Brazilian baller leads Hound offense

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By Mickey Winfield, Freedom New Mexico Native Brazilian Emerson Rodrigues has overcome an intimidating language barrier during his college education in the United States. On the soccer pitch, however, those barriers don’t seem to be so stubbornly rigid. Rodrigues, in his first season for the Greyhounds, has taken advantage of the opportunity soccer has afforded [...]

Roosevelt General Hospital expands services offered

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital has entered into a contract with the Speech and Language Clinic at Eastern New Mexico University in an effort to provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services for inpatient and outpatients. “They approached us with a very, very positive program,” Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said during Tuesday’s RGH [...]

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 [...]

Portales educator retires after 30 years

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers After three decades of educating children in New Mexico and Texas classrooms, Ida Villanueva is now worried about flunking — flunking retirement that is. Villanueva, of Portales, recently retired from a teaching career that has spanned 30 years and taken her from her first position as a teacher aide in [...]

Upward Bound helps students prepare for college life

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By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Members of the baking club were stirring the s’mores brownie batter when the smell of something burning rose from the oven. Natasha Sharp opened the oven door to find the graham cracker crust burnt. Sharp and her fellow club members are part of Upward Bound, a federally funded program designed [...]

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 [...]

Communication key to deaf student’s success

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Only the loudest sounds penetrate Jerrdan Jones’ world — the rumble of a lawn mower, the rush of a subway train, the buzz of a chain saw and, occasionally, the roar of a car engine in the auto shop where he works. Otherwise, his world is silent. His mother, [...]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated PRess Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense [...]

Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete [...]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to [...]