Self-reliance not such a bad idea

Throughout most of American history, interference in an individual's life by government employees, even under the worst administrations, was rare. Government and its regulations were practically invisible, like a ghost, and most people never noticed government because its laws didn't affect their lives or normal behavior in ordinary circumstances. The regulations that did exist were […]

Disability program needs more oversight

A mushrooming Social Security disability program appears headed down the track to insolvency. Currently about 10.9 million people are receiving disability checks, according to the Social Security Administration. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1970 the number of disabled workers receiving benefits has increased nearly sixfold. Last year about 3.2 million people applied for […]

Curry County toddler among state salmonella cases

SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials say seven lab-confirmed cases of salmonella have been confirmed in six counties, including one case in Curry County, and they're linking the cases to exposure to baby poultry. Four of the cases involve infants. The Curry County case involved a 1-year-old-girl who was hospitalized for four days before […]

Roper still going strong

Rayford Glover traveled about 10 hours from Conroe, Texas, to compete in the Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Rayford Glover, 67, of Conroe, Texas, takes his quarter horse, Shorty, for a walk after being pent up in a horse trailer for more than 10 hours. Glover says the exercise will […]

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that he represents a client interested in the racino license and has looked at property near the city. Additionally, […]

Balance sought between conservation efforts, business growth

By Christina Calloway CMI Saff writer ccalloway@cnjonline.com U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said they are confident a solution can be found that will protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken while allowing ranching and the booming oil and gas industry to flourish. The New Mexico Democrats are being criticized from not taking […]

Zias fall to Lady Buffs despite hot start

In a role reversal from last week's Lady Buff sweep, it was Eastern New Mexico University jumping out to the first-inning lead Wednesday. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero ia right fielder Savannah Chavez leans in to grab a fly ball from West Texas Lady Buff Renee Erwin in the top of the sixth inning of […]

Police to start cracking down on street vendors

At the request of the Public Works Committee, city police will be cracking down on street vendors that operate without a business license. Committee members expressed concerns at Wednesday's meeting about food safety and those selling puppies. City Manager Joe Thomas reported at the meeting that he had talked to Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders […]

What’s happening – April 25

DWI Task Force Meeting — 4 p.m., 700 N. Main St., Curry County Commission Room. Information: 763-7725. Finance Committee meeting — 2 p.m., Clovis City Hall, Small Conference Room. Information: 763-9653. High Plains Patriots meeting — 7 p.m., Clovis, Master's Center conference room. Information: 749-2955. Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping Event — 9 a.m., 1900 […]

Elementary students showed great courage, talent at bilingual competion

This past weekend Clovis Municipal Schools was home to a first-time event, hosted by La Casita Elementary. It took place in the beautiful new Arts Academy at Bella Vista's performing arts/multi-purpose center, dubbed, "The BraveheaART Center for Performing Arts." The "Poesía en el Llano Estacado" — a Spanish-language poetry language competition was the result of […]

Police blotter – April 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Tuesday Caller reported: 4:07 a.m.: Burglary, 600 block of Starlight Drive. 7:29 a.m.: Dispute, 1100 block of Sunrise Boulevard. 7:49 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 1400 block of West 10th Street. 8:09 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, 1400 block of West 21st Street. 8:55 a.m.: Abandoned vehicle, 1100 […]

Letters to the Editor – April 25

Concert brings a touch of beauty Amidst all the previous uncertainties and violence caused by shooters, murderers and terrorists it is vital to be immersed in beauty to not lose faith and hope in humanity and its progress and purpose. Friday's spring 2013 band concert of the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Clovis High […]

White House’s move expected, disappointing

Boston returned to somewhat-normal on Monday, one week after the Boston Marathon bombings triggered a series of events that kept the area on edge until the second, surviving bomber was captured Friday night. The question facing authorities now is, how best to proceed legally? After 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended, some in the media questioned […]

Cats earn first leg toward state golf

ROSWELL — Clovis High's boys picked up the little ground they needed from Monday in the Spring Classic golf tournament. The Wildcats shot a four-man score of 314 on Tuesday at Spring River Golf Course, good enough by two shots for their first leg toward Class 5A state competition, after coming up one stroke short […]

CHS settles for split against Coyotes

ROSWELL — A long night ended in disappointment for Clovis High's baseball team on Tuesday. After scoring 10 first-inning runs and blowing out Roswell High 11-3 in the opener of a non-district twin bill, the Wildcats erased a 6-0 deficit to force extra innings only to drop a 7-6 decision in the bottom of the […]

Cavegirls sweep Lady Cats

CARLSBAD — The Clovis Lady Wildcats got off to a good start in Tuesday's District 4-5A softball doubleheader against Carlsbad. Mariah Chavez and Bre Albracht singled home Andrea Aguilar and Lyndsi LeClear in the top of the first inning of the opener, and the Lady Cats were out to a 2-0 lead. Carlsbad's Lacy Granger […]

Area prep baseball linescores – April 23

District 4-2A Texico 17, Clayton 0 Clayton 000 00 — 0 2 4 Texico 752 3x —17 11 0 Dakota Montoya, Alan Haas (2) and Seth Martinez; Jaron Hill and Jonah Walls. W — Hill. L — Montoya. Top hitters — Clayton: Montoya 1-2; Martinez 1-2. Texico: Walls 2-4, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Mason Grau […]

Police: No one injured in drive-by

Clovis police say no one was injured in a drive-by shooting that peppered a house with bullets early Saturday near Ninth and Wallace streets. Clovis police released a report on Tuesday. It is the fourth drive-by shooting disclosed by police since Feb. 19. Police said they recovered 17 spent bullet casings in front of the […]

Meetings watch – April 24 ENMU Board of Regents

The following took place at the Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents meeting Tuesday: Former regents Santana Chavez and Marshall Stinnett were recognized for their service by ENMU President Steven Gamble. Gamble gave a report about ENMU. Gamble said enrollment increased by 2.75 percent last year, the smallest increase in a decade. He also told […]

Stadium backer on board

The biggest financial backer of a proposed on-campus football stadium at Eastern New Mexico University is on board. ENMU student Senate President Justin Aguilar told the school's board of regents Tuesday that the senate passed a resolution supporting the project, which would use student fees to pay for half of the projected $8 million cost. […]