Our people: Coming full circle

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Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner said the village of Melrose is like a family. “Melrose is a unique small town. Melrose is […]

Public invited to discussion on terminal illness

Freedom New Mexico Patricia Trevino, community education representative for Vistacare Hospice, will be a featured speaker at Tuesday’s Friendship Rebekah Lodge meeting. The public is invited to the 2 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Odd Fellow Hall on 405 Main, where Trevino will discuss options for people with terminal illnesses. Information: Vicky Howard, 762-4843.

Their view: Rebuilding job sector starts with education

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, believes education is the key to long-term job creation:

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

My turn: Best job benefit is education

Sadly, last week marked the fourth time I’ve been sick this winter, which means I missed out on several great events. So my forms of entertainment in the last week have come entirely from my work and home life. Last weekend, I wrote a story on local gamers and I learned a lot about the […]

Their view: Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

Philanthropy should play bigger role in education

Their view: Spending not answer to education problem

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He’s concerned about a lack of progress in the state’s education performance despite more spending: During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately […]

State education department warns of fake letters

A New Mexico Public Education Department spokesman said a form letter sent under a New Mexico Family and Parent Involvement Advisory Council letterhead to school superintendents and media outlets, including Freedom New Mexico, was fabricated. “The letter is a fake,” said Beverly Friedman, NMPED Public Information Officer. “Someone is using the letter head without our […]

Hunter education courses offered

PNT staff report New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will be conducting three spring hunter education classes in January, February and March. This class is required by anyone under the age of 18 in order to obtain a hunting license in New Mexico. Successful completion of this class is recognized in all states requiring […]

Year in Review: Portales consolidates schools

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PNT staff report Consolidating Lindsey Elementary and Steiner Elementary into one school was one of many changes in education in 2010. The Lindsey and Steiner buildings were in the top 10 of the state education department’s list of schools in need of renovations. Superintendent Randy Fowler said refurbishing both buildings would cost $26 million, but […]