Hounds roll past Bulldogs

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Even at less than full strength, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were too much on Saturday for former Lone Star Conference rival Southwestern Oklahoma. Senior guard Devone Davis scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added seven assists at the Greyhounds — coming off two tough losses in the previous […]

Real life is not like the movies

As icy roads delayed my Thanksgiving trip to Dallas, I browsed through a scrapbook and found a poem a long-ago neighbor had given me 15 years ago from her 20-year-old son. As I write this, their Portales house with the snowy roof sits as cold and empty as their 1998 Christmas. To drape their painful […]

Pray Supreme Court sees the light

Religious liberty is front and center on the nation’s Thanksgiving table. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby’s faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of […]

Gay marriage group important step forward

New Mexicans are still waiting for a decision from the state Supreme Court on whether same-sex marriages are legal in New Mexico. The court heard oral arguments in October, but no ruling has been issued. Considering the legal issues and writing the decision takes time, obviously. Even so, supporters of marriage equality are not simply […]

Firefighter part of growing movement

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rodney Alanis took a month of wisecracks about his newly grown mustache for a cause that’s close to his heart. It’s the men that he admires in his life that inspired the 34-year-old Clovis firefighter to put down the razor for the 30 days of November and grow […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners will get an update on county investments from financial advisor Rob Burpo Tuesday when they meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. There is no action agenda. A tour of the jail and juvenile detention center is scheduled to take place after the meeting is adjourned. The consent agenda […]

Empty stocking fund: Family H

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstance: This family lost their car because of auto problems. They now bought a “new” used car, but it took all the saved money. This is a single mother who works hard trying to take care of her family. Needs: Boy,10, wants a Remote Control […]

Road work this week

Clovis Starting Monday, Schepps Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between 7th Street and US 60/70/84 while street improvements are being made by K. Barnett & Sons. Construction is scheduled to last four weeks, depending on weather. Clovis Community College traffic should use the Trades Road entrance for access during the construction period. For […]

Trustee: Costco owes Sunland about $4 million

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A court-appointed trustee says Costco Wholesale owes Sunland Inc. about $4 million after abruptly canceling its contract five days before the defunct Portales peanut processor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Costco’s cancellation of the contract now appears to be the catalyst for Sunland’s Chapter 7 filing, forcing […]

What’s happening — Dec. 1

Monday Parks and Recreation and Beautification meeting — 5:30 p.m., 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828 Tuesday Board of County Commissioners regular meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North annex. Information: 763-5591 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting – 8 a.m., CCC Room 512. Information: 575-769-4001 Read with a dog — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Clovis-Carver […]

Young Cats expect growing pains

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The fairest expectation for the Clovis Wildcats this year may be that it’s tough to know just what to expect. With the Wildcats set to host Rio Rancho tonight to open the season, third-year coach Matt King knows that Class 5A, and Clovis, has a lot of questions […]

Big plays end Farwell’s playoff run

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CANYON, Texas — The Farwell Steers thought if they could contain Wellington’s big plays, they could give the unbeaten Skyrockets a run for their money in a Texas Class 1A Division II regional game on Friday at West Texas A&M’s Kimbrough Stadium. Two-thirds of the time, they were […]

Hounds’ rally falls short again

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Devon Branch, returning after missing four games with a knee injury, scored 27 points to lift Pittsburg State past Eastern New Mexico University’s men 86-84 on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Greyhounds, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and […]

Small business patronage encouraged

CMI staff The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce plans to boost its new “shop local” program during today’s Business Saturday. The chamber created a Portales Pride Card, which residents can purchase for $5. Cardholders are granted access to sales and deals provided by local participating businesses. Chamber Director Karl Terry said $3 of the card […]

In search of ponies: Mascot work isn’t easy

They are included in all of the important days. OK, so most of the time they are ON the table, but they are included nonetheless. If they strictly went by symbolism, it’s a safe bet turkeys would never guess they were to be the guest of honor at dinners everywhere, albeit in the most unpleasant […]

McGee: Sometimes it’s best not knowing

When I was a kid, my pals and I had the run of the neighborhood. We ran through front yards, we wore paths through backyards. The neighbors didn’t seem to mind. Maybe they did but they didn’t say anything. Then somebody new moved into the neighborhood. One day as we were dashing across his front […]

Empty Stocking Fund profile — Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 2 Children: 1 (8 months) Special circumstance: This family needed help this year because the family had to move to Clovis is order to take of a sick family member. Because of the added responsibilities of care giving, the mother has not been able to get a job. Needs: […]

What's happening — Nov. 29

Friday Black Friday Bowling 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Keystone Club 7:30 p.m., Youth Center Saturday Youth Cosmic Bowling 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Cosmic Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Sunday 12 Days of Fitness Begins All Day, Fitness Center Football Frenzy 10:30 a.m., Drop Zone Monday Chess 6 p.m., Community Center Football Frenzy 6 […]

Helping give thanks

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com More than 150 volunteers joined forces at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday to serve up a hot Thanksgiving meal to those less fortunate. Cannon Air Force Base airmen, high school basketball players and community members alike took time out of their holiday to serve steaming heaps of turkey, stuffing and […]