Religion feature: Program focuses on learning scripture

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Aubrey Barragan, 4, enjoys game time after attending a Faithful Bible Investigators lesson at High Plains Baptist Church, according to Barragan’s mother, Rachel Barragan. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is a continuing series on church outreach programs in the Clovis area. Betty Winn has invited schoolmates and friends to her […]

Learning to grow important

“If I were a roadmap, I’d have side routes and detours marked all over my surface. If I were a drama, I’d be in the middle of a rewrite. If I were a novel, I’d be under revision. If I were a house, I’d be under renovation. If I were a piece of jewelry, I’d […]

God should be part of our learning life

My how change takes place. Someone said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” That is so true. No one brings this to my mind like my sister Susie, who collects old things. Susie collects old books and things such as catalogues. When I go and visit her in Minnesota, I really enjoy browsing […]

Social promotion hinders learning

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Gov. Martinez’ initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

Bars included in Portales Sunday liquor sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Dawg Houze bartender Jennifer Kirby pours a rum and coke Thursday afternoon at the bar. Owner Chad Heflin said Sunday liquor sales were three times what he anticipated them to be in the bar’s first two Sundays open. Alisa Boswell Portales city councilors are unhappy after learning that Sunday liquor […]

amos the churchmouse: learning english ain t easy

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. learning english ain t easy boss you may think thatspeaking writing and learningthe english […]

Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Father Carlos Chavez, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, reads from the new translation of the Roman Missal. He received the new translation a few days ago. Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the […]

Fishing clinic teaches angling basics

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Courtesy photo Some of the 74 children who participated in the annual Oasis State Park fishing clinic Saturday watch as park personnel demonstrate how to clean some of the fish they caught. Benna Sayyed A number of Clovis and Portales children spent Saturday outdoors in Oasis State Park learning all about fishing. The park’s 21st […]

Rite of passage: the busted wing

Landon Hall For my 5-year-old daughter, a broken arm actually has been a positive learning experience. She’s learned that her body isn’t invincible — and yet it’s not fragile, either. She’s learned how the body works, and how it heals. On Aug. 2, she fell while playing hide-and-seek with the neighbor kids, smacking her elbow […]

Upward Bound focuses on hands-on learning

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Upward Bound students participated in team building and camaraderie activities in the Upward Bound Olympics Wednesday at Ned Houk Park as one of the final activities of the program’s Summer-on-Campus program. Liliana Castillo Space exploration, bridge building, crime scene analysis and lotion making were just some of the projects the […]

Letters to the editor: Inform — then send in our troops

In the language arts curriculum of major universities, there is a branch of study called cognitive linguistics. This is the field of language that trains students to transform common terms into euphemisms. All of us first became aware of this branch of learning as children when janitors became “maintenance engineers.” Politicians love this discipline. Terrorism […]

Education feature: French students expand learning with club

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo French Club Vice President Bryan Wygant, left, and President Sarafina Kwaku practice holding a conversation in French Tuesday in teacher Jennifer Kelley’s classroom. Liliana Castillo In French class at Clovis High School, students led by French teachers Diana Huey and Jennifer Kelley talked about crepes. In French club, the students […]

School construction offers hands-on learning

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The new 11,244 square foot cafeteria and pre-kindergarten at Texico Municipal Schools will be ready for use when students return from the holiday break. Liliana Castillo One Texico Municipal Schools agriculture mechanics class used construction of a new school cafeteria as a learning tool. Ag mechanics instructor Terry Whitener said […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

Clovis Christian School retooling curriculum

Liliana Castillo Middle school students at Clovis Christian School will be learning Latin next year. That’s just one small detail in a huge overhaul the school is implementing called the Middle School Academy under the leadership of Superintendent Ladona Clayton and Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour. The two put their heads together and will be changing […]

Official: Ag expo on track

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FNM correspondent photo: Karl Terry New Mexico Ag Expo committee volunteers Colton Haragan, left, and Lonnie Banister set up booth space in the Idsinga Pavilion at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The 18th annual Ag Expo runs Tuesday and Wednesday in Portales with approximately 150 vendors expected. By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Organizers of the 18th […]

‘Jingle Bell Classic’ prepares contestants for county fairs

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Courtesy photo: Karen Cone Koby Cone grooms a calf to get it ready for a show at a past Jingle Bell Classic steer jackpot. The event is scheduled for this weekend. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County is hosting a contest for 4-H members this weekend that should be a learning experience for […]

Daughter will get support needed

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist This week ‘an official evaluator’ informed me that my daughter Eva could have a learning disability related to her auditory processes and possibly including language. She then added that perhaps Eva doesn’t have a learning disability. Maybe she’s too young and we need more tests to figure out what’s going […]

Education feature: Students operating credit union

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Gunar Hawkins, Henry Martin, Maddi Turbeville, Joseph Callahan, Andrew Anaya and Cutter Burnett are six of the students who work at the student-run bank branch at Clovis High School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Freshman Academy students are learning firsthand how to run a bank. The Wildcat […]

a view from under the pew: learning english ain t easy

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. boss you may think that speaking writing and learning the english language is the most natural thing […]