My Turn — With friendly neighbors, you’re never lost

Christina Calloway

I want to give credit to our elderly and those who remember a time before the GPS. I have a horrible sense of direction and can’t read a map to save my life. I attempted to find a house in Causey last week using Google Maps. The person’s home, which was nearly 40 minutes from […]

Engagements — Oct. 6

Stroud-Morgan David Stroud of Portales and Virginia Jones of Clovis announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Kathryn Stroud of Portales, to Jesse Morgan of Portales, son of Brad Morgan and Shelly Morgan of Portales. The bride-to-be graduated from Clovis High School in 2012. She is attending Clovis Community College, pursuing a degree in elementary […]

Portales sweeps by Roswell to move to 8-1

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com One team, Roswell High, has kept the Portales High volleyball squad from being unbeaten to this point in the season. On Tuesday night, the Lady Rams made amends for that setback with a 25-14, 25-22, 25-13 thrashing of the Lady Coyotes at the Ram Athletic Center. Senior Kristen […]

School Menus — Sept. 22

Editor’s Note: The school menus regularly run in the Lifestyles section, but were moved due to space constraints.   Clovis elementary schools Monday: Breakfast — egg & cheese biscuit. Lunch — chicken spaghetti, garden salad, mini carrots & ranch, orange smiles. Tuesday: Breakfast — banana bread. Lunch — goldfish turkey & cheese sandwich, sweet potato […]

Fugitive captured in Texas

CMI staff A tip to Crime Stoppers has ended with the capture of a murder suspect and fugitive who was the subject of a manhunt in Texas and eastern New Mexico. A deputy at the Parmer County Sheriff’s office confirmed Alejandro Rodriguez, 20, was caught Friday by U.S. Marshals at a motel in Potter County. […]

Rainfall helps crops, hinders construction

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A large truck drives through a puddle on the corner of South Avenue D and 17th Street on Wednesday afternoon during the rainstorm.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County farmer Greg Burris knows that any rain in the area is a timely rain since the drought has plagued farmers for the past three years, but Wednesday’s showers specifically helped save his wheat crop. “It will tremendously help it,” Burris said. “We were getting on the […]

Portales City Sports gets new athletic director

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Portales City Sports is under new management. Strawberry Robinson, who has been employed at the Portales Recreation Center for more than four years, is now running the show as the sports athletic director.   What is the difference between your former position and your current position? There […]

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 […]