Court Dispositions – June 24

Recent cases in Curry County District Court, according to court records: Case D-905-CR-201100196. Martinez, Amber Elizabeth born 1990. Pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance. Charges dismissed by judge were possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana one ounce or less. Sentenced to 18 months jail – suspended; 15 months 23 days probation. […]

Police blotter – June 24

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday 3:26 a.m.: Caller advised a large amount of scrap metal was stolen from his backyard. It was last seen the prior evening, 2800 block of Sheldon Street. 3:27 a.m.: Caller advised someone walked in her front door then walk out when she started […]

Illinois fugitives arrested in New Mexico

Two men accused of murder in Illinois and being pursued by the U.S. Marshals were arrested Saturday morning at a Loves Truck stop in Tucumcari, according to federal officials. James E. Johnson, 22, and Carlton Neely, 20, were arrested by deputy U.S. Marshals and the New Mexico State Police without incident, said Kevin Jackson, head […]

Back in the groove

Karen Overall teared up as she tried to describe the feeling of being back at Eastern New Mexico University for the first time in 12 years. CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Current Eastern New Mexico University student Richard Hall, left, "talks shop" with 1969 ENMU graduate David Allen during a practice session Friday in the […]

Melrose schools cleared of wrongdoing

After more than a year of accusations Melrose Schools misused special education dollars, Superintendent Jamie Widner wants his school cleared of wrongdoing at a volume relative to which it was accused. A week after the New Mexico Public Education Department issued a press release on findings of Tier II special education audits, Widner on Friday […]

In search of ponies: All dogs angels to their owners

Snarling, snapping and stretching its leash as tight as it could go while it's owner pulled in the opposite direction, all I could see was two rows of dripping white teeth backed by a forward angled physique — all pointed in my direction. "Approach slowly and give him a biscuit. Don't worry … " I […]

McGee: Mystery around restaurant’s closing remains

The Lady of the House and I went road trippin' to a town over 75 miles from here. The town shall remain un-named for reasons that will become obvious to you. One of the things we wanted to do was eat at a small restaurant we liked in the downtown section of this little burg. […]

Air Force looks at training options

Capt. Laurence Van der Oord of Cannon Air Force Base's public affairs said Friday that the Air Force is not terminating any training but has terminated its Environmental Assessment on the Low Altitude Training Area (LATA) proposal to fly training missions over areas of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The Air Force Special Operations […]

Legal drugs just as risky to use

How many of you know someone whose life was destroyed by drug use? Before you answer that question, think for a minute. Was that person's life destroyed by the chemical substances they put into their body, or by the legal and social penalties that have become automatic when they were discovered to be using those […]

Editorial: New Mexico deserves open government

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been a loud and proud supporter of government transparency. That's why we're surprised to hear she's been in the middle of recent media reports questioning her actions related to public records. First it was revealed the governor and other high-ranking administration officials discussed state business using email accounts connected […]

Air Force officer shares experiences

A variety of Portales business owners piled into the Yam Theatre on Thursday to listen to a presentation on the Cannon Air Force Base 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron. The occasion was the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce quarterly luncheon and Maj. Bernabe Whitfield, the commander of the squadron, gave the civilian business owners insight […]

Zias sign PHS grad

The Eastern New Mexico University women's basketball team has added Portales guard Gerianne Cox for the upcoming season, according to a release from the university. The 5-foot-1 Cox, who played her senior season at Portales High School, was a four-year varsity starter at point guard for San Jacinto Christian Academy in Amarillo. She helped the […]

Hounds sign four runners

The Eastern New Mexico University cross country and track and field teams have signed four athletes to compete on its men's teams in the 2012-13 seasons, according to the release from the university. Signed are David Blackmer of Mill Creek, Wash.; Joseph Metcalf of Norfolk, Neb.; Kevin Roa of Salinas, Calif. and Kaspars Briska of […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. During the meeting: An agreement was made between Phil and Vernah Williams, the Model Train Depot, LLC, the Clovis Area Train Society and the city. A train owned by the city is located on lots in front of the Model […]

Fee waivers cause slight debate at city meeting

The Clovis City Commission found consensus on upcoming community functions during its meeting Thursday night, but slight disagreement on whether or not it should waive park fees as part of those functions. City Commissioner Randy Crowder pulled a trio of items off of the consent agenda, a portion of the commission agenda reserved for items […]

Man sentenced to seven years for burglaries

A Clovis man was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for burglarizing and damaging property of four Clovis businesses, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. According to the news release: Alfred Sena, 35, pleaded guilty to burglarizing four businesses and admitted that his crimes were […]

Vacation Bible School list

Area vacation Bible schools • First Baptist Church 302 Gidding Street June 25-29 9 a.m.-noon Information: 762-2926 • First Christian Church 1700 North Main Street June 25-29 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Information: 763-7113 • First Presbyterian Church 1101 Pile St. July 9-13 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Information: 763-6821 • High Plains Baptist Church 2800 East 21st St. […]

Official asked to hold off on water level concerns

A Tucumcari city commissioner's concerns about a proposed drought management plan for the Ute Lake Reservoir were cut short Thursday by former Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield. Brumfield, who chairs the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, told Tucumcari Commissioner Robert Lumpkin his concerns about water levels at reservoir should be saved for a July steering […]

Religion feature: Worship service promotes openness

Pure Heart Word Center is easy to miss. Pure Heart is a non-denominational congregation that started in the home of David and Gerri Dawson about nine years ago. It moved to its home in what used to be a cantina known as the Prince Lounge nearly three years ago. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pure […]

Police blotter – June 22

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:24 a.m.: Caller advised there was a male beating up his wife who said he was going to get a gun, 900 block of East Ninth Street. 4:05 a.m.: Caller reported a neighbor's dog was out and tried to attack her, 1200 block […]