Angelo State sweeps twin bill from Hounds

Second baseman Tyler Coughenour hit a go-ahead, two-run double down the left field line in a three-run seventh and Angelo State completed a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico on Saturday with a 7-4 victory at Greyhound Field. The Rams notched a 4-3 win in the opener, which went eight innings. […]

Zias break up no-hit bid in seventh

Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jacqueline Candelaria was down to the last chance to extend her modest hitting streak to five games. More important, she was trying to break up Tarleton State pitcher Randi Fentress' no-hitter. Candelaria came through with a clean first-pitch single between third and short, but that was the Zias' only highlight […]

Little League ceremonies open season

The atmosphere was brimming with excitement Saturday for the annual Little League opening day ceremonies in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Margaret Beachum, widow of Jimmy Lee Beachum Sr., for whom Beachum Field is named, throws out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday during the Zia Little League opening ceremony. The weather was pleasant — […]

Official: Record turnout at cleanup

More than 700 citizens participated in Saturday's Great American Cleanup, an event record, according to Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Johnvic Remo, right, a second-grader at Ranchvale Elementary, collects garbage Saturday with his father, Dean, along Llano Estacado between Thornton and Prince streets during the annual Great American Cleanup. […]

Portales burn victim dies

A Portales woman who suffered severe burns Thursday from a fire in her home died Friday in the burn unit of a Lubbock hospital, according to Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols. Sharon Johnson, 63, who was wheelchair bound, had to be rescued by firefighters after her home on North Avenue B caught fire Thursday morning. […]

Weekly update – April 7

Former cop moved from jail over safety concerns Former Portales police officer Victor Castillo was moved from Curry County jail to an undisclosed facility late March 29 over concerns for his safety. County Attorney Steve Doerr said several times since his arrest in August, Castillo made statements to jail personnel "regarding intentions of County staff […]

In tribute: Lobbyist called ‘bigger than life’

During his 20s, Odis Echols was living right in the middle of a landmark period of music history — in the town where his father owned a radio station. And throughout his life, Echols never lost his love for entertainment and those who made it happen. But it shouldn't be forgotten that Echols was an […]

Former police officer faces suspension of license

A former Clovis police officer faces possible suspension of his license after he was accused of being dishonest and failing to cooperate with an investigation. Timothy Marshall, one of the department's canine officers, was terminated after reporting he was shot at while off duty, according to documents obtained from the New Mexico Department of Public […]

CNJ wins top Panhandle Press award

Clovis Media Inc. newspapers won big Saturday at the Texas Panhandle Press Association's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest in Amarillo, taking home 14 awards, six of which were top prizes. The Clovis News Journal was honored with PPA's General Excellence award. The Clovis News Journal won five first place awards, two second place awards and one […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations on C.R. 13 west of N.M. 268 in Melrose this week. Please be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors Inc. will be working in Portales from Avenue K, half a mile, going west […]

Police blotter – April 7

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Thursday 12:07 a.m.: Caller reported suspicious circumstances, 1700 block of East Second Street. 2:27 a.m.: Caller reported a burglary, 900 block of Axtell Street. 2:34 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic dispute, 1900 block of Gidding Street. 3:21 a.m.: Caller reported a vehicle theft in […]

What’s happening – April 7

Today New Mexico Championships USTRC Team Roping — 9 a.m., 1900 E. Brady Ave., Curry County Events Center. Free admission. Information: 935-7000. Tuesday Curry County Republican Women meeting — 11:30 a.m., 816 Lexington, Dakota's Steakhouse. Contact Laquita Terry at 762-2885. LEPC Exercise Design & Planning Committee — 10 a.m., 320 Connelly, Emergency Management conference room. […]

Early scoring surge lifts ASU past Hounds

Junior right-hander Brian Kennedy threw 4 2/3 hitless innings in relief for Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team on Friday. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, by the time he came into the game the proverbial horse was out of the barn. Angelo State did all its scoring in a three-inning span and the Rams cruised to […]

Zias earn split, end losing streak to TexAnns

Sophomore Katie Ramsay pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief and also delivered a pair of hits on Friday as Eastern New Mexico University's softball team snapped a 14-game losing streak against Tarleton State with an 8-6 win in the opener of a Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. The win was the first […]

Portales girls a close second in Love meet

Portales High freshman Sheraya Cox outdid herself — by quite a bit — in Friday's Jim Love Invite track meet at PHS. Cox earned two qualifying marks for Class 3A state competition, including a distance of 15 feet, 9 inches to finish second in long jump, as the Lady Rams finished second with 92 points, […]

Portales wins pair on Friday

Kiersten Ramirez pitched two complete games, allowing six hits and one run, and got plenty of support from sister Kailee Ramirez at the plate as Portales swept a pair of games Friday in the first day of the Ram Softball Tournament. Kiersten Ramirez tossed a two-hitter in a 7-1 win over Cobre, with Kailee Ramirez […]

“Just for Women” just a little different

Just for Women is being hosted by the Portales Women's Club, which celebrated its 110th birthday this year. Proceeds from the event will fund Eastern New Mexico University scholarships and the ENMU homecoming dance, among other charitable donations. Fast facts What: Just for Women CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sheryl Borden of Portales and chairperson […]

In search of ponies: Cats have ability to help; choice another matter

It's hard to imagine them being capable of acts of heroism. First and foremost, even though they do come in larger sizes — tubby being the most likely — domestic cats just aren't powerhouses. Sure they're great at getting themselves out of harm's way, slinking through tight spaces, landing on their feet and climbing out […]

McGee: Magic box 1, Grant 0

A vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago gave The Lady of the House and I the opportunity to catch up on watching movies. Being out-of-towners we rented our DVDs from the red vending machine called "Red Box" inside the Southern Supermarket. We have a few of these contraptions sprinkled around here on the […]

Tucumcari man sentenced to life in prison

It took a jury about 45 minutes to find Robert Wynashe of Tucumcari guilty of murder Friday in a trial delayed four years over competency issues. Wynashe 70, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 shooting death of Howard Russell King in Tucumcari. "The family is ready for closure," said Tom Blakney, lead […]