Zias split pair of games in Rattler Invitational

CNJ staff SAN ANTONIO — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team reached the .500 mark briefly on Friday, then fell back when a late rally in the second game fell short. ENMU (6-7) scored five runs in the first, but needed an RBI groundout from Amanda Martinez to slip past Rogers State 6-5 in the […]

Man sentenced for meth trafficking


CNJ STAFF A Clovis man plead guilty Thursday and was sentenced on two counts of trafficking controlled substances, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Robert Charles Urioste, 51, will serve 13 years in prison and be placed on intensive supervised probation for five years upon release. According to the release, Urioste sold […]

Late lottery fix OK’d

By Robert Nott and Milan Simonich The New Mexican A last-minute fix to the declining lottery scholarship fund — which provides free tuition to all eligible students in New Mexico — provided plenty of drama on the last day of the legislative session. The plan calls for using alcohol excise tax money, as well as […]

CHS boys, girls basketball capsules — Feb. 21

BOYSClovis (12-13, 0-3 District 4-5A) at Hobbs (18-7, 2-1)• When: 7 p.m. today• On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9.• Last time out: The Wildcats lost to Carlsbad 64-61 on Tuesday at The Rock. The Eagles lost at Carlsbad 56-48 last Friday.• Last meeting: The Eagles defeated Clovis 67-53 at The Rock on Feb. 7.• […]

Thursday area prep summary — Feb. 20

GIRLS District 4-1A Grady 46, San Jon 26 San Jon (3-16, 0-2) — Brittany Bobbitt 5, Salena Caldera 2, Charlotte Young 11, Karigan Thurman 3, Riley Young 5. Totals 9 8-19 26. Grady (9-10, 1-1) — Kyleli Stowe 4, Sage Starbuck 4, Jasmine Gonzales 3, Hailey Edwartds 7, Avery Jones 6, Jordyn Stowe 20, Elissa […]

Meetings watch: Clovis City Commission

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Commissioner Robert Sandoval did not attend due to a family matter. All action items below passed on 7-0 votes. • The Commission presented a plaque to the Cannon Air Force Base in appreciation of their assistance in the tumbleweed removal […]

Key bills move in final hours


By Steve Terrell The New Mexican Sometime in the middle of the 30-day legislative session that ended Thursday, a Roundhouse regular summed up the 2014 New Mexico Legislature: “The Seinfeld Session.” A session about nothing. Indeed, up until the last week or so of the session, lawmakers seemed more intent on discussing a seemingly endless […]

Capital outlay requested for school bus, ag science equipment

CMI STAFF In the final few minutes of the New Mexico Legislative session, lawmakers sent Gov. Susana Martinez a $233 million capital outlay package, just before adjournment — 12:01 p.m. for the House of Representatives, 12:11 p.m. for the Senate. The session was to end noon Thursday. Martinez has until March 12 to sign or […]

Legislature bills roundup

Passed Senate Bill 313, the $6.2 billion budget, is a compromise bill, rising from the ashes of the original House Bill 2, which stalled in the House. It includes $17.5 million in new money for the Public Education Department for merit pay for teachers and principals, teacher evaluations and other initiatives that Gov. Susana Martinez […]

Zias falter in second half

CNJ staff DENTON, Texas — Texas Woman’s went on runs of 7-0 and 14-0 early in the second half to take control and the Pioneers posted a 71-58 Lone Star Conference women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico. Junior forward Ria Pateraki scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pioneers (15-9, 10-4 LSC), […]

What’s happening — Feb. 21

Tuesday Young Professionals of Clovis kick-off — 6:30 Clovis Civic Center Information: 935-5000. Junk Yard Rhino Concert — 7 p.m., Tickets: $6, Clovis Civic Center. Information: 935-5000.   Saturday The Annual Black History Empowerment Celebration — 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 101 Acoma (Across from Stansell’s), $2 drawings, Free food and drinks. Information: […]

Meetings watch: Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. • The authority received an audit report from Hinkle and Landers of Albuquerque for the year ending June 2013. The agency reported no findings in the audit. • The authority discussed a $4 million award from the state water trust board […]

God, unlike humanity, never changes

Judy Brandon

I am a reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites […]

Amos the churchmouse — A trip to Valley Forge

Amos the Church Mouse
Illustrated by Gary Mitchell

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.   with the real washington s birthday this saturday willifred the white rat came by yesterday boss to see if i wanted to […]

Police blotter — Feb. 21

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday • 12:36 a.m.: Public assist, 1400 block of West 15th Street. • 12:39 a.m.: Narcotics, 800 block of Mitchell Street. • 1:15 a.m.: Threats in progress, 1200 block of North Lea Street. • 2:23 a.m.: Threats, 1100 block of North Sycamore Street. • […]

Insurer says no on BHSI

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com The city of Clovis’ insurance carrier is refusing to pay any cash to three companies claiming they lost more than $176,000 in its failed Beauty Health and Science Innovations investment. Travelers Senior Technical Specialist Kenneth Chance cited several reasons for denying claims filed by Clovis attorney Michael Garrett […]

Southard will run for Curry County seat

Greg Southard
County Commission candidate

CNJ Staff Greg Southard, owner of Leslie Candy Co. in Clovis, announced Thursday he will be a candidate for one of two Curry County Commission seats in the June 3 primary election. Southard is running as a Republican for the District 3 seat now held by Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn. Blackburn is term-limited and can’t […]

‘It’s just a fact, but a fact it is’

It’s just a fact, but a fact it is, that the teachers who most influenced my life early on were Methodists. San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo, Texas, was evidently a hotbed of Methodism. Or maybe it was just that my primary school path there was colored by the presence of three of them. Someday I’ll […]

Air service bids made

CNJ staff Two airlines have submitted proposals for passenger service between Clovis and Dallas on the heels of Great Lakes Airlines making its exit from the Clovis Municipal Airport, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. Thomas said Boutique Air, a San Francisco regional airline, and SeaPort Airlines of Portland, Ore., are both vying to pick […]

Ag Expo draws to close

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Ag Expo organizers said this year’s seminars garnered good feedback from attendees. In its 22nd year, the New Mexico Ag Expo brought new trends and kept old traditions to cater to the agricultural communities of New Mexico and west Texas. The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday at the […]