School evolves again

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Lincoln-Jackson evolved from a segregated school for black students, to an integrated school, to an arts academy. These days, it is undergoing another evolution, into a family center. The arts academy has changed locations and merged with Bella Vista Elementary. And in turn, Lincoln-Jackson has become home to a flock […]

Senate panel trims salary proposals in budget

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — A $5.1 billion budget proposal heading to the Senate for a vote provides for lower pay raises for teachers and public employees than a House-passed blueprint for financing government. The Senate Finance Committee endorsed the budget Wednesday after making amendments that resulted in a net spending increase of almost […]

Governor feeling shortchanged by state lawmakers

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is objecting to budget bills approved by the House and Senate, saying they were unacceptable because lawmakers shortchanged many of his proposals aimed at children. “So far the budget does not look like the year of the child. It looks like the year of the porkie […]

House approved budget is an 8.4 percent increase

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — State spending would increase by 8.4 percent next year to pay for public education and general government programs under a $5.1 billion budget bill approved unanimously by the House. About two-thirds of the proposed spending increase is directed at public schools and colleges and universities. The Senate approved a […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

Governor supports ENMU projects

Freedom Newspapers Brick and mortar projects at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University got a big boost Wednesday from Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson carved out $8 million in his capital outlay budget for building projects at the institutions, according to a press release from his office. “With a strong financial outlook, now is […]

Budget cuts could doom Upward Bound program

By Tony Parra Upward Bound organizers are afraid the program may be cut by President George W. Bush in next year’s proposed budget to provide more funding for the “No Child Left Behind” program. The Eastern New Mexico University Upward Bound program has been operating for more than 30 years, and currently serves students from […]

Paralegal career full of challenges

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages to brief, 30 minutes till court and little room for error. Welcome to the paralegal profession. “There is never a day that you are caught up,” said Shannon Cassidy, who works as a […]

Gay Kernan guest column

Editor’s note: The Portales News-Tribune asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution to many of the problems we face […]

Nov. 21 Broad Horizons School News

Broad Horizons will host an open house on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone interested in viewing the school is invited to come by 1034 Community Way at this time. Teachers are sponsoring homemade refreshments for your enjoyment. Students will be dismissed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but teachers will be on site working […]