Texas senior exit exams need examining

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer While helping my daughter Laura study for finals, two news stories commanded our attention: The grade-changing controversy in Albuquerque and a story about 100 Amarillo students not graduating because they failed TAKS test. The TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) is similar to the New Mexico High School […]

Daughter’s pursuit of degree inspiring

The graduates are on their way. The diplomas have been handed out, now it’s on to the next stage. For some it’s more schooling, for others it’s a job; some waited for that diploma to get married, others will be going into the military and some will go into the family business. This is a […]

Telecom ruling likely to reduce frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers T he U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” […]

Patriotism helps define us as nation

When I was a little girl, Memorial Day around my grandparents’ community in Arkansas was known as “Decoration Day.” On Saturday, families would meet and tidy up the church cemetery. They would cut overgrown grass and trim around the headstones. Then they always finished by placing fresh flowers on the graves. On this Memorial Day, […]

amos feels summer heat

By Gary Mitchell: Local columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks and blistered little mousy feet i have decided that winter must be over and i have put away my mittens […]

Zias make changes on women’s basketball staff

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach Linden Weese has announced changes to the Zias’ coaching staff for the 2007-08 season. Graduate assistant Austin Durrett has been promoted to fulltime assistant coach to replace Haley White, Weese said. White, who came to ENMU as a grad assistant in 2004 and was […]

ENMU elevates interim softball coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Amber Daniel came to the Eastern New Mexico University softball program as a graduate assistant in 2005, but in two of the last three campaigns she has taken over head coaching duties during the season. On Thursday, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Daniel has been hired to coach the Zias […]

May 25, 1924

Barry Hardware was sponsoring a jackrabbit-killing contest. Prizes included Winchester rifles and cartridges. The competition began May 15 and continued through June 15. … Two Clovis grain elevators were robbed, but police said thieves received only $10 for their efforts. The only clue left behind was half of a cuff link. … Western Land and […]

Spilled coffee tests faith

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I’ve never understood how anyone writes without coffee. It’s been years since I tried anything so foolhardy.   I may drink too much of it, though as evidence of coffee’s health benefits keeps accruing, I won’t concede that point. Friends have suggested that I just hook up an I.V. […]

Paying the price

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Cathy Jones of Portales fills up her car Wednesday. She lives in Portales and commutes to Clovis for work. Jones plans to stay home Memorial Day weekend, but said she might have taken a trip if gas prices would have been lower. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers People are making […]

Education Feature: Canines core of CCC class

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Mark Yannotti holds Boz, left, a terrier mix, and Candy, a golden retriever. Yannotti will teach a “Dogs, Wolves and Other K-9s” class at Clovis Community College. Boz and Candy may attend the class. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Forget about lions, tigers and bears. Hillcrest Zoo will be […]

Bedford jury selection continues

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jury selection is roughly half finished in the death penalty case of a Portales man accused of killing an elderly Portales couple. Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping and other lesser charges. As of Wednesday, 100 potential jurors […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Lions grant given to victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers THE CLOVIS EVENING LIONS CLUB was recently able to help 80 local families affected by the March 23 tornado through a grant from Lions International, according to member Merle Terry. Families in need were identified by several local school principals and each was given a $100 gift card for food […]

List: Memorial Day closings

The following government offices, financial institutions and schools will be closed for Memorial Day: Banks Federal credit unions City Animal Shelter Curry County State Wayland Baptist University Clovis Community College Clovis Municipal Schools Eastern New Mexico University

Free meals

CNJ staff Free breakfast and lunch will be available through Our Lady of Guadalupe Summer Food Service Program to children 18 and younger at 23 area locations. Meals are served weekdays June 4 through Aug. 3. Parents are responsible for their children while at meal sites. The following sites serve free breakfast 8-9 a.m. and […]

Lists: Clovis Municipal Schools retirees

CNJ staff The following Clovis Municipal Schools teachers and staff are retiring at the end of the school year: Bertha Acy, custodian, Clovis High School, 16 years Debby Baker, literacy teacher, Yucca Junior High School, 21 years Janet Barnard, library educational assistant, Bella Vista Arts Academy, 27 years Viola Chavez, educational assistant, La Casita Elementary, […]

Education Digest: Schmidt succeeds Isham at CCC

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Michael Schmidt becomes vice president for information and educational technology at Clovis Community College July 1, according to a college news release. He succeeds Eleonore Isham, who retires June 30 after a 27-year career with the college. Schmidt is director of management information systems/institutional research and has worked for […]

Lawmakers push bulb changes on consumers

By Freedom Newspapers One of the original icons of the modern world could soon be replaced. If environmentalists and climate-change doomsayers have their way, the ubiquitous incandescent light bulb might soon be found only in museums, instead of nearly every building in the United States. That would be a great loss. The soft, warm glow […]

Board awards superintendent 5 percent raise

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Schools Superinten-dent Rhonda Seidenwurm will receive the same 5 percent pay raise other school district employees on average will receive. The school board approved Seidenwurm’s pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting. Her current annual salary was increased $6,425 to $134,925 effective July 1. “It’s a vote of confidence,” Seidenwurm […]

ConAgra procures air permit

CNJ staff SANTA FE — ConAgra officials learned Tuesday they can move forward with plans to build a $175 million ethanol plant west of Clovis. New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry’s approval of the plant’s air quality construction permit was the final step before construction can begin at a grain handling facility ConAgra operates […]