Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: You know there are teenagers in the house when…

Marla Jo Fisher I have a friend whose children are old enough now to strike fear into the hearts of their mother, as she dreads the coming transformation from adorable kid to hulking, hairy creature from the black lagoon. Since my kids are already well into this transition, Barb views our family like a big, […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Kid stuff, help at hand and a civil rights landmark ruling

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Keeping them busy Are you looking for something for teenagers to do? The Portales Public Library has the following activities for 13- to 18-year-olds scheduled for this week: • Teen Writers Group, 4:45 p.m. today. • Teen book discussion, 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can […]

Letter to the editor: Teen curfew should be established

Teen curfew should be established Why is there not a curfew enforced for teenagers? They won’t listen to the parents. They run lose all night. We can’t discipline them without being accused of child abuse. What is a parent to do? Our hands are tied. They don’t want to go to school, so their parents […]

Drive makes prom possible for those in need

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Patricia Bazar of Clovis helps organize dresses Saturday during the prom dress drive help at Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis. About 150 dresses are available for free to girls who want to go to prom, but can’t afford the expense that goes with it, acc By Liliana Castillo: CNJ […]

Youth suspected in auto burglaries

CNJ staff Three Clovis teenagers are suspects in what Clovis police call a series of auto burglaries. According to a release from the department, there had been a rash of auto and home burglaries in the northeast area of Clovis before an officer came across a suspect vehicle with expired tags. During field interviews with […]

Snap judgments rarely pay off

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Although it was 28 years ago, I remember on a daily basis a talk I had with my father, who was a preacher, when my attitude was less than Christian-like. All the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my father walked to the pulpit, a strange […]

Outlook optimistic for today’s teens

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and violence. You’ve noticed, and the scholars at the medical journal Pediatrics […]

Summit offers reality check

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Bernell Nez, 16, of Albuquerque, back left, and Garrett Mullins, 17, of Clovis, right, try on goggles that simulate being drunk as Lawrence Lopez, 13, of Clovis shoots a basketball. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Some area students are spending spring break getting away from the stress of everyday […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]

Fair mixes fitness, fun

By Darrell Todd Maurina Getting stuck in the arm by a nurse wielding a sharp needle wasn’t K’Lynn Ferguson’s idea of fun, but her mother Sabrina said she was glad Wednesday’s health fair combined fun with important medical services. Ferguson was among the dozens and dozens of Clovis children and teenagers who showed up at […]