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Articles from the February 23, 2008 edition


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  • Hounds struggle at home

    CNJ staff

    PORTALES — Junior first baseman Trey Wingo slugged a three-run homer and senior right-hander Luis Estrella pitched a complete-game five-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico 7-2 in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Wingo’s homer, his first of the season, came with one out in the sixth and gave the Savage Storm (2-5, 2-3 LSC) a 5-1 lead. Estrella (1-0) did the rest, striking out 12 with just one walk in the nine-inning contest. The teams resume the series wit... Full story

  • Zias drop two games in tourney

    AMARILLO — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team got solid pitching but its offense was held in check Friday as the Zias dropped two games in pool play of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. Nebraska-Kearney, playing its season opener, got a fifth-inning home run from third baseman Cassie Keck and shutout pitching from senior right-hander Amanda Bell in a 1-0 victory over ENMU. Then Lone Star Conference North Division member Southeastern Oklahoma scored early and held on for a 3-1 win over the Zias. ENMU (11-8) wil...

  • Hounds struggle at home

    Freedom New Mexico Junior first baseman Trey Wingo slugged a three-run homer and senior right-hander Luis Estrella pitched a complete-game five-hitter as Southeastern Oklahoma beat Eastern New Mexico 7-2 in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field. Wingo’s homer, his first of the season, came with one out in the sixth and gave the Savage Storm (2-5, 2-3 LSC) a 5-1 lead. Estrella (1-0) did the rest, striking out 12 with just one walk in the nine-inning contest. The teams resume the s...

  • Going green

    With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately at alternative energy and ways to save on their energy bill. Agriculture producers are included in that mix. Agriculture experts say that not only are producers looking for ways to save on costs, they’re also on the lookout for niche markets involved with providing environmentally and economically sound solutions. With that in mind, the organizers of the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Portales ar... Full story

  • Going green

    Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Patrick Kircher, left, Roosevelt County agriculture extension agent, and Sharon King, executive director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, hang a sponsor banner on the gate of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds Friday. With rising energy costs, Americans are taking a harder look lately at alternative energy and ways to save on their energy bill. Agriculture producers are included in that mix. Agriculture experts say that not only are producers looking for ways to save on costs,...

  • Feb. 24 - Moon

    Liliana Castillo

    CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The cloud coverage gave the moon over Clovis a halo Friday night....

  • Feb. 23 - War paint

    Liliana Castillo

    CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Del Valle's Isaac Herrera waits on third base Saturday during the Clovis Invitational Tournament at Bell Park.... Full story

  • Always a competitor

    David Lansford is stepping down as Clovis’ mayor after 12 years. We’ve been asking family and friends to share stories about him. Here’s what his brother Mark had to say: “My earliest memories of David are that he has always been a fierce competitor. It did not matter what the situation was, he wanted to win or achieve the highest result. While doing so, he maintained an attitude of fair play and an adherence to the rules. “David was a gifted athlete, which presented some interesting problems for the rest of us. For examp... Full story

  • Independence with peace needed for Kosovo

    Freedom New Mexico The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for the original decision maker, in this case, the United States. Kosovo’s independence has its roots in the 1991 breakup of what used to be Yugoslavia into what are now the separate countries of S...

  • Pledge writers deserve show of hands

    It takes strong bricks to build strong buildings. It takes strong women to build a strong community. That’s what I heard Tuesday at a reception honoring the women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. If that’s true, and I believe it is, it’s no wonder Portales has survived and remained strong and true to its own. The women honored Jane Mauk Hilliard, Margaret Smith and Jan Ross-Compton as great examples of the strong women it took to build this community. The reception and honors were... Full story

  • January 2008 Obituaries list

    The following people with local connections died in the month of January, according to obituaries from the Clovis News Journal: Albright, Kenneth O., 76, of Clovis, Jan. 27 Aye, Ernest R., 91, of Clovis, Jan. 27 Banister, Ralph G., 91, of Clovis, Jan. 10 Barreras, Eloisa Josephine, 71, of Clovis, Jan. 8 Barron, Rouel G., 95, of Friona, Jan. 13 Beasley, Jere D., 68, of San Antonio, Jan. 31 Boswell, James Perdue, 83, of Corrales, Jan. 21 Bouye, Louis, 77, Jan. 12 Brakebill, Donald D., 43, of Amarillo, Jan. 30 Brooks, James...

  • Smithsonian exhibit opens at ENMU

    Chocolate grenades and aprons from various decades dating back to the 1940s were just a few of the things visitors experienced at the opening ceremonies of “Key Ingredients, America By Food,” Saturday. The traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit, currently calling Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library home, celebrates food and how it has shaped American culture. It also deals with how the food we eat and the way it is prepared and processed has changed over the years. The exhibit and the events surrounding it are c...

  • Ag Expo set to draw crowds, honor friend

    Chester Harth dedicated himself to agriculture and the New Mexico Ag Expo, say his friends. For that reason, this year’s event is dedicated to his memory. The Expo begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds with a brief dedication ceremony. Harth died last year after chairing the Ag Expo for the second time. Organizers say he was involved with the 16-year-old event all but two years and actively worked to make it a success. His passion was organizing the antique tractor demonstrations and parade each y... Full story

  • Radio forum set for Tuesday

    CNJ staff

    Radio station KTQM-FM will broadcast a candidate forum on Tuesday for candidates in the March 4 municipal election. The forum will air at 6 p.m. The radio station will also stream the forum online. The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. will host a candidate forum for mayoral candidates 7 a.m. Thursday at Clovis Civic Center. Clovis voters will decide from six mayoral candidates and eight commissioner candidates in the municipal elections. A question to allow Sunday alcohol... Full story

  • Clovis girl looks for bee repeat

    CNJ Staff

    Beagles may be more popular after the Westminster Dog Show last week, but “schnauzer” was the buzzword during Saturday’s Curry County Spelling Bee. Christina Benitscheck will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in Canyon, Texas, after correctly spelling the German dog breed in the final round of the competition. Christina competed against eight other spellers in the senior division of the Curry County Spelling Bee at the Clovis Community College Town Hall auditorium. The senior division includes students from sixth throu...

  • Machinist preserves icon

    De Baca County News photo: Scot Stinnett Derrill Mitchell has parts ready for a new windmill to be erected near Las Vegas, N.M. The project was delayed by 12 inches of snow in the area. FORT SUMNER — It’s hard to imagine the American frontier without a windmill poking out of the horizon, its silver vanes slicing the crosswinds. Though electricity-generating giants have sometimes sprouted in their place, the traditional windmills that once pumped groundwater for thirsty livestock have largely become decorative fixtures. Alo... Full story

  • 2-24-08 Local Briefs

    Habitat looking for applicants Habitat for Humanity Roosevelt and Curry Counties is holding a Habitat Town Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The organization is looking for applicants to purchase a home as well as volunteers. Information: Joyce Davis, 359-1344 or 356-5292 Web site: habitatrcc.com Altrusa sets spaghetti supper Altrusa Club of Portales will hold its annual Spaghetti Supper from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Portales High School Cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for... Full story

  • Feb. 24, 1963

    • The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound men’s basketball nipped Arizona State 74-70. • The Portales High School Rams boys basketball team lost to Lovington.... Full story

  • Ag Expo dedicated to former chair

    Chester Harth dedicated himself to agriculture and the New Mexico Ag Expo, say his friends. For that reason, this year’s event that starts Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds is dedicated to his memory. Harth died last year, a few months after chairing the Ag Expo for the second time. Organizers say he was involved with the 16-year-old event all but two years and actively worked to make it a success. His passion was organizing the antique tractor demonstrations and parade each year. “Chester had been with the com...

  • Exhibit opens

    Chocolate grenades and aprons from various decades dating back to the 1940s were just a few of the things visitors experienced at the opening ceremonies of “Key Ingredients, America By Food,” Saturday. The traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit, currently calling Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library home, celebrates food and how it has shaped American culture. It also deals with how the food we eat and the way it is prepared and processed has changed over the years. The exhibit and the events surrounding it are c...

  • Patience with health care difficult

    Our son Matteo, whom we adopted from Ethiopia about a year and a half ago, has had numerous health problems since arriving in the United States. Matteo had been abandoned by the side of a road, so the orphanage he came from didn't have any background information, which can be common with international adoptions, and some of the blood tests he underwent while in Ethiopia turned out to be either false, inaccurate or simply from another child. The lack of information combined with incorrect assumptions about these tests has...

  • It took strong women to forge salute

    It takes strong bricks to build strong buildings. It takes strong women to build a strong community. That's what I heard Tuesday at a reception honoring the women of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. If that's true, and I believe it is, it's no wonder Portales has survived and remained strong and true to its own. The women honored Jane Mauk Hilliard, Margaret Smith and Jan Ross-Compton as great examples of the strong women it took to build this community. The reception and honors were in...

  • Zias drop two games in tourney

    CNJ staff

    AMARILLO — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team got solid pitching but its offense was held in check Friday as the Zias dropped two games in pool play of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. Nebraska-Kearney, playing its season opener, got a fifth-inning home run from third baseman Cassie Keck and shutout pitching from senior right-hander Amanda Bell in a 1-0 victory over ENMU. Then Lone Star Conference North Division member Southeastern Oklahoma scored early and held on for a 3-1 win over the Zias. ENMU (11-8) wil... Full story

  • Kosovo independence may not be bombshell some seem to fear

    The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for the original decision maker, in this case, the United States. Kosovo’s independence has its roots in the 1991 breakup of what used to be Yugoslavia into what are now the separate countries of Serbia, Croatia, B... Full story

  • Hounds sweep Saturday twin bill

    Dave Wagner

    Awaiting his start in the second game of Eastern New Mexico’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader with Southeastern Oklahoma on Saturday at Greyhound Field, junior right-hander Ismael Solis wondered if maybe the Greyhounds were saving any runs for him. As it turned out, he didn’t have to worry. ENMU followed up a 23-13 rout of the Savage Storm with a 12-6 victory behind Solis’ complete-game performance in the seven-inning nightcap. The opener, scheduled for nine innings, was called in the bottom of the seventh by a...

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