Child Sense: Tips for making a trip to the beach enjoyable for your child

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer is often associated with going to the beach, and having fun with your children in the sun, surf and sand. Understanding your child’s sensory needs will make the experience even more enjoyable. The tactile child will take great delight in playing in the openness of the beach. As soon as their […]

Stickers summertime nuisance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Charles Guthals recommends monosodium methyl arsenate, a herbicide known as MSMA, for getting rid of grassburs. Grassbur is a summer grassy weed that is adapted to dry, sandy soils. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Stickers, sticker burs, grass spurs, sticky burs, sand burs — whatever the name, a common […]

Homesteaders were a sturdy bunch

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist It amazes me what folks who homesteaded this part of the country were willing to endure just to get title to 160 acres of sand and rattlesnakes. For a long time now I’ve intended to read the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by J.G. Greaves, former editor of the […]

Oklahoman comes to own ‘piece of God’s good earth’

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following was told by Jewel Buttram Ames. We came to the (New Mexico) territory Feb. 20, 1907. I was 5 years old. I think we came to establish a permanent home and to own a piece of God’s good earth. We came from … Henryetta, Okla. My […]

Sand dunes at Monahans a stopping place for centuries

For more than 12,000 years, the sand dunes of Monahans, Texas, have been traveled through by man. For the Clovis/Portales resident, the dunes can be traveled to by present man in a car ride of about three hours. What is it? The park, according to its Web site, contains 3,840 acres of sand dunes, with […]

Is your foundation made of rock or sand?

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist In some of my early growing up years in Kansas City, Miss., mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or to shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational. We would shop all morning and then at noon we would head to the nearest Katz […]

Area sent into a deep freeze

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Eric Barela, 16, eludes the tackle of Jared West, 16, as he makes his way to the end zone for a touchdown Wednesday at Spencer Field in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Cassie McClure: CNJ correspondent When most people were sleeping early Wednesday morning, city street department employees were braving the chilly, snowy air, […]

If at plants you don’t succeed, try weeds

Jim Lee Plants hate me. When I watch those leaves, buds, and stalks (in other people’s yards) bobbing and swaying in the breeze and those emerging blossoms basking in the Portales sunshine, I see much more than meets the eyeball. Yes, I know what they’re doing. I can see through all that supposedly innocent plant […]

Weather hasn’t been friend to this year’s cotton crop

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Monti Vandiver, integrated pest management extension agent for Parmer and Bailey counties, holds a cotton plant damaged by the weather Tuesday in a field north of Farwell. By Gary Mitchell FARWELL — After a month of devastating winds, rain, hail and blowing sand, area cotton farmers are now hoping for just a little sunny weather. […]

Day trips — White Sands

By Angela Peacock One of the world’s greatest natural wonders can be found in New Mexico at White Sands National Monument. “White Sands is so unique because there is no other place like it on the planet and it is home to some of the most outstanding scenery you’ll ever see,” said John Mangimeli, chief […]