Students compete in annual Spanish competition

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The Muleshoe High School girls perform on Friday afternoon in the 25th annual Festival Romanico in the Campus Union Ballroom on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of high school students from eastern New Mexico and west Texas attended Friday’s 25th Annual […]

Spanish music pioneers will be remembered

By Ben Salazar: Guest columnist Clovis’ music community suffered two great losses last month with the passing of Noe Anzaldua and Jose “Adan” Mondragon. Both individuals through their respective talents and personalities were instrumental in developing what has become known throughout New Mexico and West Texas as the “Clovis sound” for Spanish music. Anzaldua began […]

Social justice advocates reunite in Portales

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — They fought for social justice. Decades later, they told their stories so Portales won’t forget. More than 100 people remembered Portales’ history and spoke out Sunday against how minority Portales residents were treated during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic […]

Hispanics emerging players in job market

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Reporter’s notebook: Storyteller visits James Bickley Elementary School

The storyteller gestured wildly with his hands, his voice undulating high and low, his face like putty, able to morph into a variety of characters. As his ghost story unfolded, more than 30 students sat cross-legged around him, slack-jawed and wide-eyed. “You have to experience the story yourself before it can become real for your […]

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, […]

Call center will service fast-food restaurants

By Helen Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

Tourism perk of full-immersion learning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Hola amigos, from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I’m coming to you from a half continent away, ironically, to learn something I probably could have learned while growing up as a child there in P-Ville. Myself and a group of students from Eastern New Mexico University have said hasta la […]

6/12 Letters to the editor

Troops at Okinawa should come home An article in Monday’s CNJ reported how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is meeting with Japanese officials to discuss the deployment of U.S. forces in Japan. As the article pointed out, the Japanese are concerned with, among other things, the continued presence of U.S. forces on the island of Okinawa […]

Late-learning Spanish not easy as ABC

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]

Dual Language Program promotes proficiency in both Spanish and English

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La Casita second grader Sigrid Viera reads from her text book during science class Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis. Ten years ago it would be hard to find a student speaking Spanish in the classroom. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink […]

Grady schools learn about Hispanic culture

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dy first graders Rachel Porter, left, and Kayleigh Fury perform a Mexican folk dance during the school’s “Fiesta Day” on Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer GRADY — A little bit of Mexican influence found its way into a town known for farming and ranching Wednesday. Grady […]

Hispanic or Latino? What’s in a name?

by Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

State defending ballot wording

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is standing by a Spanish translation on the inner envelope of the state’s absentee ballots. The translation has been questioned by a Curry County woman claiming an incorrect translation causes confusion to whether the votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez of Clovis […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist

Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of excuses and blame […]

Search on for bilingual principal

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ News Journal Jarilyn Butler didn’t always speak her students’ language. On snowy days, the former Lockwood Elementary School principal would receive phone calls from parents asking if school had been canceled. Many would ask in Spanish. Butler speaks only English. “I would pick up the phone and it was ‘Habla espanol?’ And […]

Local Spaniard reacts to bombing

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Rescue workers work on a bomb-damaged passenger train, following explosions in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday, killing more than 190 rush-hour commuters and wounding at least 1,400. AQP Photo: Paul White. By Darrell Todd Maurina A Portales resident spent part of Thursday morning making emergency calls to relatives in Spain to make sure none of them […]

An unusual road to christ

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Mike Kennedy, who played baseball in college and is a baseball fan, is the new pastor at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis’ second-largest Church of Christ congregation has received a new pastor — one from an unusual background. “I spent 23 years […]