NM universities see loan default rates rise this year

By Emily Crowe CMI staff writer ecrowe@cnjonline.com More New Mexico college graduates and dropouts are failing to repay their federal student loans, a trend that has prompted two local educational institutions to spend more hands-on time counseling students. Statewide, colleges and universities have seen a steady increase in default rates for students who enrolled in […]

Events Calendar — Oct. 20

Today Peanut Valley Festival — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. Information: 356-8541. Kinetic Park Cleanup — 2 p.m., Confer Park. Information: 356-6662. Freshman Showcase — 2 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University Studio Theatre. Information: 562-2711. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class, $25 per month or $75 for one year. […]

Road Construction — Oct. 20

Area road construction and closure information for this week: Clovis North/South traffic on Martin Luther King will be closed from the main Plains Regional Medical Center entrance to approximately 300 feet south of the intersection. Primary access to the hospital during all construction phases of the project will be on 21st Street. The public is […]

Music, shopping at peanut festival’s second day

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The main walking area at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds was lined with food vendors, leading to musical entertainment on the concrete slab. The fairgrounds hosted the annual Peanut Valley Festival, which continues 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The Roosevelt County Fairgrounds offers a chance to grab something to eat, dance to local musicians and fill the Christmas stockings without fretting about a Black Friday that’s a month away. Or, for brevity’s sake, it’s time to go nuts. The 40th running of the Peanut Valley Festival, […]

Rams pull off upset

CMI staff It looked like the end of a long day was coming for the Portales High soccer squads on Saturday. Then the Rams struck to pull a stunning upset. Junior Alejandro Munoz scored on a penalty kick with 1:56 left, the Rams’ third goal in the final 13-plus minutes, and PHS pulled out a […]

New laws more likely to add problems than solve them

Somebody should pass a law prohibiting any new laws from being passed. That makes a lot more sense than actions our local governmental entities have taken in recent weeks. The city of Clovis has outlawed wildlife — prairie dogs, specifically — on private property. Curry County is taking steps to drive electronic cigarette smokers from […]

Past wins shape today’s goals

Until we rest in a proudly built coffin, or preview through cremation in a proudly built furnace the fiery future that some think awaits me, most of us still have a few trifling dreams. Mine have been downsized from being Benny Hinn’s treasurer to praying that Boston Market comes to the High Plains so I […]

Mustangs turn back Zias in four


CMI staff PORTALES — Senior outside hitter Marija Jovanovic posted a season-high 14 kills and freshman setter Alyssa Fulgium added a double-double as Midwestern State posted a 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The Mustangs (11-8, 3-7 LSC), who lost to ENMU […]

Coyotes post victory over Floyd

CMI staff DORA — The Dora Coyotes opened a 26-point halftime lead and went on to beat Floyd 67-19 in a 6-man football game on Saturday. Senior Jestin Watson and junior Eddie Arzate each rushed for more than 100 yards for the Coyotes (6-2), ranked third in 6-man football. Meantime, the Broncos (1-5) completed their […]

Hounds cruise past RiverHawks

CMI staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored 28 consecutive points on Saturday and handed winless Northeastern State a 35-14 non-conference loss. Junior Jordan Wells and senior fullback Christian Long combined for three touchdowns and were both over 100 yards rushing for the Greyhounds (3-4), with Wells needing just eight carries to gain […]

Sunland preparing for bankruptcy since April

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The Sunland peanut plant closed on Oct. 7.

Officials say ‘things happened’ Oct. 7 to force closing By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com and Christina Calloway CMI Senior Writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Defunct peanut processor Sunland Inc. may have stunned and surprised Portales and much of eastern New Mexico by declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors this month. But documents filed in federal […]

Coyotes get by Portales


By Dave Wagner dwagner@cnjonline.com BLACKWATER DRAW — The Portales Rams couldn’t come up with key plays when needed Friday night. Junior running back J.J. Fierro rushed for 192 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and Roswell High pulled away to a 38-21 win over the Rams at Greyhound Stadium. Portales (5-3) scored first, forcing […]

Clovis upsets Sandia to move to .500

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Clovis senior linebacker Kordell Tindle wraps up Sandia
running back Jimmy Gallegos Friday night at F.M. Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque. Clovis beat Sandia 42-24.

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — The Sandia Matadors may want to think again about inviting the Clovis Wildcats to dance in their house in the future. Behind three rushing touchdowns from senior Kamal Cass and a pair of long touchdown passes from Dakota Yandell to Traivon Sopila, Clovis out-dueled the No. 4 Matadors to ruin Sandia’s […]

Zias, Lady Buffs play to scoreless tie

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University and West Texas A&M women’s soccer team played to a scoreless double-overtime Lone Star Conference draw on Friday night, and it was no surprise for either squad. The Zias (4-5-4, 1-2-3 LSC) have now seen nine of their 13 matches this season go to overtime, […]

Zias beat Cameron for season sweep

CMI staff Freshman outside hitter Lauren Frye posted a season-best 20 kills and Eastern New Mexico University’s volleyball team completed its first season sweep of Cameron since 1994 with a 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15 Lone Star Conference victory over the Aggies at Greyhound Arena. The win was also the first at home in six matches […]

Birds want glory days

Change is hard — particularly in contrast to the comforts of familiarity. Comfort can equal safety too, for instance, never rearranging the furniture greatly reduces risk of stubbing a toe in the dark. Then again, take a trip to the flip side and there can be found proponents of change who argue “change is good” […]

Burnt food sweetens the stomach

We had fried potatoes with dinner the other night. “The potatoes are a little burned,” said The Lady of the House. “That’s okay,” I said. “Burned food sweetens the stomach.” She looked around the corner from the kitchen. “What?” she asked. “Burned food sweetens the stomach,” she repeated. “Burned food releases free radicals that cause […]

Labor of love


By Emily Crowe CNJ STAFF WRITER ecrowe@cnjonline.com Fourteen Melrose women have spent the past week laboring over a quilt that will be given to a girl whose father passed away while fighting for his country. Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ruoff, originally from Canon City, Colo., was working in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he […]

Public health office to host free flu shot clinics

CNJ staff The Clovis Public Health Office will be hosting free flu shot clinics next week, according to a New Mexico Department of Health press release. Clinics will be held Oct. 25 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at the Melrose Senior Center and Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the North Plains Mall in Clovis. […]

Hounds take on winless RiverHawks

CMI staff Although it might be hard to say Northeastern State is the best 0-6 team around, you can certainly make the case that the RiverHawks are better than their lowly record. For the second consecutive year, the former Lone Star Conference member has faced the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association’s version of Murderer’s Row in […]