N.M. academic achievement gap old problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Clovis teen faces felony charges

Robin Fornoff A 16-year-old Clovis boy faces an assortment of felony charges after he is alleged to have stolen 10 guns from a local business “to take care of the bullies” in his life, Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday. Sanders said the boy gave officers a list of names of people he planned to […]

Fresh coat of paint won’t fool God

I saw an advertisement in a large city newspaper that outlined all the summer activities that a certain city was providing for the school-age children. Times have changed. When children live in metropolitan areas, opportunities for play and activities during the summer are scheduled so busy and working parents can have options for childcare in […]

Clovis man faces murder charge

CNJ staff A 30-year-old Clovis man faces an open count of murder, accused of beating a maintenance man to death at an apartment near West Seventh Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Dustin Forni was charged Jan. 31 with the death of Mark Leinberger, 48, according to a report released Tuesday by Clovis police. According […]

Clovis man sentenced to nine years

CNJ staff A 32-year-old Clovis man was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for attempted murder, according to a news release from the office 9th Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. According to the press release: • James Gilbert, 32, was convicted of breaking into a woman’s residence in October 2010 and stabbing her repeatedly […]

Press release: Amber alert issued for Fort Worth-area 11-year old

Santa Fe — In cooperation with the Fort Worth Texas Police Department, New Mexico State Police is issuing the following Amber Alert in New Mexico based on information that the child may have been brought into New Mexico. Fort Worth Police are looking for an 11 year old white female named Jessica Smith. Jessica is […]

Abigail example for women to live up to

There are many notable Bible women characters. Some of those women characters teach us how to be and some teach us how not to be! A woman we could all learn from is the Old Testament character is Abigail. The Bible says that she was married to a “fool,” but she handled it well. In […]

Shooting timeline

Timeline of events related to the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, according to law-enforcement officials: • Sept. 14, 2005: Clovis High School student Orlando Salas, 15, wanted to fight Ruben Perez, 17, at school, and pulled a knife on him in a restroom. The fight never took place, but Salas’ brothers Demetrio Salas and […]

Library hosting history display

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis-Carver Public Library Director Margaret Hinchee, left, and Friends of Clovis-Carver Public Library President Carolyn Shipley, right, discuss sifting through early Curry County photos to select for the library’s upcoming Clovis history display. The photos will be organized in categories such as the evolution of Clovis’ Main Street, the history […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Year in review — Crime and tragedy

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Curry County Under Sheriff Wesley Waller and investigator Waldo Casarez at an Oct. 14 crime scene on Homestead Road where two people was reported dead at the scene. Freedom New Mexico Child convicted in Portales death A Roosevelt County jury on April 15 found a 13-year-old Portales boy guilty of […]

Antitrust laws hamstring development

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Jail perimeter fence proposal tabled

Robin Fornoff A perimeter fence to prevent escapes like the Nov. 13 flight of 35-year-old Narcizo Soto Jr. of Clovis from the Curry County jail didn’t make it off the drawing board Tuesday when presented to county commissioners. If there was a consensus among commissioners on the reason for dismissing the idea, it was likely […]

Train to move to Hillcrest Park parking lot

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte David Ortiz of Joe Bennett Trucking Co. sets a piece of wood under the No. 9005 train engine on Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Crew members worked to prepare the locomotive to be moved to the Clovis Train Depot on First and Main streets. Benna Sayyed The first movements of the […]

Resident credits longevity to picking cotton, avoiding doctors

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Courtesy photo Grace Helen Bowen at age 18. Benna Sayyed Grace Helen Bowen is nonchalant about turning 100 years old today. “Turning 100? I don’t feel anything one way or another. It’s just another birthday, just another day on the calendar. How do you feel about yours?” said Bowen with a sweet smile. Bowen’s health […]

Season on parade

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Alexis Richards of the Curry County Cats Spirit Squad tosses candy Saturday night at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade on Main Street. The squad did a dance routine to “Santa, Baby,” throughout the parade. Benna Sayyed Tressa Ilg watched the Christmas Light Parade from the side of Main Street wearing […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers […]

Retired locomotive moving again

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A crew from Joe Bennett Movers places steel beams under and though the train car Wednesday in Hillcrest Park. The beams will be uses to lift and support the car onto a truck which will take it to its new home at the train museum. Benna Sayyed The 105-year-old locomotive […]

Unpopular holidays movie-worthy

I was out of town Monday, and decided to pay a visit to old friends in Texas. Just like seemingly every conversation we’ve had before, it started with our jobs, went to a little discussion on standup comedy and invariably ended on movies. From October on to February, Hollywood has given us a smorgasbord of […]

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]