KENW exploring Spanish broadcast channel

Freedom New Mexico Portales based KENW-TV is exploring the possibilities of broadcasting a third standard definition channel in Spanish in the next few years. “We have been in discussions with veme.tv to broadcast their satellite programing to our area,” said KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan. Ryan said adding the Spanish channel to the KENW […]

Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Portales historian honored

By Ruth Burns: FNM correspondent Rose Powers White has been chosen to be honored by a historic marker for her tireless dedication to preserving the history of the early days on the plains of Eastern New Mexico. Rosalie Pierce Powers was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1894 to Neville and Stephen Powers. She […]

Local Spanish band recognized

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Group Cielo, a local band, was recognized by the New Mexico Latin Music Academy for their song “A Puros Tragos” in November. Freedom New Mexico When Paul Cordova began performing with a few family members and friends at church carnivals in 2003, he had no idea his band would be […]

Names, pronounciations matter

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Columnist I don’t just miss a familiar face, but a familiar name on the nightly news in New Mexico. Up until November, I looked forward to the nightly KOB-TV news with Tom Joles and Carla Aragón. Please note the accent over the “o.” Every evening, it created a sense of Hispanic […]

Springs part of Portales’ history

By Ruth White Burns: Special to the CNJ Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles, to run the next two Sundays, describing the importance of Portales Springs in eastern New Mexico history. Why does a town on the Eastern Plains of New Mexico, far from the Rio Grande and its Hispanic settlements, have […]

Aug. 11, 1966

R.C. Davidson, Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, was a guest speaker at a meeting of the Curry County Federation of Republican women, said Mrs. Hoyt Pattison, club president. … Poor Boys Butcher Shop, located at 801 Prince St., offered a variety of meats and prices. … A meeting held at Our Lady […]

Education Feature: Sew-ful studies

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Saida P. Guidero, right, owner of Saida’s Designs, gives student Daisy Negrete of Clovis guidance on her first day at fashion design school. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Saida Guidero moved to Clovis from California three months ago to be closer to family members and to open a custom-clothing […]

Letters to the Editor: Non-English speakers still contribute

In answer to comments made by Glenda Bly (“Richardson’s Spanish debate angers American voter”) in last Sunday’s CNJ, I would like to tell a story about my grandparents. Guadalupe and Ignacita Martinez (both American citizens), were born and raised here in New Mexico. My grandmother was deaf and my grandfather was seriously hearing impaired, but […]

Governor agrees to debate in Spanish

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Democratic presidential hopefuls Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd have agreed to participate in a candidate debate in September that’s to be conducted in Spanish. The news was met with a favorable response by two area residents who have strong ties to the Hispanic community. “I think it’s a […]

Education Feature: Classes bridge language barrier

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English as a Second Language instructor Stefanie Jose, right, teaches Susana Loya at Clovis Community College, where more than 400 students are enrolled in the classes. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Interpreting is a way of life for Isabel Villarreal. Born in the United States to Mexican immigrants, the […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Speller will represent Clovis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Accent marks were just as important as letters in this spelling bee. GUILLE VILLALOBOS outshone the competition Feb. 10 at the Clovis Schools Spanish spelling bee when he correctly placed the accent over the first ‘a’ in lampara (lamp in English). THE GATTIS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL seventh-grader spelled impuesto […]

Ag Expo going bilingual

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Ag Expo is going bilingual. A three-hour dairy seminar presented in Spanish will focus on presenting information to dairy managers and workers as part of the first day of the 15th annual Expo Feb. 27-28 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The seminar features three presentations that will […]

Musician’s fame didn’t eclipse Spanish heritage

By Freedom Newspapers David Letterman once called his one of the greatest voices in all of music. Baldemar Huerta, known worldwide as Freddy Fender, rose from the humble beginnings of a migrant worker to the summit of fame in the mainstream music industry — and he did it three times. And although he changed his […]

Education feature: Foreign exchange of ideas

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Juan Navarro teaches science at Marshall Junior High. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dan Summers: CNJ Correspondent When Juan Navarro was a child, he wanted to be an artist like his father, the Spanish painter and sculptor Vicente Navarro. “I could not draw or sculpt, though,” the younger Navarro said. The art world’s loss is […]

Student profiles: Brenda Banuelos

Brenda Banuelos is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Rosa Martinez and Enrique Marquez. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Being with my parents and sister for a whole day without them going to work and just hanging out. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a dog. Her name’s […]

Hispanic names need not be in Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]

Immigration solution will take compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Area students moving to state Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling […]

Students compete in annual Spanish competition

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The Muleshoe High School girls perform on Friday afternoon in the 25th annual Festival Romanico in the Campus Union Ballroom on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Tony Parra) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hundreds of high school students from eastern New Mexico and west Texas attended Friday’s 25th Annual […]