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

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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 […]

Make most of your time

If we had only a few weeks or months to live, what changes would we make? Would each day of life become more precious? Would the sky be bluer? Would we suddenly become aware of little things that mean so much? Would we speak to others kind words of appreciation that often have been left […]

Honoring the fallen

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Argen Duncan A Cannon Air Force Base senior master sergeant told a Memorial Day audience Monday that the day is a time to honor those who gave their lives to make America a better nation and to remember that freedom isn’t free. Lora D. Aples, superintendent of the deployment and distribution flight at Cannon, gave […]

Supreme Court chipping away at freedoms

The next time police knock at your door, be careful what you do next. Any sound you make inside could grant police the authority to search your home without a warrant. That’s the result of last week’s misguided Supreme Court decision expanding the definition of an exigent circumstance under which police can conduct a warrantless […]

Make your life easier with slow cooker

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Collen Jaskot Harried schedule or not, you gotta eat. Oh, and probably feed the family, too. The solution to make your life easier? A slow cooker, like the Waring Pro Professional 6.5-quart Slow Cooker. It can be set to cook from two to 12 hours in two-hour increments, and it comes complete with cooking instructions […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Detention officers on look out for improvised weapons

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Alisa Boswell Prison shank may be a term recognized by many area residents, but the materials which make up these roughly constructed weapons are every day household items which many would never think of as a weapon. “They’ve been doing it since the detention center opened,” Chief of Security Clay Layher said Tuesday of prisoner […]

Military mama: Counting my blessings

Again, my column will center around gratitude. I am so thankful for the friends and family that I have been blessed with. I am grateful to have a roof overhead and shoes on my feet. Within my extended social circle I have come across a great many families experiencing tremendous difficulties lately, each time I […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Make A Wish, missing the sun and the birth of an outlaw

Grab a cup of Joe and get ready to be properly informed. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Make a wish come true Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the Make A Wish Foundation’s annual Wishing Upon A Star dinner and auction fundraiser. Their goal is to sell at least 20 […]

Shutdown or not, Congress must make cuts

Freedom New Mexico The current appropriations bill — the Continuing Resolution — funding the federal government is set to expire Friday. If it does, it would cause a shutdown of some portions of the government. With the stakes so high, congressional Republicans ought to, as Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., recently told a group in Newport […]

Local Make-A-Wish chapter gearing up for second fundraiser

Liliana Castillo The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico’s Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca counties chapter is gearing up for its second annual fundraiser. Clovis residents Hazel and Bill Richter serve as the main wish granters in the area and were recently recognized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico for their work on the fundraiser […]

Zias turn tables on Javs

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Freedom New Mexico What a difference a day can sometimes make. Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team rode solid defense, the complete-game pitching effort of junior Erin Roufosse and third-inning home runs from Tessa Fioritti and Kate Medrano to an 8-3 Lone Star Conference South Division victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville, salvaging the finale of the […]

Xcel Energy plans for upgrades

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Alisa Boswell A colder-than-normal Feburary has given New Mexico power companies even more incentive to make power system upgrades. Xcel Energy had upgrades already in the works, but company spokesperson Wes Reeves said power outages on days featuring below-freezing were eye-opening. Reeves said during Portales’ cold spell, the most drastic temperatures were in the early […]

Paying attention makes life enjoyable

Spending time up at the Caprock, scouting for a place to make a Project WILD fieldtrip. (That is a classroom-based, project-focused ecology curriculum), we came upon a forensics situation. Nothing to excite CSI Miami fans; this would be more appropriate to Animal Planet. Still, it starts one’s mind turning in several directions. Peering over the […]

Make cake in fewer than five minutes

If you could make cake in five minutes… Actually, you can, and it’s good. I’ve discovered two recipes for one- or two-serving chocolate cakes cooked in the microwave. One I picked up in Socorro, and one comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers. I combined recipes to make my own: Microwave cake In […]

My turn: Make cake in less than five minutes

If you could make cake in five minutes… Actually, you can, and it’s good. I’ve discovered two recipes for one- or two-serving chocolate cakes cooked in the microwave. One I picked up in Socorro, and one comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers. I combined recipes to make my own: Microwave cake In […]

My turn: Super Bowl spirit infectious

Once again, I was disappointed to not be able to make it to the university’s annual Chinese new year banquet. I actually managed to get a ticket this year and I still could not go. The night of the event turned out to be one of those stuck at work late nights. Last weekend also […]

Listen to hear God

Do you ever get tired of noise? All kinds of noise make me have anxiety. Many voices compete for our attention these days. The demands of employment, family obligations and other activities seldom leave a quiet time in our busy schedules. The busy-ness of the day has a way of dominating the mind at bedtime […]