My turn: ‘Enchantment’ still in area

The battle of the sexes improv show I was in last weekend turned out to be even more fun than I thought it would be. The girls lost, but not by much. I have to say with all of the “women belong at the kitchen sink” jokes coming our way, I think we held our […]

Much to be learned from animals

I am always amazed at the many blessings and gifts God has bestowed upon mankind. I am also fascinated with Adam’s intelligence in being able to name every animal. “And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to […]

Don’t let your kids become obese: Nutrition program aims to educate parents on healthy foods

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Lynn La In a classroom located in a part of town where a stem of broccoli sells for $2.49 and a pizza costs only three bucks more, parents are trying their best. They want to feed their kids healthier, home-cooked meals but have difficulty finding the time, money or resources to do so. At Kaiser […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

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Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And […]

How to run a great youth sports practice

Jack Perconte Parents often have unrealistic expectations of youth sport coaches. After all, most youth sport coaches are volunteer coaches who are only coaching because their sons or daughters are playing the sport. However, this should not provide an excuse for volunteer coaches to lack, enthusiasm, preparation and at least some measure of expertise. An […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Fishing report — July 27

Governor talks driver’s license law, school grading system

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Liliana Castillo Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that New Mexico is a magnet for people all over the world looking for a valid U.S. ID. And that’s one of the reasons behind her push to repeal a law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New Mexico. Martinez spent Wednesday in Clovis, meeting […]

Self starter: Clovis native plans microbrewery in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico A new business is in the works for Portales in the form of a microbrewery and restaurant where homemade beer will be served. The entrepreneur of this establishment is Clovis native Justin Cole, who moved to Portales in March of 2010. Cole said he started home brewing beer six years ago while […]

Nine residents to receive rabies shots

PNT staff reports The New Mexico Department of Health is warning pet and livestock owners in Roosevelt County and the surrounding area to make sure their dogs, cats, horses and other valuable livestock get vaccinated against rabies after an unvaccinated pet dog from near Portales was attacked by an aggressive acting skunk in early July. […]

Rural post offices face closure

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Argen Duncan Five rural post offices in Roosevelt County, two in De Baca County and one in Parmer County, Texas, are in danger of being closed. Due to financial struggles, the U.S. Postal Service has produced a list of about 3,700 post offices it will study for closure nationwide. The post offices in Dora, Causey, […]

Ticket feature: Wiener Nationals set for Saturday

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Freedom New Mexico The third annual Wiener Nationals is taking place Saturday morning at Hillcrest Park. The event, designed to raise money for the High Plains Humane Society’s spay and neuter program, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m., said Jim Hailey, owner of Clovis’ Der Wienerschnitzel. Hailey said the […]

My turn: Smoothie gets a fruity tweak

Argen Duncan I know they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but sometimes it’s not bad to tweak a good thing. Case in point: Lemonade, strawberries and mangos. Inspired while browsing through recipes in search of a column idea, I decided to create a strawberry-mango lemonade or raspberry-mango lemonade smoothie. I went with […]

Thursday morning briefing: The price of lunch, a new house and full rights granted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. No free lunch Clovis Municipal Schools’ students who buy regular priced lunches will see a 5-cent per meal increase beginning in August with the 2011-2012 school year. Prices will increase from $1.75 to $1.80 per meal for elementary school students and from $2 to […]

Hounds picked seventh in LSC football poll

Freedom New Mexico RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s football team has been picked for seventh place in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason poll in what is now a nine-team league for the sport. Despite the relatively low projection, the Greyhounds received one first-place vote in balloting by LSC football coaches and sports information […]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. […]

Their view: Open government not red or blue, but evergreen

Sarah Welsh, executive director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, says the public’s right to know isn’t partisan: Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New […]