Walking? Spicy foods? Both among bids to bring on labor

"Stroller babes" walk around Mckinley Park

Liza Lester By nine days past her baby’s due date last October, Sarah Ikemire was anxious – and speed-walking daily around Sacramento, Calif.’s McKinley Park. She wanted baby Mason to emerge on his own, without urging from drugs or, worse, a Caesarean section. She asked her doctor what she could do to encourage her baby [...]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Ten things to know before you become Mom

Marla Jo Fisher Life would have been easier if I had known these things before I had children: 1. It’s pointless to buy nice furniture It’s so much easier to just get cheap stuff than to spend your life hollering and frantically running around trying to clean up messes. My children are active _ OK [...]

In defense of a crowded closet

Aisha Sultan My ambitious clothing audit began with an impulse to purge. It was getting harder to pull garments in and out of a packed closet, in which tops pressed up against dress shirts, which nudged jackets into a dark corner. I decided to catalogue each item taking up precious space by color, age, style [...]

Ticket feature: Christian music event all day Aug. 13

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Freedom New Mexico Shatter the Silence is set to bring Clovis a full day of Christian music event. With doors opening at noon and music beginning at 2 p.m., the Aug. 13 concert line-up will bring seven nationally known Christian rock bands to the stage of the Curry County Events Center. Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, [...]

Wisdom of older generation fading

Oliver Goldsmith (1726-1774) wrote, “I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.” I think he was onto something. Of course, the fact I’m getting older couldn’t have anything to do with my opinion — could it? When you think about it, old age has many superior qualities young [...]

Reader-submitted content: Roosevelt woman inducted into state 4-H hall of fame

Jane Moorman Roosevelt County resident Jackie Clark is among the 21 4-H leaders and supporters inducted into the New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame in July at New Mexico State University. The induction ceremony, which was held during the 4-H state conference, included individual recognition for the inductees and a reception. The hall of fame [...]

Portales man charged in 2009 slaying tested for trial competency

Portales resident Leroy Salaz, charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2009 stabbing death of Marco Bonilla, is being treated to see if he’s competent to stand trial, the prosecutor on the case said Wednesday. Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover said Salaz was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute at Las Vegas after a [...]

Business owners expect brisk sales during tax-free weekend

Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan For the seventh year in a row, back-to-school shopping will be slightly less taxing. Numerous merchants in New Mexico are getting set for the state’s tax-free holiday. According to the state’s Taxation and Revenue Department website, the tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday of August and [...]

Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity volunteers break ground on new project

By Marge Rhode Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis. After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need [...]

ENMU shrimp boil raises scholarships for freshmen

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University’s annual alumni shrimp boil fundraiser raises thousands of dollars each year for Portales High School students to attend ENMU. The event is being held Aug. 13. Trish Maguire, director of distance education and alumni board member at ENMU, said the event has been held for seven years, usually in [...]