Parents cautious when shopping for toys

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MCT photo: Bill Hogan Thomas & Friends tops were recalled in August. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Crumpled list in hand, Annette McCall warily eyed the shelves of brightly-colored toys Saturday morning. Inches away, McCall’s 15-month-old daughter, Tara, sat happily chewing on a plastic set of keys. “I’m kinda scared to even buy her […]

Education Feature: Freshmen’s grades improve

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Sharp, 14, studies Wednesday during class at Clovis High School’s Freshman Campus. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Teresa Rodriguez said a teaming concept in place at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus would have helped her when she was in school. Rodriguez said she wasn’t the best student. […]

Clear boundaries not slavery but freedom

By Judy Brandon I must be very naïve. If most of the people live like the dysfunctional guests on daytime televisions talk shows, then I am really not in touch with how most of America thinks and lives. The strange is has become the norm on these shows. The live audiences on these various shows […]

Parents on their own often

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CNJ staff photo illustration: Liliana Castillo Some of the hardships single parents face are difficulties pursuing higher education, finding and keeping jobs and locating stable but affordable child care, officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost half the babies born in Curry and Roosevelt counties in 2006 were to unwed mothers and the […]

County teen birth rate declines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Babies born to Curry County young teens in 2006 dropped 18 percent, according to statistics recently released by the New Mexico Department of Health. In Roosevelt County, the number increased 43 percent, statistics show. In 2006, 51 babies were born to Curry County teens 17 years old and under, […]

Letters to the Editor: Foundations control most of America

While listening to “Meet the Press” on TV, someone suggested a “must read” book for all of us. It is titled, “Foundations of Betrayal” by Phil Kent. It’s about large foundations giving large sums of money to colleges and others and then manipulating them. They are buying, selling and betraying America. They are referred to […]

Education Feature: Schools stress parents’ input

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools officials said there are a few things to remember when the first report cards of the year are issued next Thursday. They said parents should understand the importance of being involved in their child’s education and know there are programs available to help struggling students. “Let […]

Team helps youths find right paths

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis High School cheerleader Ashley Southard and football player Isaac Edwards give high fives to Sandia Elementary students Wednesday following a presentation on staying in school. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The newly formed Curry County Youth Resources Team is taking a holistic approach to addressing youth problems. Comprised […]

Education Feature: Tutors advise college-bound Hispanic pupils

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Luis Campoz of Clovis tutors Olivia Wilson, a Clovis junior, in geometry Wednesday at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center after school. Campoz has tutored for three years with the Engaging Latino Communities in Education program. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Alexandra Garcia was working through a math problem, but the […]

Memorials don’t have to be about death

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Navajo author Luci Tapahonso wrote about a Native American family who was traveling on the deserted dirt road between Oak Springs, Ariz., and Shiprock many years ago. The family of three was traveling on horseback through this deserted area. On the way, the couple’s baby girl became sick. So far […]

Senior balks at traditional celebration

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Here’s the dilemma: I envision a nice dinner and dance on commencement night for my daughter and niece who graduate from Portales High School in May. My daughter envisions a night of going to other people’s parties. High school graduation may seem far away, but it’s not, and already, I […]

School data posted on Web

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As the first day of school draws near, school Web sites have information for parents to get their children ready for school. Parents can find registration dates, opening days, lunch menus, schedule pickup times and other events listed. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said school closures because of […]

True lessons come after school ends

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Know what I hate about back to school? The superficial commercials that try to make school seem so cool and hip by showing kids rapping and dancing in the latest fashions. You have to have the right shoes, the right look, the right gadget, IPod, IPhone, laptop and designer shirts […]

Health fair covers broad range

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson While her 3-year-old son Leonardo looks on, Nadia Martinez, top right, gets a lesson from Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department on installing an infant child seat for her 3-month-old child Ibana during Wednesday’s Cameo Health Fair. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Fingerprinting, immunizations, search-and-rescue dogs, fire safety, hygiene, […]

Aug. 22, 1944

Pfc. Bill Patton arrived in Clovis to spend a 20-day furlough with his parents Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Patton. … Mrs. G.Z. McKee of Clovis testified for the government in the trial in federal court at Santa Fe against C.T. Rice, on charges of mail fraud and securities act violations. … Perfection Bakery, 118 E. […]

School time nears

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Wednesday not only marked the beginning of the month, but the beginning of back-to-school training for 11-year-old Christian Smith of Portales. That means no more late movie nights and lights out at 8:30 p.m. With only a little more than a week before area school bells ring, school counselors and […]

Parents best bet in censoring kids’ video games

By Freedom Newspapers It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. And it’s on the way. “Grand Theft Auto IV,” the latest in arguably the most offensive, raunchy and controversial video-games series of all time, heads to stores this October. It’ll likely be rated M for mature, meaning no one under 17 should probably be in the same […]

Parents must answer for students’ absences

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross examines a truancy file on a local junior high school. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It will take five unexcused absences to get Junior on the radar. Ten will have Mom and Dad meeting with Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross and others in law enforcement. […]

Teen posts fight film on MySpace

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A fight between two Clovis teens in May that was filmed and posted online to MySpace has law enforcement and school officials concerned. However, posting such a video is not against the law or school rules. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it (in Clovis), but I’ve […]

Muleshoe man 17th Texas inmate executed in 2007

By Michael Graczyk: The Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A Muleshoe man who stalked his ex-girlfriend after their breakup was executed Thursday for raping, strangling and using a claw hammer to fatally beat the woman. Gilberto Reyes had no witnesses on his side of the death chamber. He never looked at the parents or other […]