After death, life explained quite well

Wendel Sloan

Nancy Gentry recently reminded me of a tribute I wrote after legendary Portales resident Dallan Sanders, 60, passed away on Sept. 2, 1999, following neck surgery in Albuquerque. Spookily, due to a glitch, I received my final email from Dallan, titled “The Explanation of Life,” the day after he died. He wrote, “The surgery is […]

New Mexicans deserve due process

“What do you guys call Susana Martinez? Governor? Dictator?” Barney barked into my ear. It was my New Jersey friend’s Smirnoff voice, never a good sign. The Pinot Grigio Barney is slightly smoother. The erstwhile curmudgeon has this wrongheaded idea his state is a model of modern democratic eminence while New Mexico is still sitting […]

Clovis Music Festival kicking off Thursday

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer The 26th annual Clovis Music Festival kicks off this week and music lovers are gearing up for a rockin’ good time. Music festival Chairman Randy Petty said he’s been hearing good things from people about this year’s lineup. “Everybody’s excited that we’re doing something a little different,” he […]

Official: Jail kitchen remodel in final stages

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer The kitchen remodeling project at the Curry County jail is in its final stages, and the kitchen will be ready to operate pending an inspection from a state fire marshall on Tuesday, according to Two Horse Construction President Wayne Petner. “If everything goes well,” said County Manager Lance […]

Residents weigh in on same-sex marriage

By Kevin Baird and Emily Crowe CNJ staff writers Same-sex marriage has become a hot topic in New Mexico in recent weeks with several county clerks throughout the state issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, while others remain vehemently opposed to doing so. “I am not afraid to say that Curry County is not going […]

Q&A: Great White vocalist promises to give 100 percent

Much like another Clovis Music Festival headliner, Jack Russell has the Beatles to thank for his career in music. Though his band, Great White, has seen several different lineups throughout the years, Russell is the band’s original vocalist and promises to give his fans 100 percent at every performance. The late ’80s and early ’90s […]

Public officials have no authority on marriage

The gay marriage issue has divided friends and neighbors, Christians and non-believers across the nation and around town. Despite the differences, most of us can at least agree on this much: It’s none of government’s business. New Mexico’s county clerks last week asked the courts to decide on whether they should issue marriage licenses to […]

Hunting season opens

CNJ staff Hunting season is upon us with today serving as opening day for deer, elk, squirrels, doves, grouse and band-tailed pigeons in New Mexico, according to a NM Department of Game and Fish news release. Hunters are urged to stress safety in the field, especially during archery seasons when hunters commonly are dressed in […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County commissioners meet 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the north annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library to consider the following: • Discussion and action concerning the DWI vehicle forfeiture ordinance. The ordinance calls for seizure of repeat DWI offender’s vehicles upon arrest or conviction. In June Frank Blackburn offered a motion to repeal the […]

The president’s “secret school”

Grant McGee

The President graduated from the same high school as my brother. In our family it’s no big deal; my sister went there too. This was all back when our dad had a job in Hawai’i. They tested me to see if I’d be attending classes there but they wanted to set me back a grade, […]

What’s happening — Sept. 1

Today Derby Girl Evolution — 7 p.m., Dirty Curry Prairie Dolls vs. Dumas Derby Moore County Misfits, Roller World, 1721 Wallace St. Information: 763-3435. Biggest Catfish Challenge — 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Oasis State Park. Prizes will be awarded. The entry fee is $5 per person and there is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee to […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013, for  Labor Day: • American Heritage Bank • Bank of America • Bank of Clovis • Cannon Federal Credit Union • Citizens Bank • James Polk Stone Community Bank • New Mexico Bank & Trust • U.S. Bank • Western Bank of Clovis • Wells […]

Police blotter — Sept. 1

There is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Thursday Caller reported: • 1:39 a.m.: Domestic in progress, 300 block of Tucker Avenue. • 3:29 p.m.: Shots fired, 400 block of West 12th Street. • 3:35 p.m.: Situation Check, 3500 block of Adenmore Court. • 6:38 a.m.: Remove subject, 400 block of […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week:   City of Clovis Norris Street was opened Monday to traffic between Mollie Circle And Wilhite Road. Norris Street remained closed from the south side of Mollie Circle to Llano Estacado for reconstruction of the area which began with utility relocations as well as the installation […]

Football fanatics heard throughout both counties

By Christina Calloway and Kevin Wilson CMI staff writers Before the sound of loud, passionate cheering coming from hundreds of dedicated Portales High School football fans, Dennis Lopez enjoys the sound of a cackling sizzle on the grill. The former Roosevelt County commissioner said that’s the sound people will hear before every Rams home game […]

Los Lunas attorney to represent accused killer Noe Torres

CNJ staff Los Lunas attorney Stacey Ward said she agreed Friday to represent accused child killer Noe Torres. Ward said she has been in talks with Torres’ mother and after receiving a down payment, Ward agreed to represent Torres. During an Aug. 12 hearing, Judge Drew Tatum told Torres he change attorneys. Ward said she […]

Former treasurer indicted by jury

CMI staff The former treasurer of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Foundation was indicted by a Curry County Grand Jury on Friday, accused of embezzling $296,000, according to a press release from District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said Charles W. Fleming, 54, of Clovis, a certified public accountant, faces 20 felony charges of embezzlement. The […]

Rams get revenge on Robertson

Rams senior Marcos Lucero gets a step on Robertson’s James Gonzales III in the second quarter of Friday’s game at Greyhound Stadium. The pass was incomplete. By Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — After a bit of a rough start, the Portales Rams got the Robertson monkey off their backs Friday night. Sophomore running back […]

Prep football capsules — Aug. 30

Melrose 72, Alamo Navajo 0 • Records: Alamo Navajo 0-1, Melrose 1-0. • Difference: Melrose scored twice in the first 1:46 of the game and were never challenged in a contest that was ended at halftime by the state’s 45-point rule. • Difference-makers: Melrose, eighth-grader Cade Barnard ran for three touchdowns and threw for another […]

Cherry Creek dominates Cats in opener

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer When you win the battle at the line and give your skill players an open field to work with, football’s not a very complicated game. When you don’t, a night of football is pretty forgettable. Cherry Creek, Colo., did the former, and consistently got big plays when it […]