Gerrymanders appear here to stay

“Gerrymander” comes from an 1812 attempt by Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry to gain political advantage by contorting a district into a salamander shape. According to Doc Elder, local history professor and radio personality, 34 state legislatures control the drawing of congressional districts. Other states vary, or only have one representative. “Power can be either concentrated […]

Post-game handshake provides perspective

The University of New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team is having a great season under the leadership of new head coach Craig Neal. The talent and drive of this year’s team was certainly on display in its victory last weekend against the then-No. 6 ranked San Diego State Aztecs. The celebration of an impressive Lobo […]

Aggies blank Zias in series finale

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Designated player Paige Daino and first baseman Sonora Zukerman belted two-run homers on Saturday and Cameron shut out Eastern New Mexico University 8-0 in the rubber match of teams’ opening Lone Star Conference softball series. Kelsey Watson (6-3) picked up her second complete-game win of the series, allowing just two […]

Friday area prep summaries — Feb. 28

BOYS Texas Class 1A Division I Region I semifinals At Levelland Memphis 45, Farwell 35 Farwell (21-9) — Austin Mason 10, Angel Graxiola 2, Curt Langfrord 7, Chase Mitchell 9, Ruben Gutierrez 2, Christian Pena 3, Pedro Ruiz 2. Totals 15 1-4 35. Memphis (22-6) — Riley Parr 1, Peyton Little 15, Eric Monroe 6, […]

Balanced effort lifts Texico to win

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — Clayton was determined to hold high-scoring Texico sophomore Brianna Reyna in check on Friday night. For the most part, the Lady Jackets did just that. Still, Texico’s other players pitched in with perhaps the team’s most balanced attack of the season in a 46-32 victory for the District 4-2A […]

Monterey rallies to edge Lady Cats in opener

CNJ staff Clovis High’s softball team had Lubbock Monterey right where it wanted the Lady Plainsmen — until the final out. Trailing 3-0, Monterey strung together consecutive two-out RBI singles by second baseman Megyn Castillo, left fielder Kaylee Scheffel and first baseman Morgan McQueen to cap a four-run seventh inning, then held on in the […]

Prep basketball capsules — March 1

BOYS Portales (14-12) at Lovington (12-14) When: 7 p.m. today in the District 4-3A tournament final Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. Last meeting: Portales beat the Wildcats 59-53 at Lovington on Feb. 18. Last time out: The Rams won at Ruidoso 65-50 on Thursday to advance to tonight’s game. The Wildcats downed Ruidoso 57-50 at Roswell on […]

Our link with dogs more than familiarity

If they could, they would shrink and disappear at the first sign of anger, their ears lying tight against their heads, tails tucked and shoulders curling inward. They open up to the sounds of laughter, on the other hand, tails wagging, ears perked up and searching for more. There is no doubt dogs interpret the […]

Prep roundup — March 1

CNJ staff MELROSE — You didn’t expect another 20-point blowout, did you? Melrose’s girls built a six-point lead after one-quarter, then hung on late to edge Logan 47-46 on Friday in the girls District 3-1A tournament championship game. On Monday night at The Rock in Clovis, the Lady Buffs (17-10) had their way with Logan, […]

When your innards see the light of day

Have you wondered what your insides look like? Our innards have always fascinated me. It may have started when my mom told the tale of having surgery while she was awake. It was long ago when she was a college student and had appendicitis. The surgeons cut out her appendix and held it up for […]

Early voting not as popular

CNJ staff Early and absentee voting in Tuesday’s election wasn’t as popular as the Clovis mayoral election two years ago. At the close of early voting Friday, 78 absentee ballots were cast and another 896 voters cast ballots in early voting, according to City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon. Early voting stopped at 5 p.m. Melancon said […]

ENMU basketball capsules — March 1

MEN West Texas A&M (10-15, 2-11 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (13-12, 6-7) When: 7:30 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-AM 1450, KGNC-AM 710 Last time out: Both teams played at home last Saturday, ENMU losing to No. 3 Tarleton State 92-82 while the Buffaloes were edged by Texas A&M-Commerce 83-82. Last meeting: The […]

New D.A. appointed

CMI staff Departing District Attorney Matt Chandler’s longtime Chief Deputy Andrea Reeb was appointed his successor Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez. Reeb actively sought the appointment as the 9th Judicial District Attorney after Chandler announced in January that he was leaving effective today to set up a private practice. Reeb has also indicated she plans […]

Child’s attorney may sue

CNJ staff Jennifer Burrill, attorney for 12-year-old Marcus Lewis of Clovis, put three agencies on notice Friday that she may file a lawsuit for his wrongful arrest and false imprisonment. Included in her notice is an offer to settle for $100,000 if the matter can be resolved by April 1. Burrill said Lewis was stopped […]

Residents say insurance access net positive

By Kevin Wilson Ask Geni Flores what’s changed for her under the Affordable Care Act, and she’s got a follow-up question. “Do you want to start,” Flores said, “with my son, my daughter or my brother?” While they acknowledge that education about the ACA and the program rollout could have been better, a few […]

Tarleton sweeps Hounds to open LSC baseball play

CMI staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Right fielder Rustin Thomas capped a five-run second with a two-run homer and Tarleton State went on to a 10-4 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the first game of the teams’ Lone Star Conference-opening doubleheader on Friday. Tarleton held on for a 4-3 win in the nine-inning nightcap. […]

Zias, Cameron trade blowouts to open LSC play

CNJ staff LAWTON, Okla. — Junior left-hander Vanessa Ramirez tossed a four-hitter and shortstop Audrey Velasquez, third baseman Lizzy Velasquez and left fielder Kyra Sirag drove in two runs each as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team pounded Cameron 9-1 in the opener of the team’s Lone Star Conference-opening twin bill on Friday. The Aggies […]