City commissioners approve pay raises

CNJ staff Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 and […]

Education feature: Class ends on a high note

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon touches up her makeup in the dressing room backstage at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall before she and her classmates performed their final for a Broadway-style singing class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer In the minimal light backstage, Caleb Brandon took his place behind a podium and […]

The Alaska Plane Wreck

Our friend Jim Connelley raised high-powered performance Quarter Horses, but before that occupation he had another – Alaskan bush pilot. He was small, only about 5 feet 5 inches tall, so he fit those small planes just fine. He delivered fishermen, hikers, etc … to the back country and then picked them up after their […]

Why does God attend worship?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Several years ago I took some of our family 70 miles down the road looking for a little dose of culture. We went to hear the symphony, and with them, the man who’s arguably the best classical guitarist in the world. His performance reminded me of one of my own. No […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Floyd jamboree celebrates 57 years

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Courtney Foley, left, and Hillary Foley of Portales tune their instruments prior to hitting the stage during rehearsal for the Floyd Lions Club Jamboree. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Soon the sounds of fiddles, guitars, drums and singing will fill the air in Floyd as the 57th annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree gets under way […]

U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Zias basketball player honored

CNJ staff PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University junior forward Rochelle Vance has been selected third-team ESPN The Magazine’s District 6 Academic All-District for her performance on the court and in the classroom. Vance has averaged over four points and rebounds per game. She has also scored 10 points on three occasions this season. To […]

Brazilian culture comes to Clovis

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The Viver Brasil Dance Co. will use song and dance interpretation to portray Brazilian culture during a 90-minute performance Sunday at the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium in Clovis. Founded in 1997, the 12-member dance troupe focuses on bringing to life the Afro-Brazilian cultures, through dance, music and costumes, founder […]

Orchestra honors military with special performance

By Casey Peacock:Freedom Newspapers Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present a salute to America’s military, with the “America at War” series at 7 p.m. (MST) Jan. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center Theatre in Lubbock. The performance is part of LSO’s 60th anniversary celebration. Guest conductor will be Jeffrey Pollock, Fort Worth, Texas, Symphony Orchestra […]

Day Trip: Classic theater hosts holiday performances

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The restored 1930s-era Cactus Theater sits in the heart of the Depot District in Lubbock. (Courtesy photo) By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Nestled in the Depot District of Lubbock is the Cactus Theater. Starting life in 1938 as a motion picture theater, the facility was remodeled in 1993 and has since become a performance theater. […]

The art of healing

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleDavide Cabassi performs during an Arts in Healing program Friday at Clovis Community College. The Italy native said in times of sickness he turns to his piano and music for comfort. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a metal chair on a chilly stage, ViolaMontoya closed her eyes and heard […]

Officials say tutoring program ineffective

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis schools that did not meet federal standards for student performance three years in a row must provide free tutoring to students. Cameo Elementary School and W.D. Gattis Junior High School students are eligible for the federally funded program, which is a spin-off the No Child Left Behind […]

Consequences of AYP don’t add up for state

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer As schools in Clovis and New Mexico plow toward serious consequences for failing to meet federal academic standards, at least one appears less and less realistic. The state has neither the resources nor the will to assume management of public schools who repeatedly fail the No Child Left Behind […]

Highlights of PRMC report

The following is a summary of deficiencies cited in the report: • Infection control A tour of the operating room revealed waste from a recent surgery had been placed in the regular trash rather than the bin for infectious waste. Infectious waste in New Mexico — which can include organs, blood, used needles or any […]

New York dance troupe stopping in Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers A group of dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring a little New York City flair Sunday to Clovis Community College. Ailey II will perform at 4 p.m. at Clovis’ Marshall Auditorium as part of the Cultural Arts Series presented by Clovis Community College and Plains Regional […]

U2 steals Mariah Carey’s spotlight at Grammys

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The rock gods snatched Grammy history from the comeback queen Wednesday, as perennial favorites U2 took home five trophies while Mariah Carey had to settle for three. U2 won the 20th Grammy of its career, including album of the year for “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” — the […]

New pay system focused on merit better for all

Freedom Newspapers Americans are almost unanimous in carping about big, wasteful, unresponsive government. Yet almost every effort to improve the way federal agencies function comes to naught, due in part to resistance from government employee labor unions. The unions were out in force again last week, protesting proposed changes in personnel and pay systems at […]

Day Trips: Ballet offers ‘Romantic Evening’

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The Lone Star Ballet will begin its season Nov. 5 with “A Romantic Evening,” and will end March 22-23 with a special performance of “Romeo and Juliet” by the Joffrey Ballet. (Courtesy photo) Compiled by Mike Jimenez For couples in search of a romantic evening, why not drive to the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo […]

‘50s performers play at Mesa Elementary

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Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth Mesa Elementary third-graders Nellie Toliver, right and Tanner Geisler dance as Fireball members George Tomsco of Raton, back left, and Chuck Tharp of Clovis sing during the school’s sing-and-meet Friday. Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A guitar slung over his shoulder and musical legends at his side, Fireballs member George Tomsco sung […]