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 […]