Weekly update — June 19

Testing: Heat, low oxygen likely behind fish deaths Preliminary testing has identified high temperatures and low oxygen as probable reasons for hundreds of fish dying at Dennis Chavez Lake. Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell said a test showed temperatures are abnormally high at 78 degrees with oxygen at a low level of 1.1 milligrams […]

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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File photo Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair last year. Clovis Municipal Schools changed their instructional calendar this year so that children like Mount can focus on the fair during fair week and come to school the week after. Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties […]

Monday morning briefing: SBA testing starts, a bit of green and a U.S. nuclear disaster

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Test alert Standard Based Assessment (SBA) testing starts today at Clovis schools and continues through April 8. The school asks that you not schedule any appointments requiring your child to be away from school on these dates. The SBA is an annual test given […]

Water fair scheduled

CNJ staff A water fair is scheduled for Saturday in Clovis, offering free water testing for Curry and Roosevelt County residents using private wells. Hosted by the New Mexico Environment Department, the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roy Walker Recreation Center. Residents wishing to have their water tested free […]

Core standards could benefit all U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls have shown most people agree standardized testing helps assess students’ overall readiness and the success of the instructors who teach them. Standardized evaluations, however, require standardized curricula; you can’t measure students’ performance on the same test if they didn’t study the same — or at least similar — information. […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

Monday morning briefing: A King’s Facebook and testing, testing, testing

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Web site of the day http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?v=wall&ref=ts&id=100000701614724 Portales Mayor Sharon King’s Facebook. Testing advice It’s testing week in Clovis schools. Educators suggest students get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy breakfast each morning, and try not to rush to school. Being relaxed and alert are key […]

Official: Bacteria numbers in lake dropping

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Alfredo Macias of the city’s water and waste department secures netting Monday at Green Acres Lake to prevent people from fishing. The lake was closed to the public Saturday because of elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria and will remain closed until the levels drop to acceptable standards. By Sharna […]

Governor hopeful testing waters

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Allen Weh said Tuesday he’s not officially running for governor yet. But he also said he’s made his first campaign promise, and he’s running his exploratory campaign as if he is a candidate — and people can draw their own conclusions. “We’re doing this in a campaign mode,” said […]

Private pesticide applicator training and testing

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