Nixing state income tax boosts opportunity

If the classic 1940 movie “Grapes of Wrath” were remade for 2012, the Joad family would be trekking, instead, from California to Oklahoma. Based on the 1939 novel by Californian John Steinbeck, the movie showed the Joads suffering through the 1930s Great Depression and Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, then striking out for the Golden State […]

Education column: School construction making progress

If anyone has driven by some of our school sites under construction, you will have noticed a great deal of progress has taken place. For those who have not had an opportunity to view the progress firsthand, we’d like to provide an overview of our construction and remodeling status. To begin with, if you were […]

Data on higher education needs to be published

Freedom New Mexico One potential benefit of a tight budget is the opportunity to assess priorities and goals. That’s true for a family or a business. And it’s especially true for a government, which, by definition, depends on taxes taken from people. This month California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report, “Improving Higher Education […]

Education column: District host to quality teachers

In visiting classrooms across our school district, I am continually surprised by the caliber of educators we have. One such remarkable teacher is Terry Pipkin, a science teacher at Marshall Middle School. Now in her 27th year of teaching, I had an opportunity to watch her preparing for a class and observe her interactions with […]

Education column: Mesa’s new principal shares plans

Mesa Elementary has a new principal, Julie Howell, and this past week we had an opportunity to talk about education. Although this is Howell’s first principal position, she has 18 years in education under her belt. As a classroom teacher, she’s taught in the Roswell and Dexter school districts before returning to teach in Clovis. […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

Ticket feature: Lipizzaner Stallions performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The Lipizzaner Stallions will perform in Clovis tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Freedom New Mexico Referred to as an equine ballet, audiences will have the unique opportunity to see the Lipizzaner Stallions perform tonight and Friday at the Curry County Events Center. Made world famous for their beauty and […]

Land use study unifies community

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS), commissioned by the Curry County commissioners and funded by the Department of Defense, is an opportunity for the surrounding communities and Cannon Air Force Base to work together to identify and begin to address areas of common interest. Getting Cannon off of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) turned what […]

Press release: Holiday season increases opportunity for thefts

Every Holiday Season there are several reported vehicle and home burglaries in which the victim’s property was targeted as a crime of opportunity. Doors to vehicles and homes had been left unlocked by the victims and the burglars were looking for such unsecured property as an easy opportunity to steal. The other issue is that […]

Education column: Float making provides teaching opportunity

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy What is it that’s so engaging about a parade? Maybe it’s that excitement and anticipation in the air. Last Friday morning that’s what was felt by those who attended the inaugural Homecoming Day Parade held by the Clovis High School Freshman Academy along Cameo Street between Purdue and 15th streets. CHSFA math teacher […]

CLGA appreciates Clovis muni course

Please allow me this opportunity to congratulate the Clovis Ladies Golf Association for providing another wonderful year of golfing for the ladies of Clovis. By providing lessons, the members of the association have introduced many women to the game and many others have been given the opportunity to improve their skills. The CLGA recently hosted […]

Superintendent candidates say they see Clovis as opportunity

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer They each have more than 30 years experience in education, and all four of the finalists for superintendent see Clovis as an opportunity. The candidates are Dalhart Independent School District Superintendent David Foote, Pampa Independent School District Superintendent Barry Haenisch, Mount Pleasant Independent School District Superintendent Terry Myers and […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm dedicated to students

In my 25 years as an administrator at four community colleges, I have had the opportunity to work with about 40 superintendents of schools at 27 different school districts. While I found most of those superintendents easy to work with, I have never worked with a superintendent more supportive of the local community college than […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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File photo Saturday’s Curry County Ranch Rodeo, scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena, will include children’s activities such as stick horse racing. Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that […]

Careers class explores opportunity

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Do you remember the time when you were trying to decide ‘what you were going to be when you grew up’? My parents raised me to love God and country, and when I was in about fourth grade, I was trying to decide what I wanted to be. The […]

Education column: Chance to accumulate college credits helps students excel

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools If America is the land of opportunity, then opportunity knocks at the doors of Clovis schools. And, for those students who not only dream of success but plan ahead and work to achieve it, success comes earlier than later. What I am talking about is the wonderful opportunity our […]

Sweatpants rule ruins opportunity

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “You know, Kevin, I bet you that column gets you in trouble quite a bit.” Those are the words of somebody we’ll call Really Awesome Reader, because A) he’s a reader who appreciates me sacrificing my pride for a good column and B) he’s probably reading right now and would […]

10-15 Education digest

Parents invited to see projects The Clovis High School Freshman Academy is providing an opportunity for parents to see their student’s project. Called Cat-a-bration, parents will be able to view their child’s projects from core and elective classes. The parents can also enjoy home-made cookies from the Consumer Science students and entertainment. The event is […]

Police: Fireworks complaints increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Delilah Barela and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Destinee look for fireworks Thursday at a tent sale west of Clovis to help the family celebrate the July 4th weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Independence Day draws closer, Clovis police are getting 10 calls or more a day because […]

Jan. 15 Education Digest

National contest open to students A national contest is offering students the opportunity to write the plot for a book as an inspiration to read and write, according to a news release. Children’s author Jane Lovascio launched the Casey and Bella Story Contest, which began in September 2008 and ends April 15. The contest offers […]