God fills life’s background with blessings

By: Curtis Shelburne “Music with dinner,” writes G. K. Chesterton, “is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.” In wordsmithing and logic, no one beats Chesterton, and I think he’s right on this subject at hand, more often than not. If the musician is not very musical. If the violin or guitar or […]

Life is not a basketball game

By Sandy Fields Local columnist Life is not a basketball game. I suppose I could write up some analogy about the game of life, but today I’m staying with the original thesis. Recently I was in a packed gym.  About 80 percent of the crowd was cheering for my team. The other 20 percent was […]

PARCC test met with resistance

By Aubry Buzek STAFF WRITER abuzek@cnjonline.com Students in Clovis Municipal Schools are getting ready to take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test for the first time next week. The PARCC test is being met with resistance from some parents in the district, and a letter urging parents to opt […]

Johnson: Canines, don’t go chasing phony balls

Call it the imaginary ball toss or the great fake-out — most dogs know it well — and it’s one of those things people do because it’s just plain funny sometimes. The game starts by holding a treat, favorite toy, ball or nothing at all, then pretending to toss said item far away and laughing […]

County, bank have rate dispute

By Aubry Buzek Staff Writer abuzek@cnjonline.com Curry County and the Bank of Clovis have a “respectful difference of opinion” regarding how much interest proceeds from a $14 million bond issue should have been drawing since Dec. 23, according to Curry County’s financial advisor Rob Burpo. At the Curry County Commission meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Chet Spear […]

Updated: Weather cancellations

Today • Clovis Community College closing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday • Clovis Municipals Schools on a 2 hour delay • Eastern New Mexico University in Portales opens at 10 a.m.  School is not in session, and the spring semester begins on Jan. 19. • The 9th Judicial District Court, both Curry and Roosevelt counties, are […]

To our readers:

Circulation Director Cindy Cole reports some areas have still not received newspapers because of Friday night’s snow but efforts are ongoing. Carriers were working Monday evening and will continue to work extra hours to deliver. Anyone with questions can call our circulation office at 575-763-3431. Thank you for your continued patience.

Weather slowing newspaper deliveries

To our readers: We do apologize for the continuing inconvenience, but many of our delivery areas are still difficult to reach. As of sunset Saturday night, several rural area roads remained untouched by road crews. Many side streets have either been chewed up, creating difficult ruts to get through, or have been smoothed over from […]

ENMU men’s basketball capsule — Dec. 5

MEN ENMU at Northern New Mexico • When: 7 p.m. today at Espanola •  Records: ENMU 4-4, NNMC 5-6 •  Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. •  Last time out: The Greyhounds dropped an 81-65 decision to Texas-Permian Basin on Tuesday at Greyhound Arena in their home opener. NNMC lost on Tuesday at University of the Southwest 92-91. […]

Lady Rams knocked out of state tournament

Staff report RIO RANCHO — Portales’ underdog bid to reach the Class 4A state volleyball finals came up just short on Friday night. The Lady Rams pulled up a five-set quarterfinal win over West Las Vegas 25-18, 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-13 on Friday morning, then erased a two-set deficit before falling to Sandia Prep 28-26, […]

Pages Past — Nov. 15

On this date … 1967: Don Rierson Motors, at 500 E. First in Clovis, offered a “just right” special — a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Coupe, V8 with automatic transmission, for $1,899. “Remember,” Rierson’s told its customers, “if we don’t sell you one … we’ll try to buy yours. We need clean used cars.” 1962: Odis […]

Third-seeded Rambelles oust Zias from tourney

Staff report CANYON, Texas — Brianna Sotello and Alexa Johnson posted double-doubles and third-seeded Angelo State turned back No. 6 Eastern New Mexico University 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20 in the quarterfinal round of the Lone Star Conference volleyball tournament on Thursday. Sotello combined 11 kills and 11 digs while Johnson had 10 digs and 53 […]

Lady Cats coast past Cavegirls

Staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Clovis senior Shaylee Warner gets a high-five from setter Dakota Grummer after putting down a kill in the second game of Saturday’s District 4-6A tournament championship on Saturday at The Rock. The Lady Cats beat the Cavegirls 25-19, 25-13, 25-17.

By Dave Wagner Sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com Clovis High volleyball coach Gabe Apodaca isn’t exactly sure where his team will be seeded in next week’s Class 6A state tournament in Albuquerque. One thing’s for sure, though — they’re the top team in District 4-6A. The Lady Wildcats made short work of Carlsbad on Saturday, cruising past […]

WT’s games ‘nullified’ for ineligible player

By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com Before Friday, Eastern New Mexico University’s football team thought its No. 6 seed was set in the upcoming Lone Star Conference playoffs. Things changed a bit, though, when tonight’s opponent, West Texas A&M, had five LSC games “nullified” by the conference for the use of an ineligible player in those games. […]

Rams turn back St. Michael’s

Staff photo: Joshua Lucero
Rams senior running back Miguel Garza lunges through St. Michael’s defenders for a touchdown in the first half of Friday’s District 4-4A title at Greyhound Stadium.

By Derek Major dmajor@pntinline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams’ running game turned Greyhound Stadium into a house of horrors on Halloween night for the St. Michael’s Horsemen. Senior quarterback Matt Martinez and junior running back Bronte Staugaard combined for 339 yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries to propel the Rams to a 33-20 […]

TexAnns gain revenge on ENMU

Staff report STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Except for two ties early in the first set and two ties and two lead changes early in the third, Tarleton State led the entire night in rolling past Eastern New Mexico University 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 in Lone Star Conference volleyball on Friday night. The TexAnns (20-5, 10-4 LSC) avenged […]

Magistrate judge candidate addresses being public servant


Incumbent Republican Duane Castleberry, 61, faces Democrat Terry Martin in the race for Clovis magistrate judge, Division 1. We asked both a series of questions via e-mail. Martin, a building inspector for the city of Clovis, president of the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education, and a member of the Clovis Community College Board of […]

Keep neighbors at a distance

By Grant McGee Local columnist There’s a rent-house across the street from The Stucco Hacienda. Folks come and go. Some people stay a long time, some stay for a month or two. It’s just typical stuff when you live across the street from a rent-house. A U-Haul was backed up to the garage of the […]

Hounds seek to bolster offense

By Derek Major Staff Writer dmajor@pntonline.com Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer coach Tyler Hart believes his team is playing better than its 1-4-1 record indicates. “The results haven’t gone the way we want, but our play has been good,” Hart said. “We lost to Texas A&M (International), who is ranked sixth, but I thought […]

Q&A: ENMU senior middle blocker Agatha Gibbons hopes she can join Air Force after graduation

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Eastern New Mexico University senior Agatha Gibbons (4) never played much volleyball until coming to school at New Mexico Military Insititute in 2010, but she is leading the ENMU volleyball team in blocks for the second consecutive year.

Agatha Gibbons is a senior middle blocker for the Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team, hailing from Suva, Fiji. She came to the United States in 2010, spending five semesters at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and playing volleyball there. She sat out the 2011 campaign at NMMI after tearing an ACL, played the […]