McGee: What about my cat?

Grant McGee It was a lazy Sunday. The Lady of the House and I both in our recliners reading different sections of the Sunday newspaper. “Oh this is a guy with a sense of humor,” I said, talking about a story on the front page. “He died last August and now all of his friends […]

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Roosevelt General Hospital The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Executive Committee met Oct. 19. The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m. following the gathering for members to receive free flu shots. President Sid Philips opened the meeting with the reading of the Auxiliary Prayer. Minutes were read by Secretary Adele Breech; treasurer’s report was […]

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 […]

My turn: Blown away by possibilities

After reading the “Our Towns 2011” publication from Freedom New Mexico, I realized that Portales is ripe with tourist-destination potential. How about an annual High Plains International Kite-Flying Fiesta? The Albuquerque International Balloon Festival would pale by comparison. With our escape-velocity winds, enthusiasts from around the world could get listed in the Guinness Book of […]

Rewarding reading: Keep your kid reading this summer

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Disney FamilyFun magazine Encourage your kids to read all summer with an add-a-bead bookmark. At the beginning of the summer, buy beads that your child will find enticing: letters that spell out his name, for example, or some shaped like bugs or animals. Tie one plain bead to the end of a yarn lace, and […]

Library launches summer reading program

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Alisa Boswell Registration for the Portales Public Library Summer Reading Incentive Program begins today at 10 a.m. at the public library. Although the program is free, children and young adults participating must register in order to be in the program, said Tawna Luscombe, the children’s librarian. Children participating are given a log-in sheet on which […]

Teaching children love for reading

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Parenting is a difficult job. Parents are expected to raise their children, discipline them, clothe and feed them, provide for them and care for them. And parents are expected to teach them rules, courtesy, manners and proper behavior. Further, parents are expected to assist in the educational process and get them ready for school and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Old newsboys, crop signups and The Duke wins

Good morning and welcome to must reading. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Old newspaper boys Ed Widener of Alamagordo and his brother Dennis Widener of Clovis not only delivered the Portales Daily News / News-Tribune in the 1950s, they started a tradition. Ed says he and Dennis

Friday morning briefing: Hoops, spring break and gunslingers

Good morning and welcome to must reading…it’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing.

My turn: Count on columnists to entertain

As I sat yesterday reading three different columns written by three different co-workers, I realized that since becoming a journalist, one of my favorite past times has become reading columns. I must admit, before starting this job, I had not paid much attention to columns in the newspaper. I have always been more interested in […]