Quay school official announces candidacy

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico Dennis J. Roch, assistant superintendent for Tucumcari schools, has announced his candidacy for the District 67 state representative position. Roch’s announcement Friday was made jointly with District 67 incumbent, Republican Brian Moore of Clayton, who said he would not seek re-election. Moore’s term expires December 2008. “I think he’s […]

New instructor wants students to have say in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. […]

Nations R Us a lousy idea

Our current travails in Iraq should chasten those who look at the world, survey its failing, troubled or tyranny-plagued states and are struck by a burning desire to reinvent them according to the American model. We’re now being reminded the hard way that it’s never as easy, bloodless or pain-free in practice as ivory-tower theorists […]

Intel investigation a great idea, if not a political move

Freedom Newspapers Even President George W. Bush could not resist pressure to back an independent commission to look at U.S. intelligence failures with regard to the Iraq war. The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq undermines one key aspect of the case for going to war, and it’s only reasonable to investigate […]

Clovis teacher awarded PNM grant

CNJ Staff PNM awarded $1,000 to provide a Clovis teacher with additional tools for teaching about water use in New Mexico, according to a news release. The program funded was “A Report Card on Green Acres,” proposed by Terry Pipkin of Highland Elementary School. Students will investigate Green Acres, a collection spot for the community’s […]

Constitutions are hard to make from scratch

Freedom Newspapers I n talking about efforts to create a new constitution for Iraq, comedian Jay Leno quipped that perhaps the Iraqis could use the U.S. Constitution, given that it isn’t being used here much anymore. That’s a good line, and a reminder of how difficult it is to create a constitution from scratch. The […]

Clovis falling behind in battle to keep cops

By Pam Sury Law enforcement is having a difficult time recruiting, hiring and training certified officers. The reasons for this range from monetary to an overall change in society. Recruiting police officers has become extremely competitive. Times have changed and a crisis has started. Right now, the Clovis Police Department is understaffed by an estimated […]