McGee: Time to get to know new neighbors

I was taking my trash out to the alley trash bin only to discover it was full. So I walked to another trash bin past one of the rent houses in the neighborhood, realizing that I had no idea who lived there. In years past I've gotten to know some of the folks in that […]

In search of ponies: Pet obesity likely human’s fault

Mmm… Cheese balls, cookies, dips, turkey, smooth, creamy gravy, stuffing and potatoes, and let's not forget that fruit cake, dense and rich enough to sustain a small country for a couple weeks… Yeah, this time of year things are good around the table, and the table legs. A truly lucky pooch or kitty might even […]

Lady Cats dominate overmatched Bulldogs

Clovis High girls basketball coach Jeff Reed figured his team might dominate a youthful Albuquerque High squad on Thursday in the Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. Even he couldn't anticipate what happened. CMI photo: Tony BullocksClovis senior guard Miranda Loera puts up a ssecons-half shot over Albuquerque High senior Jovena Domingo in […]

Wildcats cruise past Harmony to open tournament

The fans at Rock Staubus Gymnasium got exactly the play they wanted when the second half started with a lob pass, caught and finished by a thunderous two-handed stuff from Clovis guard D.J. Blackmon. Turned out, that was the kind of play visiting Harmony Science Academy wanted to see as well, and the host Wildcats […]

Shelburne: God’s genuine joy can bubble up almost anywhere

Ah, I love the Advent and Christmas seasons–the waiting, the preparing, the hoping, and the glittering joy-glimmers, each sparkling facets of God's light and the diamond-truth that his Son has come and is coming again. The older I get, the more I realize what a rotten Puritan I'd make. I've gotten over feeling even remotely […]

Gallup wears down Texico

The Texico Lady Wolverines have been regular contenders in Class 2A basketball for a long time. But they were hard-hit by graduation off last year's state championship team, and recently lost 6-foot-1 senior post Shaylee Anderson to a season-ending knee injury. That has left the Lady Wolverines looking for new ways to score. On Thursday, […]

A view from under the pew: sadie sings end-of-year blues

Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can't operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. sadie sings end-of-year blues boss i woke up depressed this morning it s the end of the year my life is in disrepair […]

New year good time for spiritual cleaning

I subscribe to religious news services via e-mail, and recently I read an interesting survey on Americans and the way they view Christians. This survey revealed that almost three-quarters of Americans who have not been to church in the last six months think that the church is "full of hypocrites." The study noted that even […]

Religion feature: Ministry aims to strengthen faith in youth

Max Santarosa began attending the Broken Student Ministries last May. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Broken Student Ministries youth worship leader Isaac Godwin opens a Wednesday night group meeting with a worship song at the Vine Community Church. Santarosa said the ministry has taught him to use better judgment in difficult situations and stay clear. […]

Year in review: City experienced transition in 2012

Whether it was fixing a golf course, rebuilding a public landmark, or trying to tie up loose ends of an unraveling business arrangement, 2012 was certainly a year of transition for the city. CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks In the first Clovis City Commission meeting following the March 6 municipal election, Clovis citizens and commissioners debated […]

Road crews brave storms to make streets safe

Before most drivers take a deep breath and steer their vehicles onto storm-whitened winter roads for the morning commute, a small army of public employees have been there first, usually, to make the roads as passable as possible. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Gerald Woodard, Highway maintenance worker for the state highway department, adds oil […]

Police blotter – Dec. 28

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:51 a.m.: Caller requested a subject be removed, 200 block of West Eighth Street. 2:59 a.m.: Call in reference to breathing problems, 300 block of North Reid Street. 4:19 a.m.: Call in reference to an intoxicated person, 100 block of Raven Drive. 7 […]

Homeowners insurance rates need curbing

If the Texas Legislature needed more motivation to finally act on excessively high homeowners insurance rates, it came this month. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners reported the Lone Star State has the highest average annual cost for this vital consumer protection. The average for the most commonly sold policy in Texas in 2010 was […]

Euphemisms don’t change ethics

Following libertarian principles is inseparable from being a decent human being. Even kindergartners are taught the libertarian principles: Don't start a fight by throwing the first punch and don't take other people's stuff. It really is that simple. It's only as kids get older that most adults start trying to make children accept exceptions to […]

Education column: Toy run brings out spirit of season

This is the season when talk of giving becomes commonplace. With the increased activities across the district, celebrations of this special time of year are everywhere: School plays and assemblies; parties; performances; and more. It's difficult to keep track of all the wonderful things going on that not only showcase the skills and talents of […]

Lady Cats’ tourney now six-team event

Grand Prairie, Texas-based God's Academy dropped out at the last minute, forcing Clovis High to essentially reformat its annual Plateau Wireless Holiday Classic girls basketball tournament. As for the Lady Wildcats, though, they're likely playing about the same schedule they would have anyway. CMI photo: Tony BullocksJunior guard Brandi Gomez scored 10 of her 14 […]

Cats face rugged tournament field

Title or not, the Clovis Wildcats expect to be tested every time they stop on the court this weekend in the Southwest Dairy Farmer's Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. "There are no cupcakes in the tournament," Clovis coach Matt King said. The Wildcats (5-2) open against El Paso Harmony Science in the 7:30 p.m. game, […]

Jail dominated county business in 2012

CMI file photo Rosalie Riley, right, and Whitney of Clovis reviews the ballot count during election night night at the Curry County Courthouse. Riley was elected as the new county clerk. Curry County's long troubled jail played a pivotal role in elections and politics that dominated the news in 2012. Voters defeated a $9.3 million […]

Forecast: Expect dry and warm, again

Warmer and drier — again. That's the forecast for eastern New Mexico's winter of 2012-2013, courtesy of the National Weather Service's Albuquerque office. "On average," said Tim Shy, senior forecaster for the NWS, "it will be a little warmer and a little drier than normal. That means there will be more days that are warmer […]

Editorial: Obama hasn’t fulfilled promise of transparency

D o as I say, not as I do. That apparently is the way too many members of the Obama administration think the game is played — not by pledges set out by the president and not by open government laws on the books. Almost two-thirds of President Barack Obama's Cabinet agencies — nine of […]