College basketball capsule — Jan. 1

Men ENMU (4-5) at SD School of Mines (4-9), 5 p.m. today ENMU vs. Johnson & Wales (Colo.) (3-12), 3 p.m. Thursday • Where: Rapid City, S.D. • Radio: none. • Last time out: ENMU lost at Azusa Pacific 75-69 on Dec. 18. The Hardrockers’ last outing was on Dec. 21 in an 84-76 setback […]

Year in review: Hounds turn it around in 2013

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com A football revival at Eastern New Mexico University, Elida’s continued dominance in volleyball and basketball, and a Little League team’s quest for a state title were among the top local sports stories in 2013. Here are five of the top stories from last year: Comeback kids: The […]

Hounds looking to shore up defense

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com When you ask Eastern New Mexico University’s men basketball coach Andrew Helton what needs to improve for the Greyhounds to be successful when the season resumes this week following a two-week holiday hiatus, he has a quick response. “We’ve lost five games by (21) points,” he said. “We […]

My Turn: 2014 an empty slate — Sandy Fields

Sandy Fields

Farewell, 2013. You have been a good year. We will remember the showers of blessings. We will be thankful for the days we were healthy, full of energy and life. We will keep the memories of children laughing, hitting home runs, marveling over new born kittens. Good-bye, 2013. There are days of grief marked on […]

County’s first same-sex license issued

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Stephanie Reynolds signs her marriage license Monday afternoon in the Roosevelt County Courthouse in the presence of County Clerk DeAun Searl and her soon-to-be spouse, Annie Garza.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Stephanie Reynolds and Annie Garza weren’t thinking about being trend setters when they applied for Roosevelt County’s first same-sex marriage license. They just wanted to exercise their newly granted right by the state Supreme Court. “We’re not doing this to make anybody mad,” Garza said after receiving the […]

County clerk’s resignation casts area in limelight

Editor’s note: This is the No. 2 news story of the year as determined by PNT staff. By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Roosevelt County made news in December when its top two officials in the county clerk’s office resigned over New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriages legal in the state. Clerk Donna […]

San Jon native raised to rank of captain of spirit squad

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Morgan Foster at the Lone Star Football Festival in Cowboy Stadium.

By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Morgan Foster of San Jon joined the Eastern New Mexico University spirit squad in the fall semester of 2010. She became the team captain this year. Being the leader of the squad has posed many challenges, but for Foster the biggest challenge was trying to be the best […]

Police blotter — Dec. 31

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 1:26 a.m.: Traffic stop, 18th Street and Avenue I. • 1:36 a.m.: Alarm activation, 200 block of South Main Avenue. • 5:43 a.m.: Traffic stop, 1000 block of West 18th Street. • 4:41 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1500 block of South Avenue G. • 6:32 […]

Portales girls claim tournament title at Littlefield

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — If nothing else, the Portales Lady Rams may have made themselves tournament-ready in December. Playing in their third tourney final of the month, PHS captured its second championship on Saturday night with a 41-38 win over Wellington in the finals of the Wildcat Classic. PHS (11-1) trailed for most of the […]

Rams grab consolation title at Littlefield

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Rams were a bit down after losing their first-round game to Farwell 57-56 in the Wildcat Classic on Thursday. Instead, they turned that disappointment into a positive. The Rams won their final three games in the event, capped by Saturday’s 57-39 win over Andrews, Texas. Isaiah Alvarado, Zach Campbell […]

Escapes trouble county

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The hole allegedly torn in the roof by Stephen Phillips and Ruben Lozano at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

By Alisa Boswell CMI staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Two jail breaks with inmates using almost the same techniques to break through the roof earlier this year bring stepped up security at the Roosevelt County Detention Center in 2013. The jail will be receiving a new $57,000 roof from cash accumulated for housing inmates from other counties. […]

Legislators eye marriage amendment

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Several local Republican lawmakers plan to support a proposed constitutional amendment that could render marriage between gay and lesbian couples illegal. State Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, plans to introduce a statewide constitutional amendment at the upcoming January legislative session that would define marriage as between a man and a […]

Food science could become necessary evil — Baxter Black

Baxter Black

According to a food scientist at the University of Arizona, more than 100,000 plant and animal varieties have become endangered over the last quarter century. In addition, it is commonly believed that only about 100 species of crops and livestock provide most of the food in the world. His interest is in reviving these endangered […]

Police blotter — Dec. 29

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Thursday: • 12:21 a.m.: Traffic stop, 1100 block of Chicago Avenue. • 12:29 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue B and University Drive. • 4:11 a.m.: Fire/Regular response, 800 block of South Roosevelt Road. • 4:41 a.m.: Ambulance requested,1500 block of South Avenue G. • 9:14 a.m.: Welfare […]

Events calendar — Dec. 29

Today New Year’s Dance- La Casa Senior Center, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., tickets are $5.00 per person. Dance includes raffle and a live band. Information: Linda Uttaro at 356-5056.  

PHS girls reach title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Lady Rams will be in their third tournament final of the month tonight. Sophomores Sheraya Cox and Kambrey Blakey combined for 31 points on Friday night and PHS knocked off host Littlefield 46-34 in a semifinal game of the Wildcat Classic. Portales (10-1) will face Claude, Wellington or Snyder […]

Rams reach Littlefield consolation title game

CMI staff LITTLEFIELD — After a tough one-point loss to Farwell in Thursday’s opening round of the Wildcat Classic, Portales’ boys bounced back with a strong performance on Friday. The Rams dominated Whitharral 64-40 and whipped Friona 52-37 in consolation bracket play to earn a final game in the tournament at 1 p.m. (MST) today […]

Lady ‘Cats cruise into title game

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Clovis junior Nichelle Hyman battles a Sandia player for a offensive rebound in the first half of Friday night’s game at Rock Staubus Gym.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Even Clovis High girls coach Jeff Reed is ready for a bit of a challenge. The Lady Wildcats certainly didn’t get that in two games on Friday in the Plateau Holiday Classic at The Rock, blowing out Amarillo Caprock 67-22 before overwhelming Sandia 63-9 and holding the Matadors to just one […]

Clovis rides outside shooting to title game

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis guard Marquese Gaither drives down the baseline after getting by Abilene Hawks defender  Allen Martin in the first quarter Friday night at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Gaither scored 11 of his career-high 21 points in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 86-54 win.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com The basketball adage goes that shooting 40 percent from behind the 3-point line is just as good as shooting 60 percent inside it. Shoot around 60 percent from behind the arc? You’re definitely going to the championship for the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic. That’s where the Clovis Wildcats are going, after […]

Never too late to follow your dreams

Some of our Facebook friends agreed to share their greatest accomplishment in 2013. Here are some of the answers: Taking a job that happens to take me out of New Mexico, and yet still finding ways to celebrate the people and culture of the Land of Enchantment. Jason W Brooks At 61 yrs old I […]