Beg, budget or steal: Three ways to deal with the end-of-school blues

Paula Sirois Like dental appointments and the DMV, the end of the school year is just another thing I tend to deny (for as long as possible). But school ends whether I like it or not, and whether I’m prepared for it or not. This year I vowed to be prepared _ to be that […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Who was foolish enough to give me kids?

Marla Jo Fisher Occasionally, people will pick up my column in the mistaken belief they are going to become informed about how to raise children. But, really, no one would come to me for parenting advice unless they’d been drinking heavily. As writer Lori Borgman wrote in her book, “I was a better mother before […]

Friday morning briefing: Take a walk, Cops & Kids and the last train in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Get in step Feeling like you need a little exercise? There is Open Walking from 10 a.m. until noon today at the Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Cops & Kids Registration is under way for a Cops & Kids basketball tournament featuring…well…cops and kids. […]

ENMU briefs — May 11

Kids’Zumba class offered The office of Distance Education and Outreach is offering kids’ Zumba classes this summer. Kacy Cash will teach the classes. The 4- to 7-year-old class is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from June 6 to July 29. The 8- to 12-year-old class is set for 5 p.m. to 5:30 […]

My turn: Family made Easter memorable

Growing up in the piney-woods outside Mt. Vernon, Texas, I loved Easter. At least, after the interminable Sunday-morning Pentecostal preaching ended and my mother drove her six kids the 10 miles back through White Oak Bottom—a soggy, foggy, cricket-humming swamp. On Easter, we wore our once-a-year new Sunday best — which I didn’t mind because […]

Friday morning briefing: Bowling for kids, music and April Fool

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Bowling for kids The Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico are looking for participants in its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser. It’s May 14 at the

Thursday morning briefing: ENMU Science fiction and film, business snips and movie whiz kids

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Science fiction fact Eastern New Mexico University is hosting annual High Plains Film Festival in conjunction with the 35th Jack Williamson Lectureship series beginning today through Saturday. Here’s a link for the series schedule and other info: http://www.enmu.edu/academics/williamson/lectureship.shtmlQuirky quote of the day “Put your […]

Thursday morning briefing: Antelope in Clovis and kudos for kids

Good Morning. It’s The Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast facts As late as 1909, antelope near Clovis were numerous enough to cause farmers to complain of crop destruction and protest violently against a $50 fine for killing one. Washington window A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold “Udall […]

Raising livestock family commitment

My hat is off to parents who have a job in town but insist on raising their kids in a “rural lifestyle.” Fifty or so thousand young people were at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year. I would bet at least 3.4 of them come from rural lifestyle families. The relationship between kids […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against the house. […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas kids, the mayor’s ball and an old guy with new tricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing. Christmas kids Deadline is Nov. 16 to enter your daughter in the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s

Diapers part of raising kids

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist CLOTH DIAPERS “Parents nowadays sure make things complicated,” The Lady of the House said while reading the Saturday paper. “There’s a whole article in here about learning how to use cloth diapers,” she said. She put the paper down and looked over her glasses. “It’s about a workshop where you […]

Their view: Americans need to clean house next election

Bill Cathey of Dora shared his views of America in a letter to the editor: Twice a year I help put out flags at the Mount Zion cemetery. These American heroes fought for freedoms we enjoy, some even died for their country. I worry about the America my kids and grandkids will live in. Fifty […]

Young bucks

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Krystal Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the 15-year-old from Lubbock was one of a kind among her junior bullriding peers as the group of nine kids prepared to ride mini-bulls. […]

Friday morning briefing: Last days and checking your kids online

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Mainline Bowl Last days Monday is the final day of the fundraising campaign for Eastern New Mexico United Way. That means the final day to give. At last count, they were still about 20 percent short of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Kids and flags

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local kids show you the correct way to fold the flag. It’s our video of the day.From the key State Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, is hitting the hardwood for a cause, playing in Friday’s 2010 Annual “Hoops for Hope” Legislative […]

I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Healthy snacks featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative living Information on healthy snacks for kids, making happiness a choice and online room planning will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Mary Lee Chin is a registered dietitian and nutrition expert for the California Raisin Marketing Board, and she knows how important […]

School shopping strategy required

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]