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Computer glitch delays AYP results

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A glitch in the state’s computer system Wednesday delayed release of Adequate Yearly Progress reports for schools across the state. Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said flaws in the New Mexico Public Education Department report delayed release of the information. Seidenwurm said by law the state has until Sunday to provide […]

Case against officer dropped

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A misdemeanor embezzlement case against a former Clovis police detective was dismissed Tuesday on grounds it lacked prosecutorial merit, according to records filed in Curry County Magistrate Court. Keith Farkas, a 17-year Clovis Police Department veteran, said he is relieved. “It took 363 days to finally get the right […]

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. […]

Religion doesn’t change with technology

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist We do live in amazing times. Computer technology has given us new words such as travel drive, Wi-Fi and blogs. Think about the word blog. I read each week Beth Moore’s blog and two or three others. Funny though, five years ago, I would have thought blog was something that […]

Work mistakes can rack up big bill

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers And you thought making a few innocent mistakes at work was bad, such as accidentally hanging up on your boss or inadvertently deleting an e-mail message you were supposed to forward. Or you felt guilty for wasting company resources, such as accidentally using two instead of one of those little […]

Daylight-saving time helps some business thrive

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Some people love it, others hate it. Either way daylight-saving time arrived early this year thanks to a law signed by President Bush in 2005. Officially the change should have been made at 2 a.m. this morning — local time. “It’s good for our business,” Portales Country Club pro shop […]

Ex-CPD officer’s charges reduced

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A judge reduced criminal charges against a former Clovis police detective from felonies to misdemeanors Wednesday during a probable cause hearing in Curry County Magistrate Court. Keith Farkas, 38, of Clovis was arrested Nov. 9 by state police and charged with felony counts of embezzlement and tampering with evidence. […]

He knows just what I need

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t know if anyone has come up with a 12-step group, something on the order of Alcoholics Anonymous, for packrats, but I hope so. I need to join forthwith. “We’ve always done it that way,” is the motto for folks with one kind of affliction. But the motto […]

Internet age brings new problems

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I have to admit my 80-year-old dad, who is a retired engineer, is more computer savvy than I am. He, of course, remembers the days when computers were machines that took up an entire room, and had to be “talked to” in special languages. It was my dad, in fact, […]

Companies underestimate consumers

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I recently got a new computer, and I’ve lost a lot of sleep over the last week customizing it to my liking. The computer started up right out of the box and it was fast — and by fast, I mean the speed at which Time magazine ran away […]

Clovis police detective charged with embezzlement

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis Police Department detective was arrested Wednesday on charges of embezzlement. He’s accused of using a department computer for personal use. Keith Farkas, 38, of Clovis was arrested by state police and charged with one felony count of embezzlement and one count of tampering with evidence. The arrest […]

Clovis High grad arrested in sting

Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University student is among more than 100 arrested in connection with a nationwide child pornography investigation, according to a press release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler’s office. Matthew Coker, 21, a 2004 Clovis High graduate, was taken into custody by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Monday […]

Travelling mentally, if not physically

By Grant McGee My brand new passport came in the mail the other day. “I understand there’s a microchip in here so the government can keep track of you via satellite,” I said, tongue firmly in cheek, as I pulled it from the official-looking envelope. “If they are,” said The Lady of the House, “it’s […]

How Has Technology Affected the Way We Work?

By Curtis K. Shelburne The CBS “60 Minutes” segment I watched recently focused on technology and how it affects the way we work.  In general, according to the segment, the way Americans work is, well, a lot. The United States was way up toward the top of the list of nations with regard to the […]

5/28 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 4 p.m. May 18, an officer responded to a home in the 300 block of North Walnut regarding a marijuana pipe found on the porch of a vacant house. The officer said in his report he logged the item into evidence […]

Texico embraces laptop program

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Texico eighth-grader Amber Hepfinger types on a computer provided through Gov. Bill Richardson’s Laptop nitiative. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Texico High School Principal Rick Stanley instructs a classroom of students to “thaw,” they nod their heads knowingly. For these computer literates, thaw — a reference to computer data […]

Music helps set everyday mood

By Courtni Jennings: Guest columnist Music is a huge part of my life. Every single day I listen to music or sing. I am in Ambassador Choir and so I listen to and sing those songs quite often. Life is better with music. It just would not be exciting without it. In my free time […]

Call center opens in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The SEI call center in the works since May opened Monday with eight technicians and two supervisors, according to company officials. Located in the former ClientLogic Building on Seventh Street, the technology-based Customer Care Service, or computer help desk, supports inbound customer requests related to technical issues with computer hardware and software. Susan […]

My dog ate my homework

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist “My dog ate my homework.” That excuse is no longer particularly original, but that’s one thing I like about it: it’s stood the test of time. Ever since teachers started assigning homework, 95 percent and more of homework has been biodegradable and largely digestible (presumably whether the words were misspelled […]