Conchas Lake at historic low

An extended drought that has included the hottest and driest 24-month period on record in New Mexico has led to a historic low water level at one area lake. Several other area lakes are well below capacity, officials said. The water level at Conchas Lake in San Miguel County is at 4,155 feet, which is […]

Events Calendar – Feb. 24

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Zumba — 5:15 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m. Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. The Negro Baseball League: An American Legacy — 7 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University's Sandia Room. Author […]

My Turn – Criticism comes with privilege

Most of the feedback I receive from readers is positive; a minority is hostile. Here is a sampling of the latter: "You are disgusting and immoral." "You must accept Him; there is no other way. The choice is up to you. Choose wisely." "You are in good company with Al Jezeera." "People choose their eternal […]

Q&A – Los Angeles transfer averaging 16 points

Rodney Blackmon, a cat-quick junior guard from Los Angeles, is averaging more than 16 points a contest this season for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds. On his 2012-13 resume are three game-winning shots and, in one recent win over Cameron, a stretch where he scored 18 of his team's last 23 points. After playing […]

Cats complete perfect district run

Kamal Cass has had a lot of big scoring games — in football. Not so much in basketball. The junior guard was on his game Friday night, though, scoring 10 of his 15 points in the first half to help Clovis High's boys wrap up a perfect run through the District 4-5A schedule with a […]

Hobbs girls beat Clovis to force playoff

HOBBS — The Clovis High girls have had a terrific season, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A essentially all year. The one stumbling block so far has been District 4-5A rival Hobbs. The Lady Eagles upended CHS again on Friday night, opening a commanding lead with a dominating third quarter in a 53-43 victory that […]

Rams squeak past Ruidoso again

Zach Blaeser and Daniel Sanchez converted back-to-back steals into layups with a little less than two minutes to give Portales the lead for good and the Rams held on for a 65-64 District 4-3A win over Ruidoso on Friday night at the Ram Athletic Center. CMI correspondent: Joshua LuceroPHS senior forward Zachary Blaeser is guarded […]

And the Oscar goes to …

Editor's note: The following are the results from our Oscar ballot online this past week. Numbers indicate total votes. Best picture "Lincoln" — 18 "Argo" — 8 "Django Unchained" — 6 "Les Miserables" — 6 "Zero Dark Thirty" — 4 "Amour" — 1 "Beasts of the Southern Wild" — 1 "Life of Pi" — 1 […]

ENMU extends win streak to five with 6-3 win over Metro

Senior center fielder Brooke Brooks hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday and Eastern New Mexico University's baseball team opened a four-game series with Metro State by beating the Denver-based Roadrunners 6-3 at Greyhound Field. ENMU junior right-hander Ben Monticello (2-0) pitched eight sharp innings, throwing 102 pitches […]

ENMU basketball capsules – Feb. 23

Men Incarnate Word (13-10, 9-6 Lone Star Conference) at ENMU (10-13, 7-8) When: 4 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: Both teams played on Thursday. UIW won at West Texas A&M 69-67 on a putback by senior G Lyn'Dale Brown with less than two seconds left, while ENMU dropped a […]

On reflection, Grandma’s advice spotty

Do you ever think of your relatives, you know, those who have "gone on to glory"? I thought about my father's parents the other day. A few weeks ago their 100th anniversary passed on by. They were married Christmas Day, 1912. She was a cigarette-smoking, Bible-quoting, stern yet fun Virginia mountain girl and he was […]

Dog doesn’t deserve brunt of day’s frustration

It's easy to kick the dog; in fact they almost seem to ask for it, eagerly adopting the role of living shadow and always sticking their noses in, wanted or not. In fact, animals in general provide ample opportunity to vent frustrations and sometimes even a convenient excuse to channel hostility. Admit it, after a […]

Engagements – Feb. 24

Stroik-Griffith Mike and Norma Stroik of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Tamara Stroik of Portales, to Kelly Griffith of Portales, son of Larry and Cindy Griffith of Floyd. The couple will exchange vows on March 30, 2013 at the Campus Union Ballroom of Eastern New Mexico University at 3:00 p.m. […]

Anniversaries – Feb. 24

Butler Charles and Verna Butler of Clovis will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary on Saturday with friends. The couple were married on March 2, 1956, in Phoenix, Ariz. They have two children, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is retired and served the U.S. Air Force 20 years. He is also retired from working at […]

Club notes – Feb. 24

Portales Womens' Club Portales Woman's Club met Feb. 13 with President Lois Crozier conducting the meeting. Pledges were led by Carol Fletcher and the Collect was led by Beth Davis. Gaynelle There were 23 members and 11 guests present. June Ferguson and Teresa Howard assisted the president in presenting membership pins to members recognizing their […]

Creative living: Making jeans, chicken stock to be featured

Information on making your own jeans and preparing chicken stock from scratch will be the featured topics on "Creative Living" on Tuesday, February 26th at 9:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00 noon. (All times are Mountain.) Rae Cumbie is a custom dressmaker and artist in wearables as well as President of The […]

Decoy carving historical art form

Everything about the head was shaping up; the neckline was smoothly flowing, the shallow trough where the bill meets the crown was visible, and even the slightly rounded cheeks were beginning to take life. Unfortunately, my eyes staring at the forming head were as blank and devoid of life as the glass eyes which had […]

On the shelves – Feb. 24

Clovis-Carver Public Library "The Receptionist: An Education at the New Yorker" by Janet Groth is the story of a young Midwestern woman who landed a job at the New Yorker magazine in 1957 and remained at the front desk for twenty-one years, giving her the best seat in the house to take in the comings […]

Sandstorm season tough on everyone

Sandstorm season arrived right on cue this past week. As the gates opened at the New Mexico Ag Expo in Portales the winds began to kick up a little. By noon we were approaching a full-on brown-out. Never mind, farmers on the high plains are accustomed to blowing dirt and they turned out anyway. Anyone […]

Our people: Cartooning for awareness

Jacob Lee grew up on the Ramon Navajo Reservation in Western New Mexico. Lee said growing up he did not have many of the luxuries his counterparts in other U.S. cities and towns had. Courtesy photo: Jacob Lee Jacob Lee at age 22 during his campaign for Eastern New Mexico University homecoming king in the […]