Officials speak at final ceremony before wall moves on

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School AFJROTC cadet Ryan Telles-Hinch presents arms at Tuesday afternoon’s closing ceremony for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute at the Clovis High School campus. By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Each of several speakers during Tuesday’s final ceremony of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute at Clovis High School […]

Life’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Religion digest: Former Muslim will speak on conversion

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Theologian Emir Caner will speak about his conversion from Muslim to Christianity on Sunday at the First Baptist Church at Grand Avenue and Gidding Street in Clovis. Caner will speak at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the services are open to the public. Raised as a […]

Meetings Watch: New Mexico Environment Department

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: New Mexico Environment Department will host an informal community meeting in Clovis concerning the air permit for the proposed ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., today Where: Bella Vista Elementary School, 2900 Cesar Chavez St. Who: NMED representatives will speak for 20 minutes followed by representatives […]

Ex-death row inmate speaks in Portales

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder in 1983, former death row inmate Juan Melendez is devoting his time to speaking out about abolishing the death penalty. “I survived. I’ve always been a survivor,” Melendez, 55, said Wednesday as he related to a small audience at Eastern New Mexico University the circumstances […]

Emotions fill courtroom at sentencing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A mother’s loud wails and sobs pierced a Clovis courtroom on Thursday as a prosecuting attorney recounted the September killing of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. The boy was shot in the head as he slept in his bed next to his older brother, Ruben. Seated beside Carlos’ mother Lupe Perez, […]

10/11 Local Roundup

Staff reports Woman’s identity remains unclear Clovis police are still working to identify a woman found Friday in an alley in the 3100 block of Ross St., according to Capt. Ron Hutchison of the Clovis Police Department. The police have not received any calls that could shed light on the woman’s identity, Hutchinson said. She […]

Choosing battles important life lesson

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]

Late-learning Spanish not easy as ABC

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Dual Language Program promotes proficiency in both Spanish and English

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La Casita second grader Sigrid Viera reads from her text book during science class Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis. Ten years ago it would be hard to find a student speaking Spanish in the classroom. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink […]

View from under the pew

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the keyboard letters, and he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. The fruit peddler boss there s a little farmer earthworm here named ernie who raises veggies and fruit on the […]

GOP needs to let filibuster continue as designed

Freedom Newspapers Jimmy Stewart fans will probably remember the moment in the classic movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” where Stewart’s title character explains, “Now, I had some pretty good coaching last night, and I find that if I yield only for a question or a point of order or a personal privilege, that I […]

Classless society a misnomer

Clyde Davis, columnist The roomful of people is busily engaged in discussing the subject of cultural diversity. This is not just from an ethnic viewpoint, but a class viewpoint as well. How is that possible, you ask, as we live in a classless society? Well, we really don’t. We just have the freedom, at least […]