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 […]