Food bank misses donation quota

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico has not received adequate donations to make any commodity deliveries during September, according to food bank officials. However, the food pantry program will be in operation. Information: Teresa Wilcock, 763-6130.

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Libertarianism starts with respect

I sometimes hear people make the claim that libertarianism is “Utopian,” just like communism, because “It sounds good on paper, but it will never work in the real world.” Ridiculous! Communism requires the impossible — omniscient central planners — in order to work. Libertarianism only needs you to not steal or attack; it places no […]

In a hot summer, cool ways to be messy

Erin Karonis

Beth Whitehouse Here we are in the midst of summer. The novelty of beaches and parks may have worn off, but the heat is still bearing down. What to do now? How about some fun, inexpensive backyard activities the whole family will love? “They’re all sort of cool things, water-based things,” says Maureen Mangan, the […]

Up With Kids: Flying with children doesn’t have to make your stress levels soar

Paula Sirois There are far worse things than traveling in a plane with kids — but that can be easy to forget. In-air child chaos has triggered breakdowns in even the most patient of parents. Something about the mix of airplanes, air pressure and claustrophobic seating can cause the sweetest kid to transform into every […]

Child Sense: Creating a keepsake of your summer memories

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it’s very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come. Tactile children […]

Club notes — July 31

Encanto Garden Club Members of Encanto Garden Club met in July to make plans for the Curry County Fair Flower Show which is held each year in the Home-Arts Building. President Helen Martinez distributed Fair Books and reminded everyone to familiarize themselves with the special instructions. Schedules were completed for accepting entries on Monday and […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Van of Enchantment to make local visit

The New Mexico Van of Enchantment mobile museum will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Blackwater Draw Archaeological site July 30-31, according to a news release. The van is free with admission to the site. The van will be at the site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The Van of Enchantment’s […]

In search of ponies: Desperate snake slithers into house

Sharna Johnson There are a few sounds out there that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and set your nerve endings on fire — the racking of a shotgun, screeching tires, crunching metal or a blood curdling scream. But I’ll wager few things say “Come to Jesus” quite like the […]

Alltech expanding Clovis plant

Alltech is expanding its Clovis facility to include a plant to make Optigen, a feed that allows more flexibility in adjusting the formulation of cattle’s rations to compensate for high corn prices and the impact of weather on this year’s planting, according to a news release from the company. According to the release, plant construction […]

My turn: Tuna salad has Southwest influence

Who says tuna salad needs mayonnaise? Inspired by recipes my parents make, I made a lighter tuna salad with a Southwestern twist … if you can use the contrasting words “tuna” and “Southwestern” in the same sentence. Anyway, the dish can become chicken salad or even salmon salad. Salad with a Kick • 1 5-ounce […]

Savings savvy: Three ways to teach your kids about money

Paula Sirois This morning I implemented a new program with my kids: He or she who yells, pushes or screams has to put $1 into a jar on the shelf. At the end of the week, whoever hasn’t broken the rules gets all the cash. By this afternoon, I had already deposited $5, my son […]

My turn: Mistakes make memories

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Defining marriage private affair

Kevin Wilson Whenever somebody tells me that allowing same-sex marriages will decimate heterosexual marriage, I tell them gay marriage will make hamburgers tastier. I figure, as long as neither of us has proof … A slightly more rational argument is taking place after New York’s Legislature approved same-sex marriage. There’s already talk of a domino […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

McCain wrong to make fiery accusations

Freedom New Mexico J ohn McCain started the Arizona forest fires. OK, so we’re making this up. McCain the flamethrower probably did not start the fires. But this much is true. Freedom Newspapers had no less to go on when blaming McCain than McCain had in blaming immigrants. McCain may not be well. Here’s what […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

My turn: Making exercise fun easier said than done

Make exercise fun. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I think I know what people mean when they say that, but I am always a little bit suspicious of it. I remember my brother had that same philosophy when we were kids. He would come tell me, “Let’s play like we are in the Navy.” That sounded […]

Help your kids make a personalized Father’s Day gift

Father's day kids gifts

Disney FamilyFun magazine Have your kids make a home-made gift this Father’s Day _ and deliver it wrapped in something they made, too. Decorated Dad-Clips Binder clips are indispensable tools for the modern dad. Beyond fastening papers together, they hold chip bags closed, keep computer cords organized, and can even be used as a money […]