Education column: Forensics lessons making return

Following upon a unique and innovative idea introduced last year, Clovis High School Freshman Academy students are about to launch into crime investigation once again. Nicole Hahn, science teacher at CHSFA recently shared the details. “Last year’s project was such a success that we decided to do it again, so if you’re driving by CHSFA […]

Obama forgets lessons from housing crisis

Nearly everyone recognized the obvious steps that had to be taken after 2008’s housing disaster — no more loans to unqualified buyers, no more creative financing, no more packaging for resale of securitized mortgages not worth their face value. Apparently, President Barack Obama already has forgotten. He proposes a housing fix with more problematic government […]

My turn: High school reunion full of lessons

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It took awhile, but I’ve finally figured out that most people are pretty tough. It’s easy to assume that we are stronger than others — or at least stronger than others give us credit for. It’s harder to accept that we are not especially unique. It’s also easy to underestimate the easy-going. Until someone crosses […]

Former choir director still imparts lessons

Curtis Shelburne I’m pretty sure I just participated in “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” Several hundred of Mr. Frank Frisbie’s former students—“his kids,” as he has always called us—and many friends gathered at Amarillo’s Tascosa High School to surprise our former choir director on his 75th birthday and to say “thank you” to this dear man. We […]

Teacher’s lessons left their mark

A couple of weeks ago we got to know B.J. Pierce, world Champion tiedown calf roper. This week I’d like you to meet B.J. Pierce, gifted school teacher. After about 13 years of solid rodeoing, B.J. retired from rodeo, and began teaching school. He taught sixth grade — “whatever classes needed teaching,” and began training […]

Governor recounts lessons learned to Clovis crowd

Kevin Wilson District Attorney Matt Chandler surveyed the audience of about 350 at the Clovis Civic Center Tuesday morning. “This is our biggest crowd,” Chandler said of the seventh annual area breakfast to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, “and I’m glad everybody came to hear me speak.”Chandler and the audience laughed, knowing full well […]

Fishing lessons need to be passed

A s I watched the end of my fishing pole start to dance instead of reacting quickly, I casually picked it up and reeled it in a few yards. I knew even before the pole started to wiggle it wasn’t a fish. It was a youngster’s line. I like to fish a lot and I’ve […]

List helps keep life lessons in mind

I was glancing over some old e-mails last week and came across an e-mail that a friend from far away had sent me some months back. Along with this friends greeting, she sent an entire litany of statements titled “18 things I have learned.” She said she received the email from someone else who also […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

Clinic participants get lessons in safety, sport fishing

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Shawn Rejino of Muleshoe, left, helps his son Nathan thread a line through a fishing pole during Saturday’s 20th annual Oasis State Park Kid’s Fishing Clinic. Clarence Plank Children and adults learned from volunteers and state park rangers about water safety, how to make fishing lures and tying knots Saturday […]

Grandchildren bring lessons in love

Tree Swing Plans and God’s Plan for Love Given the rare opportunity, I can go a long time without answering a phone of any kind and be just fine. In fact, one of the things I like about motorcycles is that talking on a phone on one is almost impossible and not recommended, unless you’ve […]

City holding swim lessons

CNJ staff The City of Clovis will be holding swimming lessons this summer at the Clovis Aquatic Center, 1700 E. Seventh St. Sign-ups are ongoing, and will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. at the Aquatic Center. Cost is $70 for the program, with ages 6 and up accepted. Lessons are offered in […]

Press release: Signups for swim lesson 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 25-27

The City of Clovis will be holding swimming lessons this summer at the Clovis Aquatic Center located at 1700 East 7th Street. Sign-ups will begin May 25th through May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Aquatic Center. The phone number for the Aquatic Center is 769-4519. Inquiries may be made to Bill […]

Parks manager approves swimming lessons

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Bill Bizzell didn’t take long to dive in to his tenure with the city Thursday night. Only working as the city’s new parks and recreation director since Monday, Bizzell met little opposition in approving summer swimming lessons a few minutes after his introduction by City Manager Joe Thomas. “We […]

Best lessons come from discipline

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Remember being sent to the principal’s office when you were in school? If you don’t then you came along after the days of corporal punishment in public schools because the sting of a wooden paddle will be seared into your memory if you grew up in that time. Even if […]

Lessons of racial history should not be forgotten

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I do not remember being conscious or aware that Gary Reynolds was African American. I remember being fully aware that he was the football middle guard on whom I relied to tie things up on the line so that I, as the linebacker behind him, could read the play and […]

Children’s book creator offers lessons for all

Freedom New Mexico We don’t recommend a lot of books in this space, particularly when the book is about fictional mice. Then again, not many children’s book characters teach so much about liberty. “Indy-Pindy The Liberty Mouse,” the creation of Farwell libertarian blogger Kent McManigal, takes his readers on a journey full of challenging, real-life […]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]

Teachers also educate about the real world

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist About this time of year it seems appropriate, and perhaps essential, to focus on lessons learned from educators. A new crop of graduates at varying levels will soon move to the next step, whether that step is first grade or the so-called “real world.” In truth, good teachers remind students […]