11-11 Elida School News

FFA competes in creed contest Elida FFA members competed in the District IV Creed Contest in Clovis on Monday. The contest required students to recite the FFA Creed and then answer three questions. Thirty-five contestants from the eleven schools in District IV competed in the ninth-grade division. Amanda Cross-Smith won the contest and Autumn Thomas […]

Volunteer dedicates time to helping others learn language

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By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Nancy Foley’s reading students don’t report to a classroom Monday through Friday. Instead many are struggling to make a living or raise a family. They all have one thing in common — the knowledge reading English will help them out in life through increased earning or citizenship. Foley is […]

Council celebrates International Literacy Day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Literacy Council will host a block party on Saturday in celebration of International Literacy Day. “It’s to bring awareness to our community about our programs,” Roosevelt County Literacy Council Executive Director Pete Martinez said. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at […]

Julio: Popular month, name in family

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Before the month is over, I must write about how popular the name Julio is in my family. My dad is named Julio. His favorite uncle was named Julio and he has cousins named Julio. Many males born in July on my father’s side of the family are named Julio. […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers 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 March […]

Area woman teaches English, God’s love in China

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A religion graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Heather Husted always felt she would be in a Gospel ministry somewhere. The Roosevelt County native never dreamed it would be in a communist country. Husted, who was born in Portales and grew up in Elida, is back home briefly from […]

Roosevelt County Literacy Council undergoes changes

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Providing a foundation for learning, the Roosevelt County Literacy Council has undergone some recent changes to provide more accessibility of its programs to Portales and surrounding communities. Restructuring and revitalizing the program is what new executive director Pete Martinez has been doing since taking the post a little over […]

Immigration: Compromises only solution

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]

Speaking English vital work skill for area residents

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis residents who don’t speak English have access to free educational programs in their communities to help them learn. Instructors in the program say learning English is a vital skill in the workforce. Instructors hold English as a Second Language classes during the day as well as evenings to help […]