Press Release: Xcel planning solar schools

Xcel Energy is launching its Solar Schools program to provide area students with a firsthand look at how solar energy works as they integrate their studies with new, community-based solar projects planned in four eastern and southeastern New Mexico cities. The first community-based solar installation was put in place last summer on the roof of […]

Education feature: Hope center provides faith-based tutoring

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Whiz Kids tutor Tami Daale helps a student with reading during a group’s weekly tutoring session at Central Baptist Church. Whiz Kids provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring at four elementary schools in Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Steve Reshetar saw the results. He knew it helped. He knew […]

Ramifications for all options in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Based on statements from various officials, it seems our preferred approach to Afghanistan — pulling out most U.S. military forces from that country and focusing on al-Qaida, which is not operating in Afghanistan and is unlikely to secure a “safe haven” in Afghanistan however the struggle there turns out, especially if the U.S. […]

Climate change proposals based on faulty research

It’s likely a sign of desperation that national security is increasingly invoked as an excuse for waging war on global warming. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says global warming will create “climate refugees” and bring international conflicts. The American military, the reasoning goes, will have to intervene in massive humanitarian efforts or with force. This echoes […]

Bingaman: New Mexico awarded grant to combat underage drinking

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth, and Families has been awarded $360,000 to help enforce underage drinking laws. The funds will be used for innovative programs, evidence-based prevention and education strategies; statewide enforcement activities as well as media campaigns, public information initiatives and merchant education. “This federal […]

Military feature: Powerful gunship will be based at Cannon

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USAF courtesy photo The AC-130H gunship, flown by 16th Special Operations Squadron, will begin its move to Cannon in June. CNJ staff It’s considered one of the deadliest conventional weapons in the world and it will be based at Cannon Air Force Base this year. A spokesman for the 1st Special Operations Wing said the […]

Police say pursuits dangerous, necessary

Sharna Johnson One recent police pursuit ended in the death of a 25-year-old Portales man. Another pursuit ended in the shooting of a Clovis man who led Texas police on an hour-long chase through Curry County. Police officials say the decision to pursue suspects is largely based on public safety. Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller […]

Band to honor Sousa

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Freedom New Mexico file photo The Clovis Community Band will perform a concert in John Philip Sousa’s honor tonight at the Lycuem Theater. Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Community Band will cover the stage of the historic Lyceum Theater tonight for the 16th annual John Philip Sousa Concert. John Philip Sousa played a concert on […]

Education feature: Group advocates limiting class sizes

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A Santa Fe-based think tank says building smaller schools would help lower New Mexico’s dropout rate and raise academic achievement. Think New Mexico plans to push legislation during the 2009 session to limit enrollment in all New Mexico high schools to no more than 900 students. Schools that have […]

Raising prices based solely on economics

Freedom New Mexico In these divisive times, there has to be a bad guy when a hurricane blows in. It can’t just be a natural phenomenon that’s bigger than us all. It has to be a Democratic hurricane, or a Republican hurricane, the bogey man’s hurricane, or a hurricane caused by us all. Somebody has […]