The stars shine bright in Bardstown, Ky.: Take the whole family on a great getaway to see Thomas the Tank Engine and more

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Kathy Witt This summer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion – and Toto, too – in Bardstown, Ky., a small town known far and wide as “The Bourbon Capital of the World” owing to its preeminent spot on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquid gold […]

Memorial Day on a budget: Affordable family fun

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Andrea Pyros Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and it’s increasingly become an occasion for families to spend time together. But with the economy still not fully back on its feet and gas prices climbing past the $4-a-gallon mark, the name of the game is affordable fun. We’ve come up with 10 traditional […]

Better to admit injury than tough out pain

Glenda Price Bud and Kathy ride horses, of course, but they also like to ride mules, especially in rough country. Awhile back they bought a new mule, and Bud was ready to try him out. Kathy knew she couldn’t quite trust the one they already had but she didn’t know the new one at all, […]

My turn: Can’t go wrong with spicy casserole recipe

Argen Duncan My friend Terri Wildman, an Eastern New Mexico University alumna, gave me a favorite, spicy casserole recipe. It’s great to assemble ahead of time. Terri’s recipe is modified from one she received from her mother, who modified a recipe from a friend, who modified a recipe from elsewhere. “And it’s really hard to […]

Their view: Time to end tax breaks for major oil companies

Kate Colarulli is the associate campaign director for Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign. She urges ending tax breaks for oil companies.

Roosevelt fire scorches more than 2,000 acres

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Staff and wire reports Firefighters were expecting to be up most of the night watching the remnants of a fire that broke out Tuesday along a median on U.S. Highway 70 near Blackwater Draw Museum and quickly spread east for five miles behind 50 mph winds. The fire was reported about 2 p.m. and estimated […]

Bill makes it easier for U.S. to go to war

Freedom New Mexico The killing of Osama bin Laden has provoked a much-needed reassessment of American defense and security needs. Our country needs to be able to defend itself against mass murderers. Yet we also need to make sure our precious liberties are not infringed in the process. In “America the Beautiful,” we sing of […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Police blotter —

Recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Friday • An officer was contacted about noon regarding a male having a knife at Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. A six-inch butterfly knife was recovered, and the investigation was ongoing.

ENMU briefs — May 25

Aqua aerobics course on tap Emily Meadows is teaching a morning aqua aerobics course in the Eastern New Mexico University Distance Education and Outreach program this summer. Meadows said the water is a great alternative for those who suffer from back pain or other ailments, and the resistance provided by the pool will improve cardiovascular […]

School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Rodeo time, Allsup’s origins and Star Wars opens

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Ride ‘em cowboy The second annual Curry County Ranch Rodeo starts 1 p.m. Friday at Curry County Events Center and continues through the weekend. Information: 935-7000. Library hours The Dora School Library is scheduled to be open during the summer on Tuesdays from 10 […]

Movies in 3D not worth upcharge

Kevin Wilson I went to my favorite gas station Tuesday. It’s not my favorite because it has the cheapest prices on gas. Actually, the more expensive gas is, the more counterproductive it is to drive to a specific station to save pocket change. It’s because that station is the only place I can find a […]

My turn: Baby names show Hispanics assimilating

No way Jose, but how about Jacob? It doesn’t have the same ring, but according to The Social Security Administration, for the first time since 1972 (with the exception of one year), the name Jose fell from the No. 1 spot for Hispanic baby boys, even in Texas, where Jose’s been top since 1996. Where […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

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Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Mother of Confusion: Two great apps for preschoolers

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Genevieve Hinson Awesome, a PBS preschooler app for the Droid! For those geeky smartphone users with kids, PBS has launched Super Why, their first app for the Android. No need to panic iPhone users, the app was made available for your platform last year. The Super Why app helps kids achieve the power to read […]

Moms Gear: The Bobble filtered water bottles allows you to fill up without fear

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Emilie Lucchesi Many moms carry reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable containers. Refilling water bottles at a public fountain or sink is generally a convenient and clean experience. But not-so tasty water sometimes flows from park district or outdoor fountains. Using a filtered bottle can help remove impurities and improve taste. The Bobble is […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]