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 […]

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Smoke donations The annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display for July 4 in Clovis is till $13,650 short of becoming a reality. Donations can be made at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Info: 763-3435 or email clovisnm@clovisnm.org Camp days The Portales Rams […]

Friday morning briefing: Lake opens, camp starts and O.J.’s ride

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hoop camp The Portales Rams Girls Basketball Camp is set for Monday through Wednesday at the Portales High School gym. The camp is open for girls entering first through eighth grade, and the cost is $35.Information: Traci Sievers at 749-2701. Registration forms and information: […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Mother, daughter debate ear piercing

Topic: What is the appropriate age for girls to have their ears pierced? Mom The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends postponing ear piercing until a child is old enough to care for the pierced site herself. The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings. While these risks are […]

Send criminals away, and not school girls

Freedom New Mexico Oh, the outrage. President Barack Obama wants to deport criminals, before ousting school girls with immigration problems. The audacity of this man. The Journal laid out last week the extraordinary similarities of Obama and former President George W. Bush, which speak poorly of each on most counts. These big-spending interventionists are the […]

Police seeking man accused of child solicitation

CNJ staff Clovis police are seeking a man accused of trying to solicit pre-teen girls. Recently there have been three reports of a man approaching girls in various locations in the community, according to a press release. None of the children have been harmed. In a report to police Monday, a 12-year-old girl reported being […]

Press release: Police looking for man soliciting girls

Clovis Police are actively seeking to identify and capture a suspect described in three recent acts of Child Enticement in varying locations in Clovis. The suspect has been described by two different potential victims as a white male, 18 to 30 years of age, clean shaven face, wearing eye glasses and driving a red Pontiac […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Thursday morning briefing: Floyd girls, Clovis grads and no snow

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Be there Monday, the Floyd Lady Broncos officially get the prize. 8 a.m. at the Floyd High School, the Lady Bronco basketball team will be presented the official state championship trophy. Their win in New Mexico’s version of March Madness marked the first state championship […]

Mothering styles show value placed on children

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Several years ago, my girls and I witnessed an incident in the airport in Lubbock that was a powerful commentary on mothering. While passengers were sitting around waiting for fights, we watched two women. I think we noticed them because they were completely opposite. Closest to us was one mother […]

Teen faces careless driving charges

CNJ staff Two teen girls injured after crashing into a house Tuesday night had taken the driver’s mom’s vehicle out without permission. The 14-year-old driver is facing charges of careless driving and driving without a license, according to a press release from Clovis police. Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police and emergency responders were dispatched […]

Life, faith should be built on firm foundation

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When Susie and I were little girls growing up in church, we sang with the primary choir. One of the songs we loved so much was “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.” This was a great song. To go with the lyrics, we had hand motions like […]

Portales native killed in collision

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Courtesy photo Ashleah Richards died in a car crash early Sunday morning, three miles south of Hale Center in the Plainview, Texas. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Ashleah Richards liked to do things that stereotypically interest many girls — fix up hair, put on makeup and the like. But Richards was tough as nails, […]

Commentaries not always needed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist We country girls don’t often get a chance to go to the beauty shop, or any other of those places that provide personal nice looks (and smells) assistance. Awhile back I finally got tired of looking like a homeless hag, and went to one of those joints. They cut and […]

Mrs. New Mexico: We all make mistakes

By David Stevens: Freedom New Mexico Editor She says she wants to make a difference in the lives of others, especially little girls. “A lot of little girls don’t have a role model. I want to be that role model,” Clovis’ Noel Hunt said. And so, having sought a public spotlight and earned the Mrs. […]

First person: Cannon airman represents Clovis in Mrs. New Mexico pageant

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Abbey Brown spends her time running, reading and running for Mrs. New Mexico. Courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Abbey Brown spends her time running, reading and talking to girls and women about how much she enjoys being a wife, mother, and an airman. As Mrs. Clovis running for Mrs. New Mexico, Brown said she wants to […]

Cherish your spouse

Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist My husband tried to feed one of our five girls (the last one) Honey Nut Cheerios when she was 4 months old. Nothing happened, but I remember being annoyed that he didn’t remember he couldn’t do that, and worse, that he felt like he should have gotten credit for trying. I […]

One giant assist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joseph Rivera, left, and his children Audrianna, Joseph Jr., center, and Andrea, far right, open presents surrounded by the Yucca Middle School’s basketball team. Each year, the team sponsors Christmas for a family chosen by the Lighthouse Mission. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Not all team huddles are ones where […]

‘Girls Gone Wild’ stops in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield The Girls Gone Wild bus, parked in front of Portales bar Goober McCool’s, heralds the production team’s arrival Tuesday night. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico Hundreds of students from Eastern New Mexico University and other area residents flooded Portales’ Goober McCool’s on Tuesday night, drawn by the “Girls Gone […]