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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Eligibility issues hound ENMU

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Sep 25, 2012

    Eastern New Mexico University's president said Tuesday he expects the college's eligibility issues to be cleared up by mid-November. He also expects some form of punishment from the NCAA because athletes were missing paperwork required to be kept by the college's compliance office. Steven Gamble has noted that the eligibility questions have been self-reported, and were not the errors of student-athletes. "There's been nothing discovered by anybody except us," Gamble said. "We've discovered no financial improprieties. We've found no intentional... Full story

  • Clovis coach gets record 311th win

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Sep 4, 2012

    CLOVIS — As junior Steven Beckum plunged into the end zone, the cannon exploded for one final time Friday night in the south end zone of Leon Williams Stadium, and the only head coach Clovis has known since 1978 ascended to the top of the New Mexico wins list. In a game that quickly turned into a coronation of coach Eric Roanhaus, the Wildcats cruised by rebuilding Santa Fe Capital 55-0 in a game called midway through the third quarter. "I'm glad it's over," said Roanhaus, who has guided Clovis to 10 state titles and moved past Jim Bradley w... Full story

  • Tucumcari man recalls running in Olympics

    Kevin Wilson CMI STAFF WRITER|Jul 31, 2012

    There's always something for Tucumcari's Rex Maddaford to remember when a running of the summer Olympics comes to his television. CMI photo: Thomas Garcia Rex Maddaford, the course pro at the Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course, works on paperwork for the annual Vic Breen Memorial tournament. Maddaford, a member of New Zealand's 1968 Olympic team said he has a soft spot for track and field and New Zealand athletes but generally enjoys watching all events and participants. But the one thing that... Full story

  • Officials raise concerns about proposal on grant changes

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jul 24, 2012

    Count the Eastern Plains Council of Governments as one of numerous entities against a proposed change on Community Development Block Grant rules. Executive Director Sandy Chancey advised members of EPCOG's executive committee during a Monday morning meeting that she and Economic and Community Develop-ment Planner Raymond Mondragon plan to be at a Tuesday morning meeting in Santa Fe to speak in opposition to a suggested change that would introduce the Housing and Urban Development's Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program and tie the funding to...

  • EPCOG audits repeat findings from 2005 report

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jul 24, 2012

    Audit reports from 2006 through 2008 at the Eastern Plains Council of Government repeat findings from a 2005 report — poor accounting practices that either contributed to misuse of government-provided monies, or at least provided such opportunities. Just like an auditor's report and financial statement of 2005 done by Woodard, Cowen and Co., the three auditors reports and financial statements prepared by Hinkle and Landers listed widespread problems of borrowing between funds, misclassification of funds, posting of expenditures to improper f...

  • Bareback riders just different

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jun 15, 2012

    CMI staff photo: Tony Bullocks Wyatt Harper of Bosque Farms hangs on during the bareback event of the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association State Finals Friday night at the Curry County Events Center. Harper score in the second go round was 52. The state finals rodeo continues tonight. They may have the western shirt, jeans, boots and cowboy hat like all of the other contestants, but it's still not difficult to find the bareback riders in the New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo field. It's... Full story

  • Clovis biodiesel plant plans to sell fuel locally

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jun 5, 2012

    CLOVIS — A biodiesel producer at the Clovis Industrial Park is setting up to sell its product locally. Renewable Energy Group is prepping a wholesale terminal at the plant, with product available for delivery in July. Alicia Clancy, corporate affairs manager for REG, said the terminal will have an inventory capacity of 500,000 gallons, with three tiers of potential consumers — petroleum refineries, petroleum wholesalers and companies with large trucking fleets that keep diesel on site. "The facility right now, as it stands, is 40 percent (co...

  • Charges dropped against former Clovis police officer

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|Jun 5, 2012

    CLOVIS — Criminal charges against a Clovis police officer involved in a fatal vehicle accident in 2010 were dropped Friday. Attorney Dan Lindsey said Judge Teddy Hartley dropped charges after ruling interference in grand jury deliberations. Officer Stephen Gallegos, no longer with the Clovis Police Department, was indicted in January 2011 on charges of vehicular homicide and causing great bodily injury. The charges stemmed from a November 2010 accident in which investigators said Gallegos ran a stop sign in his police cruiser and crashed i... Full story

  • Candidates discuss issues at EPCOG forum

    Kevin Wilson CMI staff writer|May 24, 2012

    State office candidates took two hours Thursday morning at a political forum discussing issues affecting the state and country, with many finding common ground. A candidate forum hosted by the Eastern Plains Council of Government included five candidates in three state legislator races (CMI staff photo: Kevin Wilson) The forum, sponsored by Eastern Plains Council of Governments and held at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, was for candidates in contested races for state offices in the June 5... Full story

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