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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Police blotter – March 29

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday 8:40 a.m.: Caller reported two stray dogs in her backyard eating her dogs' food, 700 block of West 17th. 8:52 a. m.: Caller requested a dog be picked up, 1600 block of South Avenue D. 1:25 p. m.: Caller hears a woman screaming, […]

Zias gain split at Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman Katie Ramsay hit her third homer of the year and a two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Eastern New Mexico University take a 6-4 victory over New Mexico Highlands University Wednesday afternoon at Cowgirl Field. Ramsey also picked up the win, her first of the season in 11 decisions, […]

My turn: Beauty of spring wildflowers unrivaled

The Easter daisies are blooming. You may not know this unobtrusive, ground-hugging wildflower with creamy-white petals that close each evening to reveal a blush of pink. They are one of the earliest blossoms to appear each spring on the High Plains. Every year, for as long as he was able, my father picked the first […]

Cosmetics company performing trial run

A new cosmetics company is producing a trial run of cosmetics, the first step in what it hopes will be hundreds of jobs for Clovis. Beauty Health and Science Innovations — the result of merging Los Angeles-based COBE Chem Labs and Minneapolis-based Z. Bigatti — announced in November it had selected Clovis for its manufacturing […]

Floyd sophomore selected as 4-H diplomat

Lane Wallace, a Floyd High School sophomore, was appointed as a 2012-2013 state 4-H diplomat in January at the annual 4-H senior leadership retreat in Albuquerque. Wallace said he plans to become a state Future Farmers of America officer during his senior year or the summer after graduation. Wallce Clovis Media Inc. spoke with him […]

Musical gathering

With the 62nd annual Floyd Lion's Club Jamboree beginning today, some of our staff decided to ask participants why they love the jamboree so much. Here's what some of them had to say: • Fred Patterson, program director: "We've got a great line up of singers. I think everyone will like the show. File photo […]