Education Digest: Eastern enrollment increases slightly

CNJ staff The 2007 fall enrollment at Eastern New Mexico University is up slightly from 2006, according to a university press release. The university reported 4,180 students enrolled, an increase of 44 students. Graduate enrollment is down, officials reported ENMU President Steven Gamble said he was pleased with the numbers “considering the temporary reduction in […]

Education Digest: Pre-kindergarten rank improves

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer New Mexico improved its rank on “The State of Preschool: 2006 State Preschool Yearbook” by the National Institute for Early Education Research, according to a New Mexico Public Education Department press release. Released Wednesday, the report rates pre-kindergarten and child development programs based on funding resources, teacher credentials, class […]

Free money for businesses? Whatever

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Many people have viewed the infamous commercials with the “Question-Mark Man,” Matthew Lesko, that usually air late at night or early morning advertising “free” money from the U.S. government. Is there “free” money, or grant money, to expand or start a business? My colleagues around the nation and I cringe […]

Proposed database small step forward

By Freedom Newspapers Googling for government contracts may never become the hottest pastime on the Internet, we’ll admit. But we still see promise in last week’s passage by the U.S. Senate of S-2590, the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which mandates the creation of a searchable database, free to the public, of federal […]

City, county developing master plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis and Curry County are in the process of drafting master plans for the future, which will focus on growth and infrastructure, according to officials. Using funds provided through state grants, the city and county hired an Albuquerque firm, Consensus Planning, in May to draft the […]

Rams falter in OT, lose to Grants

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Portales senior Jonathan Garcia (22) and Grants’ Jesse Baca battle for a loose ball. (CNJ staff photo: Rick White) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — After regulation, the game played out more like a regular season mismatch than overtime in the state tournament semifinals. The shooting lines in overtime speak volumes. Portales: 1-of-6 […]

Rams seek berth in 3A boys finals against Grants

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer ALBUQUERQUE — Needing only one win to clinch a spot in the Class 3A state tournament finals, Portales coach Mark Gallegos said he’s glad the team had Thursday off. “It’s nice to have a day off,” Gallegos said. “We’re going to go back to Bernalillo and work out. You […]

Nevaeh Amber Lopez

Nevaeh Amber Lopez, infant, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Grants. She was born Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, in Grants. She was the daughter of Asia Skye Pena and Jake Lopez of Portales. A graveside service will be held. The Rev. Pete Jaramillo will officiate. Arrangements are Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

1/15 Letters to the editor

Senatorial candidate clarifies statements I read with interest the review by Andy Jackson of the recent Republican senatorial candidate debate in Clovis. Unfortunately some statements attributed to me are false. While “(Jeff) Bingaman’s stand on the war in Iraq is not consistent with the beliefs of state voters” is certainly a statement with which many […]

Environmental group should return tax dollars

Freedom Newspapers The Natural Resources Defense Council is a left-wing environmental organization that constantly chides the Bush administration, calls for international environmental governance, promotes more regulations, sounds the alarms about “global warming” and the evils of the oil industry and generally takes positions at odds with those supported by President Bush and the GOP Congress […]

Three N.M. colleges receiving federal funding

CNJ staff ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman,D-N.M., announced that three New Mexico colleges will receive federal funding to encourage more minority students to pursue a postsecondary education. Bingaman said Clovis Community College will receive $516,000; Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will receive $1.376 million; and New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas will receive $563,558. […]

Updated Wednesday state tournament results

The Associated pRess The Associated Press State Basketball Tournament WEDNESDAY BOYS Quarterfinals 5A Cibola 77, Manzano 51 Eldorado 68, Alamogordo 59 Rio Grande 53, Gadsden 43 4A Capital 67, Albuquerque Academy 43 Deming 74, St. Pius 60 Roswell 60, Aztec 59 Silver 65, Kirtland Central 55 3A Bernalillo 60, St. Micheals 56 Grants 59, Wingate […]

Portales coach unhappy with seeding process

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Count Portales High girls coach Brenda Gomez as one who’s not thrilled with the new seeding format for state basketball tournaments. The Lady Rams (14-11), who have been to four consecutive Class 3A state championship games and won three of them, received the No. 2 seed in the […]

New Mexico airports to share $17 million

Staff and wire reports Airports around New Mexico, including those in Clovis, Fort Sumner and Tucumcari, will receive $17.3 million in federal grants targeted for airport safety and improvements. Twenty-five airports and the state of New Mexico will receive money for projects ranging from building, repairing and extending runways to building taxiways. The grants include: […]

Local faith-based groups have mixed feelings on government funding

By Tova Fruchtman, CNJ staff writer Sheila Savitz was reluctant to take any money from the government for the Life Changers Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation center she has been trying to open for six years. She wanted the center to be faith-based. “I didn’t want the state telling me you can’t say Jesus,” she said. […]

County administrator loves job

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Twila Rutter-Wooley, the Curry County grant writer and grant administrator, talks with Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper during a meeting Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Twila Rutter-Wooley is a Clovis native who once left the community to become a stockbroker. She spent three […]

City’s annual budget to include major capital projects

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis city commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a $53.9 million budget for the 2004-05 fiscal year. Tuesday’s meeting took less than 10 minutes since most of the discussion took place in a July 20 daytime budget hearing, commissioners said. The revised budget adopted Tuesday by the commission […]

Answer to obesity is feet, not more wasted money

Freedom Newspapers A news report out of Washington last week caused us to shake our heads in wonderment. It seems Tommy Thompson’s Department of Health and Human Services started handing out grants to cities and states to help those governments educate specific communities about the dangers of obesity and what folks can do to change […]