Art show draws young and old alike

Ryan Willoughby ran into the Commons Area of Clovis Community College Friday on his way to take a test when he saw a photo that reminded him of home. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Joy Simon looks at her first place sculpture proudly Friday at the Pintores Art League Spring Fling exhibition on Clovis Community […]

Quay County officials looking to scoop up gaming license

The race is on again in Quay County's bid for the state's last racetrack and casino license. A spokesman said Quay County will ask the New Mexico Racing Commission next week to once again open applications. The request follows a state Court of Appeals decision on Thursday that upheld nullification of the license once held […]

Suspect’s competency at question

District Judge Drew Tatum will issue a decision that will have ramifications for the mentally retarded Marcos Maestas, who was arrested in connection with an April 2010 robbery of a bank in Melrose. Maestas' three accomplices who were arrested with him have pleaded guilty, and they are incarcerated. Discussed during the Friday morning hearing was […]

Former Cannon sergeant sentenced

A former Air Force sergeant was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison Thursday after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. Christopher Garcia, 34, admitted using his computer to download images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct while stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in December 2011 and January 2012. He was arrested in […]

Weather predictor expects dry spring

For those hoping for a wet spring, the news is not good, according to local weather forecaster Joseph Weldon Crim. The Clovis resident is predicting a dry spring based on a Native American method passed down from his grandfather that is predicated on the direction of the wind at sunrise on March 22. The wind […]

Clovis firefighters respond to grass fire

Clovis firefighters responding to a call at about 4 p.m. Thursday arrived at an area of state road 209 about 15 miles north of town to find a large section of grassland engulfed in flames, according to Clovis Fire Station One Battalion Chief Dale Hand. According to Hand: Six firefighters extinguished the flames in 30 […]

Humans can read dogs quite well

Unexpectedly dropped into a foreign land, one of the first problems to surface would more than likely be the inability to communicate. The impossible task of asking questions not to mention understanding the responses would hinder virtually every step of the journey and, no doubt, would result in confusing and frustrating exchanges with the inhabitants […]

Hens for dinner? Game on

"Have you ever seen a live Cornish Game Hen?" asked The Lady of the House. We were at a local eatery where Cornish game hen was the special of the day. "I've just seen them frozen in the grocery store," I said. "Wrapped in white plastic," said The Lady of the House. "Now there was […]

Hounds beat Cameron for first LSC win

Eastern New Mexico University scored four first-inning runs Friday night and the Greyhounds notched their first Lone Star Conference victory of the season, a 10-3 victory over Cameron in the opener of a four-game series at Greyhound Field. Center fielder Brooke Brooks led a 13-hit ENMU attack, going 3-for-4, while right fielder Derek Crenshaw drove […]

Zias pull off split against Incarnate Word

Freshman left fielder Kyra Sirag hit a two-out RBI single to center in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday, lifting Eastern New Mexico University past Incarnate Word 5-4 for a split of their Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. The Cardinals won the opener 5-1. The final game of the […]

Pierced water pipe causes road closure

Martin Luther King was closed south of West Seventh Street most of Friday after a crew installing larger capacity sewer pipes pierced an uncharted water line near the intersection. City Manager Joe Thomas said most of the water was diverted to a nearby ditch. Some minor amounts of water, however, trickled along the east curb […]

Department of Defense delays cuts

WASHINGTON— The Defense Department will delay furlough notices for its civilian employees for about two weeks while officials analyze the impact of a new spending bill on planned budget cuts, the Pentagon said Thursday. The delay comes as defense officials continue to wrangle over how many civilians should be exempt from the unpaid leave requirement, […]

Lady Rams eye another 3A state run

You can almost see a slight grimace in Robbie Crowley's smile when she talks about her softball team's playoff appearances the last couple of years. At Portales High, the Lady Rams have valiantly fought their way at state through what's commonly referred to as the "loser's bracket" in order to get into the championship game […]

Floyd Jamboree is time-honored tradition

You might have heard the harmony of string instruments, the humming of a town's dedicated citizens and the foot-tapping that matches the heartbeat of Floyd's community if you were driving on N.M. 267 Thursday night. The Floyd Lions Club's 63rd Annual Country Jamboree's opening night proved to be an exciting one for veteran musicians and […]

Organization assists veterans in business

Retired U.S. marine Col. Joe Long says looking to start a successful business should be like a walk-off home run; an idea for a business can be a guaranteed winner but you still have to circle all of the bases to get there. Long used baseball analogies, an Elvis Presley impersonation, and a patriotic song […]

True freedom carries no demands

How much freedom do you have? How much freedom do you need? You are free to vote for people to take money from your neighbors on your behalf. You are free to vote to prevent your neighbors from using their property as they see fit. You are free to support violent early morning home invasions […]

Despite tough times, legislative session successful

Each day when the Legislature is in session, busloads of school children come from throughout the state to witness democracy in action. Let's hope none of those impressionable youngsters were in attendance on the final morning, when the House squelched debate, ignored the clock and muscled through a 35-page bill that only a handful of […]

Kiwanis to hold anniversary banquet

A banquet will be held today 6 p.m. in Eastern New Mexico University's Zia Room to celebrate the Portales Kiwanis Club turning 60 this month, according to local Kiwanis member Anthony Schroeder. The banquet is to recognize 60 years of service to children in the local community. The Portales Kiwanis Club was chartered in March […]

My Turn – Sarcasm is my trademark

Something I think most of us recognize throughout our lives is that we all have that one trait, habit, trademark, that can lighten the mood at a party and have everyone laughing, but which can also be a deadly weapon if we choose it to be. Sarcasm is that trademark for me and is one […]

The heart of the Christian faith

On Easter Sunday Christians all over the world will witness their faith that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead. This is the heart of the Christian faith. Jesus did not remain in the grave like all others. His tomb is empty! Imagine you are Jesus. You look down and see the hopelessness of […]