Celebrate diversity while working together

Freedom New Mexico Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins this week, actually started as a single week in the 1960s under the Johnson administration; it was expanded in 1988 to cover the 30 days between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The dates cover independence anniversaries for Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, […]

Clovis Christian School retooling curriculum

Liliana Castillo Middle school students at Clovis Christian School will be learning Latin next year. That’s just one small detail in a huge overhaul the school is implementing called the Middle School Academy under the leadership of Superintendent Ladona Clayton and Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour. The two put their heads together and will be changing […]

Ticket feature: Enter the Haggis to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The latest installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Art Series, Enter the Haggis, is expected to bring “jolting spirit and energy” to the audience, according to a press release from CCC. Freedom New Mexico Blending Celtic, rock, Latin and bluegrass, Canada’s Enter The Haggis will be performing Tuesday in Clovis. The latest installment […]

Paint rehab won’t thwart terror attacks

Freedom New Mexico Chile is on the way to becoming the first Latin American nation to move to “developed country” status from “developing country” status, especially in light of the recent invitation to join the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. It has moved from a debtor nation to a creditor nation and its poverty […]

Ticket feature: Grammy-nominated guitarist to perform next week

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Courtesy photo Grammy-nominated flamenco guitarist Juan Carmona performs 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico Grammy-nominated guitarist Juan Carmona performs 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Marshall Auditorium. Carmona will bring with him a five piece band, performing both traditional Spanish and familiar Latin American works. Also, Flamenco dancer and singer Sabrina Romero will […]

Mexican holiday to be celebrated

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CNJ file photo Singer Reynaldo Maestas performs at last year’s Clovis Community College Cultural Art Series’ Cinco De Mayo celebration at the American Legion Post 26. This year’s event is at Post 25, featuring the group Los Tropicales. Freedom New Mexico New Mexico band Los Tropicales will bring their sound of Bolero, Tejano and Latin […]

Venezuelans voice opposition to Chavez’ rule

By Freedom New Mexico It looks as if Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who despite appearing like a bit of a buffoon to many is a shrewd political operator, miscalculated big-time when he submitted a long list of constitutional amendments to a popular referendum. The Venezuelan people turned out to harbor suspicions about a president who […]

Soggy Potter book could be sign

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist My life is not so boring that I need to go out of my way to poke somebody, offend a few, or otherwise provoke e-mail to further bury my in-box. (My saved e-mails just broke into five figures.) But, I’ll tell you anyway: I love Harry Potter. If confession […]

Situation doesn’t look good for poor

By Freedom Newspapers The election of Rafael Correa, an advocate of socialist policies who, naturally, is called a “populist” or “reformer” in most news stories, as president of Ecuador is at least a setback for more open trade. And open trade is the most effective way for Latin America to climb out of poverty. Since […]

U.S. should leave Latin American leftist leaders be

Freedom Newspapers The inauguration of Evo Morales, a former coca grower and an avowed socialist, as the still popular president of Bolivia, highlights what appears to be a strongly leftist trend in Latin America. Is this trend real, and is it something U.S. policymakers should address? Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, says Fidel Castro […]

Day Trips: Latin Dance Fest offers lessons in salsa, merengue

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Dancers are taught at Plaza Park in Las Vegas, N.M. The city will have its inaugural dance festival next weekend at New Mexico Highlands University. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez If you have ever wanted to learn to dance salsa, merengue, or other Latin dances, then the first Latin Dance Fest 2005 in Las […]

NM not only state with crummy motto

By Ned Cantwell “Aliena nobis, nostra plus aliis placent.” That is Latin, I’m sure you realize, for “Other people’s things are more pleasing to us, and ours to other people.” Well, maybe. When it comes to state mottos, maybe not. The motto of the state of New Mexico is hardly pleasing to anyone. On the […]

Latin music going full circle post-Selena

By Helena Rodriguez I’m the black sheep in my family. There’s been an ongoing feud between my sisters, my dad and I, with all of them against lonesome me in a battle of the bands. We argue over what kind of regional Spanish music rules: The Mexican border-based, working-class sound of Norteño music, which is […]

Spotlight falls on Alborada

Gary Mitchell The traditional music of the Andes and Mexico, Peru and other Latin American countries will fill the Lyceum Theatre this weekend to entice music lovers of all ages. Alborada, the Batista family music group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as the inaugural event of the Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series for […]

Latin America could be a silent enemy

By Mona Charen The global war on terror has scored huge successes thus far. Pakistan, once an open supporter of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, has done an abrupt about face and now cooperates with the United States in tracking and capturing Al Qaeda. To date, Pakistan has arrested more than 500 terrorists. Yemen, Jordan […]