School board revamping newspaper policy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Future editors of the student newspaper at Clovis High School won’t face prior review of their articles by the school principal and students will be allowed to produce “an underground student press” if a proposed policy is approved. The new policy — which calls for prescribed time and place distribution rules […]

County turns to legal jargon for defense

Clovis’ public schools, the city of Clovis and Clovis Community College have all taken action in recent weeks that shows they’re beginning to understand the importance of open government. We wish we could say the same for Curry County where County Manager Geneva Cooper, attorney Steve Doerr and county commissioners are still fighting hard to […]

County officials ask for dismissal of CNJ lawsuit

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Curry County officials have filed two motions asking the court to dismiss the Clovis News Journal’s lawsuit against the county. The motions claim procedural errors were made when the newspaper asked for information about county employees’ wages and benefits. News Journal attorney Max Best said the issues covered in […]

Griego, Daniel

Daniel Griego Services: Have been held. Daniel D. “Chief” Griego, 58, of Santa Rosa, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 10, 1946, in Santa Rosa, to Felix P. and Amalia Duran Griego. He got into the newspaper business and spanned his career for over 27 years. He was […]

Readers split on restricted student paper

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis school administrators reviewing stories in the high school newspaper prior to publication. Some responses: “All publications are subject to review by someone. The whole purpose is to prevent errors, statements that could be libelous, etc. The student journalists need to realize that even […]

Closing newspaper in Iraq hypocritical

Freedom Newspapers Let us dispense with all the high-falutin’ talk about assuring democracy and freedom of speech in Iraq. U.S. forces recently took control of a newspaper office in Baghdad, padlocked the doors and sent the editors packing. Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer signed the order, which, according to The New York Times, “cited what the […]

Award-winning teacher says newspapers are great instructional tool

By Ryan Lengerich Cameo Elementary third-grade teacher Mary Finifrock de Parez remembers when as a little girl her dad taught her to read the newspaper. “I wanted my students to have the same joy,” she said. “I’ve had a grandmother tell me she wanted to thank me for letting her granddaughter read the newspaper.” Finifrock […]

County’s change of heart is encouraging

David Stevens Welcome to the new Curry County, where government officials say they have nothing to hide. We’ve heard the words before. Now those words have been backed up with some action in the past 10 days. Last month, the Clovis News Journal requested salary records from Clovis’ public schools, Clovis Community College, the city […]

County releases salary records

By Jack King Curry County officials on Friday supplied employee salary and benefits information as requested by the Clovis News Journal — but the paper’s officials said Monday their dispute is not over. The newspaper last week sued the county for release of the salary information, contending it is public record. County Attorney Stephen Doerr […]

Straight answers about CNJ’s lawsuit against Curry County

Freedom Newspapers Some Curry County public servants are twisting the law to prevent daylight from shining on public records. The Clovis News Journal sued Curry County last week over the refusal of its attorney to release pay information on county workers. We had asked the county for names of employees, their positions, their annual salaries […]