Thursday morning briefing: Antelope in Clovis and kudos for kids

Good Morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fast facts As late as 1909, antelope near Clovis were numerous enough to cause farmers to complain of crop destruction and protest violently against a $50 fine for killing one. Washington window A staff member for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is scheduled to hold […]

Education column: Internet hosts holiday-themed educational opportunities

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools With kids out of school for the holidays, homes are most likely a bit more lively than usual. In case you’re looking for some educational support that’s fun and holiday-oriented, here are some Internet some to try for diversion: • http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml — over 150 free homemade Christmas craft projects, with […]

Military mama: Growing independence hard to get used to

As a mother, I knew there would come a day when my kids would no longer need me. I somehow anticipated that this would arise much later in life, when the kids gear up for college. Yet, my kids haven’t even begun their elementary education. But my oldest has decided that he is ready to […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

Sharna Johnson At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against […]

Military mama: Children’s personalities need time to develop

I wonder if there are too many influences on our kids to emulate stereotypes, there’s just too much out there to hide your kiddos in a bubble for their whole lives. My oldest is such a “boy’s boy.” He loves sports, cars, farts and action heroes. Quite frankly, he is a junior version of his […]

First person: Elementary students raise money for Relay for Life

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CNJ photo: Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, left, is the captain of the $1,000 Barry Kids, and 12-year-old Damon Back is the co-captain. Barth, who is holding the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award from the El Desayuno Kiwanis Club, started the club to raise money for Relay for Life. Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas kids, the mayor’s ball and an old guy with new tricks

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday morning briefing. Christmas kids Deadline is Nov. 16 to enter your daughter in the annual Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce’s

Day trip: Corn maze offers seasonal fun

Place: The Maize What is it? The Maize is a corn maze a person has to navigate through to get to the end. Where is it? Just outside Shallowater, Texas. Take U.S. 70 from Clovis and go east on FM 1294 from Shallowater. About an hour an a half from base. What can people see […]

Magician to perform at ENMU

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Courtesy photo Josh McVicar, dubbed McVicker the Trickster, will perform Thursday night at Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson Most kids get asked what they want to do when they grow up. Josh McVicar was doing it before he grew up. “The only thing I’ve ever done in my life was magic,” said the St. […]

Military mama: Have kids, will travel

I can see the terror in their eyes. We approach our gate at the airport and they immediately start showing signs of dread — raised eyebrows, deep sighs and quiet muttering (at least the polite ones keep it quiet). So what if we have a double stroller and additional small child to control? So what […]

McGee: Diapers part of raising kids

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist CLOTH DIAPERS “Parents nowadays sure make things complicated,” The Lady of the House said while reading the Saturday paper. “There’s a whole article in here about learning how to use cloth diapers,” she said. She put the paper down and looked over her glasses. “It’s about a workshop where you […]

Our possessions not really ‘ours’

Curtis Shelburne We humans are so full of ourselves. We incessantly strut and preen, spout and sputter, spew and spray forth all manner of self-important nonsense, and the Father hearing his kids so solemnly hold forth must laugh. One day the curtain will be pulled back, and we’ll see clearly for the first time. I […]

Letters to the editor: Americans need to clean house

Twice a year I help put out flags at the Mount Zion cemetery. These American heroes fought for freedoms we enjoy, some even died for their country. I worry about the America my kids and grandkids will live in. Fifty years from now, will rodeos still open in prayer? Will a pretty girl on a […]

Mental fences can keep us from forgiveness

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When I go visit my sister Susie in Minnesota, we go walking. Close to her home is a paved path several miles long. The dirt path goes east by a baseball practice field where kids are gearing up for the season. Then it stretches by a field that boarders a […]

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the […]

Education column: The problem with kids today … nothing

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools The other day, I overheard a conversation. Two people were discussing “the problem with kids today.” I laughed because I remember hearing my parents and grandparents saying the same thing when I was young. Then, one of them said our kids are not being taught to “think for themselves.” […]

Team sports can build character

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My grandchildren have introduced me to organized team sports for kids, and it’s great fun — for everyone. Parents who succumb to poor sportsmanship during their children’s games make the news now and then, but I can tell you most families are not like that. They are their kids’ cheerleaders, […]

Careful, your kids are listening

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist “Grownups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” So French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, in his novella, ‘The Little Prince’ in 1943. We parents, all of us, have been taught by our children — […]

First person: Senior center perfect fit

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Sharon Chavez of Clovis took over as program coordinator at the Friendship Senior Center Dec. 14. Chavez said she worked with the Older Adults Division before so when the job opened up, it was […]

Friday morning briefing: Last days and checking your kids online

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day In your backyard – Mainline Bowl