Friday morning briefing: Christmas dinners, long walks and part of an ear

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas dinners A couple of free Christmas dinners: The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis is hosting a free Christmas dinner from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the facility, 407 Casillas Blvd. It’s part of the mission’s “no one should be alone” outreach and is […]

Mother, daughter debate ear piercing

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Topic: What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced? Mom The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends postponing ear piercing until a child is old enough to care for the pierced site herself. The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings. While these risks are […]

Kona lends ear to tutor program

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Beach, left, and Kona, middle, listen as Jake Jackson reads a Spiderman book at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Kona, a large Burnese mountain dog, sits patiently listening as the children he towers over read books to him. Kona is a certified therapy dog who lends a non-judgmental […]

Some just have experience on their side

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist In my travels I continue to be amazed by the technologies being used in ranching and feedlot operations. The close monitoring, record keeping and decision-making as a result of implant or ear tag scanning and computer tracking of individual beasts is fine-tuning and improving our productive efficiency. But it wasn’t […]

Pet finds place in columnist’s heart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The way our society cares for animals, especially our pets, is maybe a sign we’ve become highly evolved. Or maybe we’re just crazy. I’m by no means an animal rights activist or anything like that. I grew up on a farm and I know where that hamburger came from. […]

Hero welcomed home

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A Clovis family gave their hero the homecoming of a king Friday. Eighteen people spread across a corner by the Greyhound bus station in Clovis, sang carols and waved neon signs that read “Welcome Home.” An hour passed as they waited for the bus that carried John Martinez from his […]

Journaling makes surgery easier

By Helena Rodriguez This month I celebrate the second anniversary of a major surgery I had in 2002. Before you think I’m off the wall — regular readers already know this — I don’t normally observe the anniversaries of my surgeries. I just happened to stumble across this date when I started journaling again. Historically, […]