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 […]