amos the churchmouse: learning english ain t easy

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. learning english ain t easy boss you may think thatspeaking writing and learningthe english […]

Proposed bills pose danger to free speech

If you went to the English-language version of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday, you would have seen only a message warning about attempts in Congress to censor the Internet. Reddit (a social news site), Boing Boing (a popular group blog) and other websites joined the one-day “blackout.” The protest is aimed at two […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

English couple cycling through Clovis, Portales to promote charity

CNJ staff Two English Rotarians cycling 10,000 miles to raise awareness about disaster relief charity Shelter Box are expected in Clovis and Portales, according to a press release. Huw and Carolyn Thomas of Cornwall, UK, riding in tandem with a green Shelter Box in tow, are traveling across Canada, the U.S. to Florida then to […]

Lecturer’s music tourism research brings him to Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Executive Director of the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce Ernie Kos points out specific memorabilia to David Leaver of Manchester, England at the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum Wednesday. Leaver was in Clovis to research sites where music originated. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Press release: 80-Year-old graduating from ENMU on Saturday

By Wendel Sloan: ENMU Communication Services PORTALES–Jack K. Baker, 80, will be one of the 366 graduation candidates walking across the stage at Eastern New Mexico University’s 118th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. this Saturday, May 15, in Greyhound Arena in Portales. He is receiving a bachelor of science in history with a minor in […]

Education digest: Lockwood Elementary honored

Lockwood Elementary honored Lockwood Elementary School was one of 32 schools given the 2009-2010 Title III Incentive Award by the New Mexico Department of Education, according to a news release. The schools were awarded because of their strong bilingual education programs that have helped English language learners move toward proficiency in English and made academic […]

a view from under the pew: learning english ain t easy

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. boss you may think that speaking writing and learning the english language is the most natural thing […]

Library uses grant to help English learners

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Clovis-Carver Public Library was awarded a $5,000 grant last week by the American Library Association to add or increase their literacy services to adult English language learners. The grant was funded by the Dollar General Foundation, and was awarded to 34 public libraries across the United States, according to […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Online literary journal provides creative outlet

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gina Hochhalter, English instructor at CCC, began Palabras in 2002. She currently designs Palabras at home and relies on six volunteers to help her edit and post the publication. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer A literary journal designed to give undergraduates a chance to publish their work is blossoming, […]

Oct. 23, 1977

Halloween costumes such as Raggedy Ann, Bozo and Spiderman were on sale at Kmart for $1.33. … Linda Crowl, Clovis High School student, was the winner of a writing contest sponsored by The National Council of Teachers of English. … A two-story home at 1307 Sheldon St. could be purchased through Lariat Realty for $17,000.

Aug. 24 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were compiled from court records from Aug. 9 through Wednesday: Donald Wayne Gibbs, 28, to Ashley Nicole Gates, 21, both of Clovis David Samuel Ellestad, 26, to Victoria Marie Reed, 27, both of Clovis Eduardo Hernandez, 18, to Catherine Jean Sloniker, 18, both of Clovis Myron Dwayne Spurlock, 26, to Crystal […]

Eight Clovis schools miss AYP marks

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Eight Clovis schools did not meet federal academic proficiency targets for the 2006-2007 school year, two more than last year. Added to the list were La Casita Elementary for failing reading proficiency and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista because students with disabilities did not meet math and reading […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

‘Julio’ popular name in Hispanic family

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named […]

Letters to the Editor: Non-English speakers still contribute

In answer to comments made by Glenda Bly (“Richardson’s Spanish debate angers American voter”) in last Sunday’s CNJ, I would like to tell a story about my grandparents. Guadalupe and Ignacita Martinez (both American citizens), were born and raised here in New Mexico. My grandmother was deaf and my grandfather was seriously hearing impaired, but […]

Letters to the Editor: Tattoos not something to warrant fear

In response to Scott Blazek’s Sunday column, “Tattoos go against Bible’s teaching. I was disturbed to learn one of our local Christian leaders believes people who have tattoos are alcoholic, criminal-minded, addicted, disease-ridden low-lifes who will never make a positive contribution to society. I don’t understand why some people are so threatened by tattoos. It’s […]

Education Feature: Classes bridge language barrier

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English as a Second Language instructor Stefanie Jose, right, teaches Susana Loya at Clovis Community College, where more than 400 students are enrolled in the classes. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Interpreting is a way of life for Isabel Villarreal. Born in the United States to Mexican immigrants, the […]