Spring signals start of tornado season

Tonjia Rolan Spring is a little more than a week away. So is the start of tornado season on the High Plains. Eastern New Mexico spawns 75 percent of the state’s thunderstorms that produce tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website. The state sees about 10 twisters a year and thunderstorm and […]

U.S. 70 reconstruction to begin soon

Christina Calloway The New Mexico Department of Transportation has made a preliminary award of contract to a company out of Carlsbad for the reconstruction of U.S. 70. The reconstruction will take place from Avenue K to Bryan Street,which will replace the existing asphalt with concrete pavement. The work is expected to begin in late March […]

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Texas-Permian Basin sweeps Zias

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CMI staff Aurelia Sandoval did her part Wednesday in Eastern New Mexico University’s softball home opener on Wednesday. Unfortunately for the Zias, it wasn’t nearly enough. Sandoval, a freshman catcher from Farmington, delivered grand slam home runs in each game against Texas-Permian Basin at Zia Softball Field. The Falcons, though, walked away with 8-5 and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Senate work, stars shine and Mantle says it’s so

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Intern opportunity Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices. Washington internships have two sessions for summer interns: May 29 – June 29 […]

ENMU squads receive tough tourney draws

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Dave Wagner Three of Eastern New Mexico University’s four injured players could be available today when the sixth-seeded Greyhounds take on rival West Texas A&M in an 11 a.m. (MST) quarterfinal of the Lone Star Conference men’s basketball tournament at Allen, Texas. Senior guard Stefan Mirabal (hamstring) has missed the team’s last five games, while […]

NMHU outslugs Hounds

CMI staff Third baseman Josh McMahon drove in four runs with a pair of hits and New Mexico Highlands outslugged Eastern New Mexico University 14-10 on Tuesday in a game shortened to five innings, in part due to the blustery conditions. The Cowboys (6-1) had two innings of at least five runs while the Greyhouds […]

Cadaver gives ENMU students new learning opportunities

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While classmates may be intimidated with working on a cadaver, two Eastern New Mexico University students are eager to put on scrubs and seize the rare opportunity. Junior Meghan Howard is among the students in the science department that gets to work with the school’s first cadaver, which was donated to the science department and […]

Dora news: Feb. 28

Students qualify for nationals Nineteen Dora High School Business Professional Association members and sponsor, Colleen Tollett, attended the State Leadership Conference in Albuquerque Feb. 16-18. Participants came back with top awards and 14 students qualified for the National Leadership Conference. Daniella Montanez was elected as the 2012-2013 state secretary/treasurer and will represent New Mexico at […]

Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of town, were on […]

New facility boosts expo attendance

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The new Roosevelt County Events Arena played a major role in the success of this year’s Roosevelt County Ag Expo, according to expo officials. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce director Karl Terry said in previous years the two-day event had exhibitions divided between as many as seven buildings and areas. “It was like an Easter […]

Their view: Health insurance does not guarantee treatment

Steve Jacob, a veteran health-care journalist, writes about a potential doctor shortage in New Mexico in coming years:

Greyhounds edge Aggies

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University’s men know where they’ll be seeded in next week’s Lone Star Conference basketball tournament. Now, they hope more reinforcements are on the way. Senior guard Reggie Nelson returned from a two-game suspension to score 23 points and junior point guard Devone Davis converted a go-ahead 3-point play with 53 […]

Zias rally to beat Cameron

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Kevin Wilson If the night for Eastern New Mexico junior Hannah Altheide wasn’t enough indication, there was plenty of evidence to show that it didn’t matter how the Zias started Wednesday night, but how they finished that would matter the most. After letting a 12-point lead slip away in the second half, Eastern New Mexico […]

ENMU hosting regional science fair

ENMU press release Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host the annual Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair in the Campus Union Ballroom on Saturday. The Science Fair is open to students from the 6th through the 12th grade. Entries are being accepted for individual projects and team projects (Junior Division only). The entry […]

Shorthanded Hounds halted in overtime

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Kevin Wilson Eastern New Mexico University’s men may have gotten an “A” for effort, but Saturday was an “L” no matter how it got sliced. Fighting to move up the Lone Star Conference standings, and fighting against its personnel limitations, the Greyhounds fell 67-62 in overtime against a Texas A&M-Commerce team that was even more […]

New arena highlight of Ag Expo

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Alisa Boswell The main cause of excitement for the 20th annual Roosevelt County Ag Expo is the new Roosevelt County Event Arena, which will house all of this year’s vendor booths at the event. Roosevelt County Ag Agent Patrick Kircher said the new facility puts all vendors under one roof. “I think it will allow […]

Former Clovis High principal takes new post

CMI staff Former Clovis High Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of deputy superintendent of operations for Clovis Municipal Schools. Balch has served as the director of operations since July 2011. He has also been a principal at Bovina High School and Yucca Middle School. Balch, a native of Clovis, will begin on July […]

PNT ownership changes hands

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CMI Staff New owners Garry Ellis and Gary Stevenson say acquisition of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun marks the end of a 2 1/2-year search “for just the right (media) property.” The two are partners in Clovis Media Inc., which assumed ownership today of the three papers from Freedom Communications, […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]