Creative Living: Quilting, skin care coming on shows

Information on creating background designs for quilts and new findings in skincare products will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Quilter and designer Laura Murray will demonstrate what she calls "playing in the grid." She will show how to use a paintstik primer on the background fabric and […]

I’m not just related; I’m one of them

It seems I couldn't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a kissin' cousin. Said another way: "I've got more shirt-tail relatives than I can shake a stick at." Or: "My kinfolk hereabouts are more plentiful than warts on a frog." I've worked in Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari and wherever I find myself, the […]

Our People: Busy baker

Sharla Beevers co-owned Pawpaw's Pet Grooming in Clovis until she had a stroke in June 2008. The stroke paralyzed the left side of her body, and although she is walking now, she is not fully recovered. KEVIN BAIRD: CMI photo Sharla Beevers gets ready to make chocolate peanut butter cookies. Beevers, 33, discovered a passion […]

Segments of the cattle business draw certain people

The cattle business today has evolved into several distinct segments. Each draws certain people whose personality, skill and savvy make them best suited to that segment. We'll start with the purebred breeders, the architects who design prototypes for the industry. They are academic minded. They steep themselves in statistics, fiddle with and refine genetics in […]

Clovis, Cannon team up to clean up highway

The stretch of Highway 60/84 between the Clovis city limits and Cannon Air Force Base has been commonly referred to as an eyesore, a reference to the run-down properties that put uneasiness into the families newly assigned to the military installation. CMI photo: Tony Bullocks Project organizer Stacey Martin operates a front loader Friday to […]

New superintendent to be announced

The Board of Education of Portales Schools is set to announce the district's new superintendent Monday at a special meeting. The search for a new leader, which began after current Superintendent Randy Fowler announced his retirement in February, was recently narrowed down to four candidates. Among those four, David Van Wettering and Henry Montano currently […]

Graduates prepare to enter world of colleges and careers

Another year has passed and a new legion of high school graduates are excited to enter the world of college and careers. After 13 years of school, these graduates will be finally free to make their own choices, mistakes and successes. Here are some of their stories: Roberto Mendoza Roberto Mendoza has been attending Floyd […]

Events Calendar – May 19

Today Portales High School Baccalaureate — 6 p.m., PHS Auditorium. Information: 356-7000. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Adopt-a-Cop Olympics — 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rotary Park. Second grade students from James Elementary will participate. Information: 359-3675. Portales Junior High School Awards Assembly — 6 p.m., PJHS back gymnasium. […]

Area Road Construction – May 19

Area road construction and closure information for this week: State and Federal In Portales, Constructors Inc. will be working from East on Second Street, East of Avenue C, and traffic will be restricted to one lane traffic. Also, westbound First Street, starting at North Boston Avenue, will be restricted to one lane. First and Second […]

Habitat for Humanity helps family build new home

Gay Luna and her two daughters, Tori and Devyn Alvarado, got straight to work building their home Saturday with the help of Habitat for Humanity during Women Build Week. With no previous building experience, the family had to quickly learn how to use a nail gun and power saw. "I just feels good because at […]

Official: Enrollment declining

Officials at Portales Municipal Schools say a decline in enrollment is the reason for a dip in this year's budget. The budget is down $885,000 from last year's budget of $22.4 million and Business Manager Sarah Marquez says that's an indication that the economy is causing families to relocate. "We're down in our total budget […]

Young Rams squads hold their own at state

ALBUQUERQUE — Portales girls track coach Sandie Shillings acknowledged her team didn't have a lot of entries in this weekend's Class 3A state track meet at the University of New Mexico track facility, but at least they have something to build on. CMI correspondent: Junfu Han Portales' Shereya Cox keeps her pace during the 100 […]

Police Blotter – May 19

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday Caller reported: 12:00 a.m.: Intoxicated driver, Portales area. 3:10 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1600 block of South D Avenue. 3:17 a.m.: Suspicious activity, 200 block of East Quince Street. 7:45 a.m.: Alarm activated, 500 block of South Roosevelt Road. 8:16 a.m.: Alarm activated, 100 […]

Marketplace Fairness Act is unfair

The U.S. Senate, with the support of New Mexico's Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, recently passed legislation called the "Marketplace Fairness Act." The idea is to set up a new taxation regime that would allow states to collect sales taxes on all online sales. The U.S. Supreme Court's Quill decision of the early 1990s established […]

Graduates, take time to ponder the long road ahead

An open letter to the class of 2013: Your day has arrived. You're taking another big step on your life's journey. You've walked across a stage, received a piece of paper with some engraved letterhead from the educational institution you've attended for what used to seem like forever. Finally that goal can be checked off. […]

Wondering if names influence graduate futures

Sometimes I wonder if the names of new graduates will influence their futures. For example, will… Ms. Summers become a global warming expert? Mr. White and Ms. Black argue incessantly with no shades of gray? Mr. Short and Ms. Stack order pancakes together? Mr. Berry move to Napa Valley? Mr. Noe and Ms. Good's engagement […]

Rams’ youth shows in first day of 3A meet

ALBUQUERQUE — Portales' track teams didn't have the day they'd hoped for on Friday in the Class 3A state meet. The PHS boys put five points on the board, getting a fourth-place finish in long jump at 19-7 1/4 from junior Jonathan Bargas and a sixth-place effort in high jump at 6-feet from sophomore Paul […]

Portales eliminated at state

Portales couldn't cobble together another magical run through the loser's bracket at the state tournament a third time. Senior Erin Torrez' home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the fourth inning was the game's only run and St. Michael's beat the top-seeded Lady Rams 1-0 Friday in a Class 3A elimination game […]

Clovis has solid first day

ALBUQUERQUE — Truth be told, Clovis High's track teams would certainly have liked to do better on Friday's first day of Class 5A state track competition at the University of New Mexico track facility. Still, girls coach Mike Hankins and boys coach Darren Kelley said they're reasonably happy with where their teams are positioned. The […]

Parks getting prepped

Temperatures in eastern New Mexico are heating up just in time for residents to spend quality time cooling down in city pools and relaxing in local parks. CMI file photo The Potter Park pool will open for the season next Saturday, and will be open every day but Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. "We […]