Politics can’t fix plague of problems

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Blacks and Hispanics, especially blacks, are the most politically loyal people in the nation. It’s often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let’s look at it. In 1940, poverty among black […]

Parkview teacher believes state education testing unfair

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLisa Gershon teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She said teaching special education enables her to become more involved with her students. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lisa Gershon has taught special education at Parkview Elementary School for six years. A Clovis native, Gershon follows in the footsteps of […]

Rain replenishing Conchas Lake

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers Fueled by monsoon rains, the water level at Conchas Lake is the highest it’s been in at least five years, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With higher water levels, more water will be available to irrigate farm and ranch operations south of the dam as […]

Officials aim to take CCC to next level

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJohn Neibling talks with Mary Caffey (left) after he is introduced as the new president of Clovis Community College on Tuesday. Caffey worked with Neibling at San Juan College for about two years. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer From the vantage point of its newly appointed president, Clovis Community College […]

Lady Cats begin rebuilding process

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Clovis High’s Jasmine McDonald dives for a loose ball during a summer league basketball game against Friona on Tuesday at Texico. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After three consecutive runs deep into the Class 5A state tournament, including a championship in 2005, Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters […]

Zias’ coach taking measured approach to job

CNJ staff PORTALES — Linden Weese is going slowly in his new job as Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball coach. The longtime assistant to Marsha Sharp at Texas Tech admits he’s still trying to sort things out a bit at the Division II and Lone Star Conference level. “I think we’ve had a good […]

Six Cats may sign to play college football

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Devin Sweet would like to carry on a family tradition. The Clovis High senior plans to follow his uncle, father and brother to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales to play football. Sweet, the Wildcats’ quarterback and free safety during a 12-2 season that ended with a loss to […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

Cannon honored for excellence

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base was honored as the top base among Air Combat Command installations for the second straight year, according to an Air Force press release. Cannon was named as the command-level winner of the 2006 Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Award on Friday in a ceremony at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]

Clinic helps child, mother see world

By Kay Arvizu My grandson Seth Simmons had a hard time learning to read. Therefore, he had a hard time learning everything else. His mother Tonda Simmons, having struggled all through school before discovering she had dyslexia, kept suggesting her son might also have this disability. Both his mother and father asked for help from […]

Curry County Literacy Coalition off and reading

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A grant from the New Mexico Literacy Coalition is funding a new organization in Clovis — the Curry County Literacy Coalition. The coalition, which received the grant last week, will be headed by Clovis resident Terri Tafoya who has volunteered with the adult literacy program at Clovis Community College. […]

Smoke on the Water still in need of funding

STAFF REPORTS Less than three weeks from the annual Smoke on the Water fireworks show, coordinator Tom Martin said about 60 percent of the needed funds have been donated. Martin said about $12,000 in donations have come in for the show, which costs about $20,000. “Being at that $20,000 level … allows us to have […]

Swimming coach has lofty goals

By Dave Wagner Vincent DeMaio hopes to take the Clovis High girls swimming program to the next level. A Clovis native and longtime area resident, DeMaio has been chosen to coach the program in its third season next winter. A farmer and rancher, he was hired as a contract coach. DeMaio said Clovis has the […]

Cannon maintainers win top Air Force award

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Air Force Headquarters announced Thursday afternoon that the maintenance group at Cannon Air Force Base has been named the best in the Air Force for the year 2003. The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group includes a number of different units responsible for repairing airplanes and keeping them ready to fly. “I am […]

Umpiring good call for ex-players

By Dave Wagner While baseball umpires often take a lot of grief, most are in it for the love of the game. Former area high school players Wes Hatley and Ricardo Anaya said they’ve used umpiring as a means to stay close to the sport. No one does it to get rich. Anaya, 25, said […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]

Blue jeans are not the issue; it’s control

Letters to the Editor As one of the silent six in the audience at last week’s school board meeting, I feel compelled to reply to the article published in Thursday’s News Journal. First, I commend Ryan Lengerich for accurately reporting what occurred at the meeting. As the education reporter he has done an excellent job […]

Board: Raise Ute Lake’s lowest level

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly […]

Soutwestern governors can help Mexican economy

Freedom Newspapers To grow and create jobs, business needs government to be reasonable. Gov. Bill Richardson and other governors in the Southwestern United States can help our neighbors in Mexico understand that concept when they attend the Border Governors Conference scheduled Aug. 9-10 in Santa Fe. The conference involves the governors of the states on […]