetites: hope and faith. Hope ⊇gives mankind a reason to persevere, even through difficult circumstances. Faith provides the belief of a better life ahead. Easter is our annual rite of spring, the perfect celebration and remembrance event for those who believe what Scripture tells us happened to […]

Keep it short, simple and straightforward

Last Monday I attended a "Secrets of Superlative Writing" workshop with Paula LaRocque at a Fort Worth conference. Before becoming a consultant and novelist, LaRocque was a well-known writing coach for the Dallas Morning News. I talked to her afterward, and she confirmed that my obsession with teaching students (and others) to write, "The XXX […]

Lady Cats first, Cats second in Hereford Invite

HEREFORD — Clovis High's track teams had a solid outing in Friday's Hereford Invitational track meet, with the Lady Wildcats taking the team title and the Wildcats coming in second. Senior Jenna Sievers was in on three first-place finishes, including a relay, as the Lady Cats piled up 146 points to 125 for Hereford in […]

Cats rally past St. Pius in seventh-place game

RIO RANCHO — Clovis High's offense showed up a little late on Saturday, but it was in the nick of time. Joe Shelley and Kordell Tindle hit two-run singles in the top of the seventh and the Wildcats rallied from a six-run deficit in the final two innings to edge St. Pius 12-10 in the […]

Lady Cats fall to Cibola, Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High's young softball team competed pretty well on Saturday, but the long ball did in the Lady Wildcats. Cibola hit three home runs, accounting for all but two of its tallies, in an 8-3 win over the Lady Cats while Sandia's Kiani Silva belted a three-run shot in the sixth to wrap […]

Prep track summary – March 30

Logan Invitational Boys Team standings: 1. Tucumcari 102; 2. Logan 83; 3.Cimarron 64; 4. Clayton 54 1/2; 5. Santa Rosa 43; 6. San Jon 15; 7. Dora 13; 8. Melrose 10; 9. Grady 9; 10. Springer 8. Melrose, Grady results Field events Long jump: 4. Jones, Grady 17-6 1/4. High jump: 5. Williams, Melrose 5-6. […]

ACU outlasts Hounds to take series

ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University's potent offense, averaging more than seven runs a game, was kept in check for the third consecutive game on Saturday and Abilene Christian held on for a 4-2 Lone Star Conference victory. ENMU (17-13, 5-7 LSC) outhit the Wildcats 9-8, but stranded 11 runners and dropped its third […]

Residents share Easter blessings

We asked area residents why they feel blessed this Easter. Here's what they said: Trevor Weaver, 22, a senior airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base "I feel blessed that my grandfather came to visit from St. Louis and I got to spend a wonderful day with my girlfriend Bobbie. It feels great to be […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Public Library's north annex with three action items on the action agenda and 17 on the consent agenda. Action items to be voted on individually include: Discussion and action on Sunday night concerts at the Curry County Events Center. A request to approve extending […]

Storm systems, terrain contribute to high winds

Spring has arrived, and with it comes seemingly endless howling winds, dust storms and brownouts. This year's windy season has already brought its fair share of damage, with gusts reaching 60 mph, causing a train derailment near Fort Sumner. "It's been a pretty active late winter and spring so far, but it's nothing atypical," said […]

Meetings watch: Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee

The Clovis Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday at Clovis City Hall, 321 Connelly. Agenda items include: Discussion and an action item to recommend an 18-hole disc golf course at Hillcrest Park. A request for laser tag at city parks. An update on animal sculptures at Hillcrest Park Zoo by Patsy […]

Analysis: Bank robbery not so profitable, statistically

If local legacy and national statistics are any indication, bank robbery isn't a wise career choice. Statistics show it's likely you will be caught and sent to prison. You won't get a lot of money. And should you choose to use a weapon and the police or some Charles Bronson/Clint Eastwood make-my-day types show up, […]

What’s happening – March 31

Today Wheatfields 2nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza — 2 p.m.-4 p.m., 4701 N. Prince St., Clovis. Easter Egg hunt, photos with Easter bunny, food and prizes. Free admission. Information: 762-8700. Monday Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee — 5:30 p.m., 321 Connelly St., Assembly Room. Information: 763-9654. Tuesday LEPC Community Awareness Committee — noon, 320 Connelly, Emergency […]

Police blotter – March 31

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday 12:40 a.m.: Caller reported domestic dispute, 1200 block of Merriwether Street. 1:16 a.m.: Caller requested a situation check, Hull and Ninth Street. 2:35 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic dispute, 1200 block of South Lea Street. 2:57 a.m.: Caller requested a welfare check, Echols […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations on Curry Road 13 west of N.M. 268 in Melrose this week. Please be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors Inc. will be working from Avenue K, half a mile, going west and […]

Egg hunt draws bigger crowd

Jacob Wolftongue rushed across the softball field Saturday morning to gather Easter eggs but slowed down to help a younger and struggling schoolmate. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ilianna Scales, 4, of Clovis take part in the 3-5 age group Easter egg hunt Saturday at Guy Leeder Softball Complex. "I liked watching my son help […]

Suspects arrested in triple stabbing

A Clovis teen is dead, two other men are recovering and police arrested two suspects within hours after a party in Clovis erupted into a violent showdown early Saturday at a house near 14th and Reid streets. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The home at 14th and Reid where three men were stabbed Saturday when […]

Press release: 17-year-old dead, two injured in Clovis stabbing (Updated)

(From Clovis police) On Saturday, March 30, 2013, at approximately 12:19 AM, the Clovis Police Department responded to the 1300 blk of Reid of street on a report of a large disturbance/public affray. Upon the arrival of the patrol officers, itwas determined three men, ages seventeen, twenty-one and twenty-three, had been victims of a stabbing. […]

Prep baseball linescores – March 29

NMMI Colt Classic At Roswell Championship semifinals Texico 11, Dexter 4 Texico 030 142 1 —11 11 3 Dexter 010 102 0 — 4 7 5 Jaron Hill and Jonah Walls; Dominic Lomeli, Edgar Munoz (5) and Anthony Sandoval. W — Hill. L — Lomeli. Top hitters — Texico: Hill 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs; […]

Area prep track summary – March 28

Alfalfa Relays At Hagerman Boys Team standings: 1. Capitan 77; 2. Eunice 70; 3. Dexter 50; 4. Fort Sumner 37; 5. Artesia JV 32; 6. Hagerman 31 1/2; 7. Jal 29; 8. Cloudcroft 27 1/2; 9. Loving 25; 10. (tie) Gateway Christian and Hondo 18; 12. Lake Arthur 15; 13. Floyd 14; 14. New Mexico […]