Governor agrees to debate in Spanish

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Democratic presidential hopefuls Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd have agreed to participate in a candidate debate in September that’s to be conducted in Spanish. The news was met with a favorable response by two area residents who have strong ties to the Hispanic community. “I think it’s a […]

Local Roundup: Teen sentenced to 13 years

CNJ staff An 18-year-old Clovis teen has been found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison in connection with kidnapping and rape charges, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler. Jose Anthony Martinez was 17 at the time of the incident but sentenced as an adult, the release reads. […]

Group seeks to promoto Latino education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The odds were against Ricardo Arrendondo. No one in his family had ever entered a college classroom. That did not stop him from earning his master’s degree in English. The odds were also against Ron Martinez. As an undergraduate at Eastern New Mexico University, he was slammed by discrimination […]

Diversity would do world of good

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Grocery store robbed

CNJ Staff A Clovis grocery store was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night, according to police. About 8 p.m., police were called to K’s Oriental Food Store at 1548 Thornton St. for a report of armed robbery. The victim told police a Hispanic male robbed the store at gunpoint and fired one shot while in the […]

Hispanic names need not be in Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

Cinco de Mayo flavors ENMU cultural banquet

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Muleshoe resident Augustine Medina of Mariachi Nueva Generacion strums the bass guitar as his group performs at the Cinco de Mayo banquet Friday at Eastern New Mexico University. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University Hispanic Affairs Department members celebrated the accomplishments of Hispanic students and faculty while celebrating […]

Hispanics emerging players in job market

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West […]

Hispanic heritage lesson inspires students to try to rename a street

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Anne Corsey’s six-grade class at Bella Vista Elementary wanted to change the name of a nearby street. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A lesson in Hispanic heritage inspired sixth-graders from Bella Vista Elementary to honor civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. Their efforts to rename Jefferson Street in honor of […]

Letters to the editor: Park should remain open to vehicles

The city of Clovis would be making a big mistake if it closed Ned Houk Park to all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles. As an ATV and motorcycle rider, there really is no other place around here to ride trails. Riders would have to travel out of the area, causing some discouragement among them because of […]

Hispanic women business owners thrive

by Helena Rodriguez PORTALES — It was with her husband’s brains and her personality that Margie Villalobos says she opened her small Mexican import business, La Frontera, on the square in Portales in 1991. But when her husband Mario died in a trucking accident in 2001, Villalobos said she quickly became “the brains” behind the […]

Grady schools learn about Hispanic culture

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dy first graders Rachel Porter, left, and Kayleigh Fury perform a Mexican folk dance during the school’s “Fiesta Day” on Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer GRADY — A little bit of Mexican influence found its way into a town known for farming and ranching Wednesday. Grady […]

Hispanic or Latino? What’s in a name?

by Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

Songs from the heart

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago — after singing backup for k.d. lang, the Gyspy Kings, Iggy Pop and others — Perla Batalla said she left the music industry because she was frustrated. The record companies were pushing her toward pop music and away from the part of her identity she wanted […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Clovis host to Hispanic Baptists

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer One of the smaller Southern Baptist churches in Clovis hosted a state Baptist convention this week. It wasn’t the main New Mexico Baptist Convention, which counts hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of members, but rather the Hispanic Baptist Convention of New Mexico. While small — the […]

Decision made in rocky ENMU election

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In an election marred by confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, a student election board declared Brett Trembly Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president on Monday. Trembly, a senior from Belen, received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. […]

Menudo can heal the soul like soup

By Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard about “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” compilations of warm, inspirational stories and messages that make you feel all mushy inside. My daughter Laura and I love to read them, and most recently, my niece, Marili Diaz, has discovered the warmth of reading these books. There are many versions of Chicken […]

Hispanics still underrepresented on TV

By Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, but with the release of […]