My turn: Farmville neighbors not so nice

Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime. Help a farmer plow his field, however, and then he’ll want you to unwither his crops, feed his chickens and more. I’m for helping neighbors, but when do their constant requests become un-neighborly? I’m not talking about real farmers now, but virtual farmers […]

Moms gear: Help your child keep away from sunburns with swimwear that changes color in the sun

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Maggie O’Neill Parents can teach their children to be sun aware – and sunburn aware – with a new line of swimwear offered through Seasons UV called LOL. Patterns on the swimwear tops change color to indicate that the sun is strong enough to cause a burn and that it’s time to apply sunscreen or […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top teacher, the Portales band and Billy the Kid

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top teacher Adam Quintero, a Clovis native, has been accepted to the Teach for America 2011 corps. Teach For America says it is national corps of top recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. Website […]

Children teach us best lessons

“Los ninos son como los pajaritos … Tu ensenas volar … Cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan.” A beautiful mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The children are like little birds. You […]

Area schools use food drive to teach

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Liliana Castillo Roosevelt and Curry county students are taking an active part in the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico’s largest canned food drive of the season. Each elementary school classroom received a specially-marked box Monday and Tuesday delivered by food bank employee and Clovis resident Leon Sweat. Each class in each school competes against […]

Mom used pinons to teach lesson

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Education, not politics, should be schools’ priority

Priorities. I am trying to teach my grandson Jason about priorities, and even Mikayla my granddaughter, to whatever extent that concept can be grasped by a 6-year-old. One of my favorite classroom observations comes from my friend John, a middle school Spanish teacher in Florida, who reinforces with each group of students that “My primary […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach reading skills such as reading comprehension and word definition, and to showcase different types of writing. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party and why? My […]

Lunch program offers education, raffle

Carol Calderon, Nutrition Educator with the Roosevelt County Extention Service, is set to teach free nutrition education to children and parents participating in the La Casa Family Health Center Summer Lunch Program from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at City Park.

It’s their Job: Bill Rice

PNT staff Name: Bill Rice Job: Cardiac Rehab Director at Roosevelt General Hospital Time on the job: Five years, on board since before the hospital opened. Background: Started working as an orderly in 1978, has been a nurse since 1984. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. “My job is an interesting job. I get […]

Expo provides horse training clinic

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Combining his love of horses and the chance to teach others to better communicate with their horses, horse trainer Orrin Barnes presented a clinic Tuesday at the 15th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. Barnes uses his clinics as an opportunity to teach horse owners about the proper bridling and […]

Cessation of smoking group’s priority

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Community residents who have made the New Years resolution to quit smoking or cease using tobacco of any kind, will soon have the opportunity to participate in a support group, to help reach their goal of quitting. The first step in that process is a tobacco cessation facilitator training, […]

Training educators of the future

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By Tony Parra There was a common theme expressed during Friday and Saturday’s 2005 Future Educators Association State Conference as to why people want to be teachers. They want to be teachers because they have a passion and a love for it. High School students from Clovis, Portales, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and other towns from […]

Board discusses nutrition: PJHS students teach eating habits

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eva Dean Stephens, a family consumer science teacher at Portales Junior High, told the Portales school board Monday about the Eat Smart, Play Hard program in which PJHS students teach third graders the importance of eating healthy. Austin Inge was one of 18 PJHS students who took turns helping […]