Outage knocks out power to nearly 20,000 customers

CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Oran Stoner, left, and Chris Padilla of Xcel Energy repair a line Tuesday morning along East Brady Avenue. A transformer near the landfill blew shortly before 9:15  a.m.

By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A transformer failure is to blame for Tuesday morning’s power outage that affected nearly 20,000 customers in Clovis, Texico, Farwell and Tucumcari, according to Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves. “We had a transformer failure in our Curry County interchange near Clovis,” Reeves said, “But the cause of that […]

Resident’s family weathers typhoon


Staff and wire reports Lynn Vinton still hasn’t heard from her family, but friends have relayed the good news: Everybody survived the typhoon that has hammered 41 provinces in the heart of the Philippines. Vinton, who moved to Clovis two years ago, said video shot by friends shows her parents’ home near Iloilo still standing […]

Lady Cats capture finals


CNJ staff Clovis High’s girls made relatively short work of Carlsbad in Saturday’s District 4-5A volleyball tournament championship match at Rock Staubus Gym. Senior outside hitter Sasha Smith-Pollard posted a season-best 10 kills as the Lady Wildcats took a 25-22, 2-10, 25-19 win over the Cavegirls. Clovis (14-7) will find out its seed today for […]

WWII fighter pilot’s dog tags returning to family after nearly 70 years


By Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com A World War II fighter pilot’s dog tags will be returned to their rightful heirs this Veterans Day after a nearly 70-year trek home to the United States. Air Force Lt. Jack Robbins’s plane was shot down by enemy fire on June 24, 1944, near St. Giles, France, […]

In tribute: Bataan survivor remembered as strong, kind


By Steve Hansen CMI staff writer shansen@qcsunonline.com Friends and family said he was strong, mostly quiet, and kind. M.C. Waltmon didn’t talk much about his experiences during the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II. But he wrote that he survived through some luck, and good friends. Waltmon, 96, died Oct. 29 […]

Parade pays tribute to veterans


Emily Crowe CNJ staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com American flags soared high and motorcycles roared to life Saturday as local residents lined Main Street to pay special tribute to military veterans. Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and American Legion members, as well as local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and civic groups, passed out candy to eager children […]

High school seniors preview ENMU

CMI staff photo: Eric Norwood Jr.
Eastern New Mexico University resident assistant Ehren Hille gives housing information to prospective student Casey Martinez and his mother Ronda Martinez. The Martinez family came Portales from Artesia for Senior Preview Day on the campus of ENMU on Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com While high school seniors have yet to take their final exams, they are already looking towards the future. Many seniors and their families spent Saturday seeing if those futures could be in Portales. They came in abundance to Eastern New Mexico University for Senior Preview Day. Parents […]

Clovis goal: Just win … by eight


By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com The Class 5A playoffs will be seeded Saturday evening in Albuquerque, but it already has to feel like the playoffs have started for the Clovis Wildcats with a rollercoaster season that has felt fast to its players. “Extremely fast,” senior linebacker Bryan Abernathy said. Clovis (4-5, 0-1 District […]

Parade continues to honor area vets


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Saturday marks more than 20 years of celebrating the military veterans with a parade. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and a handful of local veterans from that war will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. “We have to respect them for what […]

Zias have definite local flavor


By Dave Wagner CNJ SPORTS WRITER dwagner@cnjonline.com PORTALES — Don’t put too much stock in a 21-point exhibition loss at Grand Canyon on Saturday for the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team. The Zias, under first-year coach Joshua Prock, also hope to prove wrong the Lone Star Conference preseason poll, which has them finishing […]