What’s happening — Dec. 1

Monday Parks and Recreation and Beautification meeting — 5:30 p.m., 321 Connelly. Information: 769-7828 Tuesday Board of County Commissioners regular meeting — 9 a.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North annex. Information: 763-5591 Wednesday Clovis Community College Board of Trustees Meeting – 8 a.m., CCC Room 512. Information: 575-769-4001 Read with a dog — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Clovis-Carver […]

Young Cats expect growing pains

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Willie McCray brings the ball upcourt while junior Kaine Bender comes to apply pressure during the Wildcats’ basketball practice Friday night. Clovis opens the season Saturday against Rio Rancho at home.

By Kevin Wilson CNJ staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The fairest expectation for the Clovis Wildcats this year may be that it’s tough to know just what to expect. With the Wildcats set to host Rio Rancho tonight to open the season, third-year coach Matt King knows that Class 5A, and Clovis, has a lot of questions […]

Big plays end Farwell’s playoff run

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CANYON, Texas — The Farwell Steers thought if they could contain Wellington’s big plays, they could give the unbeaten Skyrockets a run for their money in a Texas Class 1A Division II regional game on Friday at West Texas A&M’s Kimbrough Stadium. Two-thirds of the time, they were […]

Hounds’ rally falls short again

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Devon Branch, returning after missing four games with a knee injury, scored 27 points to lift Pittsburg State past Eastern New Mexico University’s men 86-84 on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Greyhounds, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and […]

Small business patronage encouraged

CMI staff The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce plans to boost its new “shop local” program during today’s Business Saturday. The chamber created a Portales Pride Card, which residents can purchase for $5. Cardholders are granted access to sales and deals provided by local participating businesses. Chamber Director Karl Terry said $3 of the card […]

In search of ponies: Mascot work isn’t easy

They are included in all of the important days. OK, so most of the time they are ON the table, but they are included nonetheless. If they strictly went by symbolism, it’s a safe bet turkeys would never guess they were to be the guest of honor at dinners everywhere, albeit in the most unpleasant […]

McGee: Sometimes it’s best not knowing

When I was a kid, my pals and I had the run of the neighborhood. We ran through front yards, we wore paths through backyards. The neighbors didn’t seem to mind. Maybe they did but they didn’t say anything. Then somebody new moved into the neighborhood. One day as we were dashing across his front […]

Empty Stocking Fund profile — Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 2 Children: 1 (8 months) Special circumstance: This family needed help this year because the family had to move to Clovis is order to take of a sick family member. Because of the added responsibilities of care giving, the mother has not been able to get a job. Needs: […]

Helping give thanks


Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com More than 150 volunteers joined forces at the Lighthouse Mission Thursday to serve up a hot Thanksgiving meal to those less fortunate. Cannon Air Force Base airmen, high school basketball players and community members alike took time out of their holiday to serve steaming heaps of turkey, stuffing and […]

Football playoff capsule — Nov. 29

Farwell (7-4) vs. Wellington (10-0) When: 2 p.m. (CST) today in a Class 1A Division II rregional at Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon. Last meeting: The Rockets edged the Steers 22-14 in an area round game in 2011, getting a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the final minute of play. Last week: The Steers beat Shamrock, […]