Boyfriend accused of spreading disease

CNJ staff A Clovis woman filed a report with police last week after she was told her boyfriend was intentionally spreading hepatitis, according to the report. The woman, 39, told police she was contacted by two males who told her a man she had been dating said he had hepatitis C and was going to […]

Parkview teacher believes state education testing unfair

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleLisa Gershon teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She said teaching special education enables her to become more involved with her students. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lisa Gershon has taught special education at Parkview Elementary School for six years. A Clovis native, Gershon follows in the footsteps of […]

County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites

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County will track low-risk inmates with GPS satellites (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Adult Detention Center is implementing an inmate ankle-bracelet program monitoring that officials expect to begin Monday. Why: In an effort to reduce jail overcrowding and cut the cost of housing inmates. How it works: […]

Q&A: Forensic chief talks bullets, fingerprints, blood

Ann Talbot, 50, is the forensic laboratories bureau chief for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Santa Fe. Talbot holds her Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry and has been the lab’s bureau chief for nine months. Clovis law enforcement officers send bullets, blood and fingerprints to the Santa Fe lab. […]

Potential legislation would allow drug tests of high school athletes

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson, noting steroids are no longer just a problem in professional sports, said Monday he wants New Mexico to begin random testing of high school athletes in the state. Richardson spoke at a steroid summit put together by the New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body for high school […]

Drug testing just another fact of life

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The National Football League’s draft is this weekend. The media has already been abuzz about some of the draft prospects testing positive for something they weren’t supposed to be ingesting. And then there were the baseball players in a congressional hearing concerning testing for steroids a few weeks back. Drug […]

Steroids not seen as problem at area schools

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers With steroids becoming a bigger problem at the professional sports level, the NCAA is trying to take more preventative measures to head off potential problems. Ed Kabrick, athletic trainer at Eastern New Mexico University, said that as of the 2004-05 school year the NCAA randomly tests athletes for the use […]

Clovis students taking assessment tests

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Local school students are in the middle of standardized tests this week, and area principals are trying new ideas to motivate students and provide the best testing environments possible. Students will take standardized-based assessment tests in language arts, reading, writing, math and science for two weeks in sessions that […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Board addresses test issues

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis school board officials expressed reservations Tuesday about whether state tests that measure yearly progress are fair. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton delivered a presentation outlining why the district and six schools were rated as not meeting “adequate yearly progress.” Three of those school, Gattis Junior High, La […]

Fort Sumner testing back on track

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Fort Sumner School District has had strict mandates put forth to ensure testing is administered correctly this school year, a state education official said this week. But the district will not face further repercussions for failing to order the proper tests last year. The state has instituted new checks […]

Educator: New tests rejuvenate the state

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Local and state school officials admit the state-mandated testing system has had its fair share of critics, among them superintendents, teachers and parents. But school officials believe the number of people who attack the state’s measurement of knowledge will diminish in the upcoming year with a set of standards-based […]

Ft. Sumner superintendent admits to mistake

By Darrell Todd Maurina FORT SUMNER — The superintendent of the Fort Sumner Municipal School District took responsibility Monday for failing to administer two state-required tests to students in grades four and eight. Superintendent Lecil Richards said on Saturday he believed the schools had administered one of the two tests, but told the school board […]

Fort Sumner schools could face penalties

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Fort Sumner school officials who failed to administer mandatory tests to students could have their educational licenses suspended or revoked, a news release from New Mexico’s Public Education Department said. The state’s news release said Fort Sumner schools did not order New Mexico standards-based or criterion-referenced tests for […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

Police Blotter 4/7

About 2 p.m. Thursday, police received a be-on-the-lookout order for a blue GMC Sierra pickup. Officers noticed the truck and the driver passing the Magistrate Court building. After being stopped, the man told police that he was drunk and he failed field sobriety tests. However, when the man was taken to the county jail for […]

Police Blotter 1/17

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: After noticing a vehicle approaching the corner of Prince and 14th at a high rate of speed, police clocked it by radar as traveling 45 mph in a 35 mph zone before it turned in to the parking lot of a bar, […]

Police Blotter 12/3

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A city sanitation truck driver called police about 10:45 a.m. Nov. 25 to report that he had struck and severed a gas line in the alley between Prince and Lea streets south of Piersal Street. The driver said he had moved over […]

Testing could help fight education rot

Walter Williams Last week’s column discussed parts of Abigail and Stephen Thernstrom’s new book, “No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning.” It’s a gap that finds the average black high school graduate having achieved only what the average white youngster has achieved by the seventh or eighth grade. Popular recognition of the education meltdown […]