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  • Results of EPAC track meet

    CMI staff|Apr 27, 2013

    Thursday at Melrose Boys Team standings: 1. Texico 146; 2. Fort Sumner 73; 3. Eunice 69 3/5; 4. Logan 61; 5. Tatum 41 1/5; 6. Melrose 16; 7. Dora 15; 8. Floyd 11; 9. San Jon 10; 10. Clovis Christian 6; 11. Grady 2. High point individual: Michael Giannini, Fort Sumner 20. Field events Long jump: 1. Jacob Benally, San Jon 20-11; 2. Greg Mitchell, Eunice 19-11 1/2; 3. Shay Harrison, Texico 18-11 1/2; 4. Timmy Pearce, Tatum 18-5; 5. Mike Estrada, Logan 17-4 1/2; 6. Cristian Hinojosa, Tatum 17-4. Triple jump: 1. Adrian Gomez, Texico 39-4; 2. Oscar... Full story

  • Water meeting becomes heated

    Christina Calloway CMI staff writer|Apr 16, 2013

    A meeting to discuss the $500 million Ute Water Pipeline Project escalated into a screaming match Friday in Portales between residents who oppose the project and local officials addressing their concerns. At one point police — who were asked by city officials to attend the meeting for security reasons — asked an audience member to control himself or he would be removed from the meeting. Members of the Concerned Citizens of Curry and Roosevelt Counties made their plea, often times with yelling and passionate discourse, asking the Eastern New...

  • State police investigating explosive device

    CMI Staff|Apr 9, 2013

    SANTA ROSA — New Mexico State Police are investigating after an explosive device was found at a famous diving spot in eastern New Mexico. Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said the state police bomb squad was called out to the Blue Hole on Thursday after a visitor noticed a suspicious device in the fresh-water spring. The park was evacuated, and the bomb squad determined that the device was in fact an explosive. Gutierrez says there were no injuries or property damage. State police divers also conducted a sweep of the water in Blue Hole as a p...

  • Surprise. Surprise. Melrose, Logan meet in 1A title tilt

    CMI staff|Mar 15, 2013

    ALBUQUERQUE — Melrose girls coach Toby Bostwick expected to have a competitive team this season, but even he's a little surprised the fifth-seeded Lady Buffaloes are in position to defend their Class 1A state title. "If you'd have told me at (the) EPAC (tournament in early January) that we'd be in the state finals, I'd have probably laughed at you," he said Friday as his team prepared for today's noon championship game at The Pit. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero Melrose Buffalo Reagan C...

  • State tournament brackets

    CMI staff|Mar 13, 2013

    QUARTERFINALS (Seeds in parentheses) Boys All games Wednesday Class 5A At The Pit, Albuquerque (7) Hobbs 66, (2) Sandia 65. (12) Manzano vs. (4) Clovis, 1:15 p.m. (6) Las Cruces High vs. (3) La Cueva, 4:45 p.m. (8) Cibola vs. (1) Eldorado, 8:15 p.m. Class 4A At The Pit, Albuquerque (2) St. Pius 51, (7) Santa Teresa 43 (9) Espanola Valley vs. (1) Roswell High, 11:30 a.m. (5) Albuquerque Academy vs. (4) Bernalillo, 3 p.m. (6) Capital vs. (3) Los Lunas, 6:30 p.m. Class 3A At Santa Anna Star Center, Rio Rancho (3) Sandia Prep 48, (6) Pojoaque 39... Full story

  • Weekly fishing report - March 12

    CMI staff|Mar 13, 2013

    Northeast Cabresto Lake — Work on the dam has been completed and the area has reopened to the public. However, the area received about a foot of new snow this past week making access a bit difficult at this time. Charette Lakes — Fishing was slow for all species. Cimarron River — Water flow near Cimarron on Monday was 9cfs. We had no reports from anglers. Clayton Lake — Fishing was slow for all species. Fishing pressure was light. Conchas Lake — Fishing pressure was light again this past week. The surface water temp was in the mid to upper 40s...

  • Special districts allowed in EPCOG under bylaw changes

    Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer|Feb 13, 2013

    The Eastern Plains Council of Governments amended bylaws Wednesday and joined others in opposing the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species. The most significant change to bylaws is the removal of at-large organizations and the acceptance of special districts as members to EPCOG, said Sandy Chancey, executive director. Chancey said special districts include organizations such as irrigation districts and soil conservation districts. "We need to offer these organizations the best type of services," said...

  • Sen. Pat Woods says system of regent appointments too political in nature

    Steven hansen CMI staff writer|Jan 30, 2013

    Republican state Sen. Pat Woods of Broadview is supporting proposed constitutional amendments sponsored by Las Cruces Democrats Rep. Jeff Steinborn and Sen. William Soules requiring elections for some university regents now appointed by the governor. The amendments proposed in House joint resolutions would require elections board of regents members at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. It was also require candidates for appointed regent positions to be vetted through a legislative commission. The bill wouldn't affect...

  • Commander: Base supports wind energy development

    Alisa Boswell CMI STAFF WRITER|Jan 30, 2013

    Few questions were asked by regional residents following a presentation by Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Buck Elton Wednesday morning, during which he it made clear base officials are highly supportive of wind energy development. Curry and Roosevelt County land owners were invited to participate in the meeting, which addressed regional wind technology development and how it affects Cannon's special operations forces. Alisa Boswell: CMI staff Cannon commander Col. Buck Elton takes...

  • EPAC a family affair

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jan 12, 2013

    EPAC. The two-syllable, phonetically-spelled four-letter word that's not really a word is known across southeastern New Mexico as the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament. But a joke could be made that a secondary spelling could be, "Everybody's Practically A Cousin," as quite a few family trees could be compiled just through the years of EPAC rosters. Another generation of high school players became EPAC veterans this week at Melrose High and Eastern New Mexico University, w...

  • Second of three lawsuits against Ute water project dropped

    Thomas Garcia CMI staff writert|Jan 11, 2013

    The attorney representing the South Shore Home Owners Association dropped a second lawsuit filed against the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. Thomas Hnasko of Albuquerque dropped the suit on Thursday; it was scheduled to be heard Thursday in the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Hnasko said the association argued that the authority violated a 1996 covenant requiring lots to be used only for single-family residences and connected guest homes. He said after reviewing the case, he believed the authority could violate the... Full story

  • Legislators want local control of capital outlay funds

    Steve Hansen CMI staff writer|Jan 10, 2013

    A million-dollar (or more) question that is likely to face Curry and Roosevelt county lawmakers in the New Mexico Legislature's next session, which begins Tuesday, is how state capital outlay funds are divvied up among legislators and Gov. Susana Martinez. Near the end of the 2012 legislative session, Martinez penciled out $22.9 million of the $146.8 million, about 15 percent of the total, in capital outlay projects that the legislature had authorized, using line-item veto. She accompanied her...

  • Boys favorites dominate second day of EPAC

    CMI staff|Jan 9, 2013

    MELROSE — As far as boys action was concerned Wednesday in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament, chalk was the talk, and the high seeds spoke loudly. All four top seeds advanced, winning by an average of more than 33 points, in the quarterfinal round of the boys tournament at Melrose High School. CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dora freshman Kevyn Ferriera makes a pass to a teammate in the first half of the Lady Coyotes' game Wednesday against Texico in the EPAC Tournament in M...

  • Area lawmakers largely united on issues

    Steve Hansen CMI staff writer|Jan 8, 2013

    Curry and Roosevelt County state lawmakers seem united on what issues need the most attention in the upcoming New Mexico Legislature, which begins Jan. 15. Education, economic development and financial reforms, either in taxes or in fund distributions, seem to be on the radar for Republicans and Democrats alike, and most have pledged, as Gov. Susana Martinez has, to work across the aisle. It will be the first term for Sen. Pat Woods, R-Broadview. He said he intends to "watch mostly" in his first year as a representative for Curry and Quay...

  • Xcel asking for 14-percent rate increase

    Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer|Dec 13, 2012

    Xcel Energy is citing increased energy demand as the reason for seeking a 14.4 percent increase in customer rates. Xcel filed the proposal Wednesday with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said there has been as much as a 60 percent increase in demand over the past 10 years, prompting Xcel to ask the NMPRC to authorize the increase in electric rates beginning in January 2014. "One of the highest examples of that demand is in the Hobbs area, which during peak demand there was a 50...

  • School election filings to open

    CMI staff|Dec 12, 2012

    The Quay County Clerk will be conducting 2013 school elections for Tucumcari, Logan, San Jon and House school districts. Filing day for all interested candidates is Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the county clerk's office. Positions for open for election: - Tucumcari, District 2 and three - four-year term. - Logan, Position 3, remainder of the four-year term, Position 4 and 5, 4 year term. - San Jon, Positions 1, 3 and 4, House, Positions 3,4 and 5, four-year term. To vote in upcoming school board elections you must be registered on or... Full story

  • Judge dismisses Logan water project litigation

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Dec 4, 2012

    A state judge on Monday granted a motion to dismiss litigation the Village of Logan filed in an attempt to halt construction on the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Project. The litigation, heard by Judge Sarah Singleton of the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe, is one of three that have been filed this year against the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority, a body comprised of municipalities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The authority is responsible for the construction, operation and management of the...

  • Rural water authority approves resolution

    CMI staff|Oct 30, 2012

    The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority has approved a resolution affirming commitment for the operation and management of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System. The authority took the action at a special meeting Friday held in Clovis City Hall. It is applying for $5 million from the water trust board. The resolution, Project Manager Paul van Gulick said via teleconference, is a new requirement from the state water trust board. He called it a, "minor item," with, "no effect over and above anything we've approved in our financial...

  • Film office to host town hall in Clovis

    Traci Tuttle CMI staff writer|Oct 23, 2012

    Interested in becoming a movie star? Want your business to be involved in the booming movie industry in New Mexico? A town hall meeting held by the New Mexico State Film Office is scheduled to take place 6 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. "The New Mexico State Film Office wants to bring awareness of what they do, and reach out to communities where their presence isn't known," said Nick Mondragon, administrative assistant at the Curry County Chamber of Commerce and local contact for the event. The town halls have been held around the st... Full story

  • Woods appointed to state senate seat

    Traci Tuttle CMI staff writer|Oct 23, 2012

    Pat Woods said Tuesday that Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed him the District 7 state senator to fill the remainder of Sen. Clint Harden's term. Efforts to reach Martinez's media spokesman weren't immediately successful. However, Woods said he will be sworn into office 4 p.m. Friday by 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Teddy Hartley in the judge's courtroom. Hartley confirmed a ceremony has been scheduled. Woods, a Republican, is running unopposed in the Nov. 6 election after a contentious primary election that saw him beat the governor's...

  • "Stuff Nancy's Truck" campaign starts today

    CMI staff|Oct 16, 2012

    In the spirit of honoring Nancy Taylor's legacy, the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico invites organizations, businesses and individuals to help "Stuff Nancy's Truck." For 10 days, beginning today, the truck will be traveling to various locations in Clovis and Portales, where individuals may drop off non-perishable food items. Organizations and businesses throughout Clovis and Portales will have drop-off sites as well. Taylor, who died Aug. 2 at age 70, was executive director of the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, for 29 years. "I can't think...

  • Accused Tucumcari killer pleads not guilty

    Thomas Garcia CMI staff writer|Oct 15, 2012

    QCS Senior Writer Keller A Tucumcari man pleaded not guilty to an open count of murder Monday morning in Quay County Magistrate court in connection to the death of Kimberly Draman, said Tim Rose, 10th Judicial District, Chief Deputy District Attorney. Rose said Frank Keller, 45, was charged Friday with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. Draman, 53, had been missing from Tucumcari since Sept. 13. Her remains were discovered Oct. 5 on private... Full story

  • Tornado watch issued

    CMI staff|Oct 12, 2012

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch this evening for Curry, Roosevelt, Quay, De Baca and Chaves counties. It is in effect until 1 a.m....

  • Bond would bring funding for library acquisitions

    Thomas Garcia CMI Staff Writer|Oct 9, 2012

    If passed, the 2012 GO Bond B question on the Nov. 6 ballot would spread $9.8 million across the state for equipment and supplemental library resource acquisitions, including print, non-print and electronic resources. For the property owners there will be a tax increase based upon the size of the projects and amount of money awarded to communities, said Tim Lyman, Curry County assessor. Lyman said the amount of increase is still not known and the Public Education Department will generate the tax rate to repay the Go Bonds. Lyman said the...

  • Voters face amendment proposals

    CMI Staff|Oct 9, 2012

    Among the many choices facing voters in the Nov. 6 general election are five proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constituion. Voters are asked to cast a ballot for or against each of the five measures drafted by the Legislature for placement on the ballot. The constitutional amendments range from expanding membership of the Judicial Standards Commission to making the Public Defender Department an independent agency no longer under the control of the governor. The following are summaries of the amendment questions and sample arguments for or...

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