Pets always grow on us

He was trouble from the first minutes I knew him but somehow the little Dalmatian won my heart over. We first met in a weekly newspaper office in Colorado where I was publisher. It was a dog friendly workplace for the most part and I only had one person that wasn’t all that into dogs. […]

Legislators outline session priorities


By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Local lawmakers are preparing to head to Santa Fe in the next couple of weeks for a 30-day session. Although completing the state’s budget is the top task for the Legislature, local representatives say there are other issues they hope to address during the session. State lawmakers from […]

Entities prepare for projects

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer 2014 will kick off major capital projects for both Portales and Roosevelt County. Here are projects residents can look forward to starting this year:   Portales Wastewater treatment plant and reuse center Cost: $27 million The city is advertising for bids today for the first part of the […]

Family says son’s night spent in jail makes no sense

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Marcus Lewis, 12, and his mother Denise Eaton look over a blank tort claim they said Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders gave Marcus after apologizing for mistakenly arresting him recently near his home. Lewis spent a night in juvenile jail after being booked on a warrant for another juvenile with a similar name.

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Marcus Lewis, 12, is “a little annoyed” at being arrested by Clovis police and jailed overnight in a case of mistaken identify. Marcus said he has accepted an apology from Chief Steve Sanders and is ready to move on. His mother Denise Eaton, however, has hired an attorney […]

Police blotter — Jan. 5

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs:   Caller reported: Thursday: • 12:05 a.m.: Officer request, 600 block of South Abilene. • 12:09 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1300 block of Oakwood Circle. • 12:43 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1600 block of South Avenue E. • 12:58 a.m.: Traffic stop, 100 block of South Chicago. • 1:02 a.m.: […]

Events calendar — Jan. 5

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598.   Tuesday Roosevelt General Hospital Blood Drive — 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., RGH. Information: 1-800-333-6920 or visit to schedule an appointment. Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room. Information: […]

Zias anxious to start LSC play

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had a chance to put together a three-game winning streak heading into the holiday break, but the Zias ran into a wall. ENMU (2-6) led 83-75 before Wayland Baptist ran off the final 17 points of their Dec. 13 matchup […]

Family keeps roping tradition going

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
zZant Zamora, 15, left, watches his father Kenny Zamora as he announces times during the World Series of Team Roping qualifying event on Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Zamora Roping Productions promoted the event, and they put on events in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Kenny Zamora is also a 1985 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI STAFF WRITER Fifteen-year old Zant Zamora anxiously watched his father, Kenny, as he updated the crowd on standings in the World Series of Team Roping on Saturday at Curry County Events Center, and the time of the most recent competitor on Saturday. He then scurried over to the business […]

Saturday area prep summary — Jan. 4

Girls Elida 57, Santa Rosa 39 Elida (6-4) — Kayla Summers 3, Marily Varela 7, Madi Haley 2, Hunter Haley 24, Taylor Epps 4, Kynzie Creighton 2, Kaylen Jasso 13, Lauren Stone 2. Totals 22 12-22 57. Santa Rosa (4-3) — Ayla Weaver 3, Charmaine Benally 2, Chandelle Sisneros 1, Veronica Sanchez 21, Lauren Green […]

Centennial turns back Cats down stretch

CMI staff LAS CRUCES — On a night where the margin for error was small, the Clovis Wildcats had a tough time closing things out on the road. Cesar Molina scored 19 points to lead three in double figures, and Class 4A Las Cruces Centennial survived the fourth quarter for a 59-53 win on Friday […]

Lady Cats stand 13-0 after romp over Storm

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s girls made short work of struggling Rio Rancho Cleveland on Friday night. Led by 20 points from junior guard Danni Williams, the Lady Wildcats scored the game’s first eight points and steadily pulled away from there for a 73-32 drubbing of the Storm. The defending Class 5A champion […]

Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 4

Boys Vaughn 69, Clovis Christian 40 Vaughn (1-3) — Christian Menedez 28, Hector Mendoza 25, Dillon Perez 12, Victor Garcia 2, Ruben Rodriguez 2. Totals 31 4-10 69. Clovis Christian (4-3) — Dalton Hardy 13, J.V. Perales 2, Will Ramsey 4, Tucker Fly 2, Michael Furrow 19. Totals 18 3-17 40. Vaughn    19    23    15   […]

Canine’s our best compass

Sharna Johnson

Next time you lose your bearings, forget the compass and look instead for the nearest squatting dog to help you find your way. When a dog begins the sniff-circle-sniff dance, it’s usually pretty clear they have purpose — that there is some deep intent and methodology in the way they conduct their hunt for the […]

Yes, I mind if you smoke…

Grant McGee

A recent news story brought back a memory from long ago. It seems young man in Australia blew up some cars and burned away his britches because he was smoking a cigarette while siphoning off gas. I have a healthy respect for the power of gasoline, drilled into me by the leaders of my Boy […]

Costco could recoup most of peanut purchase price

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Retail giant Costco could get back most of the estimated $12.5 million worth of peanuts it purchased for defunct Portales processor Sunland Inc. under a complicated deal granted in bankruptcy court. The deal approved in late December by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma allows Costco to retrieve the […]

Answering the call

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

Enjoy family activities often

Last week, when I touted the virtues of the Albuquerque Biopark Light Show, I was speaking from only conjecture and reputation. I’d never seen it, only seen the highlights, images, TV news coverage, etc. This week, after we have taken our grandchildren Jason and Mikayla to the show, I can honestly say that it went […]

Coercion a human-created problem

I have learned that most people don’t want solutions. They want temporary stop-gaps that make them feel a little better because they are “doing something” without really examining the status quo. All they are really doing is allowing the problem to grow larger and more dire after having been kicked down the road for someone […]

Don’t let your pet go AWOL

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pest management section is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and protection of all base infrastructures and is the source for all residents of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., regarding their responsibilities as pet owners. “We […]

SecAF message to Airmen

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force Dec. 13 and sworn-in Dec. 20. In the video, James gives her first remarks as secretary about what Airmen and their families can expect from her in the future. James is responsible for the affairs of […]