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 […]

Take to the skies

Airshow attendees watch Saturday’s demonstrations and visit static displays around the flight line. Cannon was host to about 8,000 people who came out for the expo. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon Air Force Base sponsored the 2005 Air Expo to a crowd of about 8,000 on Saturday. The air show was kicked off with a […]

‘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 […]

Cultural performance draws crowds to street

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Bella Vista fifth-grader Colleen Campos performs the Folkorico dance “Las Perlitas” during the second annual Brickroad to Cultural Friendship Saturday on Main Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sidewalks along Main Street were bulging with onlookers Saturday as students from 13 Clovis elementary school sashayed, twisted, and spun across […]

City celebrated in style for 50th anniversary

By Don McAlavy Here’s how the Chamber of Commerce announced plans for the 50th birthday celebration of Clovis: “Three nights and two days will be jam-packed with action for the thousands of visitors and old-timers expected to throng the streets of Clovis, June 6, 7, 8, 1957.” This is how the action stacked up: June […]

Reporter’s notebook: Chamber hosting music festival

Buddy Holly put Clovis on the musical map by recording several of his hit songs at the Norman Petty Studios on Seventh Street. In a tribute to the Lubbock-born Holly and Norman Petty, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a music festival Sept. 8-10. The 2005 Clovis Music Festival features a Sept. 9 […]

3/15 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese taking applications Southwest Cheese is beginning to hire key production personnel. Candidates should be interested in working in food production, have good communication skills, high work standards and be committed to a team where excellence is the standard, a press release from the company showed. “We aim to have a strong performance culture […]

Christmas performance makes religion personal

Judy Brandon: Local Columnist All of the children’s Christmas programs scheduled for December remind me of the time I participated in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play. It really wasn’t a play, but a simple program with several of the farm children who lived in the area. On this particular pre-Christmas Sunday, Susie had […]

Rock ‘n’ roll teacher performs in Clovis

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Bovina High School music director, John Steinhardt will perform in Clovis as Schizoid Johnny, Saturday. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After more than 20 years of touring as Schizoid Johnny, a one-man band, John Steinhardt became a music teacher at a school in California. “In order to do the art, I had to actually […]

Songs from the heart

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Ten years ago — after singing backup for k.d. lang, the Gyspy Kings, Iggy Pop and others — Perla Batalla said she left the music industry because she was frustrated. The record companies were pushing her toward pop music and away from the part of her identity she wanted […]

Tops in Blue sets America to music

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Sr. Airman Starlett Johnson-Derr (left) and Sr. Airman Stacy Bensing perform a rhythm and blues song during Thursday’s “Tops in Blue” performance at Doc Stewart Park. Made up of Air Force personnel, the band tours all over the world. Photo:Rick White By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The military performers called one routine the “Musicology of […]

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 […]

Musical drama returns to First Assembly

By Darrell Todd Maurina First Assembly of God in Clovis is bringing back a tradition this year. For many years the church sponsored holiday drama presentations, and this year will be resuming that practice with a free musical drama at 7 tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. “That’s the Good News,” a drama presenting the […]

Lila Downs wows audience at Clovis concert

By Helena Rodriguez From deeply-moving to toe-tapping to whimsical, Golden-Globe winning songstress Lila Downs charmed a Clovis audience Tuesday night at Marshall Auditorium. Downs’ concert was well-attended, featuring unusual yet captivating numbers that ranged from jazzy to folksy to tropical Latin rhythms. Several items in her repertoire can be heard in motion pictures. The audience […]