Officials encourage prairie chicken feedback

More than 100 eastern New Mexico residents packed the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Library Tuesday to get educated about the lesser prairie chicken and what it means to the region. The bird is native to New Mexico, as well as four other states, and has been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

Planning for the worst

They spend hours each month preparing for what they hope will never happen — a disaster. Comprised of volunteers culled from almost every public and government sector in Roosevelt and Curry counties, Local Emergency Planning Committees promote emergency planning, preparedness and public awareness in the case of a natural or manmade disaster. National Weather Service […]

Three candidates named for judge’s position

Gov. Susana Martinez will have three candidates to chose from when deciding who will replace retiring District Court Chief Judge Teddy Hartley following a sometimes dramatic session Friday of a special judicial nominating commission. The candidates picked by the panel include former two-term Clovis City Commissioner and assistant district attorney Fred Van Soelen, Assistant District […]

County leads median beautification project

Senior Airman Franchisca Thompson didn't know what a yucca was until she helped plant more than 140 of them on a median on Highway 60/84 near Cannon Air Force Base. "Now that I've seen them I think they're cool," Thompson said. "I hope they're here for a long time." Thompson, who works in billeting in […]

Credit score can hurt in job hunt

David Hemley said if employers are using a candidate's credit score as an initial screening tool for hiring, they probably shouldn't because it's not indicative of that person's job performance. Hemley, a professor of economics at Eastern New Mexico University, is concerned that the unemployed in New Mexico may stay that way because a state […]

ENMU’s Jones 16th in 800 preliminaries

PUEBLO, Colo. — Eastern New Mexico University sophomore Alesha Jones finished 16th out of 22 runners in Friday's preliminaries of the NCAA Division II national outdoor track women's 800 run, hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Jones, from Wilcox, Ariz., posted a time of 2 minutes, 14.55 seconds to finish sixth in the first of three heats […]

Judge gives permission to remove emaciated cattle from ranch

The New Mexico Livestock Board received a judge's permission Friday to remove about 1,000 emaciated cattle from a drought-stricken ranch near Fort Sumner. New Mexico Livestock Board officials served a search warrant at the sprawling Double V Ranch on May 17 and found at least 25 dead animals and others at risk of starving to […]

Animal cruelty charges being investigated

A De Baca County rancher could be charged with one or more counts of animal cruelty and have his cattle seized, according to 10th Judicial District Attorney Tim Rose. Rose said on May 17, members of the New Mexico Livestock Board, two veterinarians and himself searched the De Baca County rancher's property, inspecting about 500 […]

10 arrested for drug trafficking

Thursday marked the end of a four-month long drug-trafficking investigation in Portales that led to the arrests of 10 suspects. Portales police said they are expecting seven more arrests. The suspects were arrested on felony charges of the possession, sale and trafficking of meth. Christina Calooway: Portales News-Tribune Silviano "Silver" Lucero, 24, of Portales is […]

Local tornado relief effort mobilized

Jessica Sleeman thinks she might have found her calling. Helping strangers. For the second time in just more than a month, she will bring aid to a community affected by a disaster. This morning, Sleeman plans to lead a caravan of two SUVs and a pickup truck packed with supplies to the Moore, Okla., site […]

Portales eliminated at state

Portales couldn't cobble together another magical run through the loser's bracket at the state tournament a third time. Senior Erin Torrez' home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the fourth inning was the game's only run and St. Michael's beat the top-seeded Lady Rams 1-0 Friday in a Class 3A elimination game […]

Parks getting prepped

Temperatures in eastern New Mexico are heating up just in time for residents to spend quality time cooling down in city pools and relaxing in local parks. CMI file photo The Potter Park pool will open for the season next Saturday, and will be open every day but Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. "We […]

Guthals will be missed

Charles Guthals passed away a few weeks ago. I'm going to miss him. Lots of High Plains folks knew him far better than I did. To me, he was the guy who knew everything about plants and trees and stuff around here. Back in March The Lady of the House and I were in his […]

In search of ponies: Funnels funny, but effective

The T-shirt had nothing to do with fashion; it was hiding something, or better yet, protecting it. Underneath the black cotton there was a shoulder wrapped in bandages which were holding gauze and ointment to a wound that really needed a break from dirt, bacteria and, perhaps most of all, the attention of the wounded […]

Incidental take rule for lesser prairie chicken draws ire

Environmentalists are concerned a new rule under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposed lesser prairie chicken listing will weaken protections for the bird if it's listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The special rule, commonly referred to as the 4D rule, says incidental take, or inadvertent killing, of a lesser prairie chicken […]

ENMU grads prepare to take next step

After flipping their tassels from right to left, the Eastern New Mexico University class of 2013 tossed their caps into the air Saturday and Greyhound Arena exploded with cheers from students, family and friends. CMI staff photo: Kevin Baird Joseph Bone graduated Saturday with a bachelor's degree in aviation science. He is hoping to intern […]

Residents ‘relay big’

Area residents gathered at Ned Houk Park north of Clovis on Friday night to "relay big" and honor those who have battled cancer as well as raise funds to fight cancer in the Relay For Life. CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cheyenne Edwards, 5, of Clovis sings "God Bless America" during the opening ceremony Friday […]

CCC students take next step

Family, friends and faculty packed the Clovis Civic Center as Clovis Community College honored this year's graduates at a commencement ceremony held Friday evening. CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson Student speaker Ami Kowalski pauses before making a point during her speech at the Clovis Community College commencement ceremony Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Kowalski, […]

Scaring Mom has potential to backfire

Mother's Day is tomorrow. I'll catch up with mom and see how she's doing. I'll tell her she's "The Greatest Mom Ever" and how much I love her. I wish I knew more about my mom. What I mean is I know a lot about my mother, but the time before her high school years […]

ENMU graduating class moves into the future

Kaylee Peterson and Elizabeth Hogue Another semester has come to pass and Eastern New Mexico University's spring class of 2013 will be graduating Saturday at the Greyhound Arena. Most students have put in four years of hard work to earn their bachelor degree and six or more years to earn their master's. This semester's commencement […]