Column: Political parties losing support

As we recently sat on the balcony of his rented condo overlooking Lake Conroe near Houston, my brother and lifelong Republican Bud Sloan surprised me by saying that he was now an Independent. I asked why. "Social issues mostly," he said. "Also an erosion of some of our basic freedoms under the Bush administration. I […]

Editorial: Travel vouchers more dangerous than Perry’s gun?

G ov. Rick Perry's habit of carrying a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun while jogging would be useful information to anyone contemplating doing him harm. Perry hasn't been shy about letting the world know this important detail. The spending of tax money on his travel security detail has been judged an entirely different matter — by Perry, […]

Residents dedicate war memorial

A hushed crowd of more than 50 Portales residents attended a dedication Saturday for the Roosevelt County Courthouse War Memorial. CMI photo: Alisa Boswell From left to right, Portales High School 1958 graduates Linda Haines, Jack Woodul and Joe Harrell raise the flag Saturday at a dedication of the War Memorial in front of the […]

Candidate Q&As: State representative, District 64

Clovis Media Inc. contacted candidates in contested primary races for their stances on issues prior to June 5 state primary elections. In State Representative District 64, Anna Crook and Wade Lopez are the candidates in the Republican primary. The winner faces no Democrat opposition in the general election. Candidates were asked the same questions, and […]

Portales war memorial dedicated

A hushed crowd of more than 50 Portales residents attended a dedication Saturday for the Roosevelt County Courthouse War Memorial. CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell From left to right, Portales High School 1958 graduates Linda Haines, Jack Woodul and Joe Harrell raise the flag Saturday at a dedication of the War Memorial in front of […]

Summertime events

We put together a list of summertime events in the Clovis-Portales area: Clovis June 4 Little Buckaroo Rodeo Curry County fairgrounds. Information: 760-6487. June 9 Pioneer Days Parade Main Street Information: 763-3435 June 8-10 42nd annual Pioneer Days Rodeo Curry County Event Center Information: 935-7000 June 12-17 New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals Curry County […]

Holiday closures

The following businesses, government agencies and schools in Clovis will be closed Monday for Memorial Day: American Heritage Bank Bank of America Bank of Clovis Cannon Federal Credit Union Citizens Bank James Polk Stone Community Bank New Mexico Bank & Trust U.S. Bank Western Bank of Clovis Wells Fargo Bank Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis Community […]

Court dispositions – May 27

Recent cases in Curry County District Court, according to court records: Case D-905-CR-201100698. Ashley, Andrion born 1988. Pleaded guilty to abandonment or abuse of a child; two counts of battery against a household member. Sentenced to three year jail; two years supervised probation; fees. Case D-905-CR-201100719. Romero, Julie born 1992. Pleaded guilty to concealing identity; […]

Road construction this week

Area road construction information for this week: City of Clovis K. Barnett and Sons is continuing construction on Llano Estacado Boulevard, east of Prince Street and South of Norris Street between Lowe's Home Improvement and the roundabout. Seek an alternate route if possible. Curry County Curry Road 6 between Curry Road E and Stateline Road […]

Fallen heroes

Curry County's Fallen Heroes The following military personnel from Curry County were killed or declared missing in action during wartime. 1916 Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa Everett Fitzhugh World War I William Galloway Glen Harris Henry "Tex" Huff Charles Ledbetter Dean Lucas Verdie J. McReynolds Glen Snodderly Rayne Vivard Charles Williams Charles Wilson World War […]

Police blotter – May 27

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday 2:01 a.m.: Caller reported her house broken into through a window, 1400 block of Sheldon Street. 2:53 a.m.: Caller reported a van parked in front of a business with sliding doors open, 700 block of East Grand Avenue. 3:50 a.m.: Caller reported a […]

Q&A: Clovis native talks about rodeoing at Mesalands

Clovis native Hayden Moore always loved rodeoing. When college time came up, he decided winning didn't sound that bad, either. Hayden Moore Moore, who turns 19 on Wednesday, is a freshman at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari and competes on the rodeo team. The 2011 Melrose High graduate will be one of 10 MCC students […]

Dead heat

Nine days before primary elections, a Clovis Media Inc. poll shows one of the most hotly contested state races is in a dead heat. Angie Spears, left, and Pat Woods Although the final tally of the poll shows state Senate District 7 Republican candidate Angie Spears with a slight lead over Pat Woods — 38 […]

ENMU’s Draper 13th in javelin at nationals

PUEBLO, Colo. — The third time didn't prove to be the charm for Eastern New Mexico University's Daniel Draper. Draper, a senior from Moriarty, competing in his third consecutive NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field championship in men's javelin, finished 13th out of 16 contestants with a throw of 196 feet, 9 inches. […]

McGee: Didn’t think twice about pushing the limit

Someone was on Facebook asking: "What's the fastest you've ever driven?" Some were reluctant to answer, basically writing, "I'm not making that public." Others wrote of rocketing down the highway as fast as 150 mph. Me? Oh yeah, I remember where and when I hit my highest speed ever. It was one night long ago […]

In search of ponies: Not all bugs created equal

The programing starts in childhood, after all, what's not to like about the school year ending? But that's not the only reason summer is a favorite time of year. Warmth, long days of glorious sunshine, swimming and other outdoor activities, brightly-colored plants and beautiful skies — the reasons are endless. But perhaps best of all, […]

New park making a splash

Plenty of items are still to be fixed at the Hillcrest Park Splash Park — including the addition of new fencing and the removal of signs from the city's Play, Inc. era. But after eight months of work, the functional parts of the facility are ready, Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said, for a […]

Holiday closings – Portales

The following Portales businesses will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday: Eastern New Mexico University Portales Municipal Schools Los Abuelitos Senior Center J.P. Stone Community Bank US Bank Wells Fargo City of Portales offices Portales Public Library Portales Recreation Center Roosevelt County offices Roosevelt County Magistrate Court U.S. Postal Service Portales News-Tribune Portales […]

Letters to the editor: Obama views must have evolved

Guess which sweet talker made this speech in 2006: "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign […]

Editorial: Candidates shortsighted on immigration

At least our state Senate candidates are consistent. More than once, Angie Spears and Pat Woods have declared their No. 1 priority if elected to represent District 7 would be repealing state law that allows illegal immigrants to receive driver's licenses. Really? The biggest issue is not reducing poverty or illiteracy or kids having kids, […]