Graduations —

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Stanley [image# 1, align=right, size=medium] Stephen Eric Stanley, son of Rick and Donna Stanley of Texico, graduated from Oregon Health Science University with a degree in dentistry, and will practice in Albuquerque. He is a 1999 Texico High School graduate, and a 2003 Eastern New Mexico University graduate. He is pictured with his wife, Jennifer.

Birthdays — July 24

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Fails Alvin Fails of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday on July 23. The celebration was hosted at his home. Fails was born July 21, 1916, in Milnesand. He has five children, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Flower pressing featured on show

Information on pressing flowers, cancer-preventing foods and making bumper pads will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show different ways that pressed flowers can be attached to different objects, such as magnets, jewelry, candles and even light-switch plates. Chu […]

Weddings —

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Griffith Brittany L. Behenna of Albuquerque and Brady D. Griffith of Floyd were joined in marriage June 11, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The Rev. Bruce Wilder performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of William Mark and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Melody Behenna of Corrales. She is […]

Roosevelt County wins state opener

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Freedom New Mexico ALBUQUERQUE — The Roosevelt County All-Stars roughed up Espanola Valley, winning 10-2 on Saturday in the opening round of the state 10-11 Little League tournament. No particulars were available on the game at press time. Roosevelt County returns to action at 10 a.m. today against Los Lunas in winners bracket play. Two […]

Roosevelt County sheriff selected to attend FBI National Academy

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Alisa Boswell Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker is to be one of two New Mexico law enforcement officials to attend a 10-week training course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., in October. The course is geared towards higher-ranking law enforcement officials at the city, county, state and national levels. “I’m very excited for […]

HALT Act just another ploy to garner votes

Freedom New Mexico With so many problems facing our government, it appears that many politicians plan to base campaigns on immigration, just as they have for the past 12 years. That’s unfortunate for those on the border who have been waiting, and hoping, for substantive action on the issue for all that time. As long […]

Their view: Recovery won’t happen because of greed

George Speck of Portales writes about why he believes economic growth has been slow: “I have been watching and reading the news and wondering why the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been so intransigent in their position to not close certain tax breaks given to the very rich. I looked back […]

Outwitting new dog tricky

I entered the lockup through the sallyport doors and got a report from the warden of the day. “All present and accounted for, sir,” said my relieved wife, wiping a cold sweat from her brow. We’d been through several weeks of pure hell trying to keep our youngest dog Ranger on the property. It was […]

Monday morning briefing: Last chance, affordable housing and Dylan dismays

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Last chance The Portales Public Library Summer Reading Program ends this week for both children and young adults. An end-of-the-program party for all participants is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Library. The party includes prizes. The final events of the programs, movies […]

Our people: Clovis obstetrician Dr. Richard Layman and his family travel frequently

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Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. He’s delivering babies for some of the same people he delivered. He took that as a hint. He’s decided it’s time to retire. Layman, 61, said he enjoys practicing in a small town. “It’s great being able to know your patients […]

Engagements —

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Wilkerson-Boggs Dwayne and Tammie Wilkerson of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Autumn Wilkerson of Portales, to Jesse Boggs of Las Vegas, N.M., son of Mark and Beth Boggs of Deming. The couple will exchange vows July 30, 2011, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portlaes. The reception will be in the […]

Male mentors step up to fill the hole in children’s’ lives

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Cathy Keen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desperately needed as youth mentors, some men are answering the call despite negative publicity about male transgressions that can keep them at arm’s length from children and teenagers, says a University of Florida researcher. Today’s high rates of divorce, single parenting and working mothers place a greater premium on men […]

Can’t depend on corporations to feed us

England has made a choice to remain dependent on other countries to feed them. Recently corporations have proposed to build a modern dairy and sow unit in their countryside. Two activist groups objected saying it would force a significant number of small farmers out of business. The proposal was withdrawn. We in the United States […]

Dad provides the legwork, and son is his partner in fun

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Blair Anthony Robertson There’s nothing to it, really. They get on their specially made bike, with their helmets, sunglasses and matching jerseys, and then they go, riding together mile after mile, the faster and farther the better. Dad, who is 59, pedals smoothly and efficiently while going 20 mph or more. His 30-year-old son sits […]

Moms Gear: Make quick and healthy fruit popsicles for you and the kids

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Maggie O’Neill Being able to freeze a popsicle to readiness in seven minutes should appeal to any mom, but especially those wanting to provide a fruit-based treat in practically no time at all. The Zoku Quick Pop Maker allows users to do just that. Moms can have popsicles of any kind ready for their kids […]

Summer fun and games: A couple of new toys to help fend off the summertime doldrums

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Disney FamilyFun magazine It’s bound to happen sometime during the summer break – no matter how overscheduled the kids seem – they will at some point begin to complain of boredom. That’s when you can break out these two items. You will be Hero Mom for fighting off the Monster of Dull, and they will […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go Stephanie!” Then she realized that wasn’t Stephanie. Stephanie was that girl’s mother. “She so looked like her, competing in the same event and everything,” Bland said. At the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals, it’s not unusual […]