Young Cats expect growing pains

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Willie McCray brings the ball upcourt while junior Kaine Bender comes to apply pressure during the Wildcats’ basketball practice Friday night. Clovis opens the season Saturday against Rio Rancho at home.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The fairest expectation for the Clovis Wildcats this year may be that it’s tough to know just what to expect. With the Wildcats set to host Rio Rancho tonight to open the season, third-year coach Matt King knows that Class 5A, and Clovis, has a lot of questions […]

Hounds’ rally falls short again

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Devon Branch, returning after missing four games with a knee injury, scored 27 points to lift Pittsburg State past Eastern New Mexico University’s men 86-84 on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Greyhounds, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and […]

Big plays end Farwell’s playoff run

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CANYON, Texas — The Farwell Steers thought if they could contain Wellington’s big plays, they could give the unbeaten Skyrockets a run for their money in a Texas Class 1A Division II regional game on Friday at West Texas A&M’s Kimbrough Stadium. Two-thirds of the time, they were […]

Small business patronage encouraged

CMI staff The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce plans to boost its new “shop local” program during today’s Business Saturday. The chamber created a Portales Pride Card, which residents can purchase for $5. Cardholders are granted access to sales and deals provided by local participating businesses. Chamber Director Karl Terry said $3 of the card […]

In search of ponies: Mascot work isn’t easy

They are included in all of the important days. OK, so most of the time they are ON the table, but they are included nonetheless. If they strictly went by symbolism, it’s a safe bet turkeys would never guess they were to be the guest of honor at dinners everywhere, albeit in the most unpleasant […]

McGee: Sometimes it’s best not knowing

When I was a kid, my pals and I had the run of the neighborhood. We ran through front yards, we wore paths through backyards. The neighbors didn’t seem to mind. Maybe they did but they didn’t say anything. Then somebody new moved into the neighborhood. One day as we were dashing across his front […]

Empty Stocking Fund profile — Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 2 Children: 1 (8 months) Special circumstance: This family needed help this year because the family had to move to Clovis is order to take of a sick family member. Because of the added responsibilities of care giving, the mother has not been able to get a job. Needs: […]

Cash, vehicle seizure laws should be nixed

A court ruling that an Albuquerque ordinance allowing police to seize and keep vehicles used by suspected drunken drivers is unconstitutional should give city officials pause to reconsider their newly passed law that allows seizure of vehicles used in prostitution cases. State District Judge Clay Campbell ruled the DWI seizure ordinance violates due process. He […]

We abandoned our strongest ally

Donald Trump is correct when he states that our foreign affairs are negotiated by fools and idiots in this country. This latest debacle negotiation with Iran just proves his statement. We get nothing for our negotiations and Iran gets billions in relief. This is reminiscent of Korea during another Democrat administration. Time and time again […]

Working holidays should be choice

Did you go shopping for early “Black Friday” specials on Thanksgiving Day? If so, what brought you to the stores? The deals or something else? Perhaps your family is unbearable and you’d prefer the company of strangers. Or perhaps they would prefer you find something to keep you out of their hair for a few hours. […]