Basketball tournament to be renamed for Dora man

Alisa Boswell Noon Thursday marked the kick-off for the annual Coyote Pack Tournament at Dora, in which 48 teams from surrounding New Mexico counties will compete against each other, raising some $5,000 for Dora High School athletics. Event coordinator Mike Cone said the tournament has been going for roughly 25 years. “Over the last couple […]

Thursday morning briefing: A tasty event, a volunteer and a chance of snow

Good morning and welcome to the Thursday briefing. A tasty groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking 2 p.m. Friday at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis for Freanna Original Yoghurt. The yogurt facility will be owned and operated by Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family and is said to be an old family recipe. Volunteer honored […]

New arena highlight of Ag Expo

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Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Backyard bird count unites bird watchers

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Benna Sayyed Don Hicks hopes to connect with other area birdwatchers when the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count commences Friday. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an event that calls on birdwatchers from across the U.S. and Canada to make an official count of the of birds in North America. “I bet there are […]

WT cancels final two days of event

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — The final two days of a three-day event hosted by West Texas A&M were canceled due to cold and windy weather conditions. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team went 2-1 in three games on Friday. The Zias (3-4) were to face Texas-Permian Basin and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday. […]

Zias take 2 of 3 in WT event

Freedom New Mexico CANYON, Texas — Freshman Amy Smith earned a win and a save on Friday as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team took two out of three on the first day of a three-day tournament being hosted by West Texas A&M. The Zias (3-4) routed Texas-Permian Basin 9-2 in their first outing, then […]

Chinese banquet organizers anticipate record turnout

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University will have the largest turnout it has ever seen for its annual Chinese banquet, according to event coordinator and graduate student Kaiwen Xu. Xu said the event, presented by ENMU’s international Chinese students, usually draws in a little less than 200 people but this year, there will be well […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico Another major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a flag-waving […]

My turn: Beloved character on big screen

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I had a lot of fun walking in the Portales Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Monday. As much as I enjoy attending events for work, it was nice to participate in a community event without a camera and notepad in hand. I was there for the simple pleasure of joining my fellow Portales residents […]

Altrusa holiday event starts Saturday

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Alisa Boswell Altrusa’s second major annual event has arrived with Holiday Happenings taking place Dec. 3 in the Eastern New Mexico University Ballroom in the Campus Union Building. Co-chair for the event, Dannah Brown, said this is the 14th year and tables are sold out each year. “I think viewing the tables and visiting with […]

My turn: Students appreciative of veterans

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I had a great time hanging out with Lindsey-Steiner fifth and sixth graders Thursday, talking to them about the lameness of Justin Bieber, the hotness of Taylor Lautner and their excitement over their Bring a Veteran to School Day, which is being held today. Kids have changed since I was in sixth grade, but hearing […]

Bull riding event set

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• What: L.J. Jenkins Invitational Bull Riding • When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday • Where: Curry County Events Center • Tickets: $12 in advance at Joe’s Boot Shop and Creighton’s Town and Country, Portales; $15 at the gate; Children 12 and under free with paying adult. • Total purse: $18,000 • Format: 40 riders […]

Quilt festival starts today

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Alisa Boswell The sixth annual High Plains Quilt Festival kicks off today with all day quilting and Paintstiks classes. According to one of the event coordinators Linda Custer, the festival will include more classes Friday and Saturday and a quilt competition, which will be judged Thursday. Custer said the event is sponsored by First Financial […]

Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping challenged citizens excel in sports and competition and enriching their life. The event, which began in 1986, takes place on the third weekend of September every year. The competition was held at the Curry […]

Ticket feature: ‘Wildfire’ singer Michael Martin Murphy headlines Fort Sumner event

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Freedom New Mexico Michael Martin Murphy, singer of hits such as “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines,” and the Rio Grande Band will perform at the Under the Stars of New Mexico event Sept. 3 at the Bosque Redondo Memorial in Fort Sumner Murphy said the event honor’s the Navajo and Apache nations, who were […]

Portales mascot earns All-American designation

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Portales High School mascot Rammy will be representing the Portales school district at the 2012 Capital One Bowl pre-game in Orlando, Fla., in January of 2012. Rammy was the only mascot out of the several Curry and Roosevelt county mascots who tried out for the event to be chosen to attend. The event is the […]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert line-up will bring seven nationally known Christian rock bands to the stage of the Curry County Events Center. Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, […]

Team roping regional finals to be hosted in Clovis

CNJ staff The United States Team Roping Championships will host the Regional Finals in Clovis August 4-7 at the Curry County Events Center. Touted as the richest team roping series, the event will offer $340,000 in cash and prizes with an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million to the Clovis area, according to a press […]

Kiwanis swim meet rescheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Kiwanis Club annual swim meet, held for ages nine to 18, was canceled Wednesday because of weather. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Portales City Pool.

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]