Chandler receives honor

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler won the New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year award last week at the annual prosecutor spring training conference in Ruidoso, according to a news release from the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys in Albuquerque. According to the release: This annual award is given to a New Mexico prosecutor […]

Friend lifted spirits even in death

I had to say good-bye to one of my closest friends this week when I attended his funeral. The reason I bring this up is because my friend, Charlie, was an entertainer. Whether it was duct taping a pillow to his chest to sumo wrestle with my brother or just making some goofy, off-the-wall joke, […]

Youthful performers take spotlight at jamboree opening night

The Floyd Lions Jamboree may be an old tradition but there was no shortage of younger generations Thursday at opening night for the show's 62nd annual performance. Along with young local performers who are native to the show, there were also two young newcomers. Portales native Theta Ainsworth, 19, attends South Plains College in Levelland, […]

Area prep baseball linescores – March 29

First game Eunice 11, Texico 1 Eunice 111 35 —11 7 2 Texico 001 00 — 1 4 5 Daniel Gallegos and Tyler Almager; Gentry Doolittle, Sergio Posada (5) and Josh Treadway. W — Gallegos. L — Doolittle. Top hitters — Eunice: Bustamante 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs, BB; Almager 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Texico: Carlos […]

Clovis hosts state Golden Gloves event

For the 24th time, Clovis will play host to the New Mexico Golden Gloves boxing championships as the three-day event begins with bouts tonight at Roy Walker Community Center. Those who end up victorious in the various weight classes on Sunday not only will have earned bragging rights for the weekend but will then find […]

NMHSCA all-state basketball teams

BOYS FIRST TEAM Class 5A Bryce Alford, La Cueva Cullen Neal, Eldorado Mando Marshall, Las Cruces High John Dawson, Clovis Martin Colledge Romero, Albuquerque High Class 4A Adrian Ortegon, Santa Teresa Chase Salazar, Roswell Goddard Lane Vanderhulst, Roswell Goddard Nick August, Gallup Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo Class 3A Arron Wells, Hope Christian Justin Bustos, LV Robertson […]

Volunteer EMS agencies facing staffing shortages

Volunteer emergency medical services agencies in eastern New Mexico and West Texas are facing staffing shortages, according to local EMS officials. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Stan Miller, Bovina mayor and certified paramedic, left, and Larry Mitchell, Bovina EMS Director and licensed paramedic inspect equipment on their department's only ambulance. Most departments only have about […]

A good book sounds an important warning

I don't know how long it took Eugene Peterson to actually write his book "The Pastor_, but though he's written around thirty others, it took him almost eighty years to be able to write this one. An amazing book (Peterson doesn't write any other kind), what he says for pastors and churches (and Christ's church […]

Family joins search for missing airman

Scott Lee never ceased to amaze his family and friends. As a teenager he worked the snowboard circuit in California. When he was 18 he hitchhiked with a surfboard through South America, then all of the sudden he was a river guide in Utah, the next thing his family knows, he's enrolling in college and […]

Their view: Chick, duckling gifts pose health risk

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Livestock Board issued a press release Thursday advising families to avoid potential exposure to salmonella by not giving baby chicks and ducklings to children as Easter gifts: In the last six years, New Mexico has had 16 Salmonella cases related to baby chicks. Many of […]

Cannon personnel competing in Golden Gloves

A quintet of Cannon Air Force Base personnel will be taking on a different type of fight this weekend, when they trade their uniforms for shorts and boxing gloves. They will be part of the field during the Golden Gloves state competition, set for this weekend at the Roy Walker Recreation Center. The three-round matches […]

Vets visit Cannon with noble message

USAF: Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece U.S. Army veteran Wesley Leon-Barrientos stands in front of an AC-130W Stinger II on the flightline March 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. Leon-Barrientos is a double-amputee and three time Purple Heart recipient from his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on a coast-to-coast bicycle ride raising suicide awareness, […]

State creates made-up problems

It amuses me how many problems that have a government-mandated "solution" are caused by previous government mandates that came about as misguided solutions for previously manufactured problems. And, because the majority of "The People" have become convinced that the earlier mandates are "The Way it's Always Been Done" (rather than a relatively recent "gum, tape, […]

Supreme Court hearings should be broadcast

Even by U.S. Supreme Court standards, this week's hearings on President Obama's health reform act are a historical milestone. It's arguably the biggest case the court has addressed in decades. Sadly — and despite passionate, polarized national interest — only about 300 people each day witnessed these hearings live. With due respect to news reports, […]

Movie schedule: March 30

Friday 7 p.m. — Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, PG-13 Saturday 4 p.m. — Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, PG-13 7 p.m. — Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, PG-13 Sunday 4 p.m. — This Means War, PG-13 7 p.m. — Tyler Perry's Good Deeds, PG-13 Admission is $.99 Information: 784-3331

What's Happening: March 30

Friday Lunch and Learn at Your Library 11:30 a.m. Cannon Library Friday Social Hour Snacks 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes Teen Bi-annual NERF Wars 7 p.m. Youth Center Saturday Yard Sale 6 a.m. Doc Stewart Park My Smart Hands parenting class 9:30 a.m. Base Chapel Duct Tape Dance 5 p.m. […]

Friday morning briefing: Superstition, jazz and a country jamboree

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Superstitions Eastern New Mexico University's Department of Art is presenting the national juried illustration exhibit "Superstition" Tuesday through April 27 in the Runnels Gallery of the Golden Library. It's a look through artists' eyes at some our most fervent superstitions. Free and open to the public during […]

Press release: Matt Chandler named New Mexico prosecutor of the year

Santa Fe, NM: Prosecutors and staff from around the state gathered last week in Ruidoso for their annual spring training conference, which was sponsored by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the District Attorneys. Attorneys attended tracks depending on skill level, with new prosecutors having two full days of core skills training, while experienced prosecutors […]

Organization loans out formal dresses

Courtesy photo Tyleen Caffrey poses in front of her selection of formal wear excited for her first Prom Extravaganza of the year at Portales High School. The idea was to help 10 to 15 girls go to prom, four years later, Tyleen Caffrey helps supply formalwear to the local community for special occasions. The social […]

Organization loans out formal dresses

Courtesy photo Tyleen Caffrey poses in front of her selection of formal wear excited for her first Prom Extravaganza of the year at Portales High School. The idea was to help 10 to 15 girls go to prom, four years later, Tyleen Caffrey helps supply formalwear to the local community for special occasions. The social […]