Decorating for a cause

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Barbara St. John and her family decorated 82 Christmas trees in their home this year. Community members are touring the home and donating money to three local families affected by cancer.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. Decking the halls for Christmas is an annual event for Barbara St. John and her family, but this year they decided to do some holiday decorating for […]

Local residents: Religion still has role in Christmas

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Despite a recent poll’s findings, most people contacted in eastern New Mexico say Christmas has not lost its religious meaning. Only half those responding to a Pew Research Center poll said they considered Christmas a religious holiday but locals say those results are far from what they celebrate […]

Burst lifts Wildcats to win

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By Kevin Wilson kwilson@cnjonline.com On a night where things quickly turned against Portales in the second half, coach Rickie McBroom’s silver lining was that the Rams were a better team Friday than they were Thursday. Of course, the same was true of the Clovis Wildcats, which welcomed back guard Kamal Cass and rode a wave […]

Holidays can be busy time at Hartley House

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By Emily Crowe ecrowe@cnjonline.com The holidays can be particularly tough on struggling families, and the Hartley House is doing what it can to help local families who are dealing with abuse. Executive Director Donna Horton said the domestic abuse shelter and resource center sees a lot of families coming in around this time of year. […]

Clovis beats Canyon to pass big road test

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Clovis High’s girls passed their biggest test of the season so far on Friday night — and without one of their best players. Senior guard Nichele Hyman and junior guard Danni Williams scored 17 points each, and the unbeaten Lady Wildcats threw Canyon off-track with a change in defenses in […]

Portales girls dominate Robertson for win

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Portales coach Wade Fraze talks to sophomore Bailey Rowley about stepping out to meet the defender in the second half Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center.

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com The Portales Lady Rams didn’t need an overwhelming edge at the free throw line to beat Las Vegas Robertson on Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center, but it certainly made things easier. Portales converted 18-of-20 free throws while the Lady Cardinals struggled through a 9-for-25 outing that made the Lady […]

Friday area prep summaries — Dec. 20

Boys Texico 80, Hobbs JV 75 Hobbs JV — Cory Sutton 8, Evander White 15, Jordan Gonzales 17, Sam Spencer 13, Brevin Thompson 2, Zac Miniz 6, Izeah Cotton 2, Josh Ruiz 12. Totals 29 9-16 75. Texico (7-0) — Justin Rucker 13, Gentry Doolittle 13, Brannon Karger 6, Jonah Walls 12, Mitchell Pinnell 6, […]

Portales boy, 7, dies in one-vehicle accident

CMI staff A 7-year-old Portales boy died from injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover crash on N.M. 268 near Curry Road 23, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Dakota Myers died at the scene about 4 p.m. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his 19-year-old brother, […]

‘Christmas puppies’ get bad rap

Four days and counting. After searching and waiting in line, the newest video games are secured, specific Barbies located and purchased … Pretty much everything on the lists is in the bag except that one thing you keep skipping over. “A puppy” = Not going to happen. Not so fast … it could be that […]

Traditional Christmas letters dying out

Christmas cards have been coming in at The Stucco Hacienda. There’s that one of Santa on a bicycle pedaling through the snow from our bicycle parts salesman up in Chimayo. There’s the handmade one from the son and his girlfriend in Socorro. And then there was “The Christmas Letter.” To me, The Christmas Letter is […]

Portales boy, 7, dies in vehicle accident

CMI staff A 7-year-old Portales boy died from injuries suffered Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover crash on N.M. 268 near Curry Road 23, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Waller said Dakota Myers died at the scene about 4 p.m. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his 19-year-old brother, […]

Roosevelt clerk resigns; says God’s laws supersedes all others

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By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter resigned Friday morning, a day after a State Supreme Court ruling was issued legalizing gay marriage, because she said she must obey God’s law, which supersedes all other laws for her. Deputy Clerk Janet Collins also resigned Friday over the same issue. Carpenter, […]

CHS boys, girls weekend capsules

Boys Clovis (2-2) at Portales (3-2), at Artesia (3-1) 7 p.m. today, Saturday On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9, KSEL-FM 105.9 (tonight). Last time out: Clovis defeated Manzano 55-40 on Saturday to split a home back-to-back. Portales won Tuesday on the road, 59-47 over Friona. Artesia lost to Roswell 69-57 in the City of […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Dec. 19

Boys Texico 65, Melrose 27 Melrose (4-4) — Mark Weck 2, Colton Draper 6, Jay Faust 6, Cade Barnard 7, Wyatt Williams 6. Totals 9 7-11 27. Texico (6-0) — Justin Rucker 10, Gentry Doolittle 14, Brannon Karger 3, Miles Grau 4, Kendall Naceanceno 5, Jonah Walls 10, Miguel Reyna 12, Matt Odegaard 1, Mitchell […]

Fit to fight holiday bulge

By Desiree Ann Montenegro 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs After the enjoyment of a Thanksgiving feast and December festivities, some typical outcomes are excessive caloric intake and weight gain. A physical fitness routine can combat the holiday bulge. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, regular physical activity, followed by a healthy diet, […]

Angel Tree update

By Desiree Ann Montenegro 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Several Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base have donated through this year’s Angel Tree program. “More than 129 angels have been sponsored, and many generous donors have taken more than one,” said John Fondrick, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron work life technician. Every […]

What's happening — Dec. 20

Today Friday Social Hour 4: 27 p.m., Landing Zone Teen Leadership Club 5:30 p.m., Youth Center Karaoke 8 p.m., Community Center Saturday Ski Angel Fire 5 a.m., Outdoor Recreation Movies, 18+ years 3 p.m. & 6 p.m., Community Center Teen Leadership Club 5:30 p.m., Youth Center Christmas Tree Pin Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Sunday […]

Family friendly fitness center

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs For more than a year, the fitness center at Cannon Air Force Base has been through various stages of construction to incorporate suggested quality of life improvements to the facility. A recent effort has been made in the family room to make exercising easier […]

Synthetic ordinance passed

By Rick White CNJ Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com Even if the City Commission passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale, possession or use of synthetic marijuana, which it did during Thursday’s meeting, the question for law enforcement was: How do you enforce it? Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders thinks he may have solved that problem with a […]

Landfill rates going up

By Rick White CNJ Managing Editor rwhite@cnjonline.com City garbage and landfill rates will be going up in May to help pay for an expansion at the city landfill. The increase, approved during the Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, is part of a three-pronged funding mechanism to pay for $5.9 million in improvements, according to […]