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 [...]