Military mama: Summer hysteria has set in at home

Summer hysteria has stricken my household. It seems that everything that was learned throughout the school year has magically disappeared into the great beyond. Manners, what are those? We have far too many conversations centering around burps, farts and other bodily functions that seem to fascinate my five year old. Sharing is apparently only something […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Smoke, summer events and Richard Petty

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wenesday briefing. Money for ‘Smoke’ Smoke on the water, Clovis’ annual Fourth of July fireworks display, is in desperate need of donations if it is going to happen this year. The Clovis/Curry Chamber says it’s received $11,350 thus far — less than half what is needed […]

Summer temperatures arrive early

Kevin Wilson The days of summer aren’t technically here yet; the first official day of the season is next Tuesday. But the temperatures of summer are here early, and triple-digits will be the norm for the next few days. The predicted highs are 100 Tuesday, 95 Wednesday, 103 Thursday, 101 Friday and Saturday, 100 Sunday […]

a view from under the pew: amos faces hot dry summer

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. amos faces hot dry summer boss after two days of sweltering heat red-hot sidewalks […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Editorial: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard. Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Summer schedules and rodeo finals in Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Summer schedule Portales Municipal Schools offices are observing an abbreviated summer schedule through July

Clovis, Portales offering summer programs

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Marina Tapia, 10, of Clovis plays with a hula hoop Friday at the YMCA summer camp being held at the Highland Elementary School gym. Tapia said, “I enjoy coming for the fun, great time with friends, field trips, and everybody is nice.” Alisa Boswell School is out in Clovis and […]

We must open ourselves to flow of God’s love

The month of June reminds me of the days of summer and finding activities to occupy the children. Some of those activities were unplanned and free. Annie, John Scott and Buffy were in grade school when we lived on the edge of town. A large vacant field surrounded our house and that was the scene […]

Summer reading program to feature games, pets, cooking

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Siblings Jacob Howell, back, and Hannah Howell begin reading Wednesday for the Summer Reading program at Clovis-Carver Public Library. The program begins Friday and runs through July 29. Liliana Castillo A cook-off, Minute to Win It games, a pet parade and lots of reading will combine for the annual Summer […]

Education column: Clovis Municipal Schools to host summer academy

Summer is here. No more school…well, almost. Next thing on the agenda is the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Summer Academy. Our version of summer school, the CMS Summer Academy will be held at Cameo Elementary this year from Monday through June 30, meeting on Monday through Thursday of each week. The shortened day runs from 8 […]

Thursday morning briefing: Firefighting fact, summer classes and remembering The Babe

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast fact The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909. ENMU summer classs The eight-week summer school term at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will run from Monday through July 29.

Education column: Education opportunities available during summer

Unbelievably, another school year is gone and kids are out for the summer. Suddenly without a structured environment, it takes us a moment or two to get our balance for the summer months. Working parents juggle schedules, and older kids are looking for summer jobs. As educators, there is always concern over the summer about […]

Hay prices continue to rise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Cassandra Campbell of Clovis loads wheat hay Monday with help from Austin Hale, an employee with One Stop Feed. Campbell, who owns four horses, said her hay prices have increased $1.50 a bale in just the past month. Sharna Johnson Without rain and in light of high demand, the cost […]

CCC Kid’s College offering 22 summer classes

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File photo Birdhouse Building is one of 22 classes in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College, a summer outreach program hosted by the college for over a decade. Liliana Castillo There is a class for every child from 5 years old on up in Clovis Community College’s Kid’s College. The annual summer outreach program includes 22 […]

Military mama: Family ready for summer

Spring fever is heating up as we near the summer months. Soon, school will be out. The streets will be littered with kids on bikes, running through sprinklers and the sound of ice cream trucks will raise their hopes and empty your wallet. I have been out of school for quite some time now, but […]

Sen. Tom Udall to speak at ENMU commencement

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Courtesy photo: Jessica and John McGraw Siblings John and Jessica McGraw are teenage students at Eastern New Mexico University and karate instructors in Hobbs. Jessica, 16, is preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s in biology this week, and John expects to finish his bachelor’s in biology and finance in December, at age 19. Argen Duncan […]

Monday morning briefing: Summer guides, summer learning and the mystery of life

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Spread the word The annual Summer Activities Guide is ready to be delivered to elementary schools and

Child Sense: Plan your child’s summer around their sensibilities

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer holidays are looming, and it’s hard to know what to do with our little ones. It’s a hard balance to get right. Enough time to rest, enough time to spend with family and enough activities to keep them busy and interested. By being aware of your child’s dominant sense you will […]