Woody Guthrie sing-along draws locals

Woody Guthrie did what he was famous for Thursday night at the Portales Yam Theatre, organizing and uniting people. Locals sang with passion as they clapped along to the folk icon's tunes played by Eastern New Mexico University critical literacy Professor Doug Morris. Morris talked about Guthrie's legacy and said his music was about the […]

Portales man charged with sexual assault

A Portales man charged with the criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old girl was released from jail Tuesday on a $30,000 cash bond. Jose Zamora, 29, of Portales has been accused of raping the girl in March during an overnight stay at his home, according to the criminal complaint. Zamora was arrested on Friday and […]

ENMU employee charged with embezzlement

An Eastern New Mexico University employee has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from the university. Jeremy Phillippi, 26, was arrested Saturday after admitting to using a university purchasing card for personal hotel stays and gifts, according to an arrest affidavit. In addition to embezzlement, Phillippi is also charged with forgery of his supervisors' […]

Senator opening local office

Portales Mayor Sharon King is enthusiastic about U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., opening an office in Portales, a first for the area. "I'm very excited because he's always been so supportive of our projects," King said. According to Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Doug Redmond, the senator's representatives were looking for office space in […]

Press release: Great White, Night Ranger highlight Clovis Music Festival lineup

From the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce This year will mark the 26th anniversary of the Clovis Music Festival which honors one of Clovis' most influential and successful residents, world renowned recording artist Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty. The event is scheduled to take place September 5-8 at the Curry County Events Center. […]

Old-school workout

Getting in shape for the summer is always hard work, and many local residents are taking their fitness to the next level with boot camp-style workouts. CMI correspondnt: Emily Crowe Participants work on lunges during a High Plains Boot Camp session at Ned Houk Park in Clovis. The workouts are modeled on old-school military training […]

Governor pays visit to cheese plant

Gov. Susana Martinez got a slice of local economics Friday during a brief visit to the Southwest Cheese plant in southern Curry County. The first-term governor did not arrive in time for a tour of the plant, but said she hoped to have the time to make the tour on her next visit. She was […]

Banter thrown at bicyclists amusing, varied

Riding a bicycle gives you a different perspective of the road as you pedal along. There's interesting flotsam and jetsam, critters, flowers and such. Riding a bicycle also makes one vulnerable to people who like to yell. I got to thinking about this the other day when a driver yelled his own bicycle road rules […]

Cold weather plunges into High Plains

Unless you were alive during the Great Depression, today might be the first time you've seen snow in May in the Clovis and Portales area. According to the National Weather Service's projected forecast, there is a 40 percent chance or rain and snow early this morning that may carry on until 11 a.m. The last […]

Rangeland still waiting for rain

Lane Grau of Grady has sold about 30 percent of his cattle over the last couple years because his land could not support grazing. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Baird Lane Grau kneels down to get a better look at the dead turf on his property. He estimates one-third of the turf on his rangeland has […]

Main-ly busy

Downtown revitalization is in full swing in Clovis and Portales, and local MainStreet programs have been hard at work behind the scenes to help revamp these historical areas and bring fresh, fun events to area residents. While the constant road construction in Portales has brought its fair share of headaches for drivers, MainStreet is using […]

Q&A: Roper discusses sport, visit to area

Texas Cowboy Hall of Famer and founder of the Professional Bull Riders (association) Cody Lambert stopped in Clovis on Friday to rope some calves. Cody Lambert Lambert, 51, rode bulls and broncs professionally for 17 years and said his calf roping at the Joe's Boot Shop Calf Roping rodeo was just for fun. Lambert retired […]

McGee: No more shuckin’ and/or jivin’ for me

Going through my record collection the other day I ran across a 1982 album by Willie Nelson and the late, great Waylon Jennings titled "WWII." The first track on the LP is titled "Mr. Shuck and Jive." "Well, I can't say that anymore," I thought to myself. It turns out I'm not allowed to say […]

Business owner: GMO effects unresearched

One agricultural expert says the future of farming depends on the use of genetically modified organisms in order to meet the food demands of a growing population. But one local business owner is worried about the long-term effects of consuming foods that contain GMOs because he says the research has not been done yet. New […]

JLUS chair: Cannon outlook positive

Joint Land Use Study committee Chair Gayla Brumfield said its recent meeting has given a positive outlook to future relations between landowners and Cannon Air Force Base. The committee is tasked with working with the U.S. Department of Defense in regard to local land development issues. Brumfield said the committee, comprised of local landowners, community […]

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that he represents a client interested in the racino license and has looked at property near the city. Additionally, […]

Stadium backer on board

The biggest financial backer of a proposed on-campus football stadium at Eastern New Mexico University is on board. ENMU student Senate President Justin Aguilar told the school's board of regents Tuesday that the senate passed a resolution supporting the project, which would use student fees to pay for half of the projected $8 million cost. […]

Former Portales police officer sentenced to 25 years

The mother of a Portales High School student at the center of charges against former city police officer Victor Castillo told the court her daughter dreamed of becoming a police officer. Castillo pleaded guilty to 17 of 34 charges She said her then 16-year-old daughter's sexual relationship last year with Castillo shattered her trust of […]

Standing strong

Jaelyn Jimenez is ready to move on with her life and do normal things that 10-year-olds do. As summer approaches, she can't wait to go swimming and camping. These are things she hasn't been able to do since she was diagnosed with leukemia at 5 but having cancer also gave her the gift of leadership, […]

Educators voice concerns at forum

With the onset of a new teacher and principal evaluation system, local educators jumped at the opportunity to voice their concerns to the state's Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera at an educator forum Wednesday at Portales High School. Parents also posed questions to Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, who sits on the House's education committee, about […]