Rams coast to victory over Espanola Valley

By Matthew Asher Staff writer masher@pntonline.com ESPANOLA — After Portales lost its Homecoming game to Dexter, the Rams needed a tune-up game before starting district play and that’s just what they got Friday night with a 52-0 mercy-rule win over the Espanola Sundevils. To call this a one-sided win would be an understatement, as Portales […]

Melrose Buffs Trample Dora Coyotes 60-6

By Matthew Asher STAFF WRITER masher@pntonline.com DORA —If there were any doubts as to whether or not the defending state champions Melrose Buffaloes are still a contender for a title run, they answered it with a 60-6 win over the Dora Coyotes Friday to kick off 8-man district 4. Coming into the game, both Dora […]

Hounds look to reclaim Wagon Wheel

By David Norton Sports editor dnorton@pntonline.com The game is here, the teams are ready and only one will walk away with the prize. That prize of course is the coveted Wagon Wheel and the match up is between Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M. The Greyhounds (2-2, 2-1 LSC) will have their hands full […]

ENMU ROUNDUP: Hounds top UTPB in women’s soccer, volleyball

Staff report PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team scored three goals over the final 25 minutes of the first half on Friday night, and it was just enough to hold off Texas-Permian Basin 3-2 in Lone Star Conference play at Greyhound Stadium. The winless Falcons (0-6-1, 0-3-0 LSC) outshot the Greyhounds […]

Voter registration denial questioned

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com On the heels of the Curry County clerk’s office rejecting a Clovis resident’s attempt to register to vote based upon a felony conviction, a local attorney has requested the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office intervene in the matter. “I was approached by a gentleman who shared with me a […]

Portales Magistrate building dedicated

By Kurt Munz-Raper STAFF WRITER kmunz-raper@pntonline.com The work of Roosevelt County judges, commissioners and construction workers has paid off, according to local court officials. Magistrate Division Director Rosemary McCourt, Chief Justice Charles Daniels and Ninth Judicial District Judge Matt Chandler spoke at a dedication ceremony for the new Portales Magistrate Court building Friday afternoon. The […]

Lawmakers open debate on budget crisis, crime

By Morgan Lee The Associated Press SANTA FE — On the opening day of a special legislative session, efforts to institute tougher criminal sentences and bring back the death penalty to New Mexico took center stage Friday in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, while the Democrat-led Senate unveiled detailed plans for closing a major budget […]

Pages past — Oct. 1

On this date … 1976: Clovis High School Nurse Joyce McKinney and Vice-Principal Pete Villalba had been selected homecoming mom and dad for their school spirit. They were presented footballs signed by members of the Wildcats team. 1971: Clovis public school officials reported enrollment was down 355 students from the same time a year earlier. […]

Johnson: Vultures just passing through

Quite frankly, theirs is not a welcome sight — drifting in the air overhead, circling attentively, large wings outstretched and eyes trained on the ground below. Lore and common perception would indicate some unfortunate creature lies below, struggling to take its last breaths as they cruise around, waiting to pick the bones clean, and no […]

Taste of Home 2016

Tickets are now available online! General Admission Tickets are $12 in advance $15 at the door VIP Tickets are available for $40! Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 Time: 2 – 4:30 vendor showcase free to public. Cooking show doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6:30pm Location: Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Blvd. The World’s #1 Cooking […]

Cats look to heal up during bye

By David Norton Sports editor dnorton@pntonline.com A bye week may be just what the doctor ordered for the Clovis High football team, coming off a hard-hitting game with Lubbock Cooper before starting district play next week with El Dorado at home. With several injuries in the starting lineup, two full weeks between contests might help […]

Lady Cats dispatch Lovington

Staff report LOVINGTON — Sandwiched in between their first two District 2-6A matches, Clovis High’s volleyball team could have been playing the proverbial “trap game” on Thursday. Instead, the Lady Wildcats took care of their business, posting a 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 non-district win over Lovington. CHS (4-6), which dropped its district opener in five sets […]

So far, so good for city’s app six months in

By Douglas Clark Staff Writer dclark@cnjonline.com It’s so far, so good for a mobile app launched by the city in March, with an eye toward improving communication with residents. Officials said “Clovis NM Works!” has been live for six months via the company SeeClickFix and remains available for free download in the Android and Apple […]

Friday area prep football capsules — Sept. 30

Texico (0-4) at Capitan (4-1) When: 7 p.m. Last week: The Wolverines had an open date. Capitan posted a 50-0 victory over Clayton. Last meeting: 2015, the Tigers notched a 28-8 win at Texico. Of note: Last week’s bye could prove to be beneficial for the Wolverines, who have played a challenging schedule. “I think […]

Opinion: Taking agriculture a day at a time

By Audra Brown Local columnist Agriculture is a never-ending business. It is an ongoing sequence of sometimes-repeating events that rarely gives you a reprieve. And if you find the breaks too long, you can always find a new facet of the business to fill up your free time. A farmer with too much time in […]

Faith: Rap group brings its word to Clovis

By Brooke Finch Staff Writer bfinch@cnjonline.com When Clovis residents Norie and James Medina saw a music ministry perform in May in Portales, the husband and wife discovered something unexpected — a newfound appreciation for rap music. “I am not usually into rap,” Norie Medina said. “I honestly can’t understand it, and I didn’t understand why […]

Opinion: Anaya and Valdez honors long overdue

By Helena Rodriguez Local columnist Two of my favorite writers of all time, Rudolfo Anaya and Luis Valdez, were among three Hispanic writers awarded National Medals of Arts/Humanities by President Obama at The White House last week. A third writer, Sandra Cisneros, was also honored. I’ve shared many times how influential Rudolfo Anaya, author of […]

Faith: Scripture sampling for peace and hope

By Judy Brandon Religion columnist If you are a Christian, do you worry? Are you facing a difficult challenge in your life and you spend your time worrying? Have you found that what the world offers for comfort does not bring lasting peace? Do you need answers that are enduring, dependable, complete and true? John […]

Faith: Let me introduce you to Lancelot Andrewes

By Curtis Shelburne Religion columnist Lancelot Andrewes. Recognize the name? Probably not. But Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626) was Bishop of Winchester (Church of England), a member of the committee of scholars whose task it was to produce the King James Version of the Bible, and “probably contributed more to that work than any other single person.” […]

Police blotter — Sept. 30

Following is a sampling of calls received by dispatchers for Clovis police, Curry County sheriff and area fire stations: Wednesday • 9:35 a.m.: Careless driving, Pine and Oak streets. • 9:38 a.m.: Failure to appear (misdemeanor), 200 block of North Pile Street. • 10:14 a.m.: Criminal trespass, 700 block of North Main Street. • 10:45 […]