Zias drop regular-season finale to TWU

CMI staff DENTON, Texas — With Eastern New Mexico University threatening to get back in the match, Texas Woman’s went on a 10-1 run to close out the fourth set and finish off a 25-8, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over the Zias on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. […]

Elida completes “un-B-feated” run in volleyball


By Kenn Rodriguez CMI correspondent RIO RANCHO — There are other volleyball teams in New Mexico that have won more state volleyball titles than Elida. But the history books will always show that not only are the Lady Tigers four-time champions in Class B, but they will forever be the only champions in that class. […]

Robertson ousts Portales in first round

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Portales junior Matt Martinez, right, turns the corner on Robertson sophomore Amos Rivera after a catch during the first half of Friday night’s Class 3A first-round playoff game at Blackwater Draw.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — Any resemblance to the season-opening meeting between the Las Vegas Robertson and Portales High football teams was purely coincidental. Senior running back James Gonzales III and junior running back Dominic Lucero combined for 399 yards rushing and all five touchdowns as the Cardinals rolled to a 36-0 triumph […]

My vocabulary? It’s very efficient


My editor, David Stevens, dislikes me using his name in print.  However, for readers, I am risking the ire of one of my favorite writers to share the “Wendel’s Notes” version of tips Stevens presented at a recent workshop for local writers. The following words should be deleted from most sentences: “just,” “really,” “very,” “perhaps/maybe,” […]

State must educate first, retain when needed

Never let it be said that Gov. Susana Martinez quits on a favored initiative. With her Department of Public Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera, Martinez has been pushing education reforms based on policies tried in Florida — and the drive to hold students back in third grade if they can’t read well enough will be back […]

Portales ousted by familiar foe Pojoaque

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Portales senior Savannah Vincent hits over the block of Raton's Shania Dorrance, left, and Mikala Vertovec during Friday’s quarterfinal match in Rio Rancho.

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — The Portales Lady Rams’ run to a possible Class 3A state volleyball championship ended against an old nemesis on Friday night. Pojoaque, seeded third, posted a 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 win over the second-seeded Lady Rams (17-6) in a semifinal match at Santa Ana Star Center. The Elkettes (19-4), who beat […]

Clovis moves past Volcano Vista

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Traivon Sopila finds a running lane on a second-quarter kickoff return Friday night  at Leon Williams Stadium. Sopila had 39 yards rushing and 23 receiving to help the Wildcats post a 47-21 Class 5A first-round victory over Volcano Vista.

By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com Shaprei Bryant didn’t need to replace Kamal Cass for the Clovis Wildcats to move into the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Being Bryant, it turned out, was more than enough. Thrust into starting duty with Cass sidelined as a precaution, Bryant had a historic performance, rushing 34 times for […]

Elida, Fort Sumner back in title matches

CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero
Fort Sumner senior Angelica Torres fires a hit past Logan's Kippi Webb during the Vixens first set in their game against the Logan Longhorns during the 2013 NMAA state volleyball tournament an the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — Elida and Fort Sumner have been regulars in the state volleyball finals in recent years, although the success once they get there has been quite different. Elida is seeking its fourth straight Class B title in its 9 a.m. match today against Carrizozo while Fort Sumner is looking to knock […]

Melrose eliminated from 8-man field

CMI staff ROSWELL — Senior quarterback Andrew Meeks threw for four touchdowns and top-ranked Gateway Christian rolled to a 40-12 win over Melrose on Friday night in an 8-man semifinal playoff game. The Warriors (10-0) will face the winner of today’s semifinal between sixth-seeded Tatum and No. 2 Foothill in Albuquerque in next weekend’s championship […]

Commerce sweeps Zias

CMI staff COMMERCE, Texas — Breanne Snyder had 13 kills and Texas A&M-Commerce handed Eastern New Mexico University a 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 Lone Star Conference volleyball loss on Friday night. ENMU (8-18, 4-11 LSC), which finishes its regular season with a 1 p.m. (MST) LSC match today at Texas Woman’s, is already assured the No. […]

College basketball capsule — Nov. 16

Univ. of the Southwest (1-4) at ENMU (0-1) When: 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last time out: The Mustangs lost at Mid America Christian 97-84 on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. ENMU lost to Missouri Southern 68-65 last Saturday in the D-II Tip Off Classic at Las Vegas, Nev. Last meeting: The […]

On the shelves

These books are available at: The Clovis-Carver Public Library Writing the Gettysburg Address by Martin Johnson resolves puzzles and problems that have shrouded the composition of Lincoln’s most admired speech, refutes the story that he wrote the words while on the train, and identifies the manuscript that Lincoln held during the two-minute speech that burned […]

Senior happenings

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday: Daily Activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 11 a.m. (Clovis); Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis); Sewing class, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Portales) Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m. (Clovis) Thursday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily activities; 1 p.m., Loteria (Clovis); […]

School menus

Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — teriyaki chicken, brown rice, garden salad, mini carrots with ranch, orange smiles. Tuesday: Breakfast — banana bread. Lunch — goldfish turkey and cheese sandwich, sweet potato fries, veggie dippers with ranch, chilled fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast —sausage biscuit. Lunch — Mac and cheese, green […]

Regulators OK purchase plan

NM regulators give OK to wind-energy plan AMARILLO — State regulators have approved a utility’s plan to purchase power from wind-energy facilities in three states in a push to produce additional power but at a more affordable cost. Xcel Energy announced Friday that the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission OK’d Xcel’s plan to purchase 698 […]

Even coach surprised Hounds playing for share of LSC title

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Josh Lynn admits he didn’t expect his Eastern New Mexico University football team to contend for a Lone Star Conference championship just yet. The Greyhounds (6-3, 4-1 LSC have won five in a row and are coming off back-to-back wins over NCAA Division II top-15 teams in West Texas A&M and […]

Pets need extra care during colder seasons

Giving little warning and no adjustment time, it’s not uncommon for the High Plains to switch seasons with all the smoothness of a first-time driver downshifting. And it’s about as comfortable. It happens quickly — T-shirts and shorts are traded for sweaters and scarves in the space of a day around these parts. It doesn’t […]

Texico exits early in Class 2A

CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero
Texico senior Kimber Harrison lunges for a dig during Friday’s Class 2A quarterfinal match against Hatch Valley in Rio Rancho.

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — For the first time in at least seven years, the Texico Lady Wolverines won’t be in the Class 2A volleyball state championship match. Texico, which won six titles in a row from 2006-11 before losing to Bosque in last year’s final, was eliminated by sixth-seeded Hatch Valley 25-19, 25-23, 25-20 […]

Railroad crossing expected to be done by Wednesday

A spokesman for BNSF Railways said a railroad crossing project should be finished Wednesday, but said the original reason he gave for delays was inaccurate. Joe Faust of BNSF said the crossing improvement on U.S. 60/84 at the state line, which was scheduled for completion Nov. 5, has been delayed due to structural challenges and […]

Driving with a girlfriend in the back of the truck

The Lady of the House and I were eastbound on I-10 headed home. I chuckled a bit. “What’s funny?” asked The Lady of the House. “Just remembering another road trip,” I said. “Boy, things sure are different since you and I have been together.” So I told her of the 600-some-odd mile road trip I […]