My turn: Cowboys loyalty part of childhood

Since I grew up in legendary Cowboys quarterback “Dandy” Don Meredith’s hometown of Mt. Vernon, Texas, and hauled hay for his parents, it is illegal for me not to be a Cowboys fan. As a youngster, I rode 100 miles to a Dallas-Green Bay pre-season game at the Cotton Bowl with my father and his […]

Their view: Focus on solution instead of blame game

Natalie Caine-Bish, an associate professor at Kent State University and licensed dietitian, offers this view on childhood obesity:

My turn: Look to childhood for stress busters

Sometimes I don’t like being a grown up. There are tough times when you do what you need to do then there are tough times when you stop and think, “But I don’t wanna!” I’ve had these moments a lot lately. I have been continually stuck inside doing what has to be done when what […]

Hamburgers childhood treat

Having lunch with a couple of guys that are older fogies than myself I couldn’t win, so I just listened. The talk turned to hamburgers and how cheap we used to buy them growing up. When they got down to a quarter burger I knew I couldn’t beat that myself. I can maybe remember a […]

No fire found at Brown Early Childhood Center

Freedom New Mexico Despite a smell of smoke, firefighters found no fire at Brown Early Childhood Center Wednesday morning. Julie Miller, administrative assistant to the superintendent, said students were moved to the new, kindergarten section of the building to keep them safe and warm. Fire Chief Gary Nuckols said firefighters were called to the school […]

Perspective born from childhood impatience

Sharna Johnson It all started with a chicken and an egg. And another egg, and another… Make that a chicken and a nest of eggs. Enter a hungry polecat (Appalachian for skunk) and you have a nest full of eggs and no chicken. It was cool outside, early spring. I was 12 and I was […]

Live in the now of life

Remember those wonderful childhood dreams … When I grow up, I’m going to be …? As a small child, I dreamed of my knight in shining armor sweeping me away on that beautiful white charger. That “someday” finally came for me. I married my tall, dark and handsome knight, and he swept me away in […]

Their view: National PTA joining fight against childhood obesity

The National Parent Teacher Association issued a press release Thursday supporting federal government efforts “to improve child nutrition.” U.S. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., introduced the Nutrition for America’s Children Act. Here’s the PTA release:

Free markets help people lead longer lives

Freedom New Mexico Some good news for a change: Childhood deaths are dropping worldwide. The number of deaths of children under age 5 has been cut by 35 percent in the past 20 years, to 7.7 million. The lower world rate now is 53.3 childhood deaths out of 1,000 children. The best rate, in Singapore, […]

Painting is their passion

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Two artists are hoping to paint their way into a new business in Clovis. Childhood friends Tasha Hicks and Megen Graddy, both 22, decided they’d like to paint murals for a living. They started by offering their work for free — with a mural for a store on Grand […]

Free spirits should be embraced

Have you ever known an actual, live, free spirit? I know a few in the human realm, and several in the animal world. My favorite human free spirit is a female, who has followed her own drum since childhood. She didn’t buy into many of the protocols most people take for granted. For example, her […]

Schools do part to battle childhood obesity

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico First lady Michelle Obama is directing national attention to childhood obesity with her “Let’s Move” campaign. And Clovis and Portales schools are taking the fight straight to the lunchroom as they work to provide healthy meals to local youths. “We are turning towards using more fresh fruits and frozen […]

Teddy bears take their place in class

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Teddy bears on parade mark the end of a week-long learning experience for students at L.L. Brown Early Childhood Center on Friday. Students have brought their furry little friends to class for the annual fall Teddy Bear Week celebration. Cole Rowland, 5, brought his teddy bear Zack, which is […]

Didn’t shoot my eye out, but …

In the sporting goods department of a discount store my eyes fell on the most sought-after Christmas present of my childhood — a Daisy BB gun. Just seeing it brought back memories. Yeah, that’s right, Ralphie from the 1983 movie “The Christmas Story” and I had a lot in common. We both wished for a […]

Childhood games always fair

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Once an innocent way of deciding who went first or who got the last piece of candy, the game “rock, paper, scissors” is now organized into a televised U.S. championship. Surfing the channels one night last week, there it was on an obscure Fox Sports channel, folks in […]

Children focus on health

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales kindergarteners from Brown Early Childhood Center were on the march Thursday, complete with signs and chants — in support of juvenile diabetes research. The school is completing a week-long focus on healthy choices, which has included lessons on eating right and exercising. The students also raised funds for […]

Childhood spring memories

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer April showers bring May flowers. I remember that saying well from my childhood. And with those April showers came plenty of croaking frogs to keep us awake at night. This cloudy time of year reminds me of my unforgettable childhood days growing up in the barrio of north Portales, […]

Local briefs April 20

PNT Staff Report Kindergarten registration Brown Early Childhood Center will hold early registration for kindergarten from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the foyer of the main building. Parents should bring the child’s immunization record and birth certificate. Information: 356-7075 Art guild to meet La Escalera Art Guild will meet at […]

Jan. 6, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available from the Portales Public Library: The Everything Parent’s Guide to Childhood Illnesses By Leslie Young, MD This new book by a recognized M.D. with his own pediatric office debunks myths and offers you a trusted reference for recognizing and troubleshooting common childhood illnesses. This helpful guide covers newborns to adolescents […]

One person’s culinary disaster another’s treat

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer I’ve been thinking about burnt toast and tortillas lately, staples of my childhood. Before you label me weird, there’s a Web site advertising a Museum of Burnt Food which celebrates “The art of culinary disaster.” My childhood wasn’t exactly a culinary disaster. In fact, I thought I was a […]