Salas back in states

Edward Salas, center, at his trial for the 2005 murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Salas fled the country and eluded authorities for more than four years. He was extradited from Mexico and placed in a state prison Saturday.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer A child killer who escaped Clovis’ jail and eluded authorities more than four years before being recaptured in Mexico is back in U.S. custody. Clovis District Attorney Matt Chandler said Edward Salas was placed in the Department of Corrections facility in Los Lunas on Saturday. U.S. marshals […]

Officials: Economic development fund benefits city

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer Despite a couple of hiccups, city officials uphold the city’s Local Economic Development Act fund as an economic booster that keeps taxpayer dollars local. The program, which uses a portion of the city’s gross receipts to pay for economic development projects, has pumped more than $600,000 back into […]

Events calendar — Jan. 26

Today Floyd Jamboree Auditions- 2 p.m., Old Gym at Floyd School. Participants should have two traditional country/western songs for audition. Special acts or comedy routines will also be auditioned. Information: Fred Patterson 276-8508   Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598.   […]

Road construction update — Jan. 26

Area road construction and closure information for this week:   Portales For up-to-date information on the U.S. 70 improvement project go to the NMDOT road advisory website at, www.nmroads.comor call 511. Constructions Inc. also will have updated information on its Facebook page:   Clovis No updates. For questions or comments contact Mr. Justin Howalt, […]

Police blotter — Jan. 26

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Thursday • 12:19 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, south side of City Park. • 1:37 a.m.: Premise check, 700 block West Second Street. • 2:02 a.m.: Premise check, 2100 block Dove Lane. • 3:49 a.m.: Alarm activation, 1100 block West Second Street. • 5:43 a.m.: Premise check, 1300 block South […]

Hierarchy of needs? It needs work

Wendel Sloan

Thanks to social media, we need to update Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. Physiological includes air, food and water. Finding healthy food in Portales is my toughest struggle. Safety includes personal and financial security, health and well-being. My biggest threat is opponents’ un-trimmed fingernails in noon-time hoops. Love […]

Education, as always, beats legislation

New Mexico lawmakers are supposed to be focusing on the budget this legislative session, but they always seem to find time to consider new laws to make us all “safer.” One bill they’ll consider, with support from Gov. Susana Martinez, is Senate Bill 19, which would outlaw texting while driving. Of course it’s a bad […]

Portales scores sweep over Texico

CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson
Portales guard Isaiah Alvarado goes up for a layup in the first half Friday evening at the Ram Athletic Center. Alvarado scored four points in Portales’ 61 52 victory over Texico.

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — Portales hit from the inside, it hit from the outside. Then it hit from the free throw line, and by the end of the night, the Texico Wolverines took their first hit. Nathan Chavez scored 14 and hit four 3-pointers, including the nail-in-the-coffin shot with 2:49 to go, and […]

Lady Cats pull away behind Williams’ 42

By Dave Wagner The Clovis Lady Wildcats weren’t all that sure what they were getting into Friday night. Lubbock Trinity Christian, the equivalent of a New Mexico Class 2A school , jumped on the unbeaten Lady Cats early, opening a 10-4 lead in less than 2 1/2 minutes. Clovis, though, got the game back […]

Cats fall to La Cueva in OT

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s boys had one slip away Friday night, courtesy of a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer. La Cueva junior forward Devon Horne hit the shot from about 30 feet to force overtime, and the Bears posted a 77-74 win over the Wildcats. “I think our kids played hard and made […]

Friday area prep summaries — Jan. 24

Boys Non-district Clovis Christian 64, Mosquero 56 Clovis Christian (8-6) — Dalton Hardy 36, J.V. Perales 6, Will Ramsey 5, Michael Furros 16, Tucker Fly 1. Totals 22 20-25 64. Mosquero (1-14) — Andrew Eggert 5, John Chatfield 8, Phillip Libby 34, Gus Thrasher 5, Antonio Valdez 4. Totals 20 13-23 56. CCS    15    12   […]

Fifth-grader wins Curry spelling bee

CMI staff Clovis Christian Schools fifth-grader Ariel Kokoricha will be heading to Albuquerque for the third time by winning the Curry County Scripps spelling bee on Friday . Last year, Kokoricha won the New Mexico’s state spelling bee and went to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Kokoricha winning word was homburg, which is a […]

Sixth-grader win Roosevelt spelling bee with tycoon

CMI staff photo: Lillian Bowe
The nine junior division spellers from Roosevelt County are getting instruction before the start of the spelling bee competition. The junior division went into three rounds before the a winner was declared.

By Lillian Bowe Standing in front of three judges, the pronouncer, a room filled with parents and other spelling bee contestants, Riley Lujan, a sixth-grader at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary breathed deeply before spelling tycoon to win the title of Roosevelt County spelling bee champion. “I was so nervous up there, but I get to go […]

At least there’s no seatbelts

Word recently came from my brother that my mom is in a new “home.” It’s a place for older folks near my brother in Florida. Mom had been at a different home for a long time, but recently she started to go on “journeys.” She’d take off in her wheelchair and disappear from her caretakers. […]

Dogs have puppy dog eyes down to science

They have us right where they want us. To call it manipulation might be a little harsh since it implies some nefarious undertone. Loosening the lid, softening up, warming the heart — those are concepts which are probably closer to the mark. It’s all in the eyes apparently. Big, round and soulful, they can penetrate […]

Clovis chamber honors community workhorses

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Outgoing Chamber President Sandra Taylor-Sawyer served as the master of ceremonies at Friday night’s Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Clovis Civic Center.

By Emily Crowe The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce got all jazzed up Friday evening to celebrate its annual banquet and honor community members for their myriad contributions in 2013. Top award winners included longtime community supporter Bill Kinyon, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and newspaper Publisher Ray Sullivan, who was the Citizen […]

ENMU/Tarleton State capsules — Jan. 25

Men ENMU (9-7, 3-2 LSC) at Tarleton State (16-0, 5-0) When: 6 p.m. (MST) at Stephenville, Texas Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Last time out: The Greyhounds extended their winning streak to three and moved into a four-way tie for second behind TSU in the Lone Star Conference by edging Texas A&M-Commerce 83-78 on Wednesday at Greyhound […]

Events calendar — Jan. 24

Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Cheerleading clinic — 9 a.m. to noon., Ram Athletic Center. The clinic is open to children ages 4-13 and costs $25 per child. Information: 714-0213 Sunday Floyd Jamboree auditions —2 p.m., old gym at […]

Police blotter — Jan. 24

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 12:06 a.m.: Ambulance requested, 1600 block of West 18th Street. • 12:30 a.m.: Traffic stop, Avenue B. • 12:48 a.m.: Drunk person, 1000 block of West Second Street. • 12:53 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances, location unknown. • 1:09 a.m.: Traffic stop, 15th Street and Avenue […]

18 will compete at county spelling bee


PNT staff Roosevelt County students are set to compete for the title of champion speller in the annual Roosevelt County spelling bee scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Buchanan Hall in the Music Building, according to a press release. The junior competition, open to students in grades 5 and lower, will […]