State police conducting safety operations Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police will be conducting several safety focused operations in the area throughout the Labor Day weekend. Capt. Jimmy Glascock said officers will be conducting extra patrols and checkpoints geared toward enforcing seat belt and child restraint laws, as well as DWI enforcement. Glascock said the operations will be conducted through Monday across […]

My Turn: Teacher helps shy child blossom

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I’ve had my share of good and bad teachers. I was so shy as a child that connections came in small, random ways. I was not the teacher’s pet bringing apples. It was the small things, like in third grade, when Mrs. Lee pulled me into the hallway one morning, concerned because I arrived on […]

FCC provides training for in-home child care

Cannon Connections Photo: Jared Tucker Laela Lancaster, 11 months, plays with a stuffed toy just before nap time. Her mother, Ashley Lancaster, has been an Family Child Care provider since January, and said she enjoys her job because she makes lesson plans to teach the children. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connections There are enough in-home […]

Child care fees change to maintain services

By Lisa Daniel: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is adjusting its child care fees, adding categories for its highest income earners, to compensate for six years without fee range increases, Pentagon officials announced July 30. The department’s Military and Community Family Policy Office has added three categories to the top of […]

Their view: Payroll deductions crucial for paying child support

Danielle Jimenez is the outreach representative for the New Mexico New Hires Directory, a division of the Child Support Enforcement office of the state of New Mexico. Here’s a snippet of a recent editorial she submitted to newspapers across the state:

My turn: Summer never boring

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One summer, as a child, the only tough decision I made each evening was, “Do I take my purple tricycle around the driveway for a few laps during commercials or wait here so I don’t miss any of ‘Bewitched?’” Usually, I’d take my purple tricycle for a spin, and then […]

May 11, 2010 Dora School News

Child screenings today Parents who wish to register their child for preschool or kindergarten for the fall 2010 semester are invited to come to the preschool building today from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Bring your child’s birth certificate, shot record, and Social Security card. Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, hopes to see many new faces at this year’s […]

Mom’s love always enduring

The sacrificial love of mothers goes beyond all human understanding. She can be mistreated, ignored, rejected or taken for granted, yet she still loves her child. Mothers think their child is the prettiest, smartest and dearest in all the world. Mothers are like that. Who else but a mother is up all night rocking a […]

Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

Extended hours for CDC, youth center

27th SOW Public Affairs The Child Development Centers and Youth Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the upcoming exercise. Duty-related childcare requirements outside these hours will be handled through Extended Duty Child Care contract. Jim Hernandez, Family Child Care coordinator, will make arrangements with a provider based […]

Feb. 6, 1974

According to the Portales News-Tribune, there will be free lunches for some Portales students with parents who do not earn an annual wage above $2,740 when there is one child of school age in the family.

School age program receives top accreditation

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Maria Lugaro, a School Age Program assistant, teaches children how to make holiday pajama pants . The program received 5-star accrediation by the National Afterschool Association, and is one of only eight accredited programs in New Mexico. By Greg Allen: 27th SOW Public Affairs When parents […]

Man facing child porn charges

PNT staff report A Portales man has been charged with almost 250 counts of child pornography. Deputies from Roosevelt and Curry counties arrested Parviz Marcus McKeand, 22, Sunday after executing a search warrant at his residence in the 500 block of South Avenue F, according to a release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators […]

Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]

Couple indicted on child abuse charges

PNT staff A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both adults […]

Portales couple indicted on child abuse charge

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple accused of depriving a 10-year-old girl of food has been indicted by a Roosevelt County grand jury on a felony charge of child abuse. The indictment was handed down Friday against Mern and Athena Shepherd, both age 33, in the case of Mern’s daughter. According to the indictment both […]

Portales couple charged child abuse

Freedom New Mexico A Portales couple is in jail, charged with abusing their 10-year-old daughter. Mern and Athena Shepard, both 33 years old, are charged with felony abuse of a child, according to a press release from Portales police. They are being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on $5,000 bonds. A school referral […]

Child’s health more important than size

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist A few days ago, my eight year old daughter Luisa burst into tears at the mall and told me that she’s too big. Luisa knows that she’s overweight, and when she tried on some outfits at the store, none of them flattered her figure. She was crushed and through tears […]

Child TV star visits Clovis

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Kendall Brumfield visits her grandmother Gayla Brumfield in Clovis each summer. This year, she brought along a friend. Taylor Atelian played Ruby on ABC’s “According to Jim” television series for eight years. Brumfield and Atelian met at a dance class in Santa Barbara, Calif. two years ago. Brumfield said […]

No errand trumps leaving child in hot car

Freedom New Mexico A South Texas tragedy is a good reminder for eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle these days: Never leave a child unattended in a car, especially when it’s hot out. Felicitas Alexandra Cordova died Sunday after she was found in her family’s Ford Expedition at a flea market just north of […]