Pioneers wrap up sweep of Zias

DENTON, Texas — Texas Woman's continued to ride the long ball on Friday, completing a Lone Star Conference sweep of Eastern New Mexico University with a 7-2 victory. The league-leading Pioneers (33-7, 11-1 LSC), ranked eighth in NCAA Division II, got their fourth and fifth homers in the three-game set, breaking open a 4-1 game […]

La Cueva deals Cats 9-0 setback

RIO RANCHO — Shane Leatherwood wasn't too disappointed with his team's pitching and defense Thursday, but the offense? That's another matter. La Cueva junior Trey Alexander pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout and the Bears broke away late for a 9-0 win over the Wildcats in the quarterfinals of Rio Rancho's Sal Puentes Invitational. La Cueva […]

No. 8 Pioneers take two from Zias

DENTON, Texas — Junior designated player Katie Hines belted her 17th and 18th home runs of the season, and eighth-ranked Texas Woman's posted a 6-2, 9-1 sweep of Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday in a Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader. Hines went 4-for-6 with four RBIs. She had an RBI single and third baseman […]

United lifetime recognized

A teary-eyed Hank Baskett Jr. received a standing ovation as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for his dedicated service to the Oasis Children's Advocacy Center. Retiring United Way officials were also recognized at Thursday night's United Way awards banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. CMI staff […]

New schools set for completion in May

Construction of two new Clovis schools should be complete in five to six weeks and renovations of two Clovis schools are done, according to Jody Balch, Clovis Municipal Schools deputy superintendent of operations CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Jody Balch, left, speaks to members of the Clovis Plains […]

Effluent reuse project set for first phase

The city is holding a ground-breaking ceremony 2 p.m. today for the first phase of an effluent reuse water treatment plant and pipeline system with a projected cost of $16.5 million. City officials will distribute the treated water to entities for mostly irrigation purposes. It is not for human consumption. The cost of Phase 1A […]

Seek facts on Jesus and his return

Daddy, Susie and I faithfully watched "Dragnet." Jack Webb was a no nonsense kind of guy, and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series: "Just the facts ma'am … just the facts." Did Jesus really die? Did he really rise on the third […]

Amos the Churchmouse: The Legend of the Easter Seed

Editor's note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can't operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the legend of the easter seed boss i don t know if you ve ever had a conversation with a mustard seed before […]

Police blotter: March 29, 2013

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Wednesday 12:02 a.m.: Caller reported a missing person, 1000 block of Chama Street. 1:22 a.m.: Caller requested public assistance 300 block of North Connelly Street. 1:28 a.m.: Caller reported abuse of a child, 1000 block of Chama Street. 1:45 a.m.: Caller reported criminal damage, […]

Easter services

Today First Christian Church — 6:30 p.m. Good Friday (Clovis Ministerial Alliance), Clovis Community Chorus with Ken McDonald Information: 763-7113. Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia — 10 a.m. Information: 762-2135. Matt 25 Hope Center — 6:30 p.m., Passion of Christ movie; Prince of Egypt movie. Information: 763-4400 RSVP Our Lady of Guadalupe — 3 […]

Murder conviction upheld by state Supreme Court

A murder conviction in the bloody bludgeoning of a trucker in Clovis will stand, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Chandler said the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected a Roswell man's appeal Thursday on all issues. Brandon Barela was sentenced to life in prison plus 18 years after being convicted of using a concrete block […]

Dancing event set for April

Dancing With Our Stars, a local charity event to celebrate, support and raise acceptance of people with mental illnesses, will be held at 6 p.m. on April 6 in the Portales Memorial Building. Dinner will be provided and community leaders from Clovis and Portales will be dancing. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per […]

Community comes together for blood drive

Amanda Jimenez of Portales is overwhelmed by the community's response to her daughter's needs. Her 9-year-old daughter Jaelyn Jimenez has been battling leukemia since she was 5, and the costs for her care have added up. Thursday's blood drive at Eastern New Mexico University, dedicated to Jaelyn, will help a great deal says Jaelyn's mother. […]

Department gives thanks in time of need

The Portales Fire Department family would like to express a sincere thank you to those agencies and individuals who provided coverage of our station and assisted during the service of our beloved brother and friend Rick McNally. Thank you to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, those who sent food, flowers and cards, and for your kind […]

Monument designation good move, and overdue

M onday was an important day for Northern New Mexico — not to mention for the state and even the nation. On that day, President Barack Obama officially designated the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, preserving some 240,000 acres of our finest wilderness for generations to come. What a long time coming! Residents of […]

Legislative reforms help level playing field

At the beginning of the session, I called on the Legislature to pass reforms making New Mexico more competitive with neighboring states. The mandatory cuts in Washington D.C. will disproportionately hurt our state and while we will always fight to protect our labs and bases, we must simultaneously work to diversify our economy by building […]

Double standard makes government its own counterargument

Civilization depends on unwavering respect for property rights, and the recognition of the right to defend property. Without the ability to own property, use it as you see fit, and defend it from those who wish to steal or destroy its value, we would still be living a nomadic stone age life. I don't know […]

Hounds blow lead, rally to edge ACU in 11

ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team had things on cruise control in Thursday's Lone Star Conference series opener at Abilene Christian, then just like that the Greyhounds appeared to have blown it. ACU took advantage of three consecutive one-out hit batsmen, two errors, a bases-loaded walk, Seth Spivey's three-run triple and Travis […]

La Cueva blanks Cats in tourney

IO RANCHO — Shane Leatherwood wasn't too disappointed with his team's pitching and defense Thursday, but the offense? That's another matter. La Cueva junior Trey Alexander pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout and the Bears broke away late for a 9-0 win over the Wildcats in the quarterfinals of Rio Rancho's Sal Puentes Invitational. La Cueva […]

Police say masked man robbed bank

A masked man in a green hooded sweatshirt robbed New Mexico Bank and Trust branch in the Hilltop Plaza about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to Clovis police. A press release from police indicated a man entered the bank, demanded money, and escaped on foot. "Officers searched the surrounding neighborhood and spoke to numerous citizens in […]