Mesalands chooses new president

Freedom New Mexico The Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Mildred Lovato will succeed Phillip O. Barry as the next president of Mesalands Community College, effective July 1. Board Chairman J. Bronson Moore emphasized that Barry is still the acting college president. Lovato takes over July 1. Lovato has worked as vice […]

Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration shows off student work

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman Academy parent Susana Cantu, left, and her children, from left to right, Mari Cantu, Ruben Torres, Abri Cantu and Victoria Cantu spend time at the biology table Tuesday during the Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration. Teachers of each subject displayed work from their class for parents to see. Liliana Castillo Parents […]

Press release: New Mexico governor appoints two New ENMU regents

PORTALES-New Mexico governor Susana Martinez has announced two new appointments to the Board of Regents at Eastern New Mexico University. Brett Leach of Roswell will replace Pauline Ponce, also from Roswell. The new student regent is Santana Chavez of Dora, replacing Robert Wachter from Portales. Steven Gamble, ENMU president, said, “Although we at the University […]

Bill would change schools’ measure of success

Liliana Castillo A bill that would change the way student success is measured in New Mexico’s schools is headed to state legislators this session. Bill sponsor Rep. Dennis Roch, an assistant superintendent with Texico schools, said under the bill, House Bill 355, each school in the state would be rated by a letter grade, A, […]

Our people: Having a ball

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Danni Williams enjoys sports because she likes competition, meeting new people and traveling to new places. Clovis resident and Yucca student Danni Williams, 14, can always be found near a basketball game, if she’s not on the court. With two older brothers who play and a father who coaches the […]

Dec. 30 —

Liliana Castillo Clovis student wins scholarship Clovis student Cory Alexander Young won an engineering and honor scholarship from Kansas State University, according to a news release. Young was one of 8,500 Kansas State University students who have been awarded academic scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year. Scholarships totaled more than $16 million. Most of the […]

Camel helps pay student’s way through college

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Edwin Snell said he and Caesar the camel, who he took to college with him in Las Cruces, have been together 11 years. Sharna Johnson A college student would be lucky to have a wingman like Caesar. And Edwin Snell is. Caesar the camel is not only a companion after […]

Texico student elected to state 4-H position

A Texico High student was elected to the 2010-11 State 4-H Council Officer Team, chosen during the 87th annual State 4-H Conference in Las Cruces in July. Wil Hodnett of Texico was elected treasurer. Hodnett competes in livestock judging, along with showing sheep, beef and dairy heifers. Hodnett, 17, also runs track and participates in […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

Weekly update — Aug. 22

Police: No word on forensic analysis Portales police say there is still no word on the outcome of forensic analysis of evidence in the slaying of Eastern New Mexico University student Angel Vale. Portales Deputy Police Chief Lonnie Berry said the state crime lab has not released any paperwork to his department with any conclusions […]

Student facing felony charge for bringing knife to school

PNT staff report A Portales High School student accused of carrying a knife to school is facing a felony charge. According to Portales police records, officers were requested at Lindsey/Steiner Elementary around 7:55 a.m. Thursday on a complaint about an unruly student on Bus 20. According to police reports: • Officers discovered a 16-year-old female […]

ENMU close to enrollment milestone

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Courtesy photo: Wendel Sloan Eastern New Mexico University registration clerk Margaret Estrada registers senior biology major Shellisa Moreno, a Clovis resident, on Monday afternoon in the Registrar’s Office. Moreno’s children are 7-year-old Kinzie and 4-month-old Levi. ENMU President Steven Gamble expects enrollment to reach 5,000 for the first time this semester. Argen Duncan Eastern New […]

Education digest: Clovis student earns President’s Gold Scholarship

Clovis student earns President’s Gold Scholarship Tara DeWitt of Clovis was awarded the President’s Gold Scholarship by Baylor University, according to a news release. The award provides $40,000 to $58,000 for eight semesters. DeWitt is one of more than 2,700 recent high school graduates to receive scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on a combination of […]

University right to suspend student group

Officials at the University of California- Irvine have made the right decision when they recommended suspending the UCI Muslim Student Union for one year. This was for disrupting a campus speech by Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, in February. UCI’s Muslim Student Union, at the center of a number of political controversies in […]

Press release: Clovis Municipal Schools announces education foundation grant awards

The Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation awarded a total of $10,900.88 in grants on May 21st for teachers and students at three Clovis schools. The first presentation was to the Principal of Barry Elementary School, Carrie Bunce. This grant will enhance student learning at all levels and in all areas of instruction, as they will […]

Education digest: Texico student wins anti-tobacco award

Texico student wins anti-tobacco award Texico High School student Jennifer Campos won second place in the “Youth Kicking Tobacco’s Butt Youth Advocate of the Year Award” according to a news release. Twenty students were nominated. The teens are all part of the Youth Advocacy Empowerment Heroes! Coalition through the anti-tobacco groups in their schools or […]

Clovis High student arrested on child porn charges

CNJ staff A Clovis High School student was arrested Monday on charges of child exploitation and possession of child pornography. Shawn Peterson, 18, is charged with five felony counts of sexual exploitation of children and five counts of possession of child pornography, according to Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller. He is being held at the […]

Press release: Crouse, Lale, Draper and Reid selected ENMUSports.com student athletes of week

PORTALES, N.M.— The Eastern New Mexico University softball team concluded its season with a win for the fifth straight year, while the track team turned in strong performance in Abilene, Texas. The ENMUSports.com Student Athletes of the Week were Kimberly Crouse (softball), Amanda Lale (softball), Daniel Draper (men’s track & field and Nicole Reid (women’s […]

Education column: Educators deserve thanks, recognition

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Recently, I was talking to one of our principals and he shared an inspiring story with me about one of his students. It seems this student had become a runaway and a dropout. However, the school kept following up on this student and was able to get him to […]

Clovis Christian School superintendent honored

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Clayton By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School Superintendent Ladona Clayton is the outstanding education doctoral student of the year at Oral Roberts University for the 2009-2010 year. Patrick Otto, the chair of the graduate school of education at ORU, said the doctoral program began 10 years ago. Each year, one student is […]