Rest in peace Sgt. Smith

Watching the news from Albuquerque, or in fact from any place, can often make you more informed than you wish you had to become. Case in point — the story this week concerning an 89-year-old Navajo man, one of the original Code Talkers, who passed away in an Albuquerque hospital after spending a month in […]

Willing to serve

Tera Wong-Williams works as a youth development specialist for the Girl Scouts of America. Her position, which she has held since August 2012, enables her to coordinate nearly all Girl Scout activities in Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Quay counties. Wong-Williams also volunteers with a falf-dozen other orgainations. She said she has always wanted to […]

Newspaper still best news source

This past week has been heartbreaking for our country because of the loss of life and injury of innocent people. With coverage of the bombings in Boston and the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, like everyone else I've been glued to the news coverage of the breaking news. The more I've viewed […]

Events Calendar – April 21

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. 22nd Annual Enchilada Lunch — 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Dora schools cafeteria. Hosted by the Dora High School Business Professionals of America to raise fund for its National Leadership Conference. Information: 477-2211. Zumba — 5:15 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: […]

ENMU secures funding for renovation

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble is declaring a victory following New Mexico's 2013 legislative session. In addition to the $9 million ENMU is set to receive from a successful general obligation bond proposal in the November election, ENMU secured an additional $4 million in capital outlay money to renovate the Jack Williamson Liberal […]

Relay for Life roundup

After 14 hours of relentless walking around Eastern New Mexico University's Greyhound Arena, participants in the Portales Relay for Life finally got to stop at 5 a.m. Saturday. With 37 teams and over 370 participants, the Relay raised about $9,000 so far. Mark Clark, co-chair for the event, said money raised from the silent auction […]

Hounds outslugged in nightcap

PORTALES — On a day where 49 runs were scored, the last two by Texas A&M-Kingsville proved to be just enough. Matt Perez hit an RBI fielder's choice with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth, and James Black added an RBI single as the Javelinas held on for a […]

Greyhounds sign forward from Rio Grande

Mike Torrez, a 6-foot-7 forward from Rio Grande H.S. in Albuquerque, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Torrez averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free throw line last season for the Ravens, […]

Air Force budget constraints leave pilots grounded

A recent editorial in the Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner newspaper pointed out the irony that the Air Force has grounded F-16s at Eielson Air Force Base and several other installations across the country. "So the world's mightiest military cannot keep its pilots in top form," the editorial read. "They will go without real flight experience […]

Fiasco on the green leads to epiphany

After another recent disaster at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course, a friend and I swung by Cotton Patch to dissect why our swings looked more like we were in a batter's box than a tee box — and to wash down something hearty with tea on the rocks. Before entering, we held the door for […]

Wildcats edge Zias to take sweep

If nothing else, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team can take some solace in the fact it could have won its weekend Lone Star Conference series against Abilene Christian. CMI correspondeont: Joshua Lucero ENMU pitcher Katie Ramsay underhands a toss to first baseman Erica Armendarez for an out to end the top of the […]

Portales uses big fourth to beat Clovis

With the wind blowing almost straight out, it took the Portales bats a while to get going on Saturday. Once they did, there wasn't much stopping them. The Lady Rams pounded out 14 hits — seven for extra bases — and used a six-run fourth to cruise to a 10-0 victory over Clovis at Lady […]

ENMU to induct five in Hall of Honors

Five former athletes and coaches are scheduled to be inducted into the Eastern New Mexico University Hall of Honors next fall. They include Elizabeth Richards-Capps (women's basketball), Tommy Joe Smith (football), Lindsey Davidson-Masiarek (volleyball), Phil Clabaugh (baseball) and Mike Maguire (volleyball/athletic director). The inductees will be honored at a banquet at ENMU on Oct. 25 […]

Relays taken by Storm

As idioms go, something taken by storm was won quickly and convincingly. In Friday's Wildcat Relays at Leon Williams Stadium, taken by the Storm meant pretty much the same thing. CMI correspondent: Joshua Lucero Wildcat Fernando Garcia tosses the javelin 121 feet during qualifying Friday afternoon atthe Wildcat Relays Backed by a 22 1/2-point day […]

Melrose freshman follows up perfect game with cycle

Melrose freshman Wyatt Williams had a memorable doubleheader Friday. Williams pitched a five-inning perfect game in a 24-0 win over Grady in the first game of a district doubleheader. He struck out nine. In the nightcap, Williams went 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle in a 19-2 Melrose win.

Lady Rams cruise in sweep at Eunice

EUNICE — Junior catcher Simone Laurenz went 2-for-3 in both games as the Portales High softball squad routed Eunice 11-0 and 21-2 in a pair of run-rule-shortened games on Friday. Portales (12-5) scored in seven of the nine innings, tallying at least three runs in each scoring frame. Meantime, freshman Kiersten Ramirez threw a one-hitter […]

Zias blown out by ACU, then nearly pull out split

Had they pulled it off, it would have no doubt qualified as one of the all-time splits in softball history. Eastern New Mexico University was destroyed by Abilene Christian 25-0 in the opener of their Lone Star Conference twin bill on Friday at Zia Softball Field, then scored five times in the bottom of the […]

Standing strong

Jaelyn Jimenez is ready to move on with her life and do normal things that 10-year-olds do. As summer approaches, she can't wait to go swimming and camping. These are things she hasn't been able to do since she was diagnosed with leukemia at 5 but having cancer also gave her the gift of leadership, […]

Hobbs sweeps Wildcats

The Hobbs Eagles capped off a District 4-5A doubleheader sweep of the Clovis Wildcats on Friday night with Joseph Campos tossing a six-inning, 10-0 shutout. Clovis (9-13, 0-4 district) lost 7-4 in the first game. "The kid was nasty," Clovis coach Shane Leatherwood said of Campos. "Not a lot of our kids have seen a […]

Kingsville’s rally upends Hounds

Eastern New Mexico University's chances of reaching the Lone Star Conference baseball tournament took another major hit on Friday night. Leading 6-2 through six innings, the Greyhounds saw Texas A&M-Kingsville score four runs after the first two hitters were out in the seventh and four more in the eighth for a 10-6 victory in the […]