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 […]

Area Spanish spellers travel

By Tony Parra Three students from eastern New Mexico will face their fears of getting up in front of a big crowd Saturday as well as the best Spanish spellers in New Mexico. The New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee competition is the ultimate goal for the student spellers who speak Spanish. The spelling bee is […]

Floyd School News: 3-26

Upcoming Events Spring break is all this week. Fundraisers scheduled The Love Soup Extravaganza will be April 3. Fundraiser cookbooks will be on sale for $5. Both will benefit the fine art and athletic booster club. Spring athletics continue State cheerleading competition will be Friday and Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Floyd cheerleaders […]

Spanish speller moves on to state spelling bee

By Tony Parra It started with eight students from the Portales School District, but quickly it dwindled down to two girls and Jessica Lavalle was able to correctly spell “volver” to win the district Spanish Spelling Bee. Lavalle won on Feb. 24 and will be competing in Albuquerque in the New Mexico Spanish Spelling Bee […]

ENMU’s Festival Romanico celebrating silver anniversary

By Helena Rodriguez Festival Romanico at Eastern New Mexico University has become a festival of the arts in Spanish and will mark its silver anniversary when the annual event is held on the ENMU campus on Friday. Hundreds of high school students from Eastern New Mexico and West Texas will once again participate in this […]

Religion Brief

KIJN sponsors Spanish concert KIJN Christian radio of Farwell will stage a New Year’s Spanish Christian concert featuring three area bands at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Mike Rodriguez, general manager of KIJN said, “ What this is is Christian outreach. I would encourage people to attend that are not Catholic, […]

Social justice advocates reconnect in Portales

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer They fought for social justice. Decades later, they’re telling their stories so Portales won’t forget. Longtime Portales resident Dolores Penrod, a member of the Democratic Women of Roosevelt County and Voices of Democracy, helped organize “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County” last Sunday at the Memorial Building. Some […]

Population shift could change job market

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Picture a resume coming across a supervisor’s desk. The job applicant is on his school’s honor roll, is a member of the school’s track team, serves on the school’s board of regents, created a leadership summit, founded a fraternity and served as the fraternity president. Overall, it sounds like any […]

Influence of Spanish goes beyond Mexican holiday

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, Texas, […]

Call center coming to Clovis

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer When many people order at a fast-food drive through, they assume they’re talking to a person in that building. In the near future, however, it could be an operator in Clovis taking their orders from around the country. An SEI call center is scheduled to open in Clovis before the […]

Learning about more than language

By Helena Rodriguez Hola amigos, from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. I’m coming to you from a half continent away, ironically, to learn something I probably could have learned while growing up as a child there in P-Ville. Myself and a group of students from Eastern New Mexico University have said hasta la vista to […]

CSC Mealsite Menu

Monday: Tuna mushroom casserole, broccoli/cauliflower, salad, corn, biscuit and purple plums Tuesday: Swiss steak, oven veggies, baked potato, spinach, roll and apple pan dowdy Wednesday: Taco, spanish rice, lett/tom, onion, salsa corn, apricots and gelatin Thursday: Orange chicken, pasta salad, green bean-almondine, asparagus, roll and oranges Friday: Hot ham hoagie, ranch beans, creamy coleslaw and […]

Time is of the essence to learn Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Dual language program may become trend in border education

By Marlena Hartz; CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink numbers in Francis Duarte’s classroom, printed on cardboard, appear to be typical decorations in a typical kindergarten classroom — except below each numerical value is the corresponding Spanish word. In this classroom, Spanish is spoken 90 percent of the time; the goal is […]

Sixth-grader prepares for Spanish spelling bee

By Tony Parra A Lindsey Elementary sixth-grader will be making a trip to Albuquerque on Saturday to compete against the best spellers in the state of New Mexico. Laura Lopez, Lindsey sixth-grader, will be competing at the Spanish state spelling bee on Saturday morning. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. and the competition […]

4/3 PJHS News

Spanish spelling bee Laura Lopez, a student from Lindsey School, took top honors in the Spanish Spelling Bee. Esequiel Rivas, eighth grade student, earned alternate. They will compete at the state level April 16. Contestants must spell the words using the Spanish pronunciation of the alphabet as well as spell the words correctly.   Math […]

A decade after Selena, Spanish music going full circle

By Helena Rodriguez I’m the black sheep in my family. There’s been an ongoing feud between my sisters, my dad and I, with all of them against lonesome me in a battle of the bands. We argue over what kind of regional Spanish music rules: The Mexican border-based, working-class sound of Norteño music, which is […]

We can learn much from our neighbors

By Jim Lee Well, Monday is St. Valentine’s Day, the anniversary of Capt. James Cook’s murder on his third visit (in 1779) to what is now Hawaii, and the 102nd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor. Before we all pop the champagne corks and prepare for a seizure of […]

Hispanic or Latino, what’s in a name?

By Helena Rodriguez When my daughter Laura and I walked into Dillard’s last weekend, it was not only looking a lot like Christmas, it was more like a Hispanic Christmas. This department store is one of a handful of upscale retailers accused a few years ago of a string of racist practices said to have […]

Spanish music fair to make debut

By Tony Parra For the first time in the history of the Roosevelt County Fair there will be a Spanish Musical Fair celebrating the Hispanic culture which is a big part of the community, according to fair organizers. The event is also known as “Feria Musical,” which translates to “Spanish Musical Fair.” Neither Ray Paralles, […]