I bared it all trying to prove myself

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Like most other country kids I grew up with rodeo — both watching and participating. In the old days, bull riding was the last event of the day because the audience would be sure and stay for the chance to see a wreck or two. About the time I became […]

Seidenwurm urges parents to let healthy kids keep going to school in spite of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Clovis schools Director of Nursing Rhonda Sparks, Curry County Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jaquess and Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos answer parents’ questions at special meeting Tuesday in Zia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When only 15 parents came to the district’s […]

Kids always test, inspire

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist My kids inspire me to be a better person. They test my patience, they make me laugh, they make me cry, they humble me. I can always do better for them. My daughter Anna has a special place in my heart. One that includes uneven bars, a beam, a bouncy […]

Patience key word in school shopping

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist I decided to homeschool my kids again this year, but I also feel the back-to-school frenzy that sweeps Wal-Mart aisles across the country, if only because I buy supplies that school children use for the kids’ curriculum, co-ops and various classes. Like many other adults across the country, I get […]

Playground project draws community support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Kerry Crawford figured she and the neighborhood kids would sell a few baked goods, hold a few car washes and make cosmetic upgrades to the playground across from the Grand Avenue Apartments. But she didn’t count on so many people caring. Now, what started with a phone call to […]

Inventions born out of sheer laziness

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist One of the ranch houses we lived in when I was a kid almost had electricity. It had a Delco light plant that was rigged so when you turned on a light the plant came on and generated electricity until you turned off the light. Obviously, that taught all us […]

Offering a place to call ‘home’

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo De Santiago and Kyara take a quite moment to themselves. The mother-daughter pair will be staying with the Infantes until they can move into their new apartment. Her friends call her yo-yo. But when it comes to taking care of kids, if a military mom is deployed overseas, Yolanda Infante […]

Ticket feature: Biker rally fundraiser set

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File photo The Kick Start bike rally which will take place on Main Street from Second to Fourth streets and run from Grand Avenue to Mitchell streets. It starts Friday evening and continues through Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Bikers and kids are a combination that never fails, according to Rocky Martin who […]

Swimming, Shaving, Soap, DDT, and Theology

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Swimming right after you eat is dangerous. Using antibacterial soap significantly decreases your chance of getting a cold. Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker. Getting chilled gives people colds. Road rage is an epidemic. Mouthwash cures bad breath. Sugar makes kids hyper. DDT is an awful chemical whose […]

Kids College offers variety of classes

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Five-year-old twins Milia, left, and Cadence Ratledge add a mane to their mirror image painting of a lion during class at Kids College. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer After painting an orange mane on half the lion’s head, Milia Ratledge’s hand hesitated before she brushed it on the other half of the animal’s head. […]

Country kids make most of toys

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Country kids’ games and toys in the old days were creative —

Youth sports provide good chuckle

By Glenda Price My grandchildren have introduced me to organized team sports for kids, and it’s great fun — for everyone.

For God’s Kids, the World Is Always Expanding

By Curtis K. Shelburne It’s a good thing when your world expands. When I was a child living at 125 N. Goliad Street in Amarillo, Texas, my world expanded one sidewalk at a time. My younger brother and I were great adventurers. His mighty steed was a red and white tricycle. Mine was orange and […]

Clovis youth finalist in contest

CNJ staff Matthew Justus, 13 of Clovis, is a finalist in an invention contest sponsored by the By Kids for Kids Web site. Check out his weight-watch collar for dogs at: www.bkfk.com Click on the “vote for your favorite idea” link to read about Matthew’s invention.

Pets make childhood memorable

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Country kids make pets of most every animal that follows them home — or they manage to capture. The first pet I remember other than the usual dogs and cats was a chicken. We weren’t always really good at coming up with names, but everybody always had one. The chicken’s […]

Homeschooling presents challenge

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist These days my routine, if I can even call it that, has drastically changed. Aside from the adjustment of adding baby number six to our midst, I am home-schooling the kids. Did I just say that? I have to re-read the last sentence to make sure it’s actually me home-schooling […]

Some people better suited for land

Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is huge. The next day I […]

Some people better suited for land

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch kids in the Southwest don’t see much water. We learn to swim in stock tanks and arroyos that hold some water (always muddy) after a rain. One time our family decided to go to Hawaii. We flew for hours with nothing but water under us. That Pacific Ocean is […]

Scents can make one recall memories

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist I think kids use their noses

Kids not so bratty when they’re yours

Glenda Price Amazing how our outlook on life changes as we get older (not necessarily more mature). When I considered myself a young adult (actually maybe 15 years old) I thought “little kids” (anybody younger than me) were unruly, ignorant little brats and their parents should make them behave — especially when real work was […]