Youth coalition seeking 1,000 volunteers

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Courtesy photo Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection teens and children take a break from renovating and painting a mural in a basement room at the Matt 25 Hope Center in February. Liliana Castillo The Eastern New Mexico Youth Connection is looking for 1,000 volunteers by the end of July. Some might say that’s a lofty […]

Literacy programs merging

Liliana Castillo The Curry County Literacy Council is being absorbed by the Adult Basic Education program at Clovis Community College. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy’s budget was cut 57 percent by the Legislature. That means the coalition will be providing limited funding to each of the 26 literacy councils in the state. By combining […]

Mullen, military coalition at odds over bonus

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will not join a chorus of critics who oppose the $30,000 bonus offer made to careerists in their 15th year of service if they agree to accept a less generous retirement plan. Mullen, in our interview two weeks ago, suggested the Redux […]

Religions unite over outlandish enemy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I offer three cheers for Katherine Harris. Harris has brought this nation together, done a more effective job of uniting people than any prayer breakfast, sensitivity class or Benetton ad I’ve ever seen. Thanks to her, Christians and Jews, Muslims and atheists, Republicans and Democrats are now standing as one […]

11/24 Education Digest

Hernandez earns Head Start honor Teacher Cesarea Hernandez was named Clovis Head Start Center Employee of the Quarter, according to an organization press release. The award is “given to an employee who excels in their work and whose conduct in displayed in a professional and positive manner,” the release said. Head Start is a federally […]

Military Coalition leery of changing system

Tom Philpott: Military Update The Military Coalition, a powerful league of 35 service associations and veterans’ organizations, has warned a blue ribbon panel studying military compensation to be wary of claims by senior Defense officials and outside economists that service pay and benefits need business-like reforms. Coalition representatives testified on Wednesday before the Defense Advisory […]

Patriot Act needs toning down, revision

Freedom Newspapers The debate in Congress over the USA Patriot Act, portions of which are scheduled to “sunset” at the end of this year, will not take place for months. But it’s heartening to see that a coalition of liberals and conservatives that has raised concerns about portions of the law is still together and […]

Domestic Violence Coalition re-established, reorganizing

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The recently re-established Domestic Violence Coalition is hopeful they can correct past problems through a series of workshops designed to facilitate the sharing of information and public education about what to do if they are a victim of abuse. “(The Coalition) was being pulled in so many directions as […]

Poor planning leads to poor management

CNJ staff It is seldom really shocking to hear that a government agency has wasted large sums of money, or spent it in ways that would be viewed as sloppy or even criminal in the private sector. After a certain number of examples, one is almost beyond being scandalized. How does it happen? A government […]

Curry County Literacy Coalition off and reading

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A grant from the New Mexico Literacy Coalition is funding a new organization in Clovis — the Curry County Literacy Coalition. The coalition, which received the grant last week, will be headed by Clovis resident Terri Tafoya who has volunteered with the adult literacy program at Clovis Community College. […]

Democratically chosing tyrants is not progress

Put this in the “be careful what you wish for” file. Almost all of the well-meaning, responsible members of the international community insist that free and democratic elections are the key to a stable and pro-Western Serbia and regional stability. But sometimes the pesky people vote for scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells whose stock in trade is […]

Trying Saddam: All options have flaws

It is hardly surprising that in such a media-saturated culture many Americans view foreign affairs in a personalized and dramatized fashion. If this were a movie, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the quintessential villain, would be the triumphant end of the story, with the music coming up and viewers assured that the good guys had […]

Secretary of education selected

By Jack King Area educators on Thursday applauded Gov. Bill Richardson’s selection of Veronica C. Garcia as state secretary of education. Garcia, an Albuquerque resident, a native New Mexican, and the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, has seen the state’s education system from all levels, they said. “I think we […]