Merchandise dump drives local officials nuts

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Texas Woman’s edges Zias in opener, claims sweep

CMI staff Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team came within two innings of extending its winning streak to three games, but left Friday afternoon with a two-game losing skid instead. Visiting Texas Woman’s rallied for two runs in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, then took a 5-4 win when leftfielder Tealey Farquhar homered […]

Suit between former Clovis coach, NMAA comes to close

CMI staff The legal battle between former Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler and the New Mexico Activities Association came to an official close this week. The U.S. District Court in Santa Fe on Wednesday filed an order of dismissal with prejudice, meaning neither party will bring the issue back to court again. Each […]

Angelo exploits Hound miscues to claim win

CMI staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team continues to struggle trying to close out close games in Lone Star Conference play. Junior first baseman Blake Cooper belted his second home run of the game, a two-out, two-run shot in the top of the ninth, but the Rams responded for three […]

Portales moves to 3-0 on softball season

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Portales High’s softball team opened its own weekend tournament with a walk in the park on Friday. Taking advantage of nine Santa Fe Indian errors, the Lady Rams needed only three innings to run-rule the Lady Braves 15-0 at Wheeler Park. PHS (3-0) added a 14-4 win over Las Vegas Robertson […]

Bulldogs outslug Wildcats

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s baseball team hit the ball well enough to win Friday. The Wildcats had trouble keeping Artesia in check. The Bulldogs broke the game open with an eight-run fourth to hand CHS a 13-4 loss in the consolation semifinals of the Rio Rancho Invitational. CHS (4-6) faces Roswell Goddard, […]

CHS softball drops pair

CMI staff RIO RANCHO — Playing Class 5A second-ranked Onate didn’t do a lot for Clovis High’s confidence. Playing Navajo Prep, on the other hand, did. The Lady Cats put some offense together, but committed eight errors and dropped a 17-7 decision to the unbeaten (10-0) Lady Knights in the opening round of the Kristin […]

Rams struggle in opening meet

CMI staff RUIDOSO — The Clovis High boys golf team came up short in its bid to win the season-opening Great 8 tournament on Friday at The Links. More disappointing for the Wildcats, though, was that they couldn’t get the first of three needed legs toward Class 5A state competition. Class 1A-3A power Socorro held […]

Honors — March 29

Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do Taekwon-Do Students Qualify to Compete in Rome, Italy Black belts from Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do were in Houston two weekends ago qualifying for the International Taekwon-Do World Championships. This is the sport’s equivalent of the Olympics. To qualify, a black belt must compete against black belts from across the United States […]

Officials: 58 truckloads of peanut butter in Clovis landfill

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullucks
A bulldozer crushes hundreds of jars of peanut butter from defunct Sunland Inc. on Friday afternoon at the Clovis landfill.

By Christina Calloway ccalloway@pntonline.com Locals think there could have been better uses for the near million jars of peanut butter that were dumped in Clovis’ landfill. The criticized move was made to expedite the sale of Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant to Golden Boy Foods Ltd. of Canada, a $26 million deal that is expected to […]

Lady Rams bounce back with win over Goddard

CMI staff ROSWELL — The Portales High girls tennis team bounced back nicely on Thursday from an 8-1 loss two days earlier in Clovis. The boys, meantime, with just six players to begin with, were down to four by the end of their dual with Roswell Goddard. Portales handed the Lady Rockets a 6-3 loss […]

PHS golf squads have new coaches

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com It was a long season last spring for the Portales High boys golf team. The Rams never got anyone close to qualifying for the Class 1A-3A state meet, but first-year coach and PHS alum Matt Hunton said things should be better this season. “There’s some good talent,” said […]

Police blotter — March 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 2:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1700 block of North Avenue K. • 4:11 a.m.: Breathing problems, location unknown. • 7:12 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 8:23 a.m.: Animal complaint, 100 block of Airport Road. • 8:55 a.m.: Officer requested, 1200 […]

Sleep as necessary as food

I’ve slept since then, so I don’t remember when it aired, but several years ago, “60 Minutes” did an interesting story on “sleep.” Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been very good at. But if anyone has pointers, I’m willing to listen. What I heard was fascinating. Modern folks in our society have been a […]

Lifetime of agriculture

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Portales High ag teacher Jerry Faver shows students how to identify different herbs for a horticulture produce contest. Faver said he likes to teach with a hands-on approach instead of from a book.

Editor’s note: The “Meet the” series profiles the people behind groups, organizations and businesses in the community. By Lillian Bowe PNT staff writer lbowe@pntonline.com Most of Jerry Faver’s life has revolved around agriculture. Growing up on a ranch near Tucumcari and being involved in FFA while in high school helped him decide to become an […]

Favorite story is about five monkeys

Joan Clayton retired from newspaper column writing last month. She is 85 and decided it was time to seek new adventure. She’s had plenty adventure already, especially when she taught elementary school for 31 years. “… My children in my classroom taught me a lot about life and relationships instead of me teaching them,” she […]

Events calendar — March 28

Today Dead Man’s Cell Phone — 7 p.m., Studio Theater, University Theater Center. General Admission: $5, or free with a current ENMU student ID Information: Shirlene Peters, 562-2711. Jazzfest — 7 p.m., Buchanan Hall. Information: Kathi Fraze, 562-2377. Floyd Senior class Navajo taco sale — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Floyd School Gym. Taco, drink […]

Nothing beats the ‘Toy Story’ movies

I finally watched the new Disney animated movie “Frozen” and it was as cute as everyone said it was. I don’t know if it’s at the top of my Disney list as many others are saying it is for them, because for me, nothing beats the “Toy Story” movies. Anything Pixar tends to be on […]

Grouse makes threatened list

Michael Pearce: MCT photo
A male lesser prairie

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com In a decision the Fish and Wildlife Service admits isn’t appealing to governors of its five affected states, and a decision that local officials think may deserve an appeal, the lesser prairie chicken has been selected for placement as a threatened species. The decision by Fish and Wildlife […]

Sunland changes hands

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Community leaders say after days of uncertainty, they’re happy that Sunland Inc. has a new owner and are excited to work with the new community partner. Bankruptcy Trustee Clarke Coll said Thursday the sale of the defunct peanut giant to Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods Ltd., with […]