State academic achievement gap long-running problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Criminal records should stay permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

Anniversaries — Feb. 12

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Gonzales Reyes and Clara Gonzales of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 4 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration was hosted by their children, Agnes Gonzales, Ray and Katrina Vigil, Dave and Sabrina Jablonski, Regina and Karlo Jajlardo and Corrina Gonzales. The couple was married Feb. 3, 1962, at Our Lady of Guadalupe […]

Our people: Need for speed

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Linda Newell was raised on a cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle, where she became an adept ranch hand and developed a love for cars. Newell, who loves to laugh, moved to Clovis with her husband Pat 14 years ago to care for aging parents.

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

McGee: Signs make memorable statements

Have you ever wondered what was going on with some signs you see as you travel along? For instance there was a sign in a window of a shop in Roswell a few years ago that read: “WHO DO YOU HAVE TO HUG AND KISS IN THIS TOWN TO GET SOME BUSINESS?” I actually changed […]

A community gift

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Alisa Boswell Portales residents banded together to give local resident Mary Standefer a Christmas present to last a lifetime by replacing her pine tree that was stolen from her front yard just before Christmas. The Colorado short-needled pine tree had been given to Standefer by her father 30 years ago. “I was getting ready to […]

Mexico native sentenced to 27 years

Freedom New Mexico A man found guilty of kidnapping and raping a Clovis woman in 2010 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Friday, according to a news release from the office of Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler. Jesus Oscar Dominguez, 22, a native of Mexico, was convicted by a Curry County jury in […]

New Mexico celebrates 100 years as state

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s celebrates its 100th birthday Friday with a host of events that kick off a yearlong Centennial party. An official birthday party will be held from 11 to 1 in the Roundhouse, to be followed by Centennial Ball Friday night at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Communities around the […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

Renewable energy still not cost effective

Sooner or later, the laws of economics prevail, even in heavily subsidized industries such as solar power. The latest evidence that government manipulation cannot overcome economic reality is the decision by BP PLC, the giant British energy company, to leave the solar power business. BP has developed solar energy for 40 years and for more […]

My turn: Accident left 19 dead 39 years ago

One of the worst vehicle accidents in New Mexico history happened 39 years ago this week on a narrow bridge, 10 miles east of Fort Sumner, on U.S. 60-84. Nineteen people, most of them teenagers on a holiday ski vacation from Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, died Dec. 26, 1972. Their bus crashed into […]

Time for change when it comes to pocket change

Freedom New Mexico A dollar bill, as we all know too well, is a fleeting thing. Not just because it leaves our hands so much more easily than it returns but because, as it changes hands, it wears out within about three years, and often sooner. A coin’s life span, by contrast, averages 30 years. […]

Anniversary — Nov. 27

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Smith Alvin and Mary Frances Smith of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 24, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at Arch Community Building. The celebration was hosted by Betty Moore, Debbie Smith, Bill Smith and Roy Smith. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage! We love you, all your children and grandchildren. The couple was married […]

Reader-submitted: Little Miss Merry Christmas contestants sought

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce announces the upcoming deadline for girls 5 to 10 years old to enter the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest. The chamber is also calling for entries from businesses, individuals and organizations for the Lighted Christmas Parade. As part of Portales’ yearly holiday tradition, the Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest […]

Reader-submitted content: Application for Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest open

The deadline for girls 5 to 10 years old to enter the 2011 Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest is Nov. 15. Contestants must attend an information meeting at the Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m. that day. The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is also calling for entries from businesses, individuals and organizations for the […]

Ranchers have streak of bad luck

The Fort Worth Stock Show is a mecca for a lot of purebred breeders. Many, many thousands have made the trip over the years often overcoming daunting obstacles. But Galen’s journey from Illinois takes the cake! He and his cow-partner Dave loaded their prize Hereford bull in Galen’s gooseneck stock trailer (G1), being pulled with […]

Officials: Economic recovery may take two years

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Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. and New Mexico is moving at a slow rate and isn’t expected to pick up any speed in the new year, according to officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Three Federal Reserve officials visited Eastern New Mexico University on Wednesday afternoon, each giving a presentation on […]