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 […]

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Field Day focuses on water

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Argen Duncan People need to know water for agriculture provides food and fiber, and Curry County is the top producer of raw agriculture products in the state, the new state secretary of agriculture said. New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte gave the keynote speech during the annual field day at the New Mexico State […]

U.S. credit downgrade long overdue

I heard it reported that Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary of the U.S., said that Standard & Poor’s made a terrible decision when it downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating. He claimed this showed that S&P didn’t understand the math that is used to figure the U.S. government’s budget. Yeah, I don’t understand the fantasy […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

Anniversaries — May 22

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Bilberry Bud and Alma Lyle Bilberry of Kenna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary 2 p.m. May 29 at the Kenna Community House. The celebration will be hosted by their children. The couple was married May 28, 1961, in Kenna. They have two children and six grandchildren. He is a rancher. She is a retired […]

Club notes — May 8

Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary The April 20 Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary executive committee meeting was called to order by President Sid Phillips by reading the Auxiliary Prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as read by Secretary Adele Breech. Peggy Jones, substitute treasurer presented the treasurer’s report. In keeping with the economy and […]

CCC ponders new leadership

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College board of trustees made no decisions to replace retiring President John Neibling during Wednesday’s board meeting. The board recessed into executive session for about 30 minutes but reconvened saying no actions were taken on the matter. Neibling announced in February that he would be retiring as of Aug. 1. […]

First person: Life with cattle

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Charlie Rogers said auction Wednesdays are the busiest, but there’s always some kind of transaction going on at the Clovis Livestock Auction. Clovis Livestock Auction president Charlie Rogers has been named to the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. Rogers, 54, an Elida native, is serving a two-year […]

Defense secretary announcing military cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by […]