Country star returns to area

By Helena Rodriguez About 1,000 people packed the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom on Thursday night, all eager to hear the Texas phenomenon of the moment, Pat Green — who is making waves on national country music charts — perform a free concert. From die-hard fans to those unfamiliar, but curious about the recently unknown […]

School of hard knocks

Rick White Ryan Denton’s headaches have not subsided and neither has the pain of not being able to play football again. It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the kid with the boy-next-door look who, like other boys in football-mad Clovis, grew up dreaming of playing for the purple and white. He entered his […]

Local Briefs

Darrell Todd Maurina Early risers for miles around Clovis could see a large dark plume of billowing black smoke from a Monday morning tire fire, according to Clovis Fire Department officials. Acting Battalion Chief Tim Peterson said 12 firefighers with three engines, a basket truck, and an ambulance responded at 5:42 a.m. to a tire […]

Cats break out pads

Clovis High School junior running back Phillip Williams cuts back against senior cornerback Chris Mondragon during Thursday’s first practice in full pads for the Wildcats at the high school. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler There’s a different sound to football practice once the pads are strapped on. The general noises of breathing hard […]

American advances with win

Clovis American first baseman Lucas Walthers releases a throw to gun down a Silver City runner during their first round state 9-10 little league tournament game Friday at Dickenson Field. Photo by Eric Kluth By Dave Wagner Defense and pitching — and a few breaks — helped Clovis American advance to the winners bracket finals […]

Aaron Watson to perform Saturday

Freedom Newspapers When Aaron Watson sings “Shut Up and Dance,” it may not sound very mannerly, but it is being listened to, according to concert promoters. “Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single for the up-and-coming Texas Country singer, who is slated to play Saturday night at Bash Riprock’s, 2419 Main St., in Lubbock. […]

American Majors claim victory

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — It took only three pitches for Stephan Mills to make his mark. It took about 90 more minutes for the pitching to leave a lasting impression. Mills hit a leadoff homer and combined with Seth Baily on a three-hitter to top a similar effort from Joe Sandoval, and the American […]

Zia edges past Quay County

By Dave Wagner The Clovis Zia League All-Stars advanced to the finals of the Tri-County League Minor League All-Star tournament Wednesday night by edging Quay County 5-4 at Beachum Field. Zia will meet undefeated Clovis American at 7 p.m. tonight in the double elimination tournament. Third baseman Phillip Martinez lined a two-run double to left-center […]

Family recalls caring wife, mother

By Janet Bresenham She loved to pass out photos of her two daughters. She was looking forward to celebrating her 17th wedding anniversary next weekend in Santa Fe. She was spoiled by her three brothers. Bobbie Lynn Beaman Sandoval was big on family. “She was the backbone of the family,” said Candace Gutierrez, Sandoval’s niece. […]

Monsoon rising

Clovis was under thunderstorm and tornado warnings on Wednesday evening as severe storms moved through the area. CNJ Staff Severe weather hopscotched over eastern New Mexico on Wednesday evening, largely sparing Clovis but damaging farms in northwest Curry County, downing power lines at Cannon Air Force Base and Portales and causing flooding in Portales. The […]

Cats post win over Levelland

CNJ STAFF The Clovis High Wildcats bolted to an 11-0 lead through four innings Monday night and cruised past Levelland 12-6 in the first game of a scheduled West Texas Baseball League doubleheader at Bell Park. The second game of the twin bill was canceled by rain and lightning in the top of the fourth […]

Cats opened summer league win

CNJ STAFF HOBBS — Sean Cruce went 4 for 5, leading a 16-hit attack, and the Clovis Wildcats opened their 2003 summer schedule with a 16-4 victory over Hobbs Saturday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and lightning. The Cats scored four runs in the second for a […]

Clovis wins summer opener

CNJ Staff HOBBS — Sean Cruce went 4 for 5, leading a 16-hit attack, and the Clovis Wildcats opened their 2003 summer schedule with a 16-4 victory over Hobbs Saturday afternoon. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain and lightning. The Cats scored four runs in the second for a […]

McMann gets first hit

CNJ STAFF ALEXANDRIA, La. — Former Eastern New Mexico University catcher Dallas McMann collected his first professional hit Tuesday night with a two-run double in the seventh inning as the Class A Amarillo Dillas defeated Alexandria 10-1 for a split of their Central Baseball League doubleheader. McMann, who signed last week with the Dillas, was […]

Local board plans for catastrophe

By Darrell Todd Maurina New Mexico hasn’t had a tornado fatality since 1974, but severe wind and tornado damage have hit Clovis as recently as the late 1990s. Wednesday morning at Clovis’ city hall, 27 representatives of local law enforcement, government, school, fire, military, communications, utilities, and transportation agencies met to discuss how they would […]

Clovis falls to La Cueva

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — After relying on the long ball all season, La Cueva found another way to win Saturday’s Class 5A regional baseball game. La Cueva hit one home run, a two-run shot in the pivotal sixth inning, but mostly the top-ranked Bears relied on Clovis’ generosity in the field and on the mound […]

Clovis sweeps Eldorado

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis junior Jason Seefeld rebounded from a rare bad outing on the mound Saturday in a big way, hitting a pair of early home runs and then picking up a win with three hitless innings in relief as the Wildcats beat Eldorado 8-4 to complete a sweep of their District […]

Buddy Holly, Norman Petty at the heart of the ‘Clovis Sound’

Don McAlavy In 1949, Hank Williams was all over the radio, as were a dozen cowboy, western and hillbilly singers. A few years later, Elvis Presley came out with his first hit, “That’s Alright, Mama,” and popular music would never be the same again. Then came Buddy Holly, who in 1957 soft-rocked the world with […]