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 […]

July 24 — Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls to Portales law enforcement, according to police records: Monday • An officer responded to a report of fraud about 4:40 p.m. At the Portales Police Department, the officer spoke with a 36-year-old man who said a checkbook was stolen from his home. The man provided copies of three checks that he […]

My turn: Blown away by possibilities

After reading the “Our Towns 2011” publication from Freedom New Mexico, I realized that Portales is ripe with tourist-destination potential. How about an annual High Plains International Kite-Flying Fiesta? The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival would pale by comparison. With our escape-velocity winds, enthusiasts from around the world could get listed in the Guinness Book of […]

July 24 — Public record

Recent cases in Roosevelt County Magistrate Court, according to court documents: June 29 • Isaac Montano III, born in 1980, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended or revoked license. Montano was sentenced to four days in jail with four days of pre-sentence credit, 360 days probation and $581 in fines and fees. July 7 […]

Child Sense: Tips for helping your child walk home from school

Priscilla J. Dunstan Consider the way your child relates to the world when planning his walk to and from school. Pick a route that is easy for your child to remember even if it may take a little longer. Turning one corner is easier for your child to remember than having to turn five. Find […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: My kids don’t know how fierce I am

Marla Jo Fisher There seems to be some sort of fundamental misunderstanding around my house, in which my children perceive me as being hideously old-fashioned and, in fact, just plain old. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a very groovy, hip and with-it chick. I love to sit around and have a […]

In search of ponies: Only the fish die young

Sharna Johnson The first one to go was the algae eater — initially construed as a bittersweet sign that at least the tank was clean. But by that night the second one flopped on its side, gills flaring for the last time. Then a third died — the one that lived under a rock, which […]