Two new faces on Melrose city council

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Curry County’s municipal elections had few contested races this year, although in Melrose there was an interesting twist. In the Melrose councilor race for two at-large positions, H.P. Cargile and Ronald Moore ousted incumbents Jewell Hill and Darrell Bostwick. Cargile said he was not really expecting a big […]

Book club followers need to catch up

During a presentation on public speaking I heard last week, I was told that only 1 percent of people take the time to write down what they want to accomplish … and that those people accomplish 80 percent of what they write down. With that in mind, consider this the first installment of the Kevin […]

1st Amendment applies to all — even bigots

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. If anyone is wondering whether it should be legal for a business owner to discriminate against gay people, or black people or short people, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution settles the dispute quickly. Just base your claim […]

Pious Pete declines to attend God’s party

Curtis Shelburne

Someone has called Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son “the Gospel within the Gospels” as in it Jesus tells us the story of us all, and the story of God’s love. You know the story. A father has two sons. The younger son—immature, rebellious, and headstrong— impetuously demands his inheritance, takes off to a “far […]

Lady Cats win twice, Cats split in tennis at Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — Clovis High’s girls continued their fast start this season with a pair of wins on Friday in the Paul Baker Invitational tennis tournament. In a four-team event in which each team played two of the others, the Lady Wildcats whipped Lovington 8-1 and New Mexico Military 5-0, the latter called off […]

Election ballots

Election day is March 4. Ballots may be cast from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for any district at any of the following locations: • Colonial Park Golf Course, 1300 Colonial Parkway • Youth Recreation Building, 1504 E. 7th St. • Roy Walker Community Center, 316 W. 2nd St. • Trinity United Methodist, 1320 W. […]

Wildcadettes place strong in national competition

CMI STAFF The Clovis High Wildcadettes finished first in four events in their division Saturday in the 2014 Orlando Dance/Drill Team National Competition in Orlando, Fla. The Wildcadettes finished fifth overall among the 14 teams entered. The events the Wildcadettes won were team novelty, team hip hop, team pom and team military in the novice […]

Police blotter — March 4

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Friday • 2:48 a.m.: Death, unattended, 500 block of Kathie Drive. • 3:16 a.m.: Criminal damage over $1000, 400 block of Circle Drive. • 7:34 a.m.: Burglary, 2900 block of Cesar Chavez. • 7:41 a.m.: Battery on a household member, 1000 block of North […]

What’s happening — March 4

Today Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North Annex. Information: 763-6016. Local Growth Management Committee meeting — 2 p.m., Ingram room, Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 769-7828.   Wednesday Toddler Time — 10 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Read with a Dog — 1 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 575-769-7840. Clovis Community College Board of […]

Snow, ice cause accidents across area

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Snow and ice caused dozens of vehicle accidents across the region Sunday, and claimed the life of a Clovis resident. Jessika Burke, 35, was traveling eastbound on U.S. 84 in Farwell at 8:20 p.m. (CST) Sunday when her vehicle slid on a patch of ice across three lanes […]

State fortunate Greg Fouratt taking charge

If you wanted someone who could step in during a tumultuous time, put a complex organization on a forward path, get big things done and all the while remain committed to public accountability and transparency, then former U.S. attorney Greg Fouratt would be a smart first choice. How fortunate for the state that Gov. Susana […]

Hounds, Zias combine for 10 school marks at LSC indoor track meet

CNJ staff LUBBOCK — Eastern New Mexico University senior Isaiah Samoei set a Lone Star Conference record in winning the men’s 3,000-meter run in the LSC indoor track meet on Saturday at Texas Tech, posting one of 10 school records set by the Greyhounds and Zias in the two-day event which ended on Sunday. Samoei […]

Pre-existing conditions no longer bar patients from insurance

By Alisa Boswell aboswell@pntonline.com As many others, Karen Graves was your average, every day hard worker without insurance. But a heart attack two years ago changed all that. After finding out she had congestive heart failure, not only was Graves forced to quit working and be placed on disability for six months, she was also […]

Ute project receives $2.3 million in funding

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ute pipeline project officials say the $2.3 million they received in federal funds Monday is the largest lump sum they received at the federal level for the project, affirming Congress’ support for the project. Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority Chair Gayla Brumfield said the group received more […]

Texting ban signed into law

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Clovis Community College student Destynea Martinez isn’t sure if the fine for texting while driving will be enough to deter her. “I do it sometimes,” Martinez said with a sheepish grin. “But 25 dollars is nothing. I’d be more likely not to text if it was $125 […]

State basketball tournament pairings

Round of 16 matchups (Seeds, records in parentheses) BOYS Saturday Class 5A (16) Cibola (12-13) at (1) Valley (22-2) (9) Highland (17-9) at (8) Mayfield (16-11) (12) Gadsden (19-8) at (5) Hobbs (21-7) (13) West Mesa (16-11) at (4) Volcano Vista (18-8) (14) Alamogordo (18-10) at (3) Atrisco Heritage (20-5) (11) Carlsbad (19-10) at (6) […]

Weather delays/closings

The following schools and governments agencies have announced delayed openings for Monday: * Clovis schools: 2-hour delay * Texico schools: 2-hour delay * Melrose schools: 2-hour delay * Clovis Christian School: 2-hour delay * Farwell schools will start at 9:30 a.m.; buses will run 1 1/2 hours late * Muleshoe schools: 2-hour delay * Clovis […]

Lady Cats cruise to district tourney crown

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com Clovis High went into the locker room at the half shooting around 35 percent from the floor, without a basket for the final six minutes of the second quarter, without a 3-pointer all night and their starting point guard saddled with foul trouble. Still, for the 27th time […]

Zias play well, but No. 6 WT pulls away late

CNJ staff PORTALES —Playing the sixth-ranked team in NCAA Division II, Eastern New Mexico University’s women gave a solid account of themselves in Saturday night’s Lone Star Conference and regular-season finale at Greyhound Arena. West Texas A&M, though, proved to be too much, finishing the game on a 29-7 run after the Zias pulled to […]

Hounds roll past Buffs in finale

CNJ staff PORTALES — It was Senior Night at Greyhound Arena, and Eastern New Mexico University’s nine seniors will have a home finale to remember. Senior guard Rafael Love led five players in double figures with19 points as the Greyhounds (14-12, 7-7 Lone Star Conference) clinched their first winning season in 10 years on Saturday […]