Our people: A natural fit

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Lori Daniell’s childhood dream was simply to be a mom, but that didn’t turn out to be so simple for the Portales mother of three. Daniell, who has three adopted sons, works with her husband Rick at the Christian Children’s home in Portales.

Environmental lobby groups live outside reality

Baxter Black Three giant lobby groups from an alternative time-warp are engaged in a furious hissy fit whose purpose is raising money to pay lawyers. “Send Money so we can Litigate, Pay company Executives, and Solicit more Funds!” “Animals are overrunning government property,” they exclaimed, “… and endangering the environment! These are domestic animals that […]

Still trying to fit part of super mom

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We all have the same amount of hours in the day. However, what we can accomplish varies greatly. I often feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel. I try and try, but my to-do list keeps getting longer, the clutter piles up and I am left wishing for more time. I appreciate the break […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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By Colleen Diskin PRODUCT: Babba Cover “Airy” car seat sun-blocking cover MANUFACTURER: Babba Cover HOW MUCH: $50 WHAT: Chemical-filled sunscreens aren’t recommended for infants, so many parents resort to using ill-fitting blankets as a sunblock over strollers and car seats. This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 […]

Politicians extortionists at heart

It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their forte is […]

My turn: Exercise with caution

You know, a healthy lifestyle and eating right is certainly okay…staying active and keeping fit is great, for those who do it. Oh yeah, don’t forget to stretch before any physical activity… just don’t do it like this guy. This week’s video is a clip that is obviously of a new fad-exercise technique, using a […]

Embezzlement charges appear to fit pattern of conduct

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New mexico Embezzlement charges against the owner of Portales Livestock Auction appear to fit a pattern of conduct leading to a shutdown of the facility more than a year ago. Randy Bouldin is charged with embezzling more than $450,000 in December 2008, when prosecutors say he sold 1,000 head of cattle […]

Getting to know: New pastor says Portales good fit

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David Heflin is the new pastor at the Church of Christ at Third Street and Kilgore Avenue. Heflin and his wife, Katie, and their children Josiah, 6, Micah, 4, and Rebekah, nine months, moved to Portales in January. Heflin is from north Texas and his wife’s parents live in California so they were looking for […]

Workforce ready

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area community colleges are offering programs designed to help students earn state certification allowing them to enter the workforce with more opportunities. For many, a traditional four-year college education such as programs offered at Eastern New Mexico University is just not an option. While ENMU has adjusted to offer […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]

Program makes staying fit fun

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Caleb Sapp and Courtney Thatcher, both 11, give each other a high five at the Cannon Air Force Base Youth Center Monday as Courtney’s mother, Patty, looks on. They participate in the Air Force’s Fit Factor program, and Courtney said they have By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Anyone for a […]

Dec. 24 Commander's Action Line

What are some programs that could be implemented locally for the base to be more PT-minded? We appreciate your question. We at the 27th Special Operations Wing are very serious about improving the quality of life here so our airmen can both focus on and carry out the mission effectively. I contacted both the fitness […]

President Schwarzenegger? Just doesn’t fit

By Kevin Wilson It’s a little overdue, but I’ve got to say it — I miss Tim Russert. He kept people honest, and he was the national voice for Buffalo Sabres fans like me. But I’m glad to know the late “Meet the Press” host wasn’t perfect, and in discovering that I found out I […]

Immigrants help shape country

Anita Doberman This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to talk about how long […]

Immigrants help to shape country

By Anita Doberman: Freedom Newspapers Columnist This week my sister and my cousins came to visit me while my husband is deployed. We spoke Italian at home and during our outings, and many people asked where we came from. Sometimes they were surprised when I answered in fluent English, but we usually moved on to […]