N.M. academic achievement gap old problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Voter turnout second lowest of at-large mayoral races

CNJ staff Voter turnout for the Clovis municipal election was about double the amount for the 2010, non-mayoral race. But the 27.5 percent turnout was the second-lowest turnout, percentage-wise, of the five elections that have featured an at-large mayoral race. The highest turnout came in 1996, the first year the city elected a mayor at-large. […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Doll making featured on show

Information on making sculpted dolls, creating large craft items and cooking turkey will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and doll maker Terese Cato says all of the doll bodies she makes are made with Kona Cotton fabric. She’ll also show some ideas for dressing the […]

Reader-submitted content: Local requests return of mementos

Dolores and Quinton Hardy On Thursday April 21st we were victims of a break-in and property was stolen. What was stolen was a large piece of furniture, a cherry wood highboy. This piece of furniture was very large and awkward to move, along with this cabinet the entire contents were also taken. Many of the […]

Food Bank meets money match for refrigeration space

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico volunteer Teresa Wilcock of Texico sorts through food donated in a drive over the weekend. The food bank raised $135,000 in little over a month to match another $135,000 from an anonymous donor to expand their refrigerator and freezer space. Liliana Castillo Small individual […]

Rebuilding after disaster homeowners’ responsibility

Freedom Newspapers News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people […]

Cannon opens door to community

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Tyson Light, 10, plays with a gun on the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Saturday during Cannon Air Force Base’s open house. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Air Force participants and attendees to the 27th Special Operations Wing open house Saturday felt interaction between the base and surrounding communities was […]

Dumping animals in county can incur citations, fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Some are dropped off by folks hoping a kind farmer will take them in. Some are strays that have wandered. Others are pets allowed to roam freely. Whatever the reason, animals running at large in rural Curry County are an issue the Curry County Sheriff’s Office deals with on […]

Teen seriously injured leaving scene of party, police say

CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are investigating separate crashes involving a police officer and a Clovis teen police say stem from a large party early Sunday morning. The 18-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Lubbock hospital, where police say he was in stable condition Monday. Officer Jason Blankenship received minor injuries, state police […]

AgSense: Reduced inputs critical to silage production systems

By Mark Marsalis: New Mexico State University extension agronomist Silage systems are a staple for providing large quantities of highly nutritious feed for dairy cattle in the region. Unfortunately, these systems require large amounts of inputs to be productive enough to meet the demands of the large numbers of cows that exist in our area. […]

Convicted killer Edward Salas remains at large

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File photo Edward Salas, 25, was convicted in 2008 of killing 10-year-old Carlos Perez and has avoided capture for a year since escaping from the jail. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A year has passed since Edward Salas slipped through the roof of the jail with seven others and was secreted away in the […]

Air Force exercise alarms residents

Freedom New Mexico A large prop plane that circled Tucumcari for about a half hour Tuesday night

Pastor was quick to condemn

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s […]

Automated milking business opening in Portales

Freedom New Mexico Automated Dairy Systems Inc. of Jerome, Idaho, is opening their first southwestern facility in Portales. The announcement was made Friday by the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. ADS designs, installs and services several leading brands of automated milking parlor systems for large western dairies, and provides specialized milking system and animal hygiene […]

Radio programs had large following

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Officials brace for fire season

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Firefighters and emergency management teams across eastern New Mexico are preparing for a disaster many believe is just one careless mistake away. All ingredients are in place in eastern and northern New Mexico for an active and potentially dangerous wildfire season, fire officials said. “You just have to drive […]

President enacts Bingaman-authored public lands and water package

President Barack Obama today signed into law a major water and public lands package written in large part by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

Senate committee considers Bingman bill aimed at reducing water consumption in energy production

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today considered legislation U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman wrote to highlight the relationship between energy and water, and to us each resource more efficiently. Bingaman pointed out that large amounts of water are used in the generation of electricity.