Celebrate diversity while working together

Freedom New Mexico Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins this week, actually started as a single week in the 1960s under the Johnson administration; it was expanded in 1988 to cover the 30 days between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. The dates cover independence anniversaries for Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, […]

Poet taking stage at ENMU

Jillian Holbert An internationally-renowned poet takes center stage 8 p.m. today at the Eastern New Mexico University ballroom to kick off the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Gabriela Garcia Medina has received international acclaim and has traveled to Brazil, South Africa, Cuba, Switzerland and all over the U.S. to perform her poetry. This poet has […]

Curry, Roosevelt Hispanic populations jump

Argen Duncan Like the rest of New Mexico, Roosevelt and Curry counties saw a leap in the Hispanic population in the last decade, according to the latest U.S. Census numbers. Roosevelt County’s Hispanic population age 18 and older grew 34.2 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the census. The county’s adult Anglo population, on […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Report: Hispanic achievement gap higher in Clovis

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CNJ illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie Liliana Castillo White students in Clovis are outperforming their Hispanic counterparts by a margin higher than state averages, according to a recent report released by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The report concludes the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students is pronounced in reading and math […]

Press release: Southwest Premiere of Bless Me, Ultima Coming To Clovis

New Mexico’s beloved novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Santa Rosa native and acclaimed Chicano writer, Rudolfo Anaya, comes to the stage at Marshall Auditorium, Saturday, October 23, 7p.m. in its southwest premiere. Adapted by Mr. Anaya in collaboration with Albuquerque’s Vortex Theatre and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, this is the second performance of the […]

Martinez speaks at ENMU for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Susana Martinez, Dona Ana County District Attorney and gubernatorial candidate, speaks as part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday. She talked about her roots in El Paso and her career. Argen Duncan An earned education can never be taken away, Dona Ana County District Attorney […]

Monday morning briefing: Hispanic heritage month and the first Make a Wish dinner

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Blue ribbon recognition The New Mexico Public Education Department will be honoring Ranchvale Elementary School for its designation as a Blue Ribbon School 1 p.m. today at the school. Guests of honor include the secretary of education, Cannon Air Force Base personnel and city […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Bingaman: N.M. universities receive grants to support Hispanic students

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that four New Mexico Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI) will receive federal grants to enhance their ability to serve underserved students and develop a skilled work force. HSIs are schools with a high percentage of Hispanic students. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of […]