Cass already ranks among Wildcat greats

Early in the 2012 Clovis High football campaign, one radio announcer found himself accidentally referring to Wildcats' running back Kamal Cass as Brian Mead — a former CHS standout from a few years earlier. But as Cass' game-by-game racked up yardage, eventually breaking the CHS single season record, fans and coaches alike began comparing him […]

Lujan left mark on New Mexico

Few New Mexico legislators have left a more significant legacy of service than the late New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, who died last week after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 77. Lujan was elected to the Santa Fe County Commission in 1970 and to the state House of Representatives in 1974. […]

TRICARE co-pay hikes coming

House-Senate conferees have agreed to the more modest House-passed plan for raising drug co-payments on military family members and retirees who fill prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets or through mail order. The fee increases are scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, TRICARE officials said as the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, with many other provisions […]

No more snow expected for week

Clovis and Portales residents woke to a white Christmas Tuesday morning as the area was sprinkled in less than one inch of snow overnight. Snowfall at the Clovis Municipal Airport began around 2 a.m. Tuesday and stopped around 7 a.m., according to Mark Fettig, a general forecaster at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque. There were […]

Red and green tradition

Laughter could be heard throughout the building as dozens of Roosevelt County residents ate and visited Tuesday at El Rancho Restaurant in Portales. One Portales family who has made the restaurant's annual free Christmas dinner a tradition since it started six years ago is the Kratzer family. PNT Photo: Alisa Boswell The Kratzer family are […]

Past Christmas looks better in hindsight

There's nothing like a Christmas Day NBA broadcast to make me feel a little reminiscent, even as I cringe at the "back in time" ads: I really hope if Blake Griffin finds a time machine, he doesn't waste the opportunity by going back to pitch a car that doesn't exist yet to a Blake Griffin […]

Impact of deadly accident 40 years ago still lingers

Gary Collins, 17, carried the lifeless body of his 14-year-old sister off the bus and placed her on the side of the road. "I'm so sorry I can't help you," he was heard whispering. "But there are others who need help now." He turned towards the bus once again to see how he could help. […]

Lighthouse dinner sweet success

Kevin and Casey Wilson marveled at their candy house discussing plans to devour it after cleaning their plates of the ham and side dishes. When the Wilson boys stopped by the Lighthouse Mission with their mother Michelle on Tuesday for a free Christmas meal. "I ate lots of ham and candy and had a lot […]

Year in Review: Education

Clovis school officials made preparations for a new middle school and several other construction projects, Texico said goodbye to the only superintendent it knew for more than two decades, and an improving economy meant a declining student base for Clovis Community College. The year was busy for Clovis and Curry County in the schools. Here […]

Letters to Santa – Dec. 25

To: Santa From: Savannah Riddick Dear Santa Clause,, I hope you have a Merry Christmas. I also just wanted to say do you by any chance think it's okay if I throw out reindeer food for your reindeers? Here is the list of things that I would like to have this Christmas. Guitar Camera Camera […]

Forecasters predict slim chance of snow for area

Depending on what part of eastern New Mexico you're in, your chances of a white Christmas range from a roll of the dice to a coin flip. A storm was expected to move through northern New Mexico late Monday night, and would leave its heaviest snow in Quay County. Chances are around 60 percent for […]

Salvation Army passes Empty Stocking campaign goal

A smattering of large donations has helped lead to another passed goal for the Salvation Army this Christmas season. Monday totals show the charity is ahead of last year's numbers for both its kettle money and its annual Empty Stocking Fund to help families. So far, $13,800 has been collected for the Empty Stocking, exceeding […]

Editorial: Christmas symbolizes gift of salvation

C hristmas is for children. Indeed, it is about the birth of a child some 2,000- plus years ago who Scripture tells us was the son of God and who came to Earth to teach us how to love one another. But this Christmas, we turn our thoughts to children in a sadder and different […]

Clovis swim teams finish third, fifth at Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High's boys finished third whle the girls were fifth over the weekend in the APS Mini-Invite swimming meet, hosted by Eldorado. The Eagles swept the team titles, posting 559 points to 410 for Hobbs and 355 for the Wildcats on the boys side and outscoring city rival Manzano 586-435 in girls competition. […]

Cats turn back Espanola Valley

In their final game before the Christmas break, the Clovis Wildcats weren't exactly in a giving mood. CMI photo: Kevin WilsonClovis guard John Dawson throws down a two-handed dunk in transition during the third quarter of Saturday night's game against Espanola Valley at Rock Staubus Gym. Dawson had 11 points in Clovis' 58-49 win. Stingy […]

Lighthouse holds kids auction

A walk through a west Clovis neighborhood on Saturday turned into an early visit from Santa Claus for Billy Jo Facio and her children. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Amber Facio, middle, picks up a collection of at least 15 bear figurines she purchased during the Kids Auction Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission in Clovis. […]

Q&A: Veteran takes on role as Santa

Bob Kassin got to play a hero when he served as a tech sergeant in the Air Force and now working as a veteran at Cannon Air Force Base, he got to play a hero in the lives of 550 children in Portales. Cannon Connections photo Bob Kassin, center, volunteered to play Santa Claus for […]

‘Fiscal cliff’ brings worries

The uncertainty over the outcome of the "fiscal cliff" seems to be having more impact on small business in eastern New Mexico than the tax increases and federal funding cuts it may bring. If Congress can't approve an agreement that will brake the country's careening toward the cliff in about a dozen days, tax hikes […]

Cannon honors latest hero

27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs — The 27th Special Operations Wing inducted its twenty-second member into the Hall of Heroes in the Landing Zone Dec. 12 at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Dr. Samuel Neff speaks to the audience during his recognition ceremony in the Landing […]

Agricultural census forms in mail

Agricultural leaders and a New Mexico state representative are encouraging farmers and ranchers across eastern New Mexico to participate in the national 2012 Agricultural Census being conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. On Tuesday, the USDA announced it had started mailing census forms to farmers and ranchers throughout the nation. The census, the […]