Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Students chase dinosaur clues at Kids College

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The dinosaurs class learned how to uncover fossils Wednesday at CCC. Liliana Castillo Gourds made to look like dinosaur eggs, traced dinosaur footprints, bones and a paper mache pterosaur in a tree were a few of the clues students in a Kids College class pieced together Monday and Tuesday to […]

Dirty Laundry: Denial runs deep among sports parents

Aisha Sultan I knew the minute I saw a red-faced grown man hollering at his 5-year-old son during a soccer practice. I didn’t want my kindergartner playing with this crowd. His little friend with the very loud father seemed so eager to please that I couldn’t decide if the scene left me depressed or angry. […]

FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to become fashion designers – and other sites for fashion wannabes

FashionPlaytes.com

MCT FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex their burgeoning fashionista muscles by choosing a basic garment (dress, T-shirt, hoodie, pants) and then add her own flavor by selecting the color, ribbons, appliques, rhinestones, ruffles or buttons. Rod Hagwood Where is the next generation of fashion designers coming from? Maybe your home. FashionPlaytes.com allows girls to flex […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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File photo DairyFest will take place from 4-9 p.m. Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Organizers said it is a family oriented event that gives an inside look at the dairy industry. Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

Vegetable garden more work than worth

Country folks always have a vegetable garden, and the faithful wife is supposed to can, freeze, dry and whatever else to all that food so the family can “live offa’ the land.” When I’m doing all that stuff the words to “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” go through my head over and over. […]

Education digest —

Executive director of personnel hired The Clovis Municipal Schools has hired Kerry Parker as the new executive director of personnel, according to a news release. Rhonda Roberts, who previously held the position, has retired. Parker previously served as the principal of a technical high school in Connecticut and as an assistant principal and principal in […]

Pets need special care in hot weather

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Houdini has only begun using his pool this year, according to Hillcrest Zoo Curator Mark Yanotti, who said the otter was afraid of the water before. Sharna Johnson With scorching heat predicted through the weekend, humans aren’t the only ones who need to take care. Pets are highly susceptible to […]

Anti-fossil fuels policy detrimental

The latest economic data shows the six fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. are tied to oil and gas production. By contrast, the development of solar and wind energy has produced a fraction of the number of petroleum jobs, despite government mandates and other incentives for renewable energy. Oil-shale drilling in North Dakota and Montana is […]

Move to end ethanol tax credits overdue

Freedom New Mexico Corn ethanol not so long ago was the darling of the green movement, and Congress responded by lavishing on growers and blenders of the alternative fuel lucrative tax credits and favored tariff protections. So much for the free market. But that was then. Now, by a huge bipartisan margin, the U.S. Senate […]

N.M. fishing report — June 22

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Education column: Operations department installing shaded areas on schools

We have been reporting on the Clovis Municipals Schools’ Operations Department and the range of activities with which they’re involved during the summer months. In addition to the waxing and stripping of floors, shampooing of carpets, and extensive grounds maintenance, summer is also the time for construction, repairs, additions, remodeling and execution of the many […]

Thursday morning briefing: Music, building and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music Evening of music is 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Pile St., in Clovis. It features Jane Begley Saied of Clovis with acoustic, bluegrass, folk and contemporary music. There is also poetry and readings. Free and open to the public. […]

Press release: Luj

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Press release: Complaints against police ruled public records

Citizen complaints filed against police officers are public records and must be released upon demand. That’s the upshot of a New Mexico Supreme Court order issued Monday, which ends a five-year battle by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to withhold records from Charles Cox, a former State Police captain. Cox’s attorney Cindi Pearlman […]

Officials: Collecting livestock taxes long-standing problem

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Barbara Hamar of the Curry County Tax Assessor’s Office flips through the file of declared livestock in the county. Aside from commercial cattle operations, very few people declare their horses, cattle and small livestock as they are required to by law. Liliana Castillo Only a small percentage of livestock in […]

Summer food program offers children free lunch

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Siblings Alleanna Medina, left, Angel Medina, center, and Alex Medina eat lunch in the back of their mother’s SUV Tuesday at Highland Park. Liliana Castillo Any child ages 1 through 18 can receive a free lunch throughout June and July at 25 locations in Clovis. And at two locations in […]

Hearing to discuss water shortages being held

CNJ staff A hearing is being held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room of Lockwood Elementary School to discuss the possibility of using emergency funds from a Community Development Block Grant to address water shortages in south Curry County. The county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 for activities that benefit low […]