In search of ponies: Critters offer children endless amusement

Sharna Johnson “Hello, do you sell feeder ants?” I asked the lady who answered at the pet store. “Put it back where you found it,” the voice on the other end of the line responded. “Excuse me? What do you mean?” “The horned toad. Take it back where you found it, you can’t keep it,” […]

Water demands problematic

Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales officials are asking residents to watch their water use this weekend and during the summer. New Mexico American Water said Clovis residents consumed 10.8 million gallons per day on Wednesday and Thursday. That’s close to NMAW’s per day production capacity of 11.3 million gallons, […]

Residents discuss Father’s Day gifts

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Russell Anglin Joe Rede, a Tucumcari retiree, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of “a whole bunch” of children, has seen plenty of Father’s Days. When it comes to bad Father’s Day gifts, Rede could sum up his thoughts in two words. “Ratty ties,” he said. “Neckties. Terrible ties. I’ve seen some with polka dots of different […]

Portales man, 76, faces battery charge

A 76-year-old Portales man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth degree felony. Officers took Josephus Daniel into custody Wednesday after investigating an incident at his residence on June 11. According to police: On June 11, officers were dispatched to […]

McGee: Missing Dad

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I haven’t written much about my father. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to find the words to give him the praise he deserves. You see Dad was a career man. What I remember most about Dad was he yelled a lot and didn’t talk much to my brother, […]

Their view: Senator supports ending ethanol subsidy

Senator supports ending ethanol subsidy U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman voiced his support for the end of a subsidy of ethanol — an additive to gasoline aimed at reducing pollution — in a press release issued Thursday.

Officials elected to lead us, not serve us

Freedom New Mexico Let’s stop acting like we’re too morally pure to tolerate a sexting fetishist in Congress. Though some great Americans serve in government, an assortment of perverts, cads and garden-variety losers comprise our political class. The boundaries of tolerance for bad behavior were defined nicely in 1983 by four-term Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, […]

‘Note’-able performance

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Alisa Boswell Rebekah Christensen, 9, of Portales is excited to get a delicious solo line in “Chocolate,” the final song in a children’s choir performance noon today in Buchanan Hall at Eastern New Mexico University. Christensen said “Hot fudge with all the fixins has become a cute addiction” is the line she will sing in […]

Mandatory water restrictions ordered

Mandatory water restrictions were ordered Thursday for residents of Portales, according to a press release. Due to drought weather conditions and until further notice, odd numbered addresses are allowed to water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Even numbered addresses are allowed to water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No watering is allowed between […]

ENMU names Chris Terry baseball coach

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Dave Wagner Eastern New Mexico University has found its new baseball coach. Chris Terry was selected on Thursday to replace Phil Clabaugh, who resigned in May after 20 seasons at the helm. Terry, 38, has spent the past four years at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., an NAIA school. He compiled a record of 120-80 […]

Reader submitted content: Community invited to celebrate Heritage Days

The Heritage Days parade on Saturday will be taking parade registration up until 9:15 a.m. the day of the parade at the corner of South Avenue O and West Second Street on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. Anyone or group that has not pre-registered is invited to show up the morning of the parade […]

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 […]

My turn: Always aiming for good time

I discovered Tuesday night that my aim with my .380 gun is still horrible because I have had very little shooting time with it. So, the adventures of learning how to shoot continue but with a new resolution in mind: I am now determined to go to the shooting range a minimum of once a […]

Letter leaves lasting impression

When our middle son left home, he left a letter that we read every Father’s Day. I guess we do that so we can cry. I have his permission to use it again. It is one of my treasures, and I love to share it.

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

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Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. […]

Moms gear: Home spa products to pamper yourself

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McClatchy-Tribune HARNN Asian-inspired home spa collection includes products for skin and hair, massage oils, candles and more. Active ingredients common in HARNN products draw from herbal medicinal knowledge and include rice bran oil, pomegranate, lemongrass and black tea. Its products have become popular in Asia and Europe, and are now being sold in the U.S. […]

Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

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Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: ‘Y&R’ star Sean Kanan says ‘Our family is a benevolent dictatorship’

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Jenny Schafer Sean Kanan plays the role of bad boy Deacon Sharpe on TV’s popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” The 44-year-old father of five has been heavily involved with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) this past year, lobbying on the topics of anti-bullying and sexual orientation inclusion. The soap star opens up to […]

Family Meals Matter: Easy weeknight meals

Ham and Swiss Rosti

From MealsMatter.org Healthy eating on hectic weeknights might seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and having a few key ingredients on hand, you can prepare healthy meals, even dessert in less than 30 minutes. This week’s featured family meal comes together in a flash. Prepare Ham and Swiss […]