LSC POLLS: Hounds picked to repeat in cross country

SAN ANTONIO — As usual, Eastern New Mexico University teams didn't fare all that well in Lone Star Conference preseason polls, released on Tuesday at the league's media day. The exception was men's cross country, where the defending LSC champion Greyhounds were a solid pick to repeat their first league title. Even the men's soccer […]

ENMU’s Elder named LSC broadcaster of year

It's been quite a summer for longtime Eastern New Mexico University broadcaster Donald "Doc" Elder. First, Elder was chosen to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June. On Tuesday, he was named the Lone Star Conference's Broadcaster of the Year for the 2011-12 school year at the league's media day in San […]

Harvesting company pays back wages, penalties

A Clovis harvesting company paid more than $100,000 in back wages and penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor cited it for labor violations, according to a news release. According to the news release issued on Tuesday, an investigation by the Albuquerque district office found Jimenez Cutom Harvesting, Inc. violated H-2A program provisions by failing […]

Spokesman: Xcel confident it can meet power demands

An Xcel Energy spokesman says the utility company is confident it will be able to meet power demands today one day after asking customers to conserve energy. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company issued the alert after a power generator in Texas was taken offline for maintenance on Monday when tubes in a […]

Two say they plan to apply for Portales police chief position

Lt. Mark Cage of the Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker said they plan to apply for the police chief position that will become vacant in September. Current Police Chief Jeff Gill has announce he plans to retire Sept. 21. Cage nor Hooker has submitted applications yet, according to city officials. Cage […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Community College Board of Trustees

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees will meet 8 a.m. today at the college: Agenda items include: 2012 summer graduation list Five-year capital projects plan submittal Petty Performing Arts Center submittal Employee Benefit Plans Upward Bound Program review — Compilied by CNJ staff

Press release: Udall talks Santa Clara grant

WASHINGTON – On his weekly radio call today, U.S. SEN. TOM UDALL discussed FEMA's release of $11 million for Santa Clara Pueblo's recovery efforts and New Mexico resident Richard Olson's nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan. Click here to listen to the full audio online. Click here to download the audio. BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS […]

Press release: Bingaman talks cyber security

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about cyber security legislation the Senate is expected to take up this week and about a variety of other issues. LISTEN TO BINGAMAN'S REMARKS. 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the cyber security legislation the Senate is expected to take up this week. 02:06 – Bingaman talks about […]

Veteran programs falling short

House committees on armed services and veterans affairs held a joint hearing last week to review details of President Obama's plan to improve the Transition Assistance Program for separating and retiring military members, with a kind of five-to-seven-day "reverse boot camp" available by late 2013 to smooth transition to civilian life and employment. But lawmakers […]

Everybody loves train wreck

Tennessee tycoon Jimmy Haslam III is interested in buying the Cleveland Browns. Normally, a rich guy trying to buy a pro football is a news item without snap. But there aren't many instances where the guy is a rival owner, who claims high loyalty. About the time word of Haslam's interest to buy the Browns […]

Editorial: County officials’ silence undermines responsibilities

Taxpayers and the media are not the only ones with questions about what's going on at the Curry County jail. Add local law enforcement to the list. When killer Louis Guerra beat his victim's brother with a broomstick in the jail on June 27, jail officials did not notify anyone in law enforcement for 15 […]

Police blotter – Aug. 1

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday 1:18 a.m.: Caller advised shots were fired from two different firearms, near Sixth and Reid streets. 3:08 a.m.: Caller reported their front door kicked in and things taken, 1300 block of West 11th Street. 5:45 a.m.: Caller advised a service truck with a […]

Elida man killed in rollover

An Elida man was killed Tuesday morning in a single vehicle rollover 10 miles east of Dora, according to Capt. Jimmy Glascock of the New Mexico State Police. C.L. Roach, 78, was driving a 1999 Ford pickup just before 6 a.m. on N.M. 114 when he drifted off the road for unknown reasons and overcorrected, […]

Commission cancels special meeting

Curry County commissioners have canceled a special meeting today to consider granting Industrial Revenue Bonds of up to $1.9 billion for the Tres Amigas Superstation project. An announcement issued Tuesday morning said the IRB and other issues will be considered instead at the commission's regular monthly session on Aug. 21.

Food bank director hospitalized

Nancy Taylor Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor has been hospitalized in critical condition, food bank board President Allan Isbell said on Tuesday. Isbell said Taylor had returned home Sunday after riding horses with friends, woke sometime during the night and complained of pain. She was taken to Plains Regional Medical […]

Press release: Elder Selected as Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year

PORTALES,N.M.— Honors continue to roll in for longtime Eastern New Mexico University Athletics Broadcaster, Dr. Don Elder. After earning induction into the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame, in June, he was selected as the Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year for 2011-12 and was honored at the LSC Media Day, held in […]

Press release: Farmers Electric declares energy alert

High electricity demand has led Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) to declare an Energy Alert within its service area. FEC is urging members to cut back on their use of electricity, each evening, until 8 p.m. FEC declares an Energy Alert only when a reduction in electricity use is urgently needed to maintain the electrical system […]

Press release: Xcel asks customers curb electricity use

AMARILLO, Texas – Xcel Energy is asking electricity customers in its Texas and New Mexico service territory to conserve energy because of expected high electricity demand and an unplanned generation outage. Extremely high electricity demand across a wide region has tightened power supplies, and a major Xcel Energy generating unit is down for unplanned repairs […]

N.M. scientists’ work should be applauded

If you needed further proof that New Mexico is a hotbed for scientific research, here it is. This week six researchers with New Mexico ties will be among 96 U.S. researchers to receive the 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor awarded by the U.S. government to scientists and engineers […]

Shelburne: Mother-in-law taught lesson in character

My mother-in-law has just moved from her apartment down and around the corner from our house, where she moved around five years ago, to assisted living in a community about 75 miles away. I don't like it much. I know–we've all heard the jokes about mothers-in-law. And, yes, I'm afraid we've all seen some who […]