Schools holding Family Leadership Institute

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Alisa Boswell Portales Municipal Schools is holding its Family Leadership Institute today. The program is geared toward building successful relationships between parents and teachers and parents and their children, according to Director of Federal Programs Henry Montano. “It’s a districtwide educational program that focuses on providing families with knowledge, tools and inspiration to help their […]

Police warn of phone scams

Freedom New Mexico Numerous reports have been made to the Portales Police Department in the last several weeks concerning telephone scams, according to Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry. Berry said these scams have been going on for years and come in spurts, but new techniques have been reported recently. More recent techniques include a […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

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Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity moms and Michaels say ‘The family that crafts together, stays together’

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Carolyn Robertson Crafty mama Holly Robinson Peete gathered a few of her friends — including actress Ali Landry — together this week to help launch Michaels Family Craft Night in Los Angeles. Though her gig as co-host of The Talk and her work with the HollyRod Foundation keep her busy, Holly always makes time for […]

Reunions — Aug. 21

Carlton The family of Aubrey and Elmira (Crow) Carlton, formerly of Friona, held their 25th annual reunion at the homes of Ricky and Donette Sabins and Debbie Carltonon July 16 in Plainview, Texas. Special guests attending were Ethelyn Garnett of Lockney, Texas, and Tami Vernon of Plainview. Family attending were Saundra Lappe of Ovala, Texas; […]

My turn: Fairs are time for family

I love fairs. I was recently thinking about why, in my mid-20s, I still get excited about going to the fair and I realized it’s nostalgia. The local county fairs are a symbol of home and family for me. Some of my fondest memories as a child are going to local fairs and similar events […]

Important to visit family

I got lost finding my uncle and aunt’s house. Yes, it was that simple. I was going to visit my Uncle Mel and Aunt Joann, on my recent trip back to western Pennsylvania and I got lost. They live on a state route which connects Butler County and Beaver County, and I became confused because […]

Vacationing Muleshoe family witnesses chase of fugitives

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Kevin Wilson RayAn and Cary Dosher flipped on a local news broadcast from their Pueblo, Colo., hotel Tuesday night — unaware that the next day, they were part of a story they had just seen. The next morning, the Muleshoe residents found themselves spectators in a high-speed chase on I-25 that brought in three of […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Wounded soldier’s condition improving

CNJ staff The condition of a Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan July 15 is improving. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. was moved to a surgical unit Tuesday after spending nearly a month in intensive care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., according to family friend Angie Taylor. Smith had only […]

Our people: Clovis obstetrician Dr. Richard Layman and his family travel frequently

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Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. He’s delivering babies for some of the same people he delivered. He took that as a hint. He’s decided it’s time to retire. Layman, 61, said he enjoys practicing in a small town. “It’s great being able to know your patients […]

Every trick in the book: Five ways to inspire your children to read

Paula Sirois Beside the proud and vocal parent who shares how great of a reader her child is (so much so that she can barely keep up with the insatiable demand for books, books, books) is the regular mom who cringes as she considers how her kid not only doesn’t read but hates reading and […]

Rodeoing family tradition

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Liliana Castillo As a girl raced toward the first barrel on her trusty steed, Sally Bland yelled “Go Stephanie!” Then she realized that wasn’t Stephanie. Stephanie was that girl’s mother. “She so looked like her, competing in the same event and everything,” Bland said. At the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association Finals, it’s not unusual […]

Anniversaries —

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Gutierrez Adam and Dolores Gutierrez celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 5, 2011, with their children and family on the Carnival Ecstasy ship with a ceremony renewing their vows. Capt. Robertio Tennie presided in the ceremony.

Shout outs— July 17

Veteran sends well wishes to relatives Born in Tucumcari in 1963, retired Senior Master Sgt. Dave Aragon spent most of his early years as a Clovis resident, attending Lincoln Jackson Elementary School, Marshall Junior High School, then Clovis High School, graduating with the Class of 1982. Dave enlisted and entered the active duty Air Force […]

Their view: Raising family workout in itself

FNM columnist and Air Force wife Loni Newby talks about the challenges of family outings:

The death of the living room

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Kristen Jordan Shamus The grand shuffle is in full swing. To make way for a new member of the family, a big change was in order. My home office, which doubled as a spare room, was dismantled to become our older daughter’s bedroom. Julia got to keep the queen-size spare bed with the caveat that […]

Family source of ideas

L ife isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to write about what you know and it’ll be easy. Writing about what I know leaves me […]

My turn: Family time always fun

I love holidays that revolve around quality family fun time. This Independence Day holiday definitely turned out to be a memorable one for me. The UFO Festival in Roswell had great music and other entertainment, such as a wine festival, a lot of souvenir stores and an alien costume contest. A boy around 5 or […]

Dirty Laundry: Taking care of fathers complicates family roles

Aisha Sultan Amy Goyer left her home in Washington two years ago to care for her aging parents in Phoenix. Her mother had suffered a stroke two decades earlier, and her father was beginning to show signs of dementia. Goyer works at AARP as a family expert and has walked hundreds of caregivers through this […]