Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Portales officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales city officials have made repeated attempts to revive the movie theater in Portales, which closed in 2009, with no success, according to Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Some city councilors are now seeking to bring a “Fun Center” to Portales. Alisa Boswell City […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Freedom New Mexico: Russell Anglin Milton Brown talks with his children Desiree and Aaliyah and family friend Brandon Quintana outside Brown’s mother’s home Wednesday. Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped […]

‘Eagle eyes’ key for staying safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Bills offer solutions for keeping lottery scholarship afloat

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University student Rebeka Henson, who works at the Administration Building information office, said the Lottery Scholarship makes it affordable for her to attend college. Two bills in the state Senate are trying to keep the scholarship program solvent for a longer period of time. Argen Duncan State […]

County commissioners agree to form citizens’ committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County plans to form citizens’ committees to study and provide input on jail and courthouse issues. During a special meeting Wednesday, commissioners voted unanimously to form the two groups at a Dec. 7 meeting. In the meantime, they intend to put out an open invitation to residents who are interested in serving […]

Letters to the editor: Consultants agree jail outdated

Consultants agree jail outdated It appears the Clovis News Journal and some citizens place most of the blame for the deficiencies at the courthouse and jail on past commissioners and past and current management. I would like to interject this thought into the argument: If we could get the U.S. Justice Department to find the […]

Core standards could benefit all U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls have shown most people agree standardized testing helps assess students’ overall readiness and the success of the instructors who teach them. Standardized evaluations, however, require standardized curricula; you can’t measure students’ performance on the same test if they didn’t study the same — or at least similar — information. […]

Governor’s race ‘historic and unique’

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Max Best of Clovis places his ballot into a voting machine Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. Best said it’s his “civic duty to vote. You can’t complain if you’re not taking part.” By David Stevens: FNM editor New Mexico Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: “I […]