Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Clovis host to Hispanic Baptists

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer One of the smaller Southern Baptist churches in Clovis hosted a state Baptist convention this week. It wasn’t the main New Mexico Baptist Convention, which counts hundreds of churches and tens of thousands of members, but rather the Hispanic Baptist Convention of New Mexico. While small — the […]

Decision made in rocky ENMU election

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer In an election marred by confusion, accusations of impropriety and the disqualification of one candidate, a student election board declared Brett Trembly Eastern New Mexico University’s student body president on Monday. Trembly, a senior from Belen, received 278 votes while the incumbent president, Bob Cornelius, received 217 votes. […]

Menudo can heal the soul like soup

By Helena Rodriguez You’ve heard about “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” compilations of warm, inspirational stories and messages that make you feel all mushy inside. My daughter Laura and I love to read them, and most recently, my niece, Marili Diaz, has discovered the warmth of reading these books. There are many versions of Chicken […]

Hispanics still underrepresented on TV

By Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, but with the release of […]

Police seek help solving robberies

CNJ Staff Clovis police are asking the community for help in locating men involved in three armed robberies in Clovis over the past week. The first robbery took place about 10 p.m. on June 14 at the Allsup’s store on the corner of Grand and Prince. According to police reports, two Hispanic males, both described […]

Specifying person’s race an inexact science

Leonard Pitts This is for Larry, who wants to know what to call folks like me. Larry’s a reader in San Jose who grew up back when “Negroes” was the proper term. In the late ’60s, when “black” came into vogue, Larry used that. Now, he says, some black people prefer to be called “African-American.” […]

Councilman raises concerns about Muleshoe police

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]

Texico’s new chief knows area well

By Darrell Todd Maurina MULESHOE — Muleshoe City Councilman Juan Chavez is fed up with what he perceives as selected law enforcement by the city’s police department. “I have lived here for 11 years, and for a number of years we have had issues with law enforcement,” Chavez said Tuesday during a regularly scheduled city […]