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Ralph Black, 93 Ralph Black, 93, of Portales died Monday, Jan. 13, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on June 24, 1910, in Stafford County, Kan., to Cynthia Cora and Harry Gordon Black. From 1934 until 1938 he owned and operated his own printing shop in Portales. He earned a bachelor’s […]

Tuition for Texans could be rising at ENMU

Mike Linn The Legislative Finance Committee is proposing a cap on funding for Texans and other out-of-state students who pay in-state tuition at New Mexico universities. If the proposed legislation passes, Eastern New Mexico University officials may have to tweak the current program allowing Texans who live within 135 miles of Eastern’s campus to pay […]

Texico teacher to run for District 9 seat

Freedom Newspapers A high school teacher from Texico, Dennis J. Roch, has announced his candidacy for the District 9 seat on the Public Education Commission. The new board replaces what was previously known as the State Board of Education. The Public Education Commission was formed in September after voters approved Constitutional Amendment 1 in a […]

Officials present goals for school

Mike Linn PNT Staff School officials representing all eight Portales schools presented goals for improving various programs and learning techniques at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night. Alicia Hatch, special education instructor at Steiner Elementary, wrapped up the presentation by saying Portales schools are quite close to being a benchmark of overall success […]

New mexico schools to teach dual languages through video

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The state of New Mexico Educational System has taught children English, now it will have an opportunity to teach them Spanish. Dr. Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie, bilingual/multicultural education program director at Eastern New Mexico University presented, “Planting Seeds of Success Through Language,” a 30-minute instructional video on […]

Area officials anxious for state results

Darrell Todd Maurina Local officials are still scratching their heads and trying to determine what Tuesday’s election results mean for their future. Although New Mexico voters passed a proposal on Tuesday to reorganize the state department of education and place it under the authority of the governor, the outcome of a second vote to increase […]

Voters to decide on amendments

Tony Parra Election day is here and the only word people need to hear is education and that may be enough to encourage Roosevelt County residents to vote. One question is how many people will turnout for the special election. There are 9,632 people who are eligible to vote, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce […]

Area educators indecisive on amendments

Gary Mitchell Area educators and legislators are reacting with cautious and mixed views regarding the two state constitutional education amendments facing voters on Sept. 23. Amendment No. 1 would do away with the existing Department of Education and create instead a cabinet-level public education department headed by a secretary of education. Amendment No. 2 would […]

County commissioners oppose amendments

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday adopted a resolution opposing to two constitutional amendments on the ballot in this month’s special election. Votes for the amendments would eliminate the state’s principal on the board of education and beef up public school funding with increased interest allocations from the state’s permanent land fund. The […]

Local official opposes education amendment

Darrell Todd Maurina A proposed Constitutional amendment that would spend a higher percentage of New Mexico’s land grant permanent fund is bad public policy, according to the state’s commissioner of public lands, Clovis native Patrick Lyons. Speaking at Thursday’s noon Rotary Club meeting, Lyons said New Mexico risks the future education of its children if […]

Gov. says education secretary will improve school boards

Editor’s note: Gov. Bill Richardson visited Clovis and Portales on Wednesday to solicit support for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform, which voters will decide on Sept. 23. He spent about an hour with Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico staff members, answering questions on a variety of issues. Q. Would the creation of […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]

Richardson pleas for support

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Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson emphasized local autonomy and accountability when he made a pitch to Portales residents Wednesday for two state constitutional amendments aimed at education reform. Richardson spoke in the Portales High School auditorium as part of a barnstorming swing around the state that is expected to end in Silver City at 5 […]

County makes deal to ease crowded jail

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission approved a temporary solution to jail overcrowding during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The commission approved a joint agreement with the Dickens County detention center east of Lubbock to house some the Roosevelt County prisoners. The cost to Roosevelt County $38 per day, according to Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Jesse […]

Richardson heading to Portales High School

Tony Parra Bill Richardson says he is serious about education reform and he will be in Portales on Wednesday to explain why changes should be made. Richardson will speak at the high school at 4:30 p.m., and answer questions about changes he is proposing to the state Constitution. One of Richardson’s amendments would transfer the […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]