Cruces turns back Cats

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — If the Clovis boys basketball team goes on a winning streak to close the season, the foundation may come from this current losing streak. The Wildcats dropped their second game in two nights on Saturday, falling 61-51 to defending 5A champion Las Cruces High to wrap up a tough eight-day […]

Saturday area prep summaries — Jan. 4

Boys Fort Sumner 73, Loving 72 Fort Sumner (6-5) — Ramon Drake 4, Gage Maxwell 10, Garrett Hisel 7, Nik Sanchez 11, Talon Crist 25, Hunter Sparks 16. Totals 26 19-39 73. Loving (2-4) — Joel Hernandez 22, Eric Espinoza16, Christopher Pierce 4, Freddie Chacon 3, Timothy Porras 5, Jeremy Hernandez 15, James Williams 5, […]

Zias anxious to start LSC play

By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team had a chance to put together a three-game winning streak heading into the holiday break, but the Zias ran into a wall. ENMU (2-6) led 83-75 before Wayland Baptist ran off the final 17 points of their Dec. […]

Family keeps roping tradition alive

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
zZant Zamora, 15, left, watches his father Kenny Zamora as he announces times during the World Series of Team Roping qualifying event on Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Zamora Roping Productions promoted the event, and they put on events in Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. Kenny Zamora is also a 1985 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University.

by Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER Fifteen-year old Zant Zamora anxiously watched his father, Kenny, as he updated the crowd on standings in the World Series of Team Roping on Saturday at Curry County Events Center, and the time of the most recent competitor on Saturday. He then scurried over to the business […]

Local lawmakers lay out priorities


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Local lawmakers are preparing to head to Santa Fe in the next couple of weeks for a 30-day session. Although completing the state’s budget is the top task for the Legislature, local representatives say there are other issues they hope to address during the session. State lawmakers from […]

Boy’s arrest case of mistaken identity

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Marcus Lewis, 12, and his mother Denise Eaton look over a blank tort claim Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders gave Marcus after apologizing for mistakenly arresting him recently near his home. Lewis spent a night in juvenile jail after being booked on a warrant for another juvenile with a similar name.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor Marcus Lewis, 12, is “a little annoyed” at being arrested by Clovis police and jailed overnight in a case of mistaken identify. Marcus said he has accepted an apology from Chief Steve Sanders and is ready to move on. His mother Denise Eaton, however, has hired an attorney […]

Candidates to file Tuesday for March election

CNJ staff Candidates for municipal judge and four Clovis City Commission seats have from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday to file for a March municipal election. Municipal Judge Jan Garrett said she plans to seek re-election. She will likely face opposition from at least one other candidate — former Clovis Police Chief and City […]

What’s happening — Jan. 5

Today World Series of Team Roping Qualifier — 8 a.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 935-7000. Monday Tax Aide Training Class — 8 a.m., Volunteers needed, Clovis Community College, Room 411. Information: 763-4398. Tuesday Lodgers Tax Advisory Board meeting — 5:30 p.m., 321 Connelly Street. Information: 769-7828. Tax Aide Training Class — 8 a.m., Volunteers […]

Police blotter — Jan. 5

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday • 1:10 a.m.: Dispute in progress, 4000 block of Mariah Drive. • 8:43 a.m.: Public assist, 700 block of Heather Terrace. • 8:53 a.m.: Follow up request, 1000 block of Cottonwood Place. • 9:19 a.m.: Welfare check, 1000 block of West Seventh Street. […]

Centennial turns back Cats down stretch

CNJ staff LAS CRUCES — On a night where the margin for error was small, the Clovis Wildcats had a tough time closing things out on the road. Cesar Molina scored 19 points to lead three in double figures, and Class 4A Las Cruces Centennial survived the fourth quarter for a 59-53 win on Friday […]

Lady Cats stand 13-0 after romp over Storm

Gary Harron: Rio Rancho Observer
Rio Rancho Cleveland’s Katie Howerton tries to get off a shot against Clovis High junior Danni Williams during Friday night’s girls matchup in Rio Rancho. The Lady Cats improved to 13-0 and extended their winning streak to 19 games with a 73-32 rout of the Storm.

CNJ staff RIO RANCHO — Clovis High’s girls made short work of struggling Rio Rancho Cleveland on Friday night. Led by 20 points from junior guard Danni Williams, the Lady Wildcats scored the game’s first eight points and steadily pulled away from there for a 73-32 drubbing of the Storm. The defending Class 5A champion […]

Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 4

Boys Vaughn 69, Clovis Christian 40 Vaughn (1-3) — Christian Menedez 28, Hector Mendoza 25, Dillon Perez 12, Victor Garcia 2, Ruben Rodriguez 2. Totals 31 4-10 69. Clovis Christian (4-3) — Dalton Hardy 13, J.V. Perales 2, Will Ramsey 4, Tucker Fly 2, Michael Furrow 19. Totals 18 3-17 40. Vaughn    19    23    15   […]

Costco could recoup most of peanut purchase price

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Retail giant Costco could get back most of the estimated $12.5 million worth of peanuts it purchased for defunct Portales processor Sunland Inc. under a complicated deal granted in bankruptcy court. The deal approved in late December by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Thuma allows Costco to retrieve the […]

Yes, I mind if you smoke…

Grant McGee

A recent news story brought back a memory from long ago. It seems young man in Australia blew up some cars and burned away his britches because he was smoking a cigarette while siphoning off gas. I have a healthy respect for the power of gasoline, drilled into me by the leaders of my Boy […]

Canine’s our best compass

Next time you lose your bearings, forget the compass and look instead for the nearest squatting dog to help you find your way. When a dog begins the sniff-circle-sniff dance, it’s usually pretty clear they have purpose — that there is some deep intent and methodology in the way they conduct their hunt for the […]

Answering the call

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
United Way of Eastern New Mexico 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar takes a call at the United Way office located at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. The 2-1-1 program connects local residents to agencies and organizations throughout Clovis and Portales that provide health and human service needs.

Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER From a single mother getting back on her feet to a drug addict looking to better his life, United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s 2-1-1 program has proven to be a beacon of hope for struggling area residents. According to 2-1-1 Associate Patricia Bazar, the 2-1-1 phone number is […]

Coercion a human-created problem

I have learned that most people don’t want solutions. They want temporary stop-gaps that make them feel a little better because they are “doing something” without really examining the status quo. All they are really doing is allowing the problem to grow larger and more dire after having been kicked down the road for someone […]

Don’t let your pet go AWOL

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pest management section is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and protection of all base infrastructures and is the source for all residents of Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., regarding their responsibilities as pet owners. “We […]

SecAF message to Airmen

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Deborah Lee James was confirmed as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force Dec. 13 and sworn-in Dec. 20. In the video, James gives her first remarks as secretary about what Airmen and their families can expect from her in the future. James is responsible for the affairs of […]

New combatives course at Cannon

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Department of Defense has taken a stand against sexual assault. New programs are being set in place to inform, prepare and prevent these offenses from being committed. One such program is the Close Combat Course which teaches military members skills needed to protect […]