Education Feature: State student testing revamped

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department is remodeling standardized tests for high school students designed to map out their academic lives after graduation. State education officials say the tests will follow the progress of individual students, instead of comparing the progress of an entire class. Clovis school officials are […]

Expert can’t link guns, bullets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state firearms expert testified Monday during the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men she could not say for certain if guns displayed in the courtroom were used in the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy. Alison Quereau, a Department of Public Safety firearms expert with the state […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

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CNJ File Photo Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 and charged with driving under the influence and open container. A blood test showed Thomas’s blood alcohol content was .04 percent, half the state’s legal limit. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was […]

Terminally ill deserve chance to try new drugs

By Freedom Newspapers The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit apparently believes that bureaucracies can and do have power so absolute that they trump the traditional right of free people to control their own bodies and try to protect their own lives. If that’s not the case, it’s difficult to see how […]

Cannon asbestos testing planned

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is testing its military housing units for asbestos following the discovery of the potentially hazardous material in two unoccupied military houses, according to Cannon spokesperson Capt. Rebecca Garcia. Approximately 30 homes will be tested and test results will be released in June, Garcia said Thursday. […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through […]

Clovis Schools delayed

Clovis schools will be under a two-hour delay today. The final decision was made early this morning based on multiple factors, according to Jelayne Curtis of Clovis Municipal Schools who explained things planned for the day such as programs, parties and make-up tests weighed into the decision. Today is also an early dismissal day, school […]

DNA important tool in righting wrongs

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist For a prosecutor, DNA analysis can be the best thing in the world. Nothing facilitates a conviction more than biological evidence irrefutably connecting the defendant to the crime through blood, saliva or semen. But DNA analysis can also be the worst thing in the world for prosecutors. It can prove […]

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 […]