New mommy regrets: Readers talk about what they wish they’d done differently in those first sleep-deprived days

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Caitlin Brody Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, users of TheBump.com sound off on the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). 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 […]

In search of ponies: Only the fish die young

Sharna Johnson The first one to go was the algae eater — initially construed as a bittersweet sign that at least the tank was clean. But by that night the second one flopped on its side, gills flaring for the last time. Then a third died — the one that lived under a rock, which […]

Reader-submitted content: Dairy course offers first-hand experience

Audry Olmsted When Merel Rodenburg first attended New Mexico State University’s Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in Clovis in 2010, she expected to get technical book knowledge to supplement her studies in animal production. What the University of Arizona senior didn’t expect was the intensive hands-on experience she would get — as well as the […]

New social network, same old story

First, it was Friendster … what’s that? You’re right. It wasn’t, but we’d be here all day if we talked about Classmates.com, ICQ, Yahoo Pager, MSN Messenger, etc. To save time, let’s pretend Friendster came first, with its ability to reconnect with old friends. Then MySpace came around, and added musicians. Then it was Facebook, […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Melissa Rycroft talks about life with a newborn

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By Jenny Schafer Reality TV starlet Melissa Rycroft is reveling in new motherhood. The gorgeous “Bachelor” alum and her “amazing” hubby Tye Strickland welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on Feb. 16. The 28-year-old first-time mom — who is teaming up with Huggies and the Every Little Bottom campaign —

Elder records first ace

First hole-in-one: Don “Doc” Elder of Portales recorded his first hole in one Tuesday at Portales Country Club. Elder made the hole-in-one on the par 3, 161-yard third hole using a 4-hybrid club.

Fifth Fridays joint community event

The Portales Arts Council, Portales MainStreet and City of Portales Cultural Affairs have teamed up to bring city residents Fifth Fridays, a new Portales event which will happen on the last Friday of every five-week month The first “Fifth Friday” is Sept. 30, with potential followups Dec. 30 and March 30, 2012. Event Chair Dawn […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Meetings watch, voting begins and the first Corvette

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch • The Clovis Municipal Schools board meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building. • The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board plans to close out the 2010-2011 fiscal […]