Legislative roundup — Feb. 1

Days remaining in session: 19 Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: Nike founder and owner Phil Knight visited the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday to honor Charles and Mara Robinson of Santa Fe. A memorial in the House sponsored by Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, recognized the Robinsons “as New Mexico living treasures” […]

Locals appointed to state positions

Stacey Martin of Clovis and Donald Elder III of Portales were recently appointed by the governor to state positions. Martin has been appointed to the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Martin has served as the president of Western States Insurance Group, Inc. since 1987, and he has served on the Committee of Fifty since […]

NMMI-Portales basketball capsules — Feb. 1

Boys New Mexico Military (7-10) at PHS (10-9) • When: 7 p.m. today at the RAC • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 • Last meeting: Dec. 14, Portales handed the Colts a 64-44 loss at Roswell. • Last time out: NMMI lost at Class 1A No. 3 Hagerman 59-45 on Tuesday. The Rams absorbed a 69-59 home […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 1

MEN ENMU (10-8, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) at West Texas A&M (9-9, 1-5) • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710. • Last time out: Both teams defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at home this week, WT winning 70-60 on Wednesday night and ENMU posting […]

Senators who broke the system should fix it

Call Harry Reid a stranglehold of one. Senate Democrats in a supposed effort to end partisan gridlock — with strong support from New Mexico’s own Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — pushed through a change in Senate rules, the so-called nuclear option, that stopped filibusters for most presidential nominations by allowing a simple majority […]

Ranch owners’ views deserve respect — Letter to the editor

Regarding the letter headlined “Prairie dogs erode, don’t restore,” in Tuesday’s CNJ: Jim Riding took the time to point out his experience with prairie dogs causing erosion, claiming my inexperience on the subject. First, I’d like to say that I was misquoted in the original article, my actual statement being “… a demand for people […]

Mystery unraveled

Courtesy photo: Scott Jones
Surveillance video from the library shows “Bootsie” walking across the library Tuesday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five […]

Knee-jerk reaction not a solution

Kent McManigal

People frequently do the wrong thing for the right reasons. It is right to care about people who hurt themselves or others through substance abuse. It is wrong to impose prohibition in an attempt to save people from themselves or others. It is right to care about innocent victims of random violence. It is wrong […]

Letters to the editor policy

Letters to the editor should be on topics of public interest and no more than 300 words. Private disputes are not acceptable topics for letters. A few other guidelines: • Letters must be original, previously unpublished and written by the person whose name appears with the letter. The writer’s name must be included with the […]

Farm bill boon for cattle producers

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

CHS weekend basketball capsules — Jan. 31

BOYS Clovis (11-8) at Hope Christian (15-3) • When: 7 p.m. today in Albuquerque • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. •  Last time out: The Wildcats defeated Eldorado 62-61 last Saturday to pull a split in a back-to-back with the Eagles and La Cueva. The Huskies defeated Manzano on 70-46 Tuesday to extend […]

Hounds turn back South Dakota Mines

CNJ staff PORTALES — Senior guard Rodney Blackmon drained a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, and the long balls just kept coming for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Thursday night. Senior guard Rafael Love scored 21 points —17 in the second half — and Blackmon finished with 19, including a combined 8-for-13 from 3-point […]

Amos the churchmouse: the spaghetti dive

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer  keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   boss there s a new form of high-class entertainment here in the church pew underworld these days – naw it s not […]

Bible says God will meet all your needs

Want to hear a true heartwarming story? A young couple wanted a swing set for their four little children. Each month they set aside a small amount of money to save for the swings. Yet, huge medical bills took most of their monthly income after the necessities were bought. The couple’s youngest child was born […]

California man convicted of voluntary manslaughter

Chip Fox

CNJ staff A California man accused in the 2012 stabbing death of his friend during a stop in Clovis was convicted Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter. Chip Fox, 37, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was charged with second-degree murder. A Curry County District Court jury took about two hours to deliberate, returning with a conviction on […]

CHS boys, girls basketball capsules — Jan. 31

Boys Clovis (11-8) at Hope Christian (15-3) • When: 7 p.m. today in Albuquerque • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. • Last time out: The Wildcats defeated Eldorado 62-61 last Saturday to pull a split in a back-to-back with the Eagles and La Cueva. The Huskies defeated Manzano on 70-46 Tuesday to extend […]

Legislative roundup — Jan. 30

Days remaining in session: 21 Gazing at the sun: Inside the Roundhouse and out, eyes were trained Wednesday on the fiery orb around which life revolves. For Earth, that’s the sun; for New Mexico, it’s the zia sun symbol. While some lawmakers inside the Capitol decried widespread commercial use of the state symbol, outside the […]

A tumbleweed did that? Yes, it did

If 2013 was the Year of the Goathead, then 2014 is lining up to be the Year of the Tumbleweed. Our “brief and limited amounts of precipitation” (which the fascinating reference volume, “Weeds of the West,” says is ideal for tumbleweed procreation) produced a bumper crop. Every time the wind changes direction, new volunteers break loose […]

Streamlining good, but learn to share first

Gov. Susana Martinez has opened the floodgates to competition for precious water project money, asking lawmakers to approve $112 million in capital outlay money for water initiatives in the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins in July. Investing in water infrastructure is key to New Mexico’s future and the governor has been wise to target capital […]