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 […]

Let’s put endangered species in kids’ hands

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Nation gives us much to be grateful for

Seldom do we hear about good things but on any given day. We have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, many great things can be said about this country. I can name so many that reams of paper would be required. I bet you could add your list to mine with many […]

Grads ready for next stage

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he was expecting big things from the 484 graduates who walked the stage at Greyhound Arena Saturday. “We’ve given them the educational preparation to compete with the graduates of any other school,” Gamble said. “I feel certain that this graduating class will produce doctors, civic […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

My turn: Commentary wouldn’t be too kind

Sports and sporting events have resulted in catchy phrases. You can expect interesting comments from broadcasters, coaches, and even players. The color commentator spends time talking to players and coaches and throws things out to keep us interested. From the golf comment, “The uglier a man’s legs are, the better golfer he is.” To football, […]

Military mama: Paying my parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Military mama: Store memories within, not in closet

Each year as it starts to warm up I get that urge to purge, clear out the clutter in my home. The first few bags of trash are always easy to go. This is the junk. The things that I would feel embarrassed to donate to a charity, more than likely because one of my […]

Computer games addictive

I may have developed an addiction. I Boggle when I should be doing other things. I while back I downloaded a Boggle game app on my iPad and began to play endlessly in single player “Quick Play” mode. I do it while watching television. I do it before I go to bed at night and […]

Business as usual after bank shutdown

First Community Bank customers in Clovis and Portales should hardly notice things are changing after the FDIC closed the bank and ownership was transferred to U.S. Bank N.A., of Minneapolis, according to the FDIC. “It really is just business as usual under our new name,” FDIC Spokeswoman Roberta Valdez said Monday. Services will be uninterrupted […]

Grant McGee: Classroom punishments things of the past

There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to try to […]

Year in review: County projects under way

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Alisa Boswell Big things have happened for Roosevelt County in 2010, according to County Commission Chairman David Sanders and outgoing County Commissioner Gene Creighton, who will finish his second term with the county at the end of this month. “I have appreciated serving the city and the county for the last eight years,” said Creighton. […]

Grant McGee: Christmas special every year

Grant McGee Christmas means many things to many folks. For Christians its the birth of Christ. For Pagans it means the rebirth of the Sun. And for folks who like presents and things it’s a great time to get stuff from Santa Claus. This Christmas Day I’m thinking about great December 25ths I have known. […]

Gadgets easily collected

Karl Terry With Thanksgiv-ing on the horizon there are two things that stand between most folks and culinary perfection — finding the turkey baster and getting an accurate reading from your meat thermometer. Ahh, those kitchen gadgets. They’ve been making them for centuries and advertising them on late night television infomercials for decades. Even if […]

My turn: Siblings priceless

Helena Rodriguez How many of you would trade in your brothers and sisters for a lump of cash? Sounds tempting. Kinda like Cash for Gold. But seriously, would you trade in your siblings for a bigger inheritance from your parents? There are some things money can’t buy; the constant annoyance, catch-scratch fights and squabbling with […]

Military mama: Being mom means letting little things slide

There’s something about motherhood that makes becoming a public spectacle acceptable, as long as that cranky child turns his or her sobs to giggles. Those moments in the grocery store when the last nap and next meal are just too far apart for your little one to maintain composure. Suddenly mommy has to think quickly […]

Recession may be over, but effects still linger

Freedom New Mexico Technically, the recession ended last year. So say experts who calculate such things. Most people probably didn’t notice. The national unemployment rate hovers at 9.6 percent. We imagine out-of-work Americans don’t feel a year removed from recession. Sales in many industries continue sluggish. In some industries, worse than sluggish. Those folks probably […]

My turn: There’s more than one way to fish

Clarence Plank In my search for the unique and strange things when it comes to outdoor adventures, I happened to stumble on something that sounds like an interesting idea: R/C boat fishing. Yep, you heard me right. Remote control boat fishing. There are a couple of articles on the web about it and videos on […]

Book review: “Fly Fishing, Life, and Other Things I Have Tried”

Former Portales resident Joe Farr has written a humorous book about his fishing and RV experiences. Joe lived in Portales from 1973 to 1985. He opened his first KFC in Portales in 1974 and operated it until 1985. He also owned the KFC in Clovis from 1981 to 2007. He is now retired and lives […]