Summer busy time for catching strays

Jeanne Barnes said in her neighborhood of Portales on South Main Avenue, stray cats are a problem to the point that she bought her own cat trap. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales Animal Control Officer Wally Chambers demonstrates how to use a cat trap at the Portales Animal Control office. Chambers said the department's 15 […]

Streets to undergo draining, widening work

Several streets on the north side of Portales are undergoing what city officials say is a much-needed street drainage channelization and infrastructure project. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Richard Esquibe of K. Barnett and Sons brushes out the new curb on North Avenue M. The near $490,000 project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant, will […]

Police blotter: June 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday 11:44 a.m.: Deputy attempted to locate a subject with a bench warrant, 1400 block South Avenue K. 12:25 p.m.: Caller requested an officer for a probation violation, 1400 block South Avenue E. 12:32 p.m.: Caller reported having neighbor troubles, 500 block East Third Street. 12:54 p.m.: Caller […]

My turn: Small town folk stay just as busy

A couple of weekends ago I went to an afternoon concert. Like other weekends, this one was jam-packed, but I didn't want to miss it. After all, the granddaughter of my good friends was part of this traveling group of singers. A friend asked where my father was, because he knows how much my dad […]

Cannon retires Talon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The 27th Special Operations Wing on Friday held an aircraft retirement ceremony on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Col. Buck Elton, 27 SOW commander, was on board the MC-130E Combat Talon I, tail number 64-0523, as it made its final flight into Cannon from Duke Field, […]

Cannon retires Talon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The 27th Special Operations Wing on Friday held an aircraft retirement ceremony on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Col. Buck Elton, 27 SOW commander, was on board the MC-130E Combat Talon I, tail number 64-0523, as it made its final flight into Cannon from Duke Field, […]

Judge enters not-guilty plea for murder suspect

The man accused in Clovis' most recent homicide waived bond and reading of the charges against him on Monday morning. District Judge Donna Mowrer entered a not-guilty plea after Jimmy Reagan stood mute when asked for a plea. Reagan, 31, remains in custody at Curry County Adult Detention Center, facing 33 charges, including capital murder, […]

Supreme Court upholds part of Arizona immigration law

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials declared victory Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the "show me your papers" provision of the state's immigration law, while immigrant rights groups vowed to prevent that part of the law from ever taking effect. While it struck down parts of the law, the court preserved a section that […]

No rest for Custom participants

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. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Shortstop Tyler Swisher of Extreme throws to first after catching a line drive for an out during […]

Three youths headed to junior high national rodeo

A trio of local youths have qualified for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, scheduled to being Sunday in Gallup. The competitors are: Hannah Hughes, an eighth-grader at Texico Junior High, competing in barrels and breakaway Shelby Mayfield, a seventh-grader at Yucca Middle School, competing in pole bending Madison Haley, a seventh-grader at Portales Junior […]

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 […]