Kids’ gear: Sports pads keep your kids safe and comfortable

G-Form knee pads

McClatchy-Tribune The G-Form elbow, shin and knee pads are made from a lightweight material made specifically to flex with your joints and become rigid upon impact. The innovative exoskeleton design ensures comfortable protection with less bulk while your kid is on their bike, on the slopes or on the field. The Reactive Protection Technology provides […]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. […]

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 […]

Food at the speed of life: Tuna salad has Southwest influence

W ho says tuna salad needs mayonnaise? Inspired by recipes my parents make, I made a lighter tuna salad with a Southwestern twist … if you can use the contrasting words “tuna” and “Southwestern” in the same sentence. Anyway, the dish can become chicken salad or even salmon salad.

My turn: Tuna salad has Southwest influence

Who says tuna salad needs mayonnaise? Inspired by recipes my parents make, I made a lighter tuna salad with a Southwestern twist … if you can use the contrasting words “tuna” and “Southwestern” in the same sentence. Anyway, the dish can become chicken salad or even salmon salad. Salad with a Kick • 1 5-ounce […]

Moms Gear: Feeding time just got greener, cleaner

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Melissa Schweiger Kleinman I remember so clearly all the milk that dribbled down my son’s chin during feeding time, finding their way into hidden crevices that could only be uncovered after digging deep into his neck folds. With the arrival of my second son this spring, I’ve sworn I will be smarter and use a […]

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

My turn: Day trips made summer vacations

We never went to Disney Land when I was a kid. My vacation thrill was watching the Brady Bunch go to Hawaii. We mostly took day trips. However, two trips qualify as real summer vacations, granted they weren’t Disneyland; the year we went to Las Vegas (New Mexico) and when we camped in the Sangre […]

Shoutouts — June 19

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Fatherhood worth effort This is for those men who are undecided about starting a family. I married later in life and never thought about having kids; wanted to wait until I was in better shape, had more money, traveled more: The typical wall men put up. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] My wife made it clear that […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Moms Gear: The Bobble filtered water bottles allows you to fill up without fear

Bobble water bottle

Emilie Lucchesi Many moms carry reusable water bottles instead of buying disposable containers. Refilling water bottles at a public fountain or sink is generally a convenient and clean experience. But not-so tasty water sometimes flows from park district or outdoor fountains. Using a filtered bottle can help remove impurities and improve taste. The Bobble is […]

My turn: Pope John Paul II made sainthood hip

The media is so focused on Prince William and his soon-to-be-princess Kate Middleton that some fear Friday’s royal wedding will steal thunder from Sunday’s much-anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome. Before JPII was even laid to rest on April 8, 2005, crowds shouted “santo subito” (sainthood now). Sunday’s beatification makes JPII one […]

Faith even better with bit of a swing

A porch swing is a gift of relaxation. You can swing and read a book, bird watch or just watch the world go by. Sitting in the porch swing with my grandparents in the evening made happy childhood memories for me. Enjoying the night air and relaxing in the stillness of it brought peaceful moments. […]

Arrest made in Tucumcari deaths

City asking for Easter egg donations

The City of Portales needs donations of plastic Easter eggs, filled if possible, for its second annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is set for 3 p.m. April 23 at the city softball complex. Organizers made changes to address compaints that last year’s setup left many children emptyhanded, Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste said. Information […]

Police: Gun report at Walmart unsubstantiated

PNT staff After searching Walmart on Monday, police discovered a report of a man with a gun in the store to be false. About 12:15 p.m., someone called dispatchers and made the report. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers secured the store’s occupants, stopped people from entering and searched the store. They found […]

Can’t beat catfish

Several years ago I made a commercial for the Catfish Institute. Their office was in Belzoni, Miss. The commercial concluded, “…just write in care of Miz June. That’s B-E-L-Z-O-N-I. You learned to spell Mississippi in grade school!” I have spent most of my life in the mountain west so trout has been my primary fish […]

Their view: Transparency in N.M. has made great strides

Transparency in N.M. has made great strides Sarah Welsh, executive director of New Mexico’s Foundation for Open Government, issued the following news release on Thursday, promoting the state’s new Sunshine Portal: Today is a red-letter day for transparency in New Mexico. When I became FOG’s executive director last year, one of the first things I […]

Xcel awards CCC $4,000 grant

The Xcel Energy Foundation this week provided a $4,000 grant to Clovis Community Colleges, according to a press release from Xcel Energy. The $36,000 in grants made to nine nonprofit groups were made through the Arts & Culture focus area of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which grants money to nonprofit groups working in towns and […]

Elida’s Best signs with Zias

C Reavis Best fulfilled a dream Tuesday when she signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball at Eastern New Mexico University. The Elida High senior is also keeping a promise she made to her older sister, Heidi Best, who died in 2007 in a motor vehicle accident. “I actually promised her, or it was the deal […]