Zias earn first win


By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team was on track to start the season the way they did a year ago, and Lakeeyscia Griffin wanted no part of that. Griffin was one of five Zias in double figures and narrowly missed a double-double on Saturday as ENMU […]

Short-handed Hounds end two-game skid

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Even at less than full strength, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were too much on Saturday for former Lone Star Conference rival Southwestern Oklahoma. Senior guard Devone Davis scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added seven assists at the Greyhounds — coming off two tough losses in the previous […]

Real life is not like the movies

As icy roads delayed my Thanksgiving trip to Dallas, I browsed through a scrapbook and found a poem a long-ago neighbor had given me 15 years ago from her 20-year-old son. As I write this, their Portales house with the snowy roof sits as cold and empty as their 1998 Christmas. To drape their painful […]

Pray Supreme Court sees the light

Religious liberty is front and center on the nation’s Thanksgiving table. Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare’s abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby’s faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of […]

App good way to learn about state tribes

Long drives to visit relatives are as much a part of the holiday tradition as turkeys and pumpkin pie. Fading, though, are the days when kids battled to find the most out-of-state license plates, or families played “I spy with my little eye” as a unit. Today’s families have a movie running in the back […]

Costco’s action contested in filing

By Robin Fornoff CMI PROJECTS EDITOR rfornoff@cnjonline.com A court-appointed trustee says Costco Wholesale owes Sunland Inc. about $4 million after abruptly canceling its contract five days before the defunct Portales peanut processor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Costco’s cancellation of the contract now appears to be the catalyst for Sunland’s Chapter 7 filing, forcing […]

Cause grows on Portales native

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Eric Segovia's week-by-week beard growth in November.

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Eric Segovia of Portales said he figured he had to grow a beard at least once in his life. When he saw his friends and a lot of other men with thick beards and mustaches in November, it sparked his interest in Movember, which is a global charity […]

Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 5 Children: 4 Special circumstance: This family lost their car because of auto problems. They now bought a “new” used car, but it took all the saved money. This is a single mother who works hard trying to take care of her family. Needs: Boy,10, wants a Remote Control […]

Baskett Jr. on cancer: ‘I gave it to God’


By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The way Hank Baskett Jr. looks at it, he never had cancer. “The doctors diagnosed me with lung cancer,” he’s said repeatedly. “I gave it to God.” Now the man friends know for his upbeat outlook on life says doctors tell him the cancer is gone. “I […]

Events calendar — Dec. 1

Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Tuesday Roosevelt County Commission Meeting — 9 a.m., Roosevelt County Commission Room. Information: 356-5307. Books N Babies — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. “Squeaky Clean” will be featured. Open to children ages 0-3. Information: 356-3940. […]

Young Cats expect growing pains

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Clovis senior Willie McCray brings the ball upcourt while junior Kaine Bender comes to apply pressure during the Wildcats’ basketball practice Friday night. Clovis opens the season Saturday against Rio Rancho at home.

By Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer kwilson@cnjonline.com The fairest expectation for the Clovis Wildcats this year may be that it’s tough to know just what to expect. With the Wildcats set to host Rio Rancho tonight to open the season, third-year coach Matt King knows that Class 5A, and Clovis, has a lot of questions […]

Hounds’ rally falls short again

CMI staff CANYON, Texas — Junior guard Devon Branch, returning after missing four games with a knee injury, scored 27 points to lift Pittsburg State past Eastern New Mexico University’s men 86-84 on Friday in West Texas A&M’s Thanksgiving Classic. The Greyhounds, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and […]

Big plays end Farwell’s playoff run

By Dave Wagner CMI sports writer dwagner@cnjonline.com CANYON, Texas — The Farwell Steers thought if they could contain Wellington’s big plays, they could give the unbeaten Skyrockets a run for their money in a Texas Class 1A Division II regional game on Friday at West Texas A&M’s Kimbrough Stadium. Two-thirds of the time, they were […]

Small business patronage encouraged

CMI staff The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce plans to boost its new “shop local” program during today’s Business Saturday. The chamber created a Portales Pride Card, which residents can purchase for $5. Cardholders are granted access to sales and deals provided by local participating businesses. Chamber Director Karl Terry said $3 of the card […]

In search of ponies: Mascot work isn’t easy

They are included in all of the important days. OK, so most of the time they are ON the table, but they are included nonetheless. If they strictly went by symbolism, it’s a safe bet turkeys would never guess they were to be the guest of honor at dinners everywhere, albeit in the most unpleasant […]

McGee: Sometimes it’s best not knowing

When I was a kid, my pals and I had the run of the neighborhood. We ran through front yards, we wore paths through backyards. The neighbors didn’t seem to mind. Maybe they did but they didn’t say anything. Then somebody new moved into the neighborhood. One day as we were dashing across his front […]

Empty Stocking Fund profile — Nov. 30

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 2 Children: 1 (8 months) Special circumstance: This family needed help this year because the family had to move to Clovis is order to take of a sick family member. Because of the added responsibilities of care giving, the mother has not been able to get a job. Needs: […]

What's happening — Nov. 29

Friday Black Friday Bowling 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Keystone Club 7:30 p.m., Youth Center Saturday Youth Cosmic Bowling 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Cosmic Family Fun Night 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Sunday 12 Days of Fitness Begins All Day, Fitness Center Football Frenzy 10:30 a.m., Drop Zone Monday Chess 6 p.m., Community Center Football Frenzy 6 […]

Cash, vehicle seizure laws should be nixed

A court ruling that an Albuquerque ordinance allowing police to seize and keep vehicles used by suspected drunken drivers is unconstitutional should give city officials pause to reconsider their newly passed law that allows seizure of vehicles used in prostitution cases. State District Judge Clay Campbell ruled the DWI seizure ordinance violates due process. He […]

We abandoned our strongest ally

Donald Trump is correct when he states that our foreign affairs are negotiated by fools and idiots in this country. This latest debacle negotiation with Iran just proves his statement. We get nothing for our negotiations and Iran gets billions in relief. This is reminiscent of Korea during another Democrat administration. Time and time again […]