Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through […]

Council approves next phase for Wellness Center

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners unanimously approved the next step in the design and construction of the Wellness Center, despite uncertainty that lingers about language used by the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate funds for the center. Designing and overseeing the construction of the second phase of the Wellness Center — […]

State calls strike on city

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer More than $150,000 in legislative funds is being withheld from the city of Clovis because the state has determined the funds would be misused if they paid for construction at a Clovis baseball field. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration has determined Clovis cannot be reimbursed […]

U.S. needs to explore alternatives to war

Letter to the Editor Jimmy Carter said, “The existence of war is incompatible with our basic needs as human beings — stable homes, food, health care, a life free from fear and persecution.” Most of the world agrees. For modern technological society, war is obsolete. Because we are as hard-wired for conflict as we are […]

Surviving in a world of silence

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Jerrdan Jones, 17, of Portales, watches his mother, Darynda Jones, use sign language as she talks. Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Only the loudest sounds penetrate Jerrdan Jones’ world — the rumble of a lawn mower, the rush of a subway train, the buzz of a chain saw and, occasionally, […]

Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]

School to feature colorful language

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCarlos Callejo mixes paint for a mural at La Casita Elementary. Callejo worked on the mural for four weeks. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer He prepares for a morning of work by ridding himself of the remnants of yesterday — thick globs of acrylic paint that have dried on his […]

Language doesn’t require legislation

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist For its next trick, maybe the Senate will pass a law regulating the flight patterns of houseflies. That would be about as effective as something senators passed Thursday. The measure, an amendment to the immigration bill under debate, designates English the “national language” of these United States. Of course, that […]

Bilingual teachers in short supply

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Clovis High School bilingual language teacher Ron Elguera directs a rehearsal Wednesday at the high school. The Spanish for Spanish speakers class is working on three skits to be performed at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stint as a student teacher is a necessary step on the […]

La Casita fully integrating dual-language program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Endearingly named “the little house” in Spanish, the brick school on the eastern side of Clovis already exudes culture: Flamenco dancers trained at the school twirl in colorful attire at civic events; Spanish words decorate hallways and classrooms, and Spanish food is exchanged between staff, parents and students regularly. […]

Video ratings consider sex, violence and language

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Tyler White, 13 of Clovis plays “Perfect Dark Zero” on Wednesday at Cyber City. The game is rated mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. White says his parents observe him playing video games. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The small screen displays a life-like animation of a senior citizen, […]

Cannon mission team formed

Staff and wire reports An eight-member Air Force team will visit Cannon Air Force Base next week to begin evaluating possible new missions for the base, officials said on Tuesday. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission rejected the Pentagon’s proposal in August to close the base, opting instead to keep it open temporarily. Cannon’s three […]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated Press Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense […]

Prof was right: Computers not passing fad

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “In 25 years, you will get your morning news from a computer,” proclaimed my journalism professor in 1977. “You will also need to know Chinese because that will be the predominant language of the world.” I thought he was full of it. Those were the days when computer monitors showed […]

Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

6/12 Letters to the editor

Troops at Okinawa should come home An article in Monday’s CNJ reported how Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is meeting with Japanese officials to discuss the deployment of U.S. forces in Japan. As the article pointed out, the Japanese are concerned with, among other things, the continued presence of U.S. forces on the island of Okinawa […]

Late-learning Spanish not easy as ABC

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

‘McWorld’ taking over across planet

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. WARSAW, Poland — Allen Iverson is looking down on me. The tour bus is rolling along a busy street here in the Polish capital when suddenly there’s the Philadelphia 76ers star, staring with attitude from an athletic shoe ad on the side of a skyscraper. Welcome to the United States of […]

Spanish speaking skills lost in translation

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist There’s a joke I heard from some educator-types: What do you call a person who knows a few languages? Multilingual. How about someone who knows two languages? Bilingual. And someone who knows one language? American. For one reason or another, I’ve tried to learn foreign languages. My first experience with […]