Tenacity main attribute for Zias’ undersized Johnson

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Joshua Lucero: CMI correspondent At 5-foot-7, ENMU’s Tara Johnson is often asked to guard much larger interior players, but Zias coach Lindsey Wilson said the Portales native has done the job with tenacity. Eric Butler PORTALES — Tara Johnson has always been tenacious. Certainly, her tenacity combined with raw talent led to her playing for […]

NMHU outslugs Hounds

CNJ staff PORTALES — Third baseman Josh McMahon drove in four runs with a pair of hits and New Mexico Highlands outslugged Eastern New Mexico University 14-10 on Tuesday in a game shortened to five innings, in part due to the blustery conditions. The Cowboys (6-1) had two innings of at least five runs while […]

Expo reminder of agriculture’s importance

Clovis Media Inc. Portales reached a wonderful milestone last week in hosting its 20th New Mexico Ag Expo. Officials estimated 3,000 people came through the gates of the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds to an event that celebrates the region’s agricultural industry and provides opportunity to enhance its growth. More than 100 vendors, most from out of […]

Four picked for ENMU hall of fame

ENMU press release PORTALES —Eastern New Mexico University athletic director and member of the Hall of Honors committee Jeff Geiser has announced that the committee has finalized the list of 2012 inductees into the ENMU Athletic Hall of Honors. This year’s honorees include: Heather Brown (women’s basketball), Kenneth Cunningham (rodeo), Mike Llewelyn Dillard (football), and […]

Students share knowledge at science fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Machaon Shoemaker, left, gives five to his father, Paul Shoemaker, Saturday at the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Machaon, a sixth-grader at P.R. Leyva Elementary in Carlsbad, claimed a $100 cash prize and first place in the […]

Buffalo soldiers seek recruits

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Courtesy photo Portales City Councilman Oscar Robinson, left, speaks with fellow Buffalo Soldier member Joe Terry, middle, and Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, on the Senate roundhouse floor in Santa Fe. The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association acted as the color guard along with other Buffalo Soldiers for Santa Fe’s Centennial program last month. Ingle invited […]

Specialist: Cotton pest, disease solutions on horizon

Alisa Boswell More effective methods for dealing with cotton pests and diseases are on the horizon, according to Texas Agri-Life specialist Monti Vandiver. Before hungry seminar attendees lined up Tuesday for the Portales Rotary Club’s Chuck Wagon Lunch at the Roosevelt County Ag Expo, they listened to a presentation on cotton production. Vandiver told his […]

Our communities ready to help

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Portales resident Jennifer Neilson, who volunteers at The King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belize, recently invited me to a KCH fundraiser ($35,000 and counting) at the packed Underground Embassy in Clovis. Resident artist Andrew Jonathan Merritt’s warning sign amused me: “Unless you are the second coming of Christ, keep your hands off the art.” After […]

Zias hold on late to edge Commerce

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CMI corresponent photo: Josh Lucero Zia senior guard senior guard Karen Grant drives past Texas A&M Commerce guard Danielle Dixon in a Saturday afternoon Lone Star Conference game at Greyhound Arena. Grant scored 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the Zias’ 58-53 victory. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kiara Tate made perhaps a game-saving play at […]

Portales ex-deputy chief pleads no contest

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Berry Christina Calloway Former Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry pleaded no contest Thursday in district court to three charges of tampering with public records. A plea agreement he signed Thursday placed him on 18 months of unsupervised probation. The agreement also required him to pay a $500 restitution fee — the amount of the […]

Friday morning briefing: Music, all things Ag and Coke’s secret formula

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Music, music, music The Yam Music Series concert is 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Yam Theatre, Portales. It features Andy Mason and Don Thomas performing. Admission is $5 at the door. Ag Expo coming The 2012 New Mexico Ag Expo kicks off 9 a.m. Wednesday in the […]

Association recruiting Buffalo Soldiers

Joe Terry: Courtesy photo Portales city councilman Oscar Robinson, left, speaks with his fellow buffalo soldier member Joe Terry, center, and Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-N.M., on the senate roundhouse floor in Santa Fe. The Llano Estacado Buffalo Soldier Association acted as the colorguard along with other Buffalo Soldiers for Santa Fe’s Centennial program last month. […]

Hounds, Zias look to clinch LSC tourney berths

Dave Wagner PORTALES — With losses at tailenders Angelo State and Abilene Christian last week, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team gave up some of its cushion in the race for a Lone Star Conference tournament berth. Part of that has to do with injuries — three of ENMU’s inside players have been […]

Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

ENMU football, women’s soccer add signees

CNJ staff PORTALES — Three new prospects have signed national letters of intent to play next season at Eastern New Mexico University under first-year coach Josh Lynn. The players are Noah Brown, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound fullback-defensive end from Valencia, and brothers Kendall Thompkins, a 6-4, 275-pound tight end, and Kameron Thompkins, a 6-3, 220-pound defensive […]

Hounds add Betts, five others

CNJ staff PORTALES — Clovis High defensive tackle Kenny Betts is among six players — five New Mexico high school athletes and a junior college transfer — who have signed national letters of intent play football next season at Eastern New Mexico University, joining 14 who committed last week on national signing day. The 6-foot-4, […]

Business feature: Signman Signs selected for award

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Signman Signs employees Aubrey Sparks, left, and Dustin Vigil construct a sign Monday morning in the business’ work room. The business was chosen as the 2012 Success Client by the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College. Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered […]

New coach leads Hounds

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU seniors Mitch Wolfe, foreground, and Alex Schultz warm up during Greyhounds baseball practice on Thursday afternoon at Greyhound Field. The Hounds, under first-year coach Chris Terry, open the season on Thursday in a three-day tournament at Odessa, Texas, hosted by Texas-Permian Basin. Dave Wagner PORTALES — Chris Terry realizes building […]

Wilkinson providing big boost for Hounds

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FNM correspondent: Joshua Lucero ENMU senior Curtis Wilkinson shoots against Texas A&M Kingsville’s Marcus Ford during a Lone Star Conference game against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Jan. 26 at Greyhound Arena. Although he has missed six games this season, Wilkinson is averaging more than 11 points and six rebounds a game for the Greyhounds. Eric Butler […]

Press release: ENMU sets record spring enrollment

PORTALES—For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 with 5,084 students. This spring’s enrollment is an increase of 4.5 percent over the previous record for a spring enrollment, set last year with 4,864 students. Student credit hours, which higher education institutions funding is based […]