Fire burns through 3,000 acres


CMI staff A fire in Bailey County just miles off of the Texas-New Mexico border on N.M. 202 burned for more than four hours on Tuesday. According to Chief Tom Ladd of the Muleshoe Fire Department, there were no injuries or structural damage, but the fire consumed about 3,000 acres of grassland on private property. […]

Portales man arrested for child pornography

Robert Hawkins

CMI staff A Portales man was arrested Wednesday and charged with 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children under 18 years of age. Robert Hawkins, 43, is currently being held on a $15,000 cash only bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center. According to court documents: • The New Mexico State Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes […]

Investigation of sex charges ongoing at Melrose


By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR Almost 10 months ago, Melrose schools Superintendent Jamie Widner heard rumors one of two coaches now under investigation for sex crimes might be having inappropriate contact with a student. Widner said Wednesday that he decided to counsel the coach last April rather than report him to law enforcement […]

Area battles fires, no injuries reported


CNJ staff The Clovis Fire Department responded to a grass fire in the 500 block of U.S. 70 on Tuesday afternoon. At 2:24 p.m. the department got the call, and by 3:28 p.m. the fire was extinguished. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this point. The department also […]

Recycling items focus of DIY session

CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway
Curry County Home Economist Glenda Belcher talks about painting techniques Tuesday morning at a do-it-yourself workshop at the New Mexico Ag Expo, held at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Glenda Belcher has found a use for all of those pallets that accumulate over the years in the barns of farmers. The Curry County extension agent and home economist kicked off the 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo by showing a group of about 75 people Tuesday how […]

Former Melrose coach arrested


CNJ staff A former Melrose contract coach has been arrested and charged in connection with an unlawful relationship with a student, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Allison Draper, 28, of Melrose, was charged Tuesday with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and five counts of criminal […]

School officials praise Senate bill


By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer Local superintendents are calling the passing of two state Senate bills that affect local high schools a victory for public education. The Senate approved a bill Saturday on a 28-0 vote that would prevent the Public Education Department from changing high school graduation requirements of students once they […]

Business feature: Organization to connect young professionals


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer For those young people in Clovis trying to advance their careers and connect with others who have similar ideas, a new local organization is providing an avenue for just that. The Young Professionals of Clovis has been launched as an arm of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Sherri knows best

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
Sherri Best holds her first granddaughter McKinley at her home. Best said she really enjoys holding and playing with McKinley, who is 5 months old.

Sherri Best is the first to greet you at the Roosevelt County Extension agency. With a smile, Best will help you with what you need. Moving from Wyoming to Portales in 1980 to attend Eastern New Mexico University, she now lives in Elida with her husband. Best’s children were participated in Future Farmers of America, […]

Ag Expo: Good ideas, old and new

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune
Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry, left, and Leroy Manzanares hang a sign Friday for the New Mexico Ag Expo. The two-day event begins Tuesday.

By Christina Calloway PNT SENIOR WRITER The 22nd annual New Mexico Ag Expo is reaching out to modern farmers and ag producers. The two-day event is set for Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Director Karl Terry said there are several seminars that will appeal to the technology of […]

Saturday heat sets record high

CNJ staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Elias Sneed, 2, helps his mother, Raquel Munoz, wash the family vehicle on Saturday afternoon. Munoz said once she saw it was nice outside, she and her children went out to wash the car.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Two weeks ago, if 2-year old Elias Sneed had been outside of the house with no shoes or shirt, he might have been scolded by his mother and possibly caught a cold. But Saturday, Sneed’s attire was more than acceptable. According to, Clovis basked in a […]

Great Lakes flies coop

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
The Great Lakes Airline office is bare after its only employee packed up Friday and left, leaving Clovis Municipal Airport without a passenger service. City officials say bids from other airlines to take over the service continue until Wednesday.

By Robin Fornoff CMI Projects Editor Clovis’ only commuter airline is gone. It’s been three weeks since any flight by Great Lakes Airlines in or out of Clovis Municipal Airport, according to Airport Director Gene Bieker. Friday, the last Great Lakes employee in Clovis was scrambling to pack her belongings and get out of […]

Romance in the air

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Sean Martinez loads his truck with more Valentine’s Day floral arrangements Friday afternoon. According to Kathy Cox, manager of Clovis Floral, the floral shop made more than 500 deliveries Friday, which resulted in increasing the number of delivery drivers from one to eight.

By Emily Crowe Even after 27 years of marriage, Bob and Lisa Farkas are still trying to one up each other  when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts and gestures. In addition to Valentine’s Day, the Clovis couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary Friday. Bob, an insurance adjuster, had to travel to Tucumcari on […]

Senate candidate expects another BRAC

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Republican Senate hopeful Allen Weh of Albuquerque answers questions Wednesday in Clovis during a campaign swing through eastern New Mexico.

U.S. Senate hopeful Allen Weh says he “absolutely expects another BRAC” and communities in eastern New Mexico need to prepare for it if they intend on keeping Cannon Air Force Base. Weh, one of two candidates seeking the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate in the June 3 primary election, made his remarks during a […]

Sandoval recall petition submitted


Jose Griego filed a recall petition Thursday against District 3 Clovis City Commissioner Robert Sandoval with two more signatures than the 88 needed. When the petition will be either certified or rejected is in question with City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon out of town for a family emergency until early next week. The filing also brought […]

NMHIX officials host informational meeting at ENMU.

CMI staff photo: Chrisitna Calloway
ENMU senior Serena Orrantia kicks a soccer ball, one of the activities to promote exercise, at the NMHIX event Thursday.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University student Robbie Garcia said he’s prone to accidents. A former athlete, the sophomore from San Jon said he still exercises regularly, so he’s in the market to purchase health insurance, but the social work major didn’t have an idea of where to […]

Cannon golf course set to open to civlians

Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base
From left, Master Sgt. Ralph Bell, Chief Master Sgt. Hank Baskett, and Tech. Sgt. Archie Broussard look on as Dan Williams takes a putt on Whispering Winds Golf Course. Whispering Winds, located on Cannon Air Force Base, will now be open to civilians.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base has announced that Whispering Winds Golf Course on base will officially be opened to civilians. An application process and background check is necessary before locals can play, however. Cannon AFB made the decision to open the course to civilians to bring the local […]

ENMU presenting Hansel & Gretel this weekend


CNJ staff Eastern New Mexico University will present Hansel & Gretel, a Fairy-Tale Opera this weekend for the local community. The operatic adaptation of the fairy tale, originally written by Englebert Humperdink, is directed by ENMU faculty members Jean Wozencraft-Ornellas and Kimberly Gelbwasser, and will feature actors from the school’s Stagecraft for Singers class, as […]

Lady Cats keep rolling with win over Cavegirls (updated with gallery)


By Dave Wagner CNJ sports writer With her senior season on the horizon, Clovis High’s Kyleigh Guthals was torn over whether or not to play basketball for the defending Class 5A girls state champions. A mainstay on the CHS volleyball team, Guthals originally decided not to play. It didn’t take her long to change […]

‘Clovis’ amongst stars


By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ STAFF WRITER The name Clovis is out of this world. Don’t believe it? Proof is at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, where there is a photo of an outcropping on Mars named after the city of Clovis and prehistoric spear points found at Blackwater Draw. […]