Purple reign: Elida wins 3rd straight title

ALBUQUERQUE — It may not seem like it, but the Elida girls basketball team feels as if it's had a large target on its collective back. Those things happen when you've won three state championships in a row. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Elida Tiger Marily Varela puts up two points over Corona Cardinal Allysanne […]

3-peat might not be end of Elida run

ALBUQUERQUE — To borrow a line from LeBron James: "Not one, not two, not three …" Maybe not four, five, six or even seven, if you consider Elida, which won its third straight Class B state championship with a dominant 63-27 win over second-seeded Corona on Friday at The Pit, returns all but two seniors […]

Cannon AFB civilians could receive pay cut

Civilian personnel from Cannon Air Force Base could receive a 20 percent pay cut between the end of April and September to combat upcoming fiscal constraints forced by automatic government spending cuts, also known as sequestration, according to a base press release. Approximately 430 employees may be impacted by an impending administrative furlough, which will […]

Lawmakers oppose more base closings

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers said Thursday they are opposed to a new round of military base closings in the United States and challenged Defense Department officials to provide tangible evidence of the need to reduce the number of installations. Military bases are often the economic lifeblood of the communities that surround them and any […]

Legislator defends privacy bill

A new bill that would exempt some economic development information from public viewing is supposed to protect local development corporations from losing out on deals and possible litigation, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The House bill, sponsored by Anna Crook, R-Clovis, has been criticized by some as denying […]

Officials: Prairie dog job complete

The final body count may never be known. City Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said Tuesday the poisoning of prairie dogs at Ned Houk is done, and that he's done talking about it. City Manager Joe Thomas said he has "no way of determining" how many prairie dogs were dead because he didn't oversee […]

Area leadership grateful for their share of capital outlay money

Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said his village has a water system that was installed in the 1920s that desperately needs repairs, so he was pleased that the Senate approved funding for it. The consensus of area leadership's response to the state Senate's capital outlay bill is that they're grateful for what they can get from […]

Second pipe bomb discovered

A task force headed by state and federal agencies is investigating a second pipe bomb found within city limits in the last week. The latest device was brought to Clovis Municipal Court about 9 a.m. Monday by a citizen who told police he found it near the Prince Street overpass, officials said. City employees also […]

State basketball tournament brackets

State basketball tournanemt (Seeds in parentheses) Boys Round-of-16 All games Saturday Class 5A Cibola 46, Albuquerque High 45 Clovis 75, West Mesa 56 Eldorado 79, Rio Rancho 67 Hobbs 75, Volcano Vista 49 La Cueva 68, Atrisco Heritage 59 Las Cruces High 85, Carlsbad 65 Manzano 68, Valley 65, OT Sandia 61, Alamogordo 42 Class […]

Local prep basketball scoreboard

Class 5A state tournament Clovis 75, West Mesa 56 Class 3A state tournament Portales 62, West Las Vegas 51 Class 2A state tournament Texico 50, Tohatchi 33 Class 1A state tournament Questa 54, Fort Sumner 49 Dora 65, Menaul 18 District 2-B tournament Championship Grady 72, San Jon 45

Views differ on wage increase

Earning an extra dollar an hour could mean loosening the pinch in a person's budget but it still no way to live, says Michael Hatch of Portales who's tired of living the paycheck-to-paycheck shuffle. Hatch, 23, makes 33 cents over the state's $7.50 minimum wage as a convenience store employee. Hatch was a minimum wage […]

Sequestration results in PILT program reduction

A presidential sequestration order will reduce payments to Quay and Roosevelt counties under the U.S. Department of Interior's Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Failure to reach a deal on the national budget and avoid sequestration has resulted in a 5.1 percent reduction in the PILT program, which compensates counties for property taxes not […]

Portales moves on to Albuquerque with win over St. Michael’s

Hannah Cissell's three 3-pointers in the second half carried third-seeded Portales to a 37-34 victory over 14th-seeded St. Michael's in the first round of the state girls Class 3A tournament on Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. "If she didn't knock down those threes," coach Clay Stout said, "we'd be in a world of […]

New shooting charges filed

CMI staff A Clovis man whose double-murder indictment was recently quashed by the state Supreme Court was hit with the same charges Friday in Magistrate Court. Enrique Deleon is accused of murder in the September 2011 shooting deaths of Joe Valero, 44, and Lupita Casteneda, 25, both of Clovis. Deleon waived his right to a […]

Slow-starting Hounds ousted early

ALLEN, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University's men needed a good start, or at least a decent one, if it hoped to beat Tarleton State in Thursday's quarterfinals of the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament. What the Greyhounds got was a basket with a lid on it, or so it seemed — and it carried […]

Gamble: Bill could save lottery scholarship

With all the bills floating around in Santa Fe regarding possible changes to a dwindling state lottery scholarship fund, local college presidents have voiced their support for a senate bill that would appropriate money from the state's Tobacco Settlement Fund to the scholarship fund. "That's by far the best bill," said Eastern New Mexico University […]

Speaker: Plight not just our own

Yvette Kaufman-Bell spoke to an audience of students of different races and nationalities about the accomplishments of black women Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University. Kaufman-Bell's speech, "Ain't I a Woman," focused on the plight of black women in the women's rights movement in the U.S. and the modern-day accomplishments of black women. Her speech […]

Legislator pursues cloud seeding

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is why Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said funding is needed to reinstitute a cloud seeding program in Roosevelt and Lea counties. Ingle's bill to secure $150,000 for a weather modification fund, specifically cloud seeding, is working its way to the Senate floor. Ingle hopes the cloud seeding program […]

Students show stuff at science fair

Last year Zane Morris thought about what to do for his science project then realized he could easily use nearby sources on his father's farm. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Mesa Elementary sixth-grader Zane Morris, left, explains his project on solar energy to Cannon Airman Ryan Nissim. Morris explored using photovoltaic panels to power irrigation […]

Lawmakers name priorities for last 14 days of session

Local legislators are relieved the state budget has been completed as the 2013 legislative session nears an end, but they say the next 14 days will be a scramble to get legislation heard and hopefully passed. "It's a mad house up there," said state Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rosa, who's district includes Roosevelt and Curry […]