Education column: Schools have variety of assistance programs

We share a lot of what takes place in our classrooms, but you may not be aware of all the available extras offered throughout the district. For example, there’s the 21st Century After School Program for elementary students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week at multiple school sites, which include the […]

Christmas dinner takes year of planning

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Joe Garcia, co-owner of El Rancho Restaurant, places a pan in the buffet bar in preparation for the free Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. Clarence Plank The Garcia family starts planning a year in advance for the annual free Christmas dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Co-owner Joe Garcia said every […]

Mullen ready to repeal gay policy

The long-awaited study on gays in the military serving openly not only takes the pulse of the force on the issue — concluding change can occur with little risk to readiness — but also details how it will work in practice. Will service members with same-sex partners qualify for the higher “with dependents” housing allowance […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

La Cueva escapes with 21-14 win

After being held in check most of the second half, Ronnie Daniels got loose when it counted, scooting 22 yards for the game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game as La Cueva sidestepped Clovis’ upset bid 21-14. Trailing 14-0 af halftime in the Class 5A state quarterfinal contest, 10th-seed Clovis (5-7) […]

Dodge takes District 63 House seat

Kevin Wilson New Mexico’s 63rd House District will stay in the hands of a Santa Rosa businessman. George Dodge Jr. claimed the victory Tuesday night. He will replace Santa Rosa Mayor Joe Campos, who gave up the seat in an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor. A Democrat, Dodge won with 2,623 votes to 2,193 for […]

Clovis beats Alamogordo 40-0 for Roanhaus’ 300th win

Eric Ronahaus’ 300th coaching career win at Clovis was much like his first 299. A powerful running game, a few passes and stout defense. Roanhaus is third all-time in footbal wins behind Jim Braley (310) and Bill Gentry (305). Quran Wiggins and Juan Rivas ran for two touchdowns each as the Wildcats beat visiting Alamogordo […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Texico graduate takes stand against smoking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico graduate Jennifer Campos worked in tobacco prevention during the last three years by giving bilingual presentations about the harms of smoking cigarettes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Texico 2010 graduate Jennifer Campos looks back on her freshman year of high school and feels regret. “I’ve always like the […]