Burst lifts Wildcats to win


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


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

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
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


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 […]

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 […]

Former mayor calls report ‘witch hunt’

Link to Letter

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com Former Mayor Gayla Brumfield is demanding Clovis Mayor David Lansford and the City Commission retract portions of a recent report critical of her part in the city’s failed business venture, Beauty Health and Science Innovations. Brumfield called the Underwood Report a political “witch hunt” and told CNJ it […]

NSA’s efforts unnecessary, maybe unlawful

The decision by a federal judge this week granting a preliminary injunction to block the government’s collection of domestic phone records is welcome to all who believe that U.S. citizens have the right to privacy absent probable cause of wrongdoing. U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon, in making his ruling, is saying that the […]

More Qatar work reform needed

News reports have revealed abuses of migrant workers in Qatar, ranging from 60-plus hour workweeks, hazardous working conditions, and poor living conditions. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup construction under way, including a metro system and soccer stadiums, there has been a surge of migrant workers entering the country, adding to the already giant population […]

Wishing you joy in simple things

It’s that time of the year again, when all but the most cynical grumps among us feel a bit sentimental and more forgiving toward their fellow humans. It’s a time when gifts are given and received, bringing joy to everyone involved. Unless the gift involves terra cotta and chia seeds. I wish I were rich […]

Making a difference , simply

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of reports on people, places and things that capture the Christmas spirit. By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Deena Lucero loved her grandmother, so much in fact it was a regular thing for her to stop by Clovis Healthcare and Rehabilitation clinic with sweatsuits, […]

NM court approves same sex marriage

Miriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Curry County Clerk Rosalie Riley said she will uphold the law when it comes to issuing same-sex marriage licenses in New Mexico. The New Mexico Supreme Court Thursday legalized marriage between same-sex couples, declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. New Mexico […]