In search of ponies: Despite dangers, birds keep on flying

Sharna Johnson

The small flock of birds dove in with purpose, headed on a collision course with the front end of a tractor-trailer, paused at a traffic light. Just as it seemed they were about to crash, they began swooping and pecking at the grill of the truck — enjoying a feast from the smattered bugs it […]

The telephone is ringing, probably for me

Grant McGee

When the phone rings are you quick to answer it? The Lady of the House and I were kicking back in our recliners recently talking about this. “Remember how the telephone used to ring and you’d jump up and answer it?” I reminisced. “Excuse me?” said The Lady of the House. “Who used to run […]

Friday area prep summaries — Feb. 21

BOYS District 4-2A Texico 48, Tucumcari 40 Texico (23-2, 5-1) — Justin Rucker 8, Gentry Doolittle 6, Brannon Karger 5, Kendall Naceanceno 11, Miguel Reyna 16, Mitchell Pinnell 2. Totals 19 7-20 48. Tucumcari (11-15, 0-6) — D’Ontee Sandoval 3, Mark Preciado 3, Cody Ryan 16, John Paul Garcia 13, Daniel Lopez 2, Medrick Henderson […]

Charges dropped due to error, refiled

CMI staff Charges against a Portales man arrested earlier this week on 167 counts of sexual exploitation of children were dropped and filed again Friday after an identification mishap by an officer, according to the Portales chief of police. Robert Hawkins, 24, was incorrectly identified by officers as being 43, according to Portales Police Chief […]

Fingers crossed

By Eric Norwood Jr. CMI staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com The New Mexico Legislative session ended on Thursday with lawmakers sending Gov. Susana Martinez a $233 million capital outlay package. Curry and Roosevelt Counties combined for a total of $2.91 million in requests, with the most money requested for a single project being a new football stadium […]

Two injured in car crash

CMI staff Two people were injured in a single car crash on N.M. 467 and County Road O on Friday, according to the Clovis Fire Department. One victim was taken to Plains Regional Medical Center and is in stable condition. The second victim was airlifted to University Hospital in Lubbock and is currently in critical […]

Curry County employees certified

CMI staff Three Curry County employees have received certification as public officials, according to a release from the county. Clerk Rosalie Riley, Construction and Safety Officer Ben Roberts and Appraiser Sam Kelley were honored in a Jan. 23 ceremony in Santa Fe conducted by the New Mexico EDGE County College. The three were required to […]

CHS swimmers set 10 school records at state

CMI staff ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis High’s swimmers advanced seven boys and six girls entries to today’s state championship (top eight) finals in Friday’s preliminary state competition at Albuquerque Academy, setting 10 school records in the process. The Wildcats also sent three boys and four girls entries to today’s consolation finals (ninth through 16th in the […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 22

MEN Tarleton State (21-1, 11-1 LSC) at ENMU (13-11, 6-6) • When: 7 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9. • Last time out: Tarleton State beat West Texas A&M 81-68 at Stephenville, Texas, while the Greyhounds lost the same night at Texas A&M-Commerce 78-71. • Last meeting: The Texans got off to […]

Zias split pair of games in Rattler Invitational

CMI staff SAN ANTONIO — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team reached the .500 mark briefly on Friday, then fell back when a late rally in the second game fell short. ENMU (6-7) scored five runs in the first, but needed an RBI groundout from Amanda Martinez to slip past Rogers State 6-5 in the […]

Thursday area prep summaries — Feb. 20

CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks
Dora senior Josh Walker pulls up for a shot over Jal’s Jordan Lujan, right, during the first half of Thursday night’s District 8-1A boys matchup at Dora. The Coyotes clinched the regular-season championship with an 80-36 win over the Panthers.

BOYS District 8-1A Dora 80, Jal 36 Jal (5-15, 1-5) — Jaime Lujan 3, Ryan Beckham 2, Anthony Anderson 6, Servando Navarrette 2, Jordan Lujan 3, Adrian Rodriguez 9, Lorenzo Vargas 11. Totals 12 10-13 36. Dora (22-4, 6-0) — Eddie Arzate 7, Jesus Villegas 7, Daniel Stephens 3, Sam McConnell 2, Josh Walker 11, […]

Guest column: Bathroom place for relaxation, tranquility, social networking

A 2013 study by a marketing company called 11mark polled 1,000 people and found: “About 75 percent of Americans admitted to using their mobile phones while in the bathroom.” This means that 250 of the participants in this study are liars. Everyone uses their phone in the bathroom. I’ve become so notorious for using my […]

Cannon’s golf course to welcome civilian partners

By Senior Airman Whitney Amstutz 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In an effort to strengthen the bonds between Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base and local community partners, Cannon’s Whispering Winds Golf Course is scheduled to open for public use in the near future. In addition to increased opportunity for interaction between Airmen […]

‘Team Cannon’ takes on new meaning in Upward Basketball League

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27 Special Operations Wing Public Affairs For youth ages 5-12 participating in the Upward Basketball League at Cannon Air Force Base practices and games are an opportunity to sharpen skills and build character. “We’re giving everyone on each team the chance to play,” said Capt. Joshua Payne, 27th Special […]

Zias falter in second half

CMI staff DENTON, Texas — Texas Woman’s went on runs of 7-0 and 14-0 early in the second half to take control and the Pioneers posted a 71-58 Lone Star Conference women’s basketball victory over Eastern New Mexico. Junior forward Ria Pateraki scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pioneers (15-9, 10-4 LSC), […]

Black History Month: More than just a month

By Senior Airman Xavier Lockley 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The purpose of Black History Month is to acknowledge and honor those who have paved the way before us, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Harriet Tubman, just to name a few. The plethora of contributions by African Americans […]

Diamond Sharp: Self-aware cyber surety technician

By Airman 1st Class Chip Slack 27 Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is the forty-fifth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for […]

Spectre Sign Off: Bad Company

By Senior Airman Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is the third in a continuous series highlighting the phase out and eventual retirement of the eight AC-130H Spectre gunships at Cannon Air Force Base scheduled to occur in fiscal year 2015. On the bitter cold morning of Feb. 7, […]

What's happening — Feb. 21

Today Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m., Landing Zone Teen Leadership Club 5:30 p.m., Youth Center SAPI Bowling Extravaganza 6 p.m., Cannon Lanes Teen Cyber Cafe Night 7 p.m., Youth Center Movie 7 p.m., Base Theatre Valentine Sweets Contest 8 p.m., Community Center Saturday Ski Sipapu 5 p.m., Outdoor Recreation Movie 3 p.m., Base Theater Teen […]

‘It’s just a fact, but a fact it is’

Curtis Shelburne

It’s just a fact, but a fact it is, that the teachers who most influenced my life early on were Methodists. San Jacinto Elementary in Amarillo, Texas, was evidently a hotbed of Methodism. Or maybe it was just that my primary school path there was colored by the presence of three of them. Someday I’ll […]