Their view: Hardships in life can build character

Clovis resident Judy Brandon writes a weekly religion column for our sister paper, the Clovis News Journal. Here is her latest effort: What does it mean to serve the Lord with joy? I just read a book by W.P. Livingston titled, "Mary Slessor of Calabar." Livingston traces Mary Slessor's experiences in the harshest of conditions […]

My turn: Dad’s letters tell of different world

Here are more excerpts from my dad's 1940s letters to my mom in Mt. Vernon, Texas, when he had to live in distant cities for carpentry jobs to support their existing kids (eventually six). "July 9, 1944, Orange, Tex." "Dearest Wife — I am sitting here on Sunday night and I thought I would drop […]

Report gives N.M. schools low ranking

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble is confident his university offers a quality education even though a new report says New Mexico colleges and universities are under-achieving compared to other schools nationwide. File photo Colleges and universities in New Mexico received low rankings in the areas of academic performance and student success in a […]

Column: License issue hotter than wildfires

"So, how do you think Susana Martinez is doing now?" Barney asked, his voice tinged with a hint of sarcasm. This was going to turn mean. Barney is my friend from New Jersey who has nothing more to do than monitor New Mexico politics and taunt me with his right wing jabs. I made a […]

Editorial: Media coverage of missing girl tough call

O ur newspapers received some harsh criticism for failing to provide coverage of a teenage girl who's been missing from her Clovis home since June 7. A few readers posted comments on social media sites claiming we did not report on the story because we did not "care about the child," and that "unless it […]

29th Custom Classic softball tournament draws 120 teams

It all depends upon your perspective, when it comes to the 24-7 schedule of the Custom Classic softball tournament in Clovis, and Steve Watkins of Juice liked his team's angle late Saturday morning. JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent The Coronitas Vicki Davis catches a fly ball during their game against New Mexico Elite Saturday afternoon. Juice […]

Anniversaries – June 24

Smith Smith Alvy and Edith Smith of Clovis will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on June 24 at the home of Bobby and Lynn Aucutt. The family celebration will be hosted by their son, Alvy "Jerry" Smith with wife Alison and daughter Lynn Aucutt with husband Bobby. The couple was married June 24, 1942, in […]

Engagements – June 24

Sprinkle-Larson Sprinkle-Larson Denny and Vala Sprinkle of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tazley Sprinkle of Clovis, to Kevin Larson of Portales, son of Ray and LouAnn Larson of Brownfield, Texas. The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 2012, at The Rose Garden in Clovis. The reception will […]

Senior happenings – June 24

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities, quilting and sewing; 1 p.m., bingo at Los Abuelitos Portales. Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily activities, quilting and sewing; 10:30 a.m. indoor exercise; 1 p.m. bingo and refreshments. Wednesday: 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. free blood pressure and blood sugar checks; 9 a.m.-4 […]

Wall decorations featured on show

Information on finishes for unlined jackets and ways to make a framed butterfly wall decoration will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Rae Cumbie is a custom dressmaker, artist and designer, and she will talk about the benefits of unlined jackets and […]

Club notes – June 24

Concerned Citizens Of Curry County Concerned Citizens Of Curry County are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 501 N. Main in Clovis, in the former Bill's Jumbo Burger building. All residents of Curry and Roosevelt counties are invited.

Clovis drivers could be more bike-friendly

Several weeks ago, we made a long anticipated trip to Lubbock, Texas, for the first Friday evening monthly arts tour. Trolleys and buses are provided to take guests from venue to venue. As it becomes rather crowded on the public transit near the 9 p.m. closing time, I noticed that every male over the age […]

Reading strengthens imagination

In my young imagination I used to hunt tigers in the sandhills of eastern New Mexico. I'm pretty sure I never got out of my mother's sight but I still came back from my adventures telling all that had happened as my dog Knucklehead and I pursued the beast. I can only think of one […]

Our people: Company man

Lawrence Riggins moved to Clovis in 1947 at the age of 20 from Haskell County, Texas where he was raised on a farm. After spending about a year and a half in the U.S. Army, Riggins started working in the carpet and furniture business and soon began selling Kirby vacuum cleaners. He has been selling […]

State, county taking fire precautions

Portales Fire Chief Gary Nuckols doesn't like hearing the same repetitive message from his voice on the radio anymore than anyone else. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Nick Yruegas stocks fireworks Friday at the Roadrunner fireworks stand on First Street in Portales. Yruegas said he thinks the fireworks restrictions placed on Curry and Roosevelt counties are […]

Coaches, players look back on anniversary of Title IX

With or without Title IX, Connie Perez knew she would graduate from Amistad and go on to college. But without the landmark law, she's not sure what quality of education or career she could have had, or just how many other girls would have been able to go with her. "You never thought of going […]

Illinois fugitives arrested in New Mexico

Two men accused of murder in Illinois and being pursued by the U.S. Marshals were arrested Saturday morning at a Loves Truck stop in Tucumcari, according to federal officials. James E. Johnson, 22, and Carlton Neely, 20, were arrested by deputy U.S. Marshals and the New Mexico State Police without incident, said Kevin Jackson, head […]

Back in the groove

Karen Overall teared up as she tried to describe the feeling of being back at Eastern New Mexico University for the first time in 12 years. CMI staff photo: Alisa Boswell Current Eastern New Mexico University student Richard Hall, left, "talks shop" with 1969 ENMU graduate David Allen during a practice session Friday in the […]

Melrose schools cleared of wrongdoing

After more than a year of accusations Melrose Schools misused special education dollars, Superintendent Jamie Widner wants his school cleared of wrongdoing at a volume relative to which it was accused. A week after the New Mexico Public Education Department issued a press release on findings of Tier II special education audits, Widner on Friday […]

In search of ponies: All dogs angels to their owners

Snarling, snapping and stretching its leash as tight as it could go while it's owner pulled in the opposite direction, all I could see was two rows of dripping white teeth backed by a forward angled physique — all pointed in my direction. "Approach slowly and give him a biscuit. Don't worry … " I […]