Visitors center could be profitable

By Kent McManigal Local columnist The Texico New Mexico Visitors Center’s fate has generated a bit of talk — most of which seems to revolve around trying to convince government to spend confiscated money to re-open it, leaving it in the hands of the very group that fumbled it. Why hand it back to them? […]

Flat tax proposal makes good sense

By Rube Render Local columnist State Sen. Bill Sharer from San Juan County in Northwest New Mexico has introduced a bill that would completely overhaul the current tax structure of our state. Sharer, a Republican from Farmington, wants to replace the current tax system that has over 1,000 pages with his proposal of a 228-page […]

ENMU baseball team out to take next step

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com PORTALES — In 2014, David Gomez led the Eastern New Mexico University baseball program to its first winning season in 14 years. Now, in his second year, Gomez wants his team to take the next step. The Greyhounds were 26-24 last season, finishing 15-20 and tie for fourth in […]

Hounds add 24 prospects on national signing day

By Derek Major Staff writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds coach Josh Lynn spent most his day Wednesday sitting by a fax machine waiting for good news on national signing day, the first day high school football players can commit to college programs. Local signings included Isaiah Callahan of Clovis, Logan standout Wyatt Strand and […]

Zias hope to rise in LSC

By Dave Wagner SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — It’s not surprising the Eastern New Mexico University softball team was at the bottom of the nine-team Lone Star Conference preseason poll. After all, the Zias struggled to a 15-40 mark (3-24 LSC) in 2014. Second-year coach Kristen Soukup said her squad is bound and determined to […]

ENMU gets LSC hoops split at Kingsville

Staff report The Eastern New Mexico University women’s team had seemingly found a way to lose, going the final 5:47 without a field goal after taking a 47-45 lead at lowly Texas A&M-Kingsville. But the Zias found a way, hitting 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to swipe a 57-53 Lone Star Conference […]

Chases net four arrests

Staff report Curry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four people after two separate chases Wednesday for stealing property from a home in the 3100 block of Prince Street south of Clovis, according to Sheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said in a press release the four were spotted by the owner at 2:35 p.m. loading items from the […]

WBU: Moving to the Master’s

By Kevin Wilson STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com Most of the old things have found their way from Wayland Baptist’s Clovis branch building on Fourth and Pile to its new location inside the Master’s Centre. The snack center’s still there, with a box of $1 candy bars, a refrigerator full of $1 drinks and a coffee can […]

Clovis Christian reports it’s paid in full

Staff Report Clovis Christian Schools paid off a $1.2 million loan eight years early, according to CCS superintendent Ladona Clayton. “I could give you several words: elated, most definitely,” Clayton said. “This is a big blessing for CCS.” Clayton said having paid off the loan, through higher payments than the lending agency required and a […]

Solid 2014 reported for crops; peanuts, winter wheat drop

By Alisa Boswell Staff writer aboswell@pntonline.com Production numbers for agricultural crops were up in 2014 across the state with the exception of winter wheat and peanut crops. The USDA released its annual crop summary last month, saying that sorghum, cotton and hay production numbers for New Mexico rose last year while winter wheat production was […]

Extreme temperatures coming

Staff report A stunning 20-plus degree temperature dive across Clovis and Portales Wednesday afternoon may be just the start of some very strange weather for eastern New Mexico. Yes, that was a trace of snow you saw flying by in those gusty cold winds, according to the National Weather Service. But it’s not going to […]

What’s Happening — Feb. 5

Today Curry County Commission meeting — 9 a.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-763-6016 Embroidery class — 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7840 City Commission meeting — 5:15 p.m., North Annex, Clovis-Carver Public Library. Information: 575-769-7828 Friday Ribbon cutting — 1:30 p.m., Wayland Baptist University-Clovis Campus (Located inside The Master’s […]

Williamson: Books, kids make great pair

The second- and third-grade students at Dora Consolidated Schools weren’t entirely sure who those “super-nice ladies” were who drove “all the way out here” last week to give each of them a book of their own, but they were still buzzing about the event when I visited their classrooms on Monday. One enthusiastic second grader […]

Sudan shooting leads to lockdown in Muleshoe

Staff Report A shooting in Sudan, Texas on Wednesday led to a school lockdown in Muleshoe, a victim with minor injuries and a busted sack of beans. According to Lamb County Sheriff Gary Maddox, officers received a call around 8:50 a.m. from a caller who said he was shot in the foot at a bean […]

Auctioneer’s license suspended

Staff report The New Mexico Livestock Board has suspended the operating license of High Plains, LLC, also known as Producers Livestock Auction, in Portales. A press release issued by the board on Jan. 28 said High Plains is under investigation for alleged violations of state and federal laws governing livestock markets and facilities. The board […]

Yucca students learn careers

Yucca Middle School recently held a lively and interesting half-day event on their campus for 8th graders. The occasion was Career Day and individuals from a wide spectrum of work fields were invited to present information about their careers and interact with students, discussing specifics and answering questions. Career Day was primarily facilitated by Yucca […]

Meetings Watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • An executive session following the meeting for discussion of city manager applicants. • Appointment of a commission representative to serve on the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. • Approval of writing off uncollected ambulance claims for 2010 totaling […]

Meetings Watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. today at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex to consider 16 items on the action agenda: • A request to approve the 2013/2014 fiscal year audit. • Discussion an action on a consulting agreement with former sheriff Matt Murray. • A request to approve optional land use insurance. • A […]

Pages Past: Feb. 5

On this date … 1975: Students at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Clovis were participating in the observance of Catholic School Week. The week served to remind “the hopeful vision of what Catholic education really is: ‘To teach as Jesus did,’” said school Principal Sister Dolorine Lopez. 1952: Curry County Sheriff Val Baumgart announced […]

Fishing report — Feb. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and NMDGF, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northwest Abiquiu Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week. Animas River: […]