Education feature: Clovis library looks to lure adult readers

CNJ Staff Writer: Liliana Castillo Nadine Maben reads constantly. She sticks mainly to mysteries, which is why the adult summer reading program at the Clovis-Carver Public Library seemed like a perfect summer activity for her. The adult summer reading program is the first of it’s kind at the library. It focuses on getting adults to […]

The three Rs of summer: reading, relaxing and more reading

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis educators are urging students to read through the summer, which Yucca Middle School seventh-grader Hanna Langan said won’t be a problem for her. “I like sad stories,” she said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis educators are reminding students that summer vacation doesn’t mean it’s time to drop […]

ENMU offers reading assistance for youth

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University educators are looking for children struggling with reading. Kathleen Donalson, Dan Greathouse and Shona Thomason are looking for children in second through sixth grade.

ENMU Educators Offering Help to Children Struggling with Reading

Eastern New Mexico University educators are looking for children struggling with reading. Kathleen Donalson, Dan Greathouse and Shona Thomason are looking for children in second through sixth grade.

Strong women can be found in Bible

This past week I was reading about some women heroes — women who had done undeliverable things against all odds. Their stories ranged form climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to starting a foundation for special needs children to feeding the homeless in a huge tent fashioned from many old tents. The will and determination of these women […]

Education feature: Organization strives to help residents read

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clair Zarges pours hours into researching teaching methods and lesson plans for her student with the Curry County Literacy Council. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Reading is life to Clair Zarges. That is why she was stunned to learn one in four adults in Curry County struggle to read. […]

All but two Portales schools miss AYP

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Schools saw little change in schools under scrutiny from the pass/fail system known as Adequate Yearly Progress. Portales schools are still plagued by failure in subgroups, especially students with disabilities, and several have slipped into the corrective action designation. School officials in the county say they are generally […]

Eight Clovis schools miss AYP marks

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Eight Clovis schools did not meet federal academic proficiency targets for the 2006-2007 school year, two more than last year. Added to the list were La Casita Elementary for failing reading proficiency and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista because students with disabilities did not meet math and reading […]

Summer reading continues

CNJ staff The summer reading program at the Clovis-Carver Public Library has reached the halfway point and is a rousing success, according to organizer Krissie Carter. “It’s been going wonderfully,” Carter said of the two-month program that concludes at the end of July. Thursday’s children’s programs have been drawing crowds of around 100 children and […]

Student profile: Isbell

By CNJ Staff Lanita D. Isbell is a Clovis Christian School senior. She is the daughter of Lanita M. Isbell. Extra-curricular activities: Drama, art, student government, National Honor Society. Hobbies: I love to draw, occasionally I write stories, and I enjoy reading. Future plans: Going off to college, might work for Disney, and hopefully get […]

Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

Leary, Leonard

Leonard Leary, 66, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 7, 1939, in Reading, Mass., to Marcella and Philip F. Leary. Mr. Leary graduated from high school in Reading in 1956. He moved to Portales in 1962 to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He earned a bachelor of […]

12/11 Letters to the editor

Liberals want reading material, too I recently moved to this lovely little town from Austin, Texas. Of course I understand that small towns are often insular and conservative, but I have been highly disappointed by the fact that even the local newspaper provides no break in the routine. For a moderate liberal like me, it […]

Spanish influence goes beyond holidays

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, […]

The Bible — One day at a time

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The Davis family, left to right Leslie, Susan, Otis, Holly and Christine, gather around the Bible. The family is reading the Bible in its entirety for the third time. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry […]

Christian author offers Harry Potter alternative

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Stores such as Hastings in Clovis have already started gearing up for the release of the newest Harry Potter book. CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson By Leslie Radford: CNj staff writer Since the release of the first Harry Potter book in the mid-1990s, J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular tales of sorcery and witchcraft have been viewed […]

Do you believe in magic

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer It may be a bunny or a magic book that Jamie O’Hara will pull out of his magician’s hat Friday when the Portales Public Library kicks-off its summer reading program. O’Hara, who calls himself “The Magic Guy,” has been practicing magic since he was 7 years old. “I have […]

Elementary teacher wins NIE award

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Third-grade teacher J’mi Heflin uses newspapers to teach core subjects at James Bickley Elementary. She was recently selected the local Newspapers in Education 2005 Teacher of the Year, having been nominated by Principal Cindi Tabb. “I had asked the teachers (at James Bickley) what they used in their classrooms […]