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 […]

Verbal attack was without merit

By Lola Bryant: Guest columnist I am the only Hispanic board member on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board, and as such members of the community often come to me with their concerns. When the Concerned Citizens of Curry County (CCCC) asked to meet without Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm being present, alongside another board member, I agreed. […]

Programs in place to attract, retain Hispanic students

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University students, from left, Jazmin Loya, Daniela Garcia, Aric Serrano and Rey Coss work Friday to plan the annual Cinco de Mayo banquet that honors graduating seniors. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico A national trend of growing Hispanic student populations hasn’t escaped eastern New Mexico’s institutions […]

Press Release: Udall helps launch Hispanic history project

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today helped launch a new initiative to preserve the stories and experiences of Hispanic Americans through the StoryCorps Historias oral history project – which will visit several New Mexico cities over the next year. [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q47YNyszQ60 ]Click here for video of the event. Udall, a member of the […]

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Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

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Texans have rare opportunity of influence

Freedom Newspapers Texas could be a political kingmaker this campaign season. Such a position wasn’t expected until the first Super Tuesday on Feb. 5. Virtually every election year, states leapfrog each other’s political primary and caucus dates in hopes of exerting more influence on the presidential races. This year the movement was more extreme than […]

Pursuit to land “Suit” complete

Courtesy photo Joseph A. Wasson Jr., center, stars as Gomez in a National Hispanic Cultural Center performance of “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.” The show will be presented free Friday night at Marshall Auditorium. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit,” six men see something they want and […]

Too much at stake to sit idly by

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I cast my vote in the New Mexico caucus last week and, if we’re lucky, we may finally learn the results today — only a week-and-a-half after the fact. New Mexico will be the last of the Super Tuesday states to announce results from the Feb. 5 balloting. If we Nuevo […]

Month isn’t all about being Hispanic

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Growing up in an ethnocentric world, the barrio of north Portales, my ethnicity was a major factor in my early life. Now, it’s not color of skin or language that unites me with people. It’s common Christian beliefs. But in my adult life, I’ve learned you cannot entirely separate the […]

Cops and Courts: Police: Robberies linked

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police believe armed robberies Tuesday afternoon on North Prince and Main Street are related. Both robberies involved a white male wearing a black bandana who threatened store workers with a black handgun, according to police. The owner of Patty’s Fashion at 800 N. Prince told police a white male […]