Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, these fitted garden gloves resemble a fancy pair of driving gloves with their leather cushioning on the palms and Velcro closures […]

Social Security won’t be funded by today’s youth

Freedom New Mexico While suffering through this federal debt-limit battle, think about something much more scary. Consider another story this week that relates to the financial crisis. Any tie-in may seem ludicrous, but bear with us. The owner of McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., has banned children under age 6 to protect grumpy adults from […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Rodeo, volleyball camp and Tyson’s fall

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals start today, all day, at the Curry County Events Center. Website of the day The revised Dora Consolidated Schools 2011-2012 calendar and elementary school supply list are available at http://www.doraschools.com/. Volleyball Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can participate […]

Officials: Water restrictions could last through summer

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Argen Duncan Portales has two new wells, but mandatory water restrictions may last the rest of the summer, according to city officials. To keep water storage levels high enough, city water users were banned from outdoor watering in late June and early July, and restrictions limiting which days users can water their yards have been […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Nia Vardalos on her adoption journey: ‘A peacefulness came over me when I met our daughter’

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Jenny Schafer Actress Nia Vardalos stole our hearts in the sleeper hit “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and her good friend Tom Hanks co-wrote “Larry Crowne” which is in theaters this weekend. Nia opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her adoption journey while shattering myths about the American foster care […]

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

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McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a handy way to keep in touch with your family, and now, it can also take care of your very first parenting decision _ what to name your child. The iPhone app Kick […]

Wild horse, burro adoptions set

A three-day wild horse and burro adoption is scheduled to be held at the Curry County Event Center July 14 through 16. Offering more than 50 animals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management begins adoption bidding at $125. Adopters must be qualified through an approved application which is available on site. To qualify, an adopter […]

Airline sponsoring food drive

Great Lakes Airlines is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Through July, anybody who brings a non-perishable food item to Great Lakes will be entered in a drawing to win one of four round-trip tickets between Clovis and Albuquerque. Donations will be accepted 5 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at […]

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 […]

Sumner Lake State Park reopened

Freedom New Mexico State park officials have conditionally reopened boating at Sumner Lake State Park, effective 7 a.m. Friday. Watercraft can only enter the lake through the main raft, and will require both a pre-launch inspection and a decontamination process upon removal. Officials estimate most inspections will take 10 minutes or less, and decontaminations 15 […]

Friday morning briefing: Lake opens, camp starts and O.J.’s ride

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hoop camp The Portales Rams Girls Basketball Camp is set for Monday through Wednesday at the Portales High School gym. The camp is open for girls entering first through eighth grade, and the cost is $35.Information: Traci Sievers at 749-2701. Registration forms and information: […]

Press release: Sumner Lake reopening Friday

State Park officials announced today that Sumner Lake State Park will reopen on Friday, June 17, 2011 with a number of new procedures in place to ensure there is no spread of Quagga mussel larva. As a condition of reopening, all watercraft will have to go through a mandatory inspection before launch and a decontamination […]

My turn: Fears pondered after dad’s accident

To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The saw bounced back from his […]

Slice of life: A matter of inches

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist To shoot a musician in the hand is as cruel as piercing a sword through his heart. That is the sad ending in Robert Rodriguez’s 1995 movie, “El Mariachi.” The villain takes away El Mariachi’s livelihood. Last week my dad had a near fatal accident with an electric handsaw. The […]

Rain snaps 4-month dry spell

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Sharna Johnson A welcome relief but still not enough, eastern New Mexico received its largest amount of moisture in four months on Thursday night. A storm that swept through the area brought with it much-needed rain through the evening hours but the dry ground just soaked it all up, said Curry County Extension Agent Stan […]

Severe storms expected tonight

Sharna Johnson Severe thunderstorms with dangerously high winds and large hail could move through Curry and Roosevelt counties by tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The storm front, which is expected to begin west of Clovis, will start moving through the area in the afternoon, said Tim Shy, NOAA senior forecaster. Shy said rain […]

ENMU briefs — May 25

Aqua aerobics course on tap Emily Meadows is teaching a morning aqua aerobics course in the Eastern New Mexico University Distance Education and Outreach program this summer. Meadows said the water is a great alternative for those who suffer from back pain or other ailments, and the resistance provided by the pool will improve cardiovascular […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]

In search of ponies: Dogs predisposed to destruction

Sharna Johnson “My dog is helping me downsize,” a coworker said to me recently. “How so?” I asked curiously. She went on to explain her dog has this thing about destroying anything that enters his area of the yard, regardless of what it is. So far he has eaten a garden hose, potted plants and […]

My turn: Family made Easter memorable

Growing up in the piney-woods outside Mt. Vernon, Texas, I loved Easter. At least, after the interminable Sunday-morning Pentecostal preaching ended and my mother drove her six kids the 10 miles back through White Oak Bottom—a soggy, foggy, cricket-humming swamp. On Easter, we wore our once-a-year new Sunday best — which I didn’t mind because […]