My turn: Baby names show Hispanics assimilating

No way Jose, but how about Jacob? It doesn’t have the same ring, but according to The Social Security Administration, for the first time since 1972 (with the exception of one year), the name Jose fell from the No. 1 spot for Hispanic baby boys, even in Texas, where Jose’s been top since 1996. Where […]

Safety first as kids join the bicycle commute at a young age

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Niesha Lofing Raleigh White, 2, is an entertaining front-seat driver. Snuggled in the Bobike safety seat atop the front of her mom’s bicycle, she points out other cyclists to Mina White as they pass by, providing a running commentary during the five-mile trek from their Tahoe Park, Calif., home to downtown Sacramento. From her vantage […]

Mother of Confusion: Two great apps for preschoolers

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Genevieve Hinson Awesome, a PBS preschooler app for the Droid! For those geeky smartphone users with kids, PBS has launched Super Why, their first app for the Android. No need to panic iPhone users, the app was made available for your platform last year. The Super Why app helps kids achieve the power to read […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Child Sense: Remember your child’s dominant sense while starting a garden together

Priscilla J. Dunstan Family activities are wonderful for creating memories, building family unity and having fun. It’s important to pick activities that the whole family can enjoy, remembering that not everyone enjoys things in exactly the same way. Building a spring garden together, while using each child’s dominant sense, can make each part of the […]

Modern hero names: Monroe is just the beginning

I was sitting here last week, making a list of what I was thinking of as Modern Hero Names – you know, like Palin and Winslet – when the news came in about the names Mariah Carey had chosen for her newborn twins. She’d given her daughter the Old Man Name of Monroe, she said, […]

Stepping down: Assistant superintendent set to retire

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Travel, grandchildren … maybe consulting work will soon dominate Priscilla Hernandez’s life. Hernandez, Portales Municipal Schools assistant superintendent, is retiring after 11 years with Portales and 35 years working in Texas and New Mexico public school systems. “I think I’ve loved my job everywhere I’ve worked,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s a calling. It’s not […]

Former Portales resident involved in shooting tragedy

Staff and wire reports A 9-year-old Lubbock girl is dead after her grandfather shot her while rabbit hunting in what investigators are calling “a very tragic accident” at the family farm about 20 miles northwest of Lubbock. Lubbock Christian School Superintendent Peter Dahlstrom, 61, was hunting with four grandchildren on the family farm Friday evening […]

Drought taking toll on farmers’ markets

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Kevin Wilson The drought in Curry County hasn’t stopped Don Wiley from getting ready for annual farmers’ markets in both Clovis and Portales. “We’re in a dry part of the world anyway,” said Wiley, who grows about 30 varieties of vegetables for the twice-weekly sales. “I’ve always been prepared. I use drip irrigation. Drought in […]

My turn: Calling all kickball players

I recently saw a flyer from the Portales Recreation Center, for a kickball tournament. I don’t want to brag, but I used to be pretty good at kickball. I played a lot in grade school. Not for exercise, it was just what we did. We would choose teams and one team would take the field […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, summer classes and the Brooklyn Bridge

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie’s pick, just for you gamers. Game: L.A. Noire Genre: Adventure System: 360, PS3 What is it? A journey through the seamy side of the City of Angels featuring absorbing investigations and intoxicating sense of style. […]

Fire near Milnesand contained

PNT staff report Fire burned an estimated 2,596 acres Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Road 35 and Highway 206 near Milnesand, but was contained on Roosevelt Road 35 within half a mile of Roosevelt Road M. “Our main concern was keeping it from Road 33 because there were two structures over there,” said Milnesand Fire Chief […]

Club notes — May 22

Portales Woman’s Club The Portales Woman’s Club met May 11 with President Della Kobernick presiding. The Collect was led by Doncella Caywood, the pledges by Jan Smartnick and Gaynelle Thomas gave the invocation. There were 26 members and four guests present. Following breakfast, Jane Hilliard and Dianne Parker introduced Gabriella Garcia a senior at Portales […]

Positive thinking tips, flower arranging featured on show

Information on positive thinking and flower arranging will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Judi Moreo is a motivational speaker and an author, and she’s going to talk about her latest book titled “You Are More Than Enough,” and explain why we should associate with positive people, […]

Our people: Woman of letters

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Melrose resident Jamie Dickerman served as the president’s ambassador at Eastern New Mexico University during her senior year. She graduated May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Dickerman works as a grant writer and special events coordinator for the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico and plans to […]

My turn: President deserving of respect

To spotlight American jurisprudence, I would have preferred that we had captured Osama bin Laden, given him a fair trial, then executed him — but I won’t quibble. Besides hard-to-resist revenge for 9/11, his death highlighted birthers’ pettifoggery. Although a legal short-form birth certificate for President Obama had been released, and a news clipping announcing […]

Ballot box initiatives have boomerang effect

Freedom New Mexico Good-government activists have correctly identified “ballot-box budgeting” — when voters approve costly new spending initiatives at the ballot box — as one of the ongoing fiscal problems faced by California, which continually is troubled by multibillion-dollar budget deficits. Toward that end, two Democratic legislators have introduced bills that would require that any […]

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 […]