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 […]

Clovis schools to appeal probationary status

Gary Mitchell Clovis school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Bella Vista Elementary. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings for districts to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a […]

Proposal could legalize carports under P&Z plan

By Darrell Todd Maurina About 90 percent of the 165 carports violating Clovis zoning ordinances could be legalized under a proposal discussed Monday night by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Under the proposal, owners of pre-manufactured, portable and flat-roof carports that don’t meet city standards would be allowed to apply for rezoning that would […]