Clinic helps child, mother see world

By Kay Arvizu My grandson Seth Simmons had a hard time learning to read. Therefore, he had a hard time learning everything else. His mother Tonda Simmons, having struggled all through school before discovering she had dyslexia, kept suggesting her son might also have this disability. Both his mother and father asked for help from […]

Curry County Literacy Coalition off and reading

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A grant from the New Mexico Literacy Coalition is funding a new organization in Clovis — the Curry County Literacy Coalition. The coalition, which received the grant last week, will be headed by Clovis resident Terri Tafoya who has volunteered with the adult literacy program at Clovis Community College. […]

Smoke on the Water still in need of funding

STAFF REPORTS Less than three weeks from the annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show, coordinator Tom Martin said about 60 percent of the needed funds have been donated. Martin said about $12,000 in donations have come in for the show, which costs about $20,000. “Being at that $20,000 level … allows us to have […]

Swimming coach has lofty goals

By Dave Wagner Vincent DeMaio hopes to take the Clovis High girls swimming program to the next level. A Clovis native and longtime area resident, DeMaio has been chosen to coach the program in its third season next winter. A farmer and rancher, he was hired as a contract coach. DeMaio said Clovis has the […]

Cannon maintainers win top Air Force award

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Air Force Headquarters announced Thursday afternoon that the maintenance group at Cannon Air Force Base has been named the best in the Air Force for the year 2003. The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group includes a number of different units responsible for repairing airplanes and keeping them ready to fly. “I am […]

Umpiring good call for ex-players

By Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]

Blue jeans are not the issue; it’s control

Letters to the Editor As one of the silent six in the audience at last week’s school board meeting, I feel compelled to reply to the article published in Thursday’s News Journal. First, I commend Ryan Lengerich for accurately reporting what occurred at the meeting. As the education reporter he has done an excellent job […]

Board: Raise Ute Lake’s lowest level

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly […]

Soutwestern governors can help Mexican economy

Freedom Newspapers To grow and create jobs, business needs government to be reasonable. Gov. Bill Richardson and other governors in the Southwestern United States can help our neighbors in Mexico understand that concept when they attend the Border Governors Conference scheduled Aug. 9-10 in Santa Fe. The conference involves the governors of the states on […]

Hobbs teacher wants to keep Senate seat

By Michelle Seeber Sen. Gay G. Kernan, R-Hobbs, is a school teacher who favors higher pay for teachers. But she disagrees with one provision of new legislation aimed at achieving that goal. Kernan was in Clovis and Portales on Monday, announcing her plans to seek election to the District 42 seat. She faces June primary […]

Suicide bombings belittle meaning of religious day

Freedom Newspapers It is perhaps a sign of degradation in our times that the coming of almost any religious holiday brings warnings of death and destruction — not from any supernatural being but from misguided humans who claim to be doing the will of the deity. Thus the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia felt compelled […]

Area educators: Secretary will explore new territories

By Darrell Todd Maurina Exactly what the new cabinet-level secretary of education will do hasn’t been decided. But local educators have some ideas of the type of person they’d like to see in that office. A constitutional amendment passed last week by voters requires that the newly-formed Department of Education be “headed by a secretary […]

Protectionism would create bad results

By Walter Williams Recent advocacy of free trade in this column has caused considerable reader apoplexy and anxiety, not to mention accusations of unconcern with worker plight. Readers have protested loss of good paying jobs to low-wage countries such as India, China and other Asian countries. I’d like to propose a way to completely eliminate […]

Gymnasts do well in nationals

CNJ STAFF Katlin Luscombe of Texico and Ann Marie McLelland of Clovis were part of a team of ninth athletes representing Muleshoe-based Acrospirit Trampoline and Tumbling to participate in the USA Gymnastics National Championships from July 12-22 in Sacramento, Calif. Luscombe, who will be a sixth grader at Texico Elementary this fall, and McLelland, a […]

First-year Clovis coach no rookie

By Eric Butler Larry Jones Jr. has coached soccer before — just not at the high school level. He has coached girls before — just not at the high school level. He’ll get his chance to do both this fall after being named the girls soccer coach at Clovis High. Jones succeeds Tamara Spradlin, who […]

New ENMU coach likes program’s potential

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Kevin Blaskowski built the Southern Arkansas University softball program from scratch, capped off by a 30-win season this spring. But the North Dakota native believes he has a better chance of getting to the NCAA Division II national tournament at Eastern New Mexico University. Blaskowski won a three-way battle to […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]