Wheelchair-bound woman burned in house fire

A wheelchair-bound Portales woman suffered critical burns Thursday morning from a fire at her home on North Avenue B. The woman, 63, was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital where she was treated for her injuries in the burn unit, according to Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols. Nuckols said firefighters responded to the home in the […]

Events Calendar – April 4

Today Sandy Hook Memorial — 4-5 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University's Education Building. Information: 562-2253. Teen Craft — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. Marble magnets will be made. For ages 13-18. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Relay For Life of Portales team and committee meeting […]

My Turn – Seminar for all, despite name

Curt Jaynes, owner of the Garden Source nursery in Portales, will be one of the few people sporting a Y chromosome this Saturday morning at the Portales Women's Club's "Just for Women" seminar at Greyhound Arena, and it doesn't bother him a lick. Curt was on the agenda when the event started nine years ago, […]

Council: Recovery plan wanted

Portales city councilors are demanding that action be taken by the New Mexico Department of Transportation to make sure U.S. 70 reconstruction project contractor Constructors, Inc. is held accountable for not being on schedule. City officials feel powerless in the progress of the $8.3 million project that has reduced the highway to one-lane roads since […]

Q&A – Farmer inspired by challenge

Wesley Brown, along with his wife Linda, was recently awarded the Floyd Lions Club Citizen of the Year at this year's Floyd Jamboree for his services as the sound designer of the show. He grew up in a family of farmers, and when he was 14 he started his own farming business. As a result […]

Sirag homer helps Zias pull split

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman catcher Kyra Sirag went 2-for-3, including a three-run homer to hold off a Cowgirl comeback, helping the Eastern New Mexico University softball team defeated New Mexico Highlands 8-6 Wednesday afternoon to pull a doubleheader split at Brandt Field. The host Cowgirls held off a comeback in the opener and held […]

Police Blotter – April 4

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 12:14 a.m.: Caller reported a traffic accident, 1200 block of North Chicago. 4:41 a.m.: Caller reported a residential burglary alarm, 1200 block of Libra Drive. 6:47 a.m.: Caller reported a semi truck swerving, U.S. 70. 8:38 a.m.: Call was a 911 hang-up, 100 […]

Three-way battle at QB for Hounds

For three seasons, the Eastern New Mexico University football program pretty much knew what it would get from the quarterback position with Wes Wood. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Greyhound defensive coordinator Oliver Soukup directs defensive players Wednesday morning during the Greyhounds football practice at the Greyhound practice field The Muleshoe product has now graduated, […]

Fishing report – April 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes — We had no reports […]

Assault advocate names 'unnamed conspirator'

The recording crackles to life. Hundreds of heads shift in unison, angling their ears toward the overhead speaker. A woman's voice reverberates throughout the room, barely audible above the white noise in the background. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Whitney Tucker Anne Munch, a nationally renowned prosecutor and sexual assault prevention advocate, spoke to […]

Vietnam book writing proves cathartic

Writing a book about his experiences in Vietnam proved cathartic for Harold L. Thrasher. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Harold L. Thrasher, a Marine infantry rifleman in the Vietnam War, reads an issue of Leatherneck Magazine Monday at his home office. Thrasher said his self-published book "Suicide Charlie Brothers Never Forgotten" provides a first-hand look […]

Commentary: Welcome home, Vietnam veterans

Last year, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Beginning Memorial Day 2012 and continuing through Nov. 11, 2025, federal, state and local officials will continue to honor, through various ceremonies and activities, all of our Vietnam veterans —our fallen, wounded and unaccounted for, Prisoners of War and […]

Final flight, aircraft's legacy

As day broke to the east, crew members with the 318th Special Operations Squadron made preparations for the final two C-145As to depart the flightline for the last time at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force aircrew members with the 318th Special Operations Squadron prepare […]

Diamond Sharp airmen: Top troubleshooter

Editor's note: This feature is the 20th in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements. U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class […]

Tornado exercise tests readiness

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal A medical first responder simulates emergency extraction of an infant dummy from a vehicle during a base tornado exercise March 25 at Cannon Air Force Base. While the events and scenarios of the day were staged for base personnel, the simulations provided realistic training for members […]

Community assessment survey launches today

The 2013 Air Force Community Assessment survey is scheduled to launch today at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal The Air Force Community Assessment survey provides feedback for Cannon to help implement improvement programs and services that support members of the Cannon community. This year's theme is "A […]

Base hosting sex assault awareness events

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Whitney Tucker U.S. Airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base prepare to cross the finish line during a Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K March 29 at Unity Park March. Throughout the month, airmen and civilians have the opportunity to take part in activities geared toward promoting sexual assault education. […]

Color run adds fun to fitness

U.S. Air Force photo: 2nd Lt. Angelica Powell Participants throw colored powder into the air after they complete the Color Run 5K March 23 in Lubbock. Air Commandos from Cannon Air Force Base and members of the surrounding communities came together for the race. What were once clean, white T-shirts became plastered by a tornado […]

Fighting Obesity in America

According to the Center for Disease and Control, 35.9 percent of American adults age 20 and over are obese. U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Commandos receive a chance to learn about better eating habits at the "20 Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables" seminar March 28 at Cannon […]

Lady Rams notch 12-2 win over Lady Cats

The Portales Lady Rams got a quick start Tuesday night, then erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to hand Clovis High a 12-2 softball loss at Wheeler Park. Freshman Kiersten Ramirez tossed a six-hitter for PHS (4-3) in a game called in the bottom of the sixth inning on the 10-run […]