Education feature: Lincoln-Jackson easing into transition

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Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy will merge with Bella Vista Elementary in the fall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The costumes, museum artifacts and literature Sara Hennessy uses to teach her fifth-grade class about the Colonial era have been packed away in a box. The Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy teacher finished the unit […]

Officials eyeball capital outlay requests

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer State legislators climbed aboard a school bus Friday morning to learn more about a Clovis Municipals Schools funding request. School board members and school officials are requesting capital outlay funds for the creation of a performing arts building at the Bella Vista Elementary School campus. School officials estimate it […]

Honor Roll: Bella Vista Elementary School

CNJ Staff Bella Vista Elementary School Third Grade: A Honor Roll – Denicia Aragon, Lendel Brown, Mariah Chavez, Marquese Gaither, Delicia Garcia, Anthony Gutierrez, Sarita Martinez, Deja Robinson, Josh Rodriguez, Jaime Sierra. Third Grade: A/B Honor Roll – Devyn Alvarado, RJ Alvarado, Angel Anaya, Whitney Anderson, Teddy Bargas, Kenny Castillo, Shianne Diaz, Terry Hill, Janae […]

School merger passes

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Clovis school board member Lola Bryant, second from left, and other school board members listen to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during Tuesday’s school board meeting at Marshall Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Easy to overlook, he stood on the edge of a group of parents and teachers, barely […]

Cesar Chavez Drive dedicated

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Bella Vista sixth-grade teacher Ann Corsey, left, hugs her former student and current Gattis Junior High seventh-grader Tanya Romero after the dedication of the new Cesar Chavez street sign. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers It is the lesson of a lifetime: Si, se puede — yes, we can. Believing this turned […]

9/29 Education Calendar

Today: Eastern New Mexico University is hosting the 2005 Career Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Union Ballroom. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their resumes. Information: 562-2211 Today: School officials are holding a community discussion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ranchvale Elementary cafeteria regarding the possible closure […]

Parents oppose proposed school merger

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Clovis resident Bruce Pollard spoke to parents, school officials and other community members Monday night at Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy reminds Nick Chavez of the comforts of home. “In my Hispanic family, we gather around the kitchen. It’s the warmest spot in the […]

9/22 Education Calendar

Today: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., school officials will host a community discussion at Ranchvale Elementary about the proposed closure of this school. Monday: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held at all elementary and secondary schools. Teachers will not be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday: From […]

School merger talks center on jobs

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This is Rosa Soria’s second year as the cafeteria manager at Bella Vista Elementary School. Though she has worked within the school district for 13 years, she isn’t sure she will have the same job next year. “My concerns are for my job — that I will lose it,” […]

Trojans trounce Texico

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Texico’s Tony Clement is fouled by Mesa Vista’s Kenneth Martinez as he drives to the basket during the first half of a Class 2A quarterfinal game Wednesday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque. (CNJ staff: Eric Kluth) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Texico and Mesa Vista were busy trading baskets when the […]

Reporter’s notebook: Bella Vista aids tsunami victims

CNJ staff The students at Bella Vista Elementary school were discussing New Year’s resolutions three weeks ago, and one of them brought up the tsunami victims in Asia. After doing some Internet research on what happened the students decided they needed to help. “Right away they asked, ‘What can we do to help? We need […]

Prep scores 1-21

CNJ staff Friday The Associated Press GIRLS Clovis 58, Sandia 51 Santa Rosa 40, Texico 39 Fort Sumner 53, Melrose 19 Cibola 50, Hobbs 48 Clayton 69, Tucumcari 39 Dulce 57, Navajo Prep 52 Eldorado 70, Albuquerque Academy 47 Gallup 53, Farmington 35 Jal 57, Lake Arthur 12 Kirtland Central 52, Los Alamos 35 Manzano […]

State awarded control of Clovis nursing home

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Clovis doctor spent years operating a local nursing home, months fighting to keep it and minutes accepting a judge’s decision it was gone. But Dr. Ali Ghaffari said the good memories of Buena Vista Nursing Home will linger for a lifetime. District Judge Stephen Quinn on Thursday afternoon […]

Sex scandal debated

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Dr. Ali Ghaffari, owner of Buena Vista, testifies Saturday during a hearing at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Decisions by state regulators to take over and then shut down Buena Vista Nursing Home had nothing to do with the actions of a state-appointed volunteer who […]

Sex scandal hits Buena Vista nursing home

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer A state-appointed volunteer, charged with reporting on the condition of Clovis’ Buena Vista nursing home, solicited sexual favors from nursing home employees, the nursing home’s owner has alleged. A state official said this week she did not know about the allegations, but said the volunteer’s reports played only […]

Buena Vista patients moving

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor State officials plan to relocate residents of a Clovis nursing home within 30 days, claiming the health care facility poses health concerns for its occupants. Wednesday’s decision to move all 19 residents of Buena Vista Nursing Home came after a recent barrage of heavy rainfall compounded existing problems with […]

Buena Vista attorney says his clients haven’t told their side of story

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER A temporary administrator testified Monday that Buena Vista Nursing Home had a leaky roof, black mold and a “very dirty” kitchen when she was asked to step in and oversee operations on May 20. But an attorney representing Buena Vista’s owners said his clients’ side of the story has […]

State to ask for total control of Buena Vista

CNJ STAFF The New Mexico Health and Human Services Department announced Thursday it will go to Curry County District Court at 2 p.m. today asking that the agency be granted permanent receivership of Buena Vista Nursing Home. Ninth Judicial District Judge Joe Parker earlier granted the state temporary receivership pending today’s court hearing. In a […]

Party switching displays lack of loyalty

Letters to the editor I’m sure we’ve all heard about the hundreds of “Democrats” who have suddenly turned Republican, mainly so they can vote in the upcoming district attorney’s election. Is it just me, or is this wrong? What’s the point of declaring a party affiliation if it’s that easy to switch back and forth? […]

Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]