Formation of Gay-Straight Alliance approved

Liliana Castillo Clovis High School senior Steven De Los Santos is preparing for the first meeting of a Gay-Straight Alliance after a month of uncertainty if the club would even be created. “It’s exciting. I was just ecstatic when I heard. I couldn’t stop smiling. It almost feels unreal,” De Los Santos said. Formation of […]

Press release: ACLU says Clovis Municipal Schools Approve Gay-Straight Alliance

CLOVIS, NM – Yesterday, in response to a legal demand letter sent by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, Clovis Municipal Schools (CMS) announced that it approved students’ application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA). High school senior Steven De Los Santos first applied for permission to form the club in late February. […]

ACLU demanding immediate approval of Gay-Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is demanding Clovis Municipal Schools immediately approve creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at Clovis High School before the school year ends. In a letter dated Monday and sent to Superintendent Terry Myers, the ACLU said students have been waiting approximately two months for approval […]

ACLU backs formation of Gay-Straight Alliance club

Kevin Wilson With the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education set to meet today to review its student group policy, the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building to review board policy that sets parameters for student clubs. Discussion on the […]

School policy may complicate formation of Gay Straight Alliance

Liliana Castillo One club that could be affected by the change in policy is a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance. Clovis High School senior Steven De Los Santos spearheaded the attempt to create a GSA chapter. The group was originally approved in the first week of March by high school Principal Wayne Marshall. […]

TRICARE tools tame tax time

By Tyler Patterson: TriWest Healthcare Alliance TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it: Tax season is here. Do you see yourself digging through piles of paper looking for last year’s forms and receipts? There’s a better way — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can find TRICARE out-of-pocket costs online […]

Alliance only way reform will succeed

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama has invited congressional Republicans to participate in a bipartisan televised summit on health care. It’s about a year late. Will such a meeting reflect a realistic understanding of what has turned so many of the American people against the different versions of health insurance reform that have passed the […]

Utility Shareholders meeting planned

CNJ staff The New Mexico Utility Shareholders Alliance has scheduled its annual meeting and luncheon for 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel at 2910 Yale Blvd. in Albuquerque. People planning to attend must RSVP by Sept. 30. RSVP and information: (505) 836-4223.

Health insurance programs available for small business owners

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Many small businesses in Roosevelt and Curry counties are unable to provide employee health insurance because of the prohibitive cost and layers of administrative red tape, according to New Mexico Health Insurance Alliance officials. The NMHIA is an alliance of independent health insurers commissioned by the state to serve […]

Religion Calendar March 21-27

Today Annual Ministerial Alliance Community Good Friday Service — 5:30 p.m. Hosted this year by Bethel Assembly of God Church, 1521 N. Norris St. Information: 762-4100 Good Friday Traditional Tenebrae Service — 7:30 p.m. Tenebrae “Service of Darkness.” Prayers, scriptural readings from the Psalms, Old Testament and Gospels. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 N. Prince St. […]

Terminally ill deserve chance to try new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how […]

Education Digest: Alliance updates state data cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Alliance for Excellent Education recently updated its New Mexico State Card. The card gives a statistical snapshot of the status of high schools in the state, according to an Alliance press release. The cards were developed to provide data for policymakers, government officials and concerned citizens, and are […]

Honors: Burdell

CNJ Staff Anneka Burdell of Clovis received an Alliance for Affordable Services scholarship for $1,000, according to an Alliance press release. Burdell is a junior at Texas Tech University, according to her parents. Alliance distributed more than $170,000 in scholarships to 107 students across the

‘Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis

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CrossWalk America participants, from left, Brad Wilson, Eric Elnes, Rebecca Glenn and Mark Creek-Water head east on U.S. 60/84 into Clovis on Thursday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer They say they are passing through the area spreading Jesus’ message of love. Their self-described progressive views on Christianity, however, are not […]

12/22 Education Digest

Afterschool program money short New Mexico is one of 26 states that were not able to provide any new grants for afterschool programs in 2005, according to an Afterschool Alliance press release. The non-profit public awareness and advocacy organziation conducted research which shows the state received more than $9 million for afterschool program funding, all […]

Alliance recruiting drama performer

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance decided Thursday morning to bring a man to Clovis who recites the entire Gospel of John from memory as part of a drama presentation. Brad Sherrill, the presenter, is coming on Sept. 18 to Sandia Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque and the Rev. Brad Reeves of Kingswood […]

PHS student to advise governor

By Tony Parra Gov. Bill Richardson has many advisors. On Monday he added Portales High School’s Joderick Rodriquez to the list. Richardson swore in Rodriquez and 56 other high school students to the New Mexico Youth Alliance, also known as the children’s cabinet, on Monday afternoon in Albuquerque. The group will serve as an advisory […]

Zias edged by club team in scrimmage

CNJ STAFF PORTALES — The first-year Eastern New Mexico University women’s soccer team played competitively in a 1-0 loss to the Midland (Texas) Alliance Under-19 club team Saturday in the Zias’ initial scrimmage. ENMU, which opens the regular season on Aug. 29 against College of the Southwest in a four-team get-together at Adams State College […]