Administration seen as tone deaf on some ‘people’ issues

Tom Philpott With President Bush signing the first-ever $400 billion defense bill, including another military pay raise and housing allowance increase, it would seem hard to argue that this administration has lost touch with troops. Yet there are currents of worry and disappointment inside the military. U.S. military operations are at their highest sustained level […]

Lady Cats deep and determined

Seniors Jessica Hohn (left) and Monique Walker have been mainstays for the Lady Wildcats the past two seasons. CNJ photo by Rick White By Rick White Patience and determination. Those are the keys to this basketball season, Clovis girls coach Miles Watters said. That’s patience on Watters’ behalf to blend a sophomore class that is […]

Texico working for perfect end to season

Texico backup quarterback Zane Anderson stiff-arms a Cloudcroft defender in last week’s semifinal contest. CNJ staff photo by Rick White. By Dave Wagner Having already soundly beaten Loving this year, Texico senior lineman Bryce Bailey thinks the Wolverines can build off that as they prepare for Saturday’s Class 1A state championship game against the Falcons […]

Bush, GOP should match deeds to words

Freedom Newspapers Serious small-government Republicans are no doubt going through cognitive dissonance right now. Their party generally espouses the philosophy of limited government, especially on fiscal matters, but now that Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress, they are spending more wildly than liberal Democrats. As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, “Confounding President […]

Hounds wary of improved WT

Dave Wagner It’s a long road back to respectability for the West Texas A&M football team, but second-year coach Ronnie Jones thinks the Buffaloes are headed in the right direction. WT brings a potent offense and a suspect defense into Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South Division contest against Eastern New Mexico University at […]

Hounds outslug Commerce

Courage Idemudia tackles Texas A&M-Commerce running back Joel Tudman as linebacker Jeff Howard moves in. Freedom photo by Kevin Wilson. Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Given Saturday’s brisk conditions, Eastern New Mexico University was less inclined than it might otherwise have been to throw against Texas A&M-Commerce’s suspect pass defense. Matching strength against strength, the […]

Hounds wary of underachieving Lions

Dave Wagner PORTALES — Texas A&M-Commerce is coming off a discouraging home loss to West Texas A&M, and at 1-6 is not having even close to the kind of season it envisioned. Still, Eastern New Mexico University coach Bud Elliott isn’t about to take the Lions lightly in Saturday’s 1 p.m. Lone Star Conference South […]

Defense carries Wildcats

Carlos Gallo (22) and Angelo Sandoval wrap up Eldorado wide receiver Shane Davis after a short gain. Photo by Rick White. By Rick White ALBUQUERQUE — A season-opening disaster at Mayfield is a distant memory for a Clovis defense that entered the season with just one returning starter. The Wildcats held Eldorado to 120 yards […]

America should put fewer troops far form borders

Freedom Newspapers The news Friday that Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, is ready to talk about pulling U.S. and eventually NATO troops out of Bosnia, is welcome indeed. It would be more welcome if it presaged a strategic reconsideration of the U.S. policy of stationing troops around the world, but we’ll take an […]

Lady Buffs whitewash Zias

West Texas A&M’s Katie Henley and Eastern New Mexico University’s Amy Barbour battle for control of the ball during Sunday’s Lone Star Conference women’s soccer match in Portales. Photo by Dave Wagner By Dave Wagner PORTALES — No matter how well you play defense, it’s tough to win when you struggle to score. For the […]

Lady Chaps outlast ENMU

Eastern New Mexico University middle blocker Emilie Rodman tries to push a kill past Lubbock Christian defenders Stacy Simpson (left) and Magan McCormick in Tuesday’s match at Greyhound Arena. Photo by Kevin Wison By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Nobody would accuse the Lubbock Christian volleyball team of having a powerhouse offense, but the Lady Chaps […]

Hounds dominate Tigers

Eastern New Mexico University line backer Jeff Howard, left, and strong safety Theo Watson, right, sack East Central University’s quarterback Pete Darnell in the first half of their 32-2 win Saturday at Greyhound Stadium in Blackwater Draw. Photo by By Kevin Wilson BLACKWATER DRAW — Veteran Eastern New Mexico University football coach Bud Elliott admits […]

Wildcats seek redemption in Roswell

CNJ staff photo: Erick Kluth/Clovis junior Chris Phillips tries to shake free of senior strong safety Carlos Gallo during Thursday’s practice at the high school. By Rick White Clovis had enough worries this week without having to replace its starting quarterback. Coaches learned earlier this week senior Ryan Denton will likely not play again this […]

Eastern hangs playoff hopes on defense

Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson/Corey White applies a stiffarm to Kwame Darko on a punt return during Saturday’s Eastern New Mexico University football scrimmage. Dave Wagner PORTALES — If the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds are to end a 20-year playoff drought, they will rely heavily on a veteran defense and an offense that has some […]

Wildcats look vulnerable against defending state champs

Las Cruces cornerback Gabe Oliver breaks up a pass intended for Clovis senior wide receiver Ben Teconchuk during Friday’s scrimmage in Artesia. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ARTESIA — Both teams scored three times, including one each by the second units. But by no means was Friday’s scrimmage between defending state champion Las […]

Battle is on at free safety position for ENMU

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Ty Touchstone and Jonathon Solis were interested bystanders in Eastern New Mexico University’s football scrimmage on Saturday morning, but they won’t be on the sidelines for long. Solis started at free safety two years ago as a junior but suffered a broken leg during a preseason scrimmage in 2002 and […]

Power II surges late

By Kevin Wilson Saturday’s 12-and-under semifinal in the USSSA state softball tournament marked the first time that Power II had trailed all season. Judging by the outcome, the team didn’t like that very much. Lorne Garcia’s two-run, two-out single capped off a late comeback, giving Power II a 9-8 win over Spitfire and a spot […]