Dorm inspections more than just military tradition

Master Sgt. John Skaggs For some dorm residents, it is an inconvenience and annoyance when the first sergeant inspects dorms. Some may ask, “Why does it matter if I have candles in my room or if my bed is not made or if my floor has become a dustball ranch?” They may argue that their […]

Domenici shopping for compromise

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist So I wrote this column about lap dancing and how a couple of young guys ran up a $2,500 bill in one night at the Fantasy Club in Albuquerque and how that isn’t very fair and how Sen. Pete Domenici ought to do something about the soaring price of lap […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

All Airmen responsible for upholding, enforcing AF standards

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Have you ever seen an Airman standing in line with their hands in their pockets while in uniform? Have you ever been at the Dining Facility and noticed someone with their battle dress uniform shirt off while eating lunch? Have you ever heard someone’s car radio from clear across the parking […]

Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry

Freedom Newspapers Some pointless ideas die hard, which is an accurate description of the fuel economy standards the federal government imposes on automakers. The Bush administration, although allegedly in favor of freer markets, announced new standards this week that will require higher gas mileage ratings for the light trucks that dominate U.S. roads. The standards […]

Seven Clovis schools fail to meet federal proficiency standards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER Seven schools in the Clovis Municipal School District failed to meet federally designated 2005 proficiency levels for student performance, or “adequate yearly progress,” according to information released Monday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Therefore, the district as a whole failed to meet proficiency standards federally mandated by […]

Commitment must be all the way

Master Sgt. Victoria Petit 27TH COMPTROLLER SQUADRON FIRST SERGEANT Early in my career, I had a chief master sergeant tell me the following, “be all that you can be.” Does that sound familiar? We are all well aware that each service prides itself on their “catchy” slogans. Although partial to the Air Force’s earlier slogan […]

License laws unnecessary legal throwback

Freedom Newspapers The sentence seemed a bit outsized for the crime. Federal Judge David O. Carter sentenced Harold David Goldstein on Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for fraud and perjury charges for running a legal firm without a license. “I lied about being a lawyer, but other than the lie, everything else […]

Board addresses test issues

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis school board officials expressed reservations Tuesday about whether state tests that measure yearly progress are fair. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton delivered a presentation outlining why the district and six schools were rated as not meeting “adequate yearly progress.” Three of those school, Gattis Junior High, La […]

More Clovis schools lagging behind standards

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Three additional Clovis schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards for the 2003-2004 school year, according to a recently released amended report from the New Mexico Public Education Department. The discrepancy occurred when the education department incorrectly calculated results of tests taken in the spring of 2004, school […]

School district set for change after losing superintendent

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer When former Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall accepted a position as president at North Central Missouri College, he set the district up for sweeping changes in 2005. Applications to fill Nuttall’s vacancy permanently will be accepted beginning Jan. 3. A 60-day state legislative session begins in January. School board […]

State school ratings leave Clovis scoring well

By Mike Linn and Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff Fourteen of 17 Clovis schools met the state’s standards for performance and participation, according to ratings released Monday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Clovis High School, Cameo Elementary and Marshall Junior High School failed to meet the department’s yearly progress standards. Cameo failed to meet […]

Educator: New tests rejuvenate the state

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Local and state school officials admit the state-mandated testing system has had its fair share of critics, among them superintendents, teachers and parents. But school officials believe the number of people who attack the state’s measurement of knowledge will diminish in the upcoming year with a set of standards-based […]

Jackson’s breast bearing leads to FCC power grab

Editorial Whether it was an innocent wardrobe malfunction or a preplanned stunt, the infamous baring of Janet Jackson’s breast at the Super Bowl in January must make members of the Federal Communications Commission quietly give thanks from time to time. The incident has given the agency virtually free rein to impose the kind of censorship […]

Lack of state standards both a blessing and curse for county’s jail

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A detention center inmates shirt hangs from the door as other inmates play basketballFriday at the jail. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When it comes to jail standards, state law allows New Mexico’s 33 counties to do pretty much whatever they want as long as jail practices don’t […]

Growing up in Clovis defined city man

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series of stories told by Jack Winton and Engle Southard (Clovis High School class of 1951). The interviews were conducted a couple of months ago. “One of the jobs I had was at Piggly Wiggly while going to school,” said Engle Southard. “That’s where […]

To rewrite Bible is to spread deception

By Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (CNJ Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — […]

Local elementary school off probation

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis schools Superinten-dent Neil Nuttall was pleased to learn Wednesday evening the district had succeeded in its Oct. 3 appeal of a decision to place Bella Vista Elementary on probation. In a press release sent to media organizations, the New Mexico Public Education Department reported that seven schools from five districts […]

There are absolutes in ethics and politics

Tibor Machan In a free society where citizens have many different faiths – in the United States there are now about 2,500 religions – one might think no common standards of right and wrong, either in ethics or in politics, can be identified. But this is wrong. The basis of common standards of right and […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

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Fitness assessment monitor Pat Friday demonstrates the ergonomic cycle fitness test at Cannon Air Force Base’s Health and Wellness Center while Capt. Mila French and fitness program manager Evan Spencer observe. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical […]