Summer learning helps keep children’s minds sharp

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Russell Anglin Clovis Municipal Schools teacher and mother of one, Gwyn Del Toro understands the importance of having her son Matthew hit the books before he starts kindergarten in the fall. She said Matthew has been an active library patron this summer. “He likes the ‘I Spy’ books but then we get a bunch of […]

Rewarding reading: Keep your kid reading this summer

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Encourage your kids to read all summer with an add-a-bead bookmark. At the beginning of the summer, buy beads that your child will find enticing: letters that spell out his name, for example, or some shaped like bugs or animals. Tie one plain bead to the end of a yarn lace, and […]

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

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 […]

Summer time to enjoy

The pool is up and ready to go; has been for several weeks. I purchased a mechanical piranha, which Jason and Mikayla are having a lot of fun being chased around in the water by. It is especially fun when we are playing with lights out, and with the flashlight that works underwater. So far, […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Eager readers: Summer reading program encourages youths to read

The Cannon Library staff are taking children on a journey through medieval times during the summer reading program themed A Midsummer Knight’s Read. The program kicked off May 9 with an event called Once Upon A Hat in which library assistant Loretta Croke began a story about a kingdom and its queen, king, joker and […]

Military mama: Summer hysteria has set in at home

Summer hysteria has stricken my household. It seems that everything that was learned throughout the school year has magically disappeared into the great beyond. Manners, what are those? We have far too many conversations centering around burps, farts and other bodily functions that seem to fascinate my five year old. Sharing is apparently only something […]

Our view: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard.Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, which […]

My turn: Butt diving takes toll on shorts

When summer hits, I always start to think of outdoor activities. That is not just hiking, jogging or biking; it includes baseball games, and playing in the park. And I don’t think about the outdoors without thinking about swimming. When I was a kid, every summer we started off with swimming lessons. That was usually […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Summer schedules and rodeo finals in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Summer schedule Portales Municipal Schools offices are observing an abbreviated summer schedule through July

Clovis, Portales offering summer programs

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Alisa Boswell School is out in Clovis and Portales which means the beginning of summer programs for local families and children. The Portales Recreational Center has two four-week sessions for their summer program, which include swimming, arts and crafts, athletics, field trips and much more. According to the center director, Jodi Kibbe, the first sessions […]

Library launches summer reading program

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Alisa Boswell Registration for the Portales Public Library Summer Reading Incentive Program begins today at 10 a.m. at the public library. Although the program is free, children and young adults participating must register in order to be in the program, said Tawna Luscombe, the children’s librarian. Children participating are given a log-in sheet on which […]

Thursday morning briefing: Firefighting fact, summer classes and remembering The Babe

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast fact The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909. ENMU summer classs The eight-week summer school term at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will run from Monday through July 29.

My turn: ‘Soda water’ reminds me of grandfather

I remember on summer evenings when we were visiting my grandparents in Lubbock and Grandma Chaya would make a pitcher of cherry Kool-Aid to wash down her savory meat fried with “calabaza” or summer squash. Grandma Chaya added slices of lemon, orange and lime to the Kool-Aid. It was good. After dinner, though, Grandpa Chico […]

The stars shine bright in Bardstown, Ky.: Take the whole family on a great getaway to see Thomas the Tank Engine and more

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Kathy Witt This summer, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt will join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion – and Toto, too – in Bardstown, Ky., a small town known far and wide as “The Bourbon Capital of the World” owing to its preeminent spot on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Liquid gold […]

Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

ENMU looking to build summer ESL course

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Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University employees are trying to jump start the ENMU Summer English as a Second Language Institute, with more emphasis on including the community. ENMU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Fanelli Ayala said organizers are trying to build the institute’s outreach to the community and service to international […]

Military mama: Family ready for summer

Spring fever is heating up as we near the summer months. Soon, school will be out. The streets will be littered with kids on bikes, running through sprinklers and the sound of ice cream trucks will raise their hopes and empty your wallet. I have been out of school for quite some time now, but […]

ENMU commencement ceremony set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Sweet 16 and walking the stage. Among the 484 spring graduates and 69 summer graduates eligible to participate in Eastern New Mexico University’s commencement Saturday is 16-year-old Hobbs resident and biology major Jessica McGraw, according to ENMU information. Her brother, John, expects to graduate at age 19 in December with a double major […]