Police Blotter — July 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Monday Caller reported: • 9:51 a.m.: Criminal damage to vehicle, 800 block of West 19th Street. • 10:07 a.m.: Criminal damage to vehicle, 700 block of South Avenue B. • 10:26 a.m.: Welfare check on children, 400 block of Bailey. • 11:20 a.m.: Stray dog, 800 block of […]

Know yourself and know your enemy

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” — Noam Chomsky   The cover was like most others at newsstands across the country. Teases to about half a dozen stories. On the bus with Willie Nelson. The […]

Events Calendar — July 24

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Tiny Earth Shakers — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “How Does Your Garden Grow?” will be featured. Open to children preschool-aged. Information: 356-3940. Kiwanis Swim Meet — 3 p.m., City Swimming Pool. Information: 760-6807. Circuit Training — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. […]

Local Brief — Bank of America to be converted

Two local locations are among the 51 Bank of America branches acquired by Washington Federal last week, according to a release from Washington Federal. Bank of America branches on Prince Street and the Cannon Air Force Base will be converted to Washington Federal on Nov. 1. The release also stated that Washington Federal offers employment […]

My Turn — Portales: Small town of heroes

I wouldn’t consider myself a local celebrity by any means but it’s nice to know that people read my columns and feel like they’re getting to know me from them. When my grandmother and aunt visited me in May, I had someone recognize me as the newspaper lady at a mall in Albuquerque. It wasn’t […]

Zias picked to finish last in LSC volleyball poll

CMI staff RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University enters the 2013 volleyball season looking up at the rest of the Lone Star Conference. The Zias, under first-year coach Sia Poyer, were picked to finish last in the now-nine-team league in the LSC preseason poll, released by the conference office on Tuesday. West Texas A&M, […]

NM needs more national cemetery space

— Albuquerque Journal For more than a decade, New Mexico has needed additional cemetery space for the men and women who have made the sacrifice inherent in serving this country. In fact, in 2001 New Mexico Republicans Heather Wilson and Pete Domenici introduced legislation in Congress to plan a new site in Albuquerque. Yet in […]

Portales woman pleads guilty in driver’s license fraud


The Associated Press CLOVIS — A former public notary has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining hundreds of New Mexico driver’s licenses for people living outside the country. Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Veronica Diaz, of Portales, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of forgery, 32 counts of conspiracy to alteration or forgery of a driver’s license and […]

Cannon changes command

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

Cannon changes command

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Air Force Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, left, passes the wing flag to Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind during Tuesday’s change of command ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base. Bauernfeind replaces Brig. Gen. Buck Elton as 27th Special Operations Wing commander.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Brig. Gen. Buck Elton is trading New Mexico sunsets for the Sunshine State, but before he ended his leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing on Tuesday, he was praised for his legacy at Cannon Air Force Base, which included his leadership over the Air Force’s largest military […]

ENMU Talent Search prepares students for the future

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The 2013 Talent Search Math and Science Camp instructors and chaperones pose for a group photo outside the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Local students received a summer dose of math and science from July 8-12 during the ENMU Talent Search Math and Science Camp 2013. The week-long camp was held on the campus of ENMU for incoming ninth-grade students from Clovis and Portales. Doris Anaya, director of the TRiO […]

Rain gives some reason to be optimistic

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com With more than 4 inches of rain in June and July, even dryland farmers have a reason to be optimistic. “Most fields you drive by are in a lot better shape than we’ve seen in several years,” said Patrick Kircher, Roosevelt County Extension Office ag agent. “Any rain […]

Local Brief: Local injured in car accident

A 38-year-old Portales woman was listed in critical condition Monday, according to a spokesman at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Casey Turnbough was injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon in the area of NM 209 and Curry Road 21, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. She was life-flighted to UMC. Waller said the crash occurred […]

Meetings Watch: ENM Board of Regents — July 23

The Eastern New Mexico Board of Regents approved the following Research and Public Service Projects funding requests for the 2015 fiscal year Monday. The requests need the approval of the Higher Education Department and state Legislature. Athletics: $3.62 million Supports athletes in 13 sports, providing grants-in-aid, training and competition equipment, and funding for travel to […]

Police Blotter — July 23

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Friday • 3:57 p.m.: Requested case number for warrant service, 1700 block of North Boston. • 4:26 p.m.: Residential burglar alarm, 2200 block of Boxwood Circle. • 4:45 p.m.: Having chest pain, 300 block of N.M. 478. • 4:51 p.m.: Irate male, 700 block of Wiley […]

Meetings Watch: Legislative Water Committee/ Drought Subcommittee — July 23

The State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee will meet Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss the following: Wednesday (noon 12-5 p.m.) Meteorologist Chuck Jones will present a drought update that includes a historical perspective on the drought as well as a short and long term outlook. […]

Events Calendar — July 23

Today Free Summer Film — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres in Clovis. “Arthur Christmas” will be screened. Rated PG. Information: 763-7713. We Dig Crafts — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. The theme is “Dig in the Dirt.” Crafts include fairy and gnome houses. Open to children in grades 2-6. Information: 356-3940. Boot […]

My Turn: All children must learn this one

I call this “ponderings from a goat head patch,” as I have just spent the past four hours in a goat head patch doing some pondering. Give a tiny little plant the proverbial inch, along with a bit of rain and inattention, and it will become the size of a Volkswagen bug. All children must […]

Newcomers doing well

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Kennedy Kirkpatrick of Lovington makes her turn around a barrel in Saturday’s short go of the girls 19-and-under barrel racing in the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association finals at Curry County Events Center in Clovis. Kirkpatrick’s time was 18.459 seconds.

By Dave Wagner CMI sportswriter dwagner@cnjonline.com CLOVIS — Dalton Kasel and Sergio Cervantes each got a bit of a late start in High Plains Junior Rodeo Association competition, but both seem to have transitioned just fine. Both youngsters clinched season-long HPRJA championships this weekend, Kasel in the age 13-15 bull riding division and Cervantes in […]

Our People: Roll player


Constance Williams, 31, a wife, mother and a business owner, does not shy away from having fun. What does Williams find fun? Being part of the Clovis Roller Derby’s Dirty Curry Prairie Dollz. Williams grew up in Pampa, Texas, and now lives in Clovis with her husband, Jamaal, who is a Clovis native, and son. […]