Family of shooting victim hope to change youth sentencing law

Sharna Johnson The family of an Eastern New Mexico University student fatally shot by a 13-year-old neighbor say they plan to try to change the laws for youthful offenders in memory of Angel Vale. Convicted of her murder, D’Angelo Montoya was sentenced June 6 to the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Division […]

Math camp organizers hope to foster student interest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Vargas, 11, counts the number of items he placed in an egg carton as an example of how fractions work Wednesday at Marshall Middle School’s Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Carman Richard had trouble getting her daughter Joy Richard to read until she found a story that […]

Reader-submitted content: ENMU student heading Joplin donation effort

Lawrence Baker, an Eastern New Mexico University senior communications student from Portales and Dumas, Texas, is spearheading an effort to donate goods to the children impacted by the devastating tornado that decimated Joplin, Mo. Baker lived near Joplin, Mo., for a few years. While watching the news he was shocked “to just see everything gone. […]

Education digest — May 19

Mesa student chosen for composing contest Mesa Elementary student Skyler Boone has been chosen as a composer for the Hey, Mozart! New Mexico 2011 contest, according to a news release. Boone, along with 15 other New Mexico students, was chosen out of 222 entries. Hey, Mozart! New Mexico is a creative and collaborative intergenerational music-making […]

CCC student speaker plans on nursing career

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File photo The CCC Spring Commencement is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Clovis Civic Center. Liliana Castillo About 150 students will graduate Friday from Clovis Community College. Of those, 101 will graduate with a diploma and 55 will be awarded a certificate. Clovis resident Kristie Hawk, 20, was chosen as the student speaker. […]

Former Dora coach charged with sexual contact with student

Freedom New Mexico A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while […]

ACLU backs formation of Gay-Straight Alliance club

Kevin Wilson With the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education set to meet today to review its student group policy, the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building to review board policy that sets parameters for student clubs. Discussion on the […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]

School administration to review student group policy

Liliana Castillo Clovis schools administration has halted all student organization meetings at the high school while they review two board policies that govern student groups. One policy dictates who can approve the creation of a club and one which chooses between allowing curricular and non-curricular clubs or only curricular clubs. For example, French Club is […]

Weekly update —

Boy arrested after reported shooting A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after school administrators reported he shot another student in the eye with an air-gun at Marshall Middle School. Police were called to Marshall at 9 a.m. on a report a student had shot another student with an Airsoft pistol. School officials told an officer […]