ENMU hires third baseball coach in 22 years

CMI staff David Gomez, an assistant coach at Alcorn State University for the last four years, was hired Tuesday as Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball coach, according to a school press release. Gomez will be just the third coach in the program’s 22-year history. He takes over for Chris Terry, who left in August to […]

Ranchvale Elementary music, band instructor chosen as CMS Teacher of the Year


At this year’s Clovis Municipal Schools districtwide convocation, Brian Uerling was announced as the school district’s Teacher of the Year. Uerling is the music and band instructor at Ranchvale Elementary School and has been teaching music for more than three decades. He is passionate about music as an art form and vehicle for expressing feelings. […]

Meetings watch: CCC Board of Trustees — Sept. 5

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday morning and approved the following agenda items: • Appointment of CCC student Regina Dart to the school’s art committee. A student member of the committee must be appointed each year in accordance with board policy. • Reappointment of Mark Carpenter and Rick Switzer to the CCC […]

Police blotter — Sept. 5

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for: Monday Caller reported: • 12:19 a.m.: Domestic disturbance report, 1300 block of West Street. • 6:25 a.m.: Disorderly conduct, 2100 block of North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. • 6:53 a.m.: Dead on arrival, 1200 block of Wallace Street. • 8:12 a.m.: Animal complaint, […]

What’s happening — Sept. 5

Today Clovis Music Festival — 7 p.m., Curry County Events Center. Information: 769-7828. Preschool Story Hour — 10 a.m., Special Grandparents Day, Craft Room, Clovis-Carver Library. Information: 7697840. CCC Blood Drive — 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps Blvd. Information: 769-4154. Curry County ICIP public meeting — 2 p.m., County Commission Meeting Room, […]

Developing team atmosphere key

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy

We recently had the opportunity to visit with Kari Lemke, principal at Barry Elementary, who is beginning her second year as principal at this school site. Ever enthusiastic about education, Lemke began by sharing some general philosophies about education. “Last year, we focused on the importance of knowing — really knowing — every student, family, […]

Wrestling match for watermelons worthwhile

BettyWilliamson copy

My Aunt Katie would have turned 97 last Monday. She was the youngest of my father’s siblings, born shortly after the family arrived in south Roosevelt County in 1915 to scratch out a living in the sand hill country. One of the family’s first crops was watermelons. For most of his life, when we had watermelon […]

Civil forfeiture protocols need review by feds

— Albuquerque Journal New Mexico has a long and disturbing history with federal civil forfeiture law, with local as well as federal law enforcement officials taking advantage of the lower burden of proof to help themselves to someone else’s property. Especially cash. So it is important that in the most recent publicized case — involving […]

Fishing report — Sept. 5

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.   Northeast Cabresto Lake — We had no […]

Zias optimistic despite forecast

CNJ staff PORTALES — Third-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer coach Todd Padgett isn’t particularly concerned his team was picked for last place in the six-team Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll. He sees the Zias contending for a conference title, possibly as early as this year. “We’re better,” he said. “We’re older and more […]

Hounds soccer to play as independent

CNJ staff PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team — along with the other two remaining Lone Star Conference members — will play as independents this season. With Incarnate Word moving up to the Division I Southland Conference after last season, the LSC was left with just three members — not enough […]

Vehicle forfeiture ordinance repealed

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com County commissioners repealed an often-delayed DWI vehicle forfeiture ordinance Tuesday in a 4-1 vote, with commissioner Wendell Bostwick voting against the repeal. “I would love to see it reworked, but as it is I can’t support it,” Commissioner Ben McDaniel said. The ordinance authorized law enforcement to confiscate […]

Electronic voting stations approved

By Kevin Baird CNJ staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com Curry County commissioners gave the green light Tuesday for County Clerk Rosalie Riley to move forward to establish electronic Voter Convenience Centers. “I think technology is the way to go,” Riley said about the upcoming changes to voting poll stations. During a presentation at the county commission meeting, […]

Clovis El Rancho Restaurant closing its doors

CNJ staff El Rancho Restuarant in Clovis will be closing its doors, according to co-owner Ruben Garcia. Garcia said there were not enough patrons dining at the Clovis location, which opened in October 2010, and they have not been able to make ends meet. The restaurant, located on Lilac Road at Llano Estacado Boulevard, will […]

Local talent to take stage opening night


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com The Clovis sound will be evolving at this year’s Clovis Music Festival, when local bands will take the stage for the first time during the event’s opening night. According to Randy Petty, music festival chairman, the idea of bringing in local acts has been discussed by festival organizers […]

Some High Country Lessons for the Journey

Curtis Shelburne

By Curtis K. Shelburne   Mountain people or lake people. Most people (except the few ambi-altitude, as in “ambidextrous,” folks I know) are mostly either one or the other. Wherever they live, if given half a chance, they’ll tend to gravitate toward one or the other. I love the beauty from both directions, but it’s […]

Police blotter — Sept. 4

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire calls for:   Friday Caller reported: • 5:22 a.m.: Burglary report, 1700 block of Arcinega Drive. • 7:21 a.m.: Burglary report, 2500 block of Sharondale Drive. • 7:34 a.m.: Burglary report, 2100 block of Glenarm Drive. • 8:05 a.m.: Burglary report, 400 block of Adkins Court. […]

What’s happening — Sept. 4

Today Clovis Community College Board of Trustees meeting — 8 a.m., Room 512, Clovis Community College. Information: 769-4001. Read with a dog — 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, 5 certified therapy dog teams for the kids and families to read with. Information: 769-7840. City of Clovis public ICIP meeting — 2 p.m., Clovis-Carver Library, North […]

School lunches another example of federal limits

— McCook (Neb.) Daily Gazette “We’re from the federal government, and we’re here to help.” Or, perhaps the saying that applies is “you can lead a kid to lunch, but you can’t make him eat it.” We have generally supported new federal lunchroom guidelines promoting healthier foods, but the start of the new school year […]

Hope I didn’t spoil anything …

Spoiler alert: This is about “Breaking Bad.” There are no plot points revealed in this column, but I felt I needed to talk about my “Don’t spoil it” weekend when it came to AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad.” I’m not interested in the show because of some attachment to Albuquerque and all the place it […]