Greed weakness of superstores

T he seasonal rush is once again upon us. I was standing in line for a newspaper when I overheard the two men behind me discussing Black Friday, or more significantly, their pastime on Black Friday of rising early, not so they could shop for bargains, but so they could watch the chaos from a […]

Our people: Following her dream

Casey Hays taught English at Clovis High School for 11 years and then started writing her first book in 2008 shortly after she stopped teaching. Benna Sayyed: CMI staff photo Casey Hays reviews chapter one of her first published book "The Cadence" during work at the office of District Judge David P. Reeb. Hays' work […]

Holiday poem may be a classic

"W ith greatest apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, I offer up what is destined to be another holiday classic." 'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, when all through the kitchen, Mama was busy makin' pies, the workload really had her bitchin'. There was pumpkin, pecan, chocolate and even mince meat Bread in a pan was rising […]

Their view: Time to put campaigns in past

New Mexico State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, says it's time to end political bickering. Here's a snippet from a recent column he submitted to newspapers around the state: The 2012 election was one of the most divisive, partisan and personal New Mexico has faced. It will be hard and it will take time to […]

Election losers full of sour grapes

Taking a cue from fellow columnist and Texas Rangers fan Kevin Wilson, today I'm scattershooting about Facebook. For peace and safety, friends Avis Jones, Ron Barker, Robert Patrick and I declared a unilateral, pre-election ceasefire on political posts. We did reserve the right to comment on others' posts. One poster cited a study that the […]

General scandal wilder than fiction

Dear Book Publisher: Lucky day for you! I am giving you first crack at a work in progress, a story of total fiction involving national security, major military campaigns, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. OK, I know you book publishing guys. You are going to want a sex angle. Tough […]

Editorial: Drug testing welfare clients inefficient

Starting off the early filings before the upcoming legislative session, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced their support for a bill that would allow drug testing for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and unemployment benefit recipients. We have to ask: What are they smoking? The governor should certainly discourage illegal […]

Deals draw crowds

Daelynn Lee shuffled through a rack of belts trying to find the perfect style. Lee avoided long lines and weapon-wielding customers on Black Friday by spending the busiest shopping day of the year supporting local business. CMI photo: Tony Bullocks Brown Shoe Fit sales person Caitlin White of Clovis puts down a box of shoes […]

Sunland board to meet about plant’s future

Sunland Inc. is planning a board meeting Monday to talk about the company's fate, Spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said Friday. The Portales peanut company is trying to recover after being linked to a recent national salmonella outbreak. Coburn said to her knowledge there have been no layoffs and they company plans to move forward as they […]

Empty stocking fund: Family D

Today's focus: Family D Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstances: This family has had a very hard couple of months. The mother was working two jobs and because of the economy has lost both jobs. Then her vehicle was vandalized, which required some massive repairs. Clothing needs: Boys size 7, shoe size 12; girls […]

In search of ponies: Dogs became part of pilgrims’ community

No doubt they sat near the table that day, 391 years ago, watching as the pilgrims smiled and devoured the birds they helped to flush out of the dense underbrush. It is unknown what their names were, but as the only two reflected in historical records, they had just as much to give thanks for […]

McGee: Knick-knacks have no place in office

My supervisor at my day job said I had to clear my office of most of my personal stuff. I didn't complain. For one thing my office doesn't belong to me and for another it was getting hard to move around in there. So I got some boxes and started hauling the stuff away: Artwork, […]

Friday football updates

Clovis-Las Cruces Final score. 70-40 Las Cruces. Granados 21 carries 142 yds. 8 TDs. Granados 20 run. 70-40. 1:42 left. Granados 21 run. 63-40. 5:45 left. Sopila #16 receiver. 56-40 Las Cruces. 8:01 left in fourth quarter. Kamal Cass 75 rec. 56-32 Las Cruces. Granados 9 run. 56-26. 3:59 left in third quarter. Sopila #19 […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule

Wayland Baptist (5-3) at ENMU (1-3) 2 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Last outing: The Flying Queens last played on Wednesday, routing Arlington Baptist College 96-14 at Plainview, Texas. The Zias have been off since a 71-41 loss to Southern Nazarene on Saturday in the Grand Canyon Tip-Off Classic at Phoenix. Last meeting: It's been […]

Hounds post win over CSU-Pueblo

CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Rodney Blackmon scorred 17 point and junior guard Rafael Love had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds Friday as Eastern New Mexico University defeated Colorado State-Pueblo 83-69 in West Texas A&M's Thanksgiving Classic. The Greyhounds (2-2) put five players in double figures and shot 53 percent from the […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

• Today's focus: Family A • Household members: 7 • Children: 4 • Special circumstances: This family has been working hard taking care of a sick mother (grandmother). Due to the time that it takes to take care of her mother, the mother of the family has been unable to work. The husband is the […]

My turn: Fire department hoopsters need support

OK, so this is probably the firefighter groupie coming out in me, but I would like encourage all of Roosevelt County residents to go support our Portales firefighters on Dec. 2 as they play a basketball game against the Clovis Fire Department to raise funds for Rooney and Moon's Secret Santa program. I want all […]

Scholarship application deadline nears

The deadline for area high school seniors to apply for Daniels Scholarships to be awarded in 2013 is Nov. 29, according to a Daniels Fund press release. High school seniors in New Mexico who demonstrate character, leadership and service are encouraged to apply for the Daniels Scholarship Program. Each year, approximately 250 new Daniels Scholars […]

Hospital to offer flight care

Roosevelt General Hospital now has the ability to transport medical patients by air after signing a contract with Tristate CareFlight, an organization operating across five states. "A couple of their officials came forward and approached us saying they wanted to expand their air care services in New Mexico," said RGH administrator Larry Leaming, who had […]

Praying for others most unselfish act

I can't help but notice that a crisis brings about prayer regardless of a catastrophe. I heard no complaints about praying in public when 9/11 happened. I think prayer is vital to us any time. In the tumultuous times of adversity, prayer and trust are so important. Mankind cannot save itself. Man is only a […]