Hounds roll past Bulldogs

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Even at less than full strength, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were too much on Saturday for former Lone Star Conference rival Southwestern Oklahoma. Senior guard Devone Davis scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added seven assists at the Greyhounds — coming off two tough losses in the previous [...]

Real life is not like the movies

As icy roads delayed my Thanksgiving trip to Dallas, I browsed through a scrapbook and found a poem a long-ago neighbor had given me 15 years ago from her 20-year-old son. As I write this, their Portales house with the snowy roof sits as cold and empty as their 1998 Christmas. To drape their painful [...]

Pray Supreme Court sees the light

Religious liberty is front and center on the nation’s Thanksgiving table. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby’s faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of [...]

Gay marriage group important step forward

New Mexicans are still waiting for a decision from the state Supreme Court on whether same-sex marriages are legal in New Mexico. The court heard oral arguments in October, but no ruling has been issued. Considering the legal issues and writing the decision takes time, obviously. Even so, supporters of marriage equality are not simply [...]

Firefighter part of growing movement

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Clovis firefighter Rodney Alanis displays his mustache, which he’s been growing for thirty days. Alanis is growing the mustache to support prostate and testicular cancer awareness and research, along with 30 other firefighters. Alanis lost his grandfather to prostate cancer, and his father is a survivor.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Rodney Alanis took a month of wisecracks about his newly grown mustache for a cause that’s close to his heart. It’s the men that he admires in his life that inspired the 34-year-old Clovis firefighter to put down the razor for the 30 days of November and grow [...]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I [...]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission

Curry County Commissioners will get an update on county investments from financial advisor Rob Burpo Tuesday when they meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Clovis-Carver Library north annex. There is no action agenda. A tour of the jail and juvenile detention center is scheduled to take place after the meeting is adjourned. The consent agenda [...]

Empty stocking fund: Family H

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstance: This family lost their car because of auto problems. They now bought a “new” used car, but it took all the saved money. This is a single mother who works hard trying to take care of her family. Needs: Boy,10, wants a Remote Control [...]

Road work this week

Clovis Starting Monday, Schepps Boulevard will be closed to through traffic between 7th Street and US 60/70/84 while street improvements are being made by K. Barnett & Sons. Construction is scheduled to last four weeks, depending on weather. Clovis Community College traffic should use the Trades Road entrance for access during the construction period. For [...]

Trustee: Costco owes Sunland about $4 million

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A court-appointed trustee says Costco Wholesale owes Sunland Inc. about $4 million after abruptly canceling its contract five days before the defunct Portales peanut processor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Costco’s cancellation of the contract now appears to be the catalyst for Sunland’s Chapter 7 filing, forcing [...]