New Zias basketball coach adds pair of signees

CMI staff First-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Josh Prock has added two prospects to the returnees from a year ago. Signing with ENMU were Breanna Conway, a 6-foot-1 junior post from Murrieta, Calif., and a transfer from Prock’s old stomping grounds, Howard Payne University, and Rodneisha Milum, a 6-foot junior post from […]

ENMU’s Terry takes baseball post at Regis

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com As the new school year begins, Eastern New Mexico University is looking for a new baseball coach. Chris Terry, who has been the Greyhounds’ coach for the past two seasons, on Monday informed the school that has accepted the same position at Regis University in Denver, a Division […]

Hounds expecting 130-140 prospects for first practices

CMI staff Second-year Eastern New Mexico University football coach Josh Lynn isn’t sure how many candidates will be on hand for the start of practice, but it’ll be a large number. Lynn said Monday the Greyhounds expect “between 130 and 140” prospects when preseason practice commences today. The returning players are scheduled to go from […]

Rams get into swing of practice

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com It was obvious by the intensity and direction of Monday morning’s gathering of football hopefuls that this wasn’t just a summer workout. This was real practice at Portales High School, and it showed as the Rams began preparing for the upcoming football season. Everyone looked in sync, […]

Greyhounds picked for sixth in LSC poll

CMI STAFF Aside from a few members missing, the 2013 Lone Star Conference preseason football poll looks a lot like the 2012 final standings. West Texas A&M, which shared the LSC title last season with Midwestern State, beat out the Mustangs in the preseason poll with 16 first-place votes. Midwestern took three first-place votes to […]

In search of ponies: The power of hunger

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By Sharna Johnson CMI columnist Easy vittles. Yep, vittles have motivated creatures for as long as there have been creatures, and easy vittles are a dream come true. Sure, it’s easy to forget just how compelling food can be when one is well fed and satiated, but one trip to the grocery on an empty […]

In search of ponies: Rain can be mixed bag for pets

Do not panic. That strange shine everywhere is perfectly normal and the clean smell in the air, well, it may not happen real often in dusty cattle country, but it is normal(ish), too. Rest assured, despite how frighteningly odd all the sloshing and splashing around town may be, it is completely safe to continue on […]

Local student scores align with state results

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The state’s high school students improved their reading proficiency scores on standardized tests this year, but there were declines for students in grades 4-6, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday. Locally, test scores tell a similar story. Clovis High School students in grades 10-11 saw gains in reading scores […]

My Turn — I know this little house

This little house was built in the sixties. A young family lived there, and it served them well. Later, it became a wise investment for them… a rent house providing years of income. This little house had a new owner. Good intentions. Remodeling in mind. Work began. Horrible habits in the way. Plans sideswiped. House […]

Is there a doctor in the horse?

Getting injured is an embarrassment to a cowboy. Unlike professional athletes with trainers and insurance, “playing hurt” is expected in the cowboy world. It is part of the cowboy mentality; which is better, letting your broken arm heal or repelling down the face of Mt. Everest on a dare? Dave had two 3-year-old fillies in […]

Father shares rodeo with son

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Teen says his confidence and strength to compete in rodeo from from father’s support By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Joshua Walker knows that when he’s astride his horse, ready to dominate in tie-down roping, he can look back and his father will be there. It’s something he can count on because is father […]

Events Calendar — June 12

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tiny Earth Shakers — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “A Very Merry Unbirthday” will be featured. For children in preschool. Information: 356-3940. Circuit training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Thursday Rock stars — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Musician Andy […]

Students need to know loan obligations

We don’t need what U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., calls “a manufactured crisis.” But once again Democrats and Republicans are at odds. This time in the Senate over a fix for student loan interest rates. On July 1, interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans are set to double to 2008 levels — from 3.4 […]

Road Construction – June 4

U.S. 70 reconstruction project to move U.S. 70 reconstruction project officials say they're moving construction work to the intersection of Main and First streets for the month of June, according to a Constructors, Inc. press release. With this move, they ask motorists to expect the temporary closure of Main Street off of First Street with […]

Local children compete in spelling bee

Maura Mohesky made an important step toward competing in the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C., when she spelled the word wanderlust correctly Saturday at the Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. Mohesky, a seventh-grader at Portales Junior High, won the senior division of the county spelling bee and will advance to state finals March 23 in […]

Schools carry on despite flu

While the nation and the state worry through an unusually severe outbreak of influenza, schools in Curry and Roosevelt counties seem to be carrying on with no more absences than usual. Only two districts, Dora and Elida, reported greater illness rates than usual, but officials in neither district were able to say whether the flu […]

Open auditions held

The sound of thuds, groans and sarcastic attitudes painted a picture of dry humor as Eastern New Mexico University students and staff engaged in a back and forth dialogue while reading from the script, "Will Someone Please Tell Me What's Going on Here?" An open audition was held for the radio drama Wednesday in ENMU's […]

Restaurant no longer opening

The former Portales Dairy Queen building is remaining vacant because Roma's Italian Restaurant will no longer be coming to Portales, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Doug Redmond said Tuesday. Mario Arjula, owner of Clovis' Roma's, had plans to open up a cafe-style restaurant, which would have served pasta and pizza, in late October. Redmond […]

Portales business expands

Owners of Ashley Furniture in Portales are preparing to expand their services to Clovis at a location on Prince Street. Cassidy Self, part-owner of the store along with her father Max Merrick, said they wanted to open up an additional location in Clovis to better serve the community. "With all the growth happening, we felt […]

Farmers eligible for help

After the area has been declared a disaster from experiencing the effects of a severe three-year drought, eastern New Mexico farmers are now eligible for emergency drought assistance but local farmers aren't buying. Nineteen counties in New Mexico and hundreds across the nation have been designated as primary natural disaster areas to the recent drought […]