Keep it short, simple and straightforward

Last Monday I attended a "Secrets of Superlative Writing" workshop with Paula LaRocque at a Fort Worth conference. Before becoming a consultant and novelist, LaRocque was a well-known writing coach for the Dallas Morning News. I talked to her afterward, and she confirmed that my obsession with teaching students (and others) to write, "The XXX […]

Ag Meister comes around

I came of age listening to Evan Slack every morning on the radio telling us the current market. "Higher, higher, higher!" he'd say. Every week I could read a four-word headline in the Livestock Weekly by Elmer Kelton describing how the sheep market is goin' to San Angelo in a Handbasket! Then DTN came along. […]

Road Construction – March 31

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations on Curry Road 13 west of N.M. 268 in Melrose this week. Please be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors Inc. will be working from Avenue K, half a mile, going west and […]

Windy season brings some damage

Spring has arrived, and with it comes seemingly endless howling winds, dust storms and brownouts. This year's windy season has already brought its fair share of damage, with gusts reaching 60 mph, causing a train derailment near Fort Sumner. "It's been a pretty active late winter and spring so far, but it's nothing atypical," said […]

Event Calendar – March 31

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. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Roosevelt County Courthouse Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Books N […]

My Turn – Writing coach offers techniques

Last Monday I attended a "Secrets of Superlative Writing" workshop with Paula LaRocque at a Fort Worth conference. Before becoming a consultant and novelist, LaRocque was a well-known writing coach for the Dallas Morning News. I talked to her afterward, and she confirmed that my obsession with teaching students (and others) to write, "The XXX […]

Candy hunt is on

Children jumping and swinging Easter egg baskets eagerly awaited the start of the Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Softball Complex. Carmen Polk brought her nephew Josiah, who hoped to find Laffy-Taffy, bubble gum, and chocolates in the little plastic eggs. Notorious for its short and furious duration, Carmen expected the egg hunt to last […]

Easter brings blessings

We asked area residents why they feel blessed this Easter. Here's what they said: Trevor Weaver, 22, a senior airman stationed at Cannon Air Force Base "I'm feel blessed that my grandfather came to visit from St. Louis and I got to spend a wonderful day with my girlfriend Bobbie. It feels great to be […]

Suspects arrested in triple stabbing

A Clovis teen is dead, two other men are recovering and police arrested two suspects within hours after a party in Clovis erupted into a violent showdown early Saturday at a house near 14th and Reid streets. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The home at 14th and Reid where three men were stabbed Saturday when […]

Rams cruise in round-robin finale

After sweating out a pair of wins the previous night, the Portales Rams got to relax and enjoy one on Saturday. PHS combined nine hits with seven walks, three hit batsmen and six Tucumcari errors to roll to a 16-2 win over the Rattlers in the finale of a four-team, round-robin weekend event at Ram […]

Prep track summary – March 30

Logan Invitational Boys Team standings: 1. Tucumcari 102; 2. Logan 83; 3.Cimarron 64; 4. Clayton 54 1/2; 5. Santa Rosa 43; 6. San Jon 15; 7. Dora 13; 8. Springer 10; 9. Grady 9; 10. Melrose 8. Dora results Field events Javelin: 4. Arzate 111-10. Track events 800 relay: 5. Dora 1:40.31. 800: 5. Ramirez […]

Lady Sandies’ DP bashes PHS

AMARILLO — If someone asked Portales High softball coach Robbie Crowley about the desginated player rule after Saturday's game at Amarillo High, she'd have probably voted against it. The Lady Sandies' DP, Ashby Williams, simply had a monster game — five hits with three home runs, including two in a nine-run sixth that lifted the […]

ACU outlasts Hounds to take series

ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University's potent offense, averaging more than seven runs a game, was kept in check for the third consecutive game on Saturday and Abilene Christian held on for a 4-2 Lone Star Conference victory. ENMU (17-13, 5-7 LSC) outhit the Wildcats 9-8, but stranded 11 runners and dropped its third […]

Road work this week

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Curry County Curry County grading and renovations on Curry Road 13 west of N.M. 268 in Melrose this week. Please be aware of workers and posted speed limit signs. State and Federal Constructors Inc. will be working from Avenue K, half a mile, going west and […]

Prep baseball linescores – March 29

NMMI Colt Classic At Roswell Championship semifinals Texico 11, Dexter 4 Texico 030 142 1 —11 11 3 Dexter 010 102 0 — 4 7 5 Jaron Hill and Jonah Walls; Dominic Lomeli, Edgar Munoz (5) and Anthony Sandoval. W — Hill. L — Lomeli. Top hitters — Texico: Hill 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs; […]

Area prep track summary – March 28

Alfalfa Relays At Hagerman Boys Team standings: 1. Capitan 77; 2. Eunice 70; 3. Dexter 50; 4. Fort Sumner 37; 5. Artesia JV 32; 6. Hagerman 31 1/2; 7. Jal 29; 8. Cloudcroft 27 1/2; 9. Loving 25; 10. (tie) Gateway Christian and Hondo 18; 12. Lake Arthur 15; 13. Floyd 14; 14. New Mexico […]

Hounds getting ready for Green & Silver tilt

BLACKWATER DRAW — The Eastern New Mexico University football team is winding toward its annual Green & Silver spring game, set for 10 a.m. next Saturday, and second-year coach Josh Lynn likes what he is seeing. The Greyhounds went through a two-hour scrimmage on Friday at Greyhound Stadium, and Lynn said the defense was impressive. […]

Our People: Leading From the Center

Maria Rainsdon worked as a bartender and a food server at upscale bistros throughout her college career at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and continued to work in fine dining in Ruidoso after graduating from school in December 2009. Courtesy photo: Maria Rainsdon, general manager at the Clovis Civic Center, is shown above […]

Not all madness needs a bracket

March Madness is slowly changing to April Awesomeness in the NCAA and now that the Miami Heat's win streak is over the NBA season drones on into summer. I haven't followed the NBA since the days of Pistol Pete and Dr. J but basketball season never seemed to last this long growing up. The NCAA […]

Engagements: March 31, 2013

Gomez-Cordeniz Randy and Donna Gomez of Clovis announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Sarah Ann Gomez of Clovis, to Nathan Lucas Cordeniz of Tulare, Calif., son of Gene Cordeniz of Clovis and Belina Pires of California. The couple will exchange vows April 27, 2013, at Clovis. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate […]