ENMU Prof learns to fight fraud

Studied to become a fraud examiner Gary Mitchell PORTALES — Four years ago, Certified Public Accountant Dr. Don Morris, an associate professor of accounting at Eastern New Mexico University, had never even thought about being a fraud examiner. Now he is certified in the field. Morris, 57, recently completed the requirements and examination qualifying him […]

Government, religion don’t mix well

By Tibor Machan Alabama’s suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore has argued in television appearances that requiring him to remove the 5,300-pound monument of the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama judicial building amounts to a violation of his constitutional right to declare his faith in God. There is also the fact that other […]

Fight at high school leads to arrest

Clovis police responded to a fight Thursday afternoon at Clovis High School, arrested a 15-year-old boy for battery on school personnel, and are obtaining warrants for two others on charges of public affray. According to police reports, a large crowd of students gathered about noon to watch the fight between the 15-year-old male and the […]

On-line xeriscaping class to be offered

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Cactus is used as a means to landscape a front yard in Clovis. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez People who want to learn to xeriscape their lawns for themselves may want to head to the electronics store instead of the garden store. An on-line class at Eastern New Mexico University this fall will […]

Ethnic affairs director to be advocate, organizer

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LaTanya Lowery, director of ethnic affairs at Clovis Community College, right, helps students Marisela Rivera, 17, left, and Kim Glotzbach, 19, look for job openings. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez LaTanya Lowery describes her new role at Clovis Community College as an advocate, a resource person, a public relations officer, a student activities […]

ENMU faculty prepared for start of school

By Tony Parra Students and parents broke the stillness of the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Thursday and it carried into the weekend. Students spent the last few days moving into the dormitories and registering for classes which begin on Monday. ENMU has also added 14 new faculty members. “It’s too early to tell […]

Education focus should be coping, not hiding

By Leonard Pitts New York City school administrators begin filtering back to work next week. Students will return next month. And Harvey Milk High will become reality. That’s Harvey Milk as in the openly gay San Francisco politician who was famously murdered in 1978. Milk High, you see, is the nation’s first public school for […]

First day always includes hiccups

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Sarah Turk (left) and Stephanie Geraldsen, eighth-graders at Gattis Junior High School, laugh with Principal Manuel Molina over lunch on their first day of school. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: Monday was the first day of school for Clovis public school students. CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina spent […]

New school year, returning career

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Mary Finifrock de Perez, a third grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School, unpacks books in her classroom Friday at the school. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Mary Finifrock De Perez is a teacher who never stops learning — or, apparently, teaching. After working in the Clovis Municipal School District for 28 years as […]

Vaccines required for school

A part of getting ready for school means making sure student vaccinations are up-to-date, local health and school officials say. All students are required to provide proof of up-to-date immunization for school attendance, Clovis school officials said in a recent press release. All students entering kindergarten and seventh-grade are required to have started the three-dose […]

Eastern attracting more area freshmen

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Eastern New Mexico University recruiter Christina Gregg talks with Renee Locust, 18, of Clovis, about education opportunities at ENMU Thursday night at the Curry County Fair. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn PORTALES — Officials at Eastern New Mexico University say this year will bring a new five-year high of freshmen from the Clovis […]

Board members say school progress plan flawed

By Gary Mitchell A statewide plan to evaluate student and school district progress earned labels of “foolish” and “flawed” by Clovis School Board members Tuesday night. As part of the House Bill 212 “No Child Left Behind” Act recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) part of the legislation […]

Partnership seeks to give ENMU students discounts

By Mike Linn More Portales business owners may soon begin offering college student discounts, besides just cheap rent and weekly deals on pizza. Officials of the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU) are seeking to partner with local businesses in a project that would offer college students established discounts of 5, 10 and […]

Colleges hope for banner enrollment

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Clovis Community College student Gina Martinez fills out a class form Thursday. CCC and Wayland Baptist University campuses expect record enrollment for the upcoming school year. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Interest in higher learning is on the rise. All four area colleges anticipate higher enrollment figures for the upcoming fall semester. Officials […]

Back to school so soon?

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Sandra Beaulieu shows clothes to her daughter, Hanna Flatow, 9, both of Clovis, as the two look for back-to-school deals on Saturday at the North Plains Mall. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez Three words children most dread to hear each summer have begun flashing across TV screens and are now posted at local […]

Conceptual drawings of downtown include lofts, hotel restaurant

By Eric Butler Residential lofts, a dance nightclub, a farmer’s market with an outdoor movie screen — all within a few-block radius at the south end of Main Street? It may or may not be an accurate view of the future of downtown Clovis, but it is the vision of several graduate students at the […]

Hanson urges border patrol, assimilation

By Mona Charen SAN DIEGO — Victor Davis Hanson should be cloned so that his erudition, wisdom and humane enlightenment could illuminate every important national question. But wait, he already does address most of the pressing issues of the day. In his books, his commentaries for National Review Online and Commentary, and his television appearances, […]

CAFB volunteers build community ties through schools

By Darrell Todd Maurina The Clovis public school system receives extensive volunteer help from many parents and grandparents of students in the schools, but some of the volunteers come from a group that may not have any family connections to the community — airmen at Cannon Air Force Base. For 2nd Lt. Jay Edison of […]

Lights, camera, bidding . . .

By Janet Bresenham When the 27th annual KENW-TV Tele-Auction hits the airwaves this week, at least one group of Clovis volunteers will be helping raise money for the Public Broadcasting System station. Clovis Community College staff and students plan to man the phones Friday night as bidders call in for a variety of items up […]

Journalism workshop arrives

By Mike Linn High school students from throughout the state will come to Portales next week to learn numerous aspects related to journalism: from photography to news writing, ethics to interviewing skills. Professional journalists from across New Mexico will teach the four-day workshop at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar is sponsored by the New […]