Experts advise gardening caution

CMI photo: Tonjia Rolan Charles Guthals of Guthals Nursery in Clovis prepares a Cleveland pear tree for spring planting. Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to […]

In search of ponies: Animals go wild on spring break

You don’t need a calendar to know that spring is around the corner when you have critters around. Us humans aren’t the only ones who get cranky and restless when the weather is oppressive, but while we live mired in the dark days of winter convinced that it will never end, somewhere deep in their […]

Grandchildren’s visit highlight of spring break

I’ve had exactly one spring break with the traditional (or actually, probably rare but celebrated) spring break trip. That was a few years ago, when we were able to go and see my grandson, who is blessed enough to live in Panama City, Fla., one among many spring break Mecca’s. College spring breaks were usually […]

Staycation may be cost-effective spring break option

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Monday morning briefing: Spring flowers, local authors and a huge fad

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Spring flowers March 22-23, Plains Regional Medical Center Hospice will be selling arrangements and bundles of daffodils. It’s a fundraiser for their programs and helps pay for medication, utilities, groceries and funeral expenses. More info: 769-7399 Faculty authors Several faculty members at Eastern New Mexico University and […]

Officials: Gas price increase a spring ritual

Tonjia Rolan Gas prices are creeping higher, a spring ritual according to officials. There is some talk of gas reaching $4 and even $5 per gallon this summer. New Mexicans are paying 7 cents more per gallon this week than last — an average of $3.36 per gallon on Thursday — and 20 cents per […]

Forecast: NM should brace for warm, windy spring

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Forecasters with the National Weather Service say patterns are suggesting New Mexico is in for another warm, windy and dry spring. The prediction came Thursday as water managers, agricultural experts and forecasters met to discuss the state’s drought situation. Last year marked one of the driest years on record for […]

CCC enrollment down in spring semester

Benna Sayyed Enrollment at Clovis Community College is down slightly this semester, continuing a trend of lower spring enrollment over the last three years, according to Clovis Community College President Becky Rowley. Rowley said enrollment at this point in the semester is 3,600. Enrollment was 4,100 in spring 2011 and 4,200 in spring 2010. Full-time […]

Press release: ENMU sets record spring enrollment

PORTALES—For the first time in its history, Eastern New Mexico University’s enrollment for a spring semester has surpassed 5,000 with 5,084 students. This spring’s enrollment is an increase of 4.5 percent over the previous record for a spring enrollment, set last year with 4,864 students. Student credit hours, which higher education institutions funding is based […]

Chicken harvesting not for meek

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

Adventure fever strikes again

It is indeed nothing unusual. It happens to me about this time every year, sometimes sooner by a week or two, sometimes later by a week or two, and I have learned to adjust. It will go away, and it is by no means a malady unique to me. If there is such a condition […]

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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File photo Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair last year. Clovis Municipal Schools changed their instructional calendar this year so that children like Mount can focus on the fair during fair week and come to school the week after. Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties […]

Hounds coach keeps Spring Silver & Green scrimmage short and sweet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Junior quarterback Wes Wood is forced out of bounds on a by defensive back Linvel Mosby during the first quarter of Saturday’s Green & Silver game at Greyhound Stadium. Dave Wagner BLACKWATER DRAW — Mark Ribaudo says he’s happy with the progress his Eastern New Mexico University football team has […]

Zias sixth, Hounds 11th in Howard rodeo

CNJ staff BIG SPRING, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s women placed sixth while the men were 11th over the weekend in the Howard College rodeo. Soplhomore Jessie Kirkes of Carlsbad took second in goat tying for the Zias with a time of 21.5 seconds after splitting first and second in the short go. Also, […]

Friday morning briefing: Hotel Clovis, spring break and breaking the color barrier

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing Fast fact Hotel Clovis hosted its grand opening on Oct. 20, 1931. School’s out A reminder — Portales Municipal Schools classes and offices are scheduled to be closed for Spring Recess April 22-25. Classes resume April 26. Quirky quote “Giving money and power to […]

Spring season full of surprises

Winter may slip up on us quietly but spring has a way of surprising even the most prepared. Carl Sandburg described the fog as coming in on little cat feet, sitting on silent haunches, then moving on. I think spring is like that same cat blasting off from its haunches to pounce on a mouse. […]

Awards presented in Spring Fling art show

CNJ staff The annual Pintores Art League Spring Fling art show ended with an awards ceremony Thursday in the Clovis Community College commons area. The event displayed art in the categories of oil, acrylic and mixed media, photography, watercolor, drawing – pastel and charcoal, photography and 3D from professionals and students.

Hounds gear up for spring drills

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University will begin spring football drills with a 3:30 p.m. practice today at the Greyhounds’ practice facility. ENMU will have 15 practice/scrimmage dates, including the Green & Silver spring game finale at 4 p.m. on April 23 at Greyhound Stadium. All but four of the sessions are scheduled […]

Clovis Christian School fundraiser moved to spring

Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School faculty has moved one of the school’s two annual community-wide fundraisers from the Christmas season to the spring season. The school’s Spring Fling Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Clovis Civic Center. Superintendent Ladona Clayton said the school annually holds a dinner and auction around […]

Vacation mishap makes story

Hearing about students and families on spring breaks this last week or so has brought out a streak of jealously in me. I did spend a few spring breaks backpacking, though, and actually had one beach vacation when I was in college. It wasn’t your typical beach spring break, though. A buddy and I who […]