Family Meals Matter: Easy weeknight meals

Ham and Swiss Rosti

From MealsMatter.org Healthy eating on hectic weeknights might seem like a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. By planning ahead and having a few key ingredients on hand, you can prepare healthy meals, even dessert in less than 30 minutes. This week’s featured family meal comes together in a flash. Prepare Ham and Swiss […]

Father’s Day gift guide

FishEyes fishing rod

Shelby Barone It’s tough to shop for dads, but we’ve put together a quick gift guide that will hopefully help you find something he will love and appreciate. OUTDOORS DAD [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Teach a man to fish: Try out the FishEyes Rod and Reel, a unique fishing rod that has an underwater camera attached […]

Rough and tough: Doctors say horseplay is good for kids

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Sam McManis Squeals of delight, piercing and persistent, issued from the staircase down the hall. Some serious roughhousing was under way at this Natomas, Calif., home, but mom Michelle Hewitt hardly fretted. She and husband Dan consider themselves physical and playful parents, and the kids – Alice, 5, William, 3, and even 14-month-old Claire – […]

Parents of special-needs kids must plan for current, future financial demands

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Niesha Lofing Moms and dads plan for family trips, college and weddings, but life sometimes throws a curve called autism. And it’s hitting more and more families. An average of one in every 110 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. These neurodevelopmental disorders can make communication and social interaction difficult, sometimes […]

Moms gear: Home spa products to pamper yourself

black rice soap

McClatchy-Tribune HARNN Asian-inspired home spa collection includes products for skin and hair, massage oils, candles and more. Active ingredients common in HARNN products draw from herbal medicinal knowledge and include rice bran oil, pomegranate, lemongrass and black tea. Its products have become popular in Asia and Europe, and are now being sold in the U.S. […]

Seven things not to say to your picky eater

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Jeremy Olson Do any of these sound familiar? Clean your plate or no dessert! Why do you have to be so picky? There are starving people in China! If so, then you’re likely a parent who has gone to battle at the dinner table with kids who refuse to eat the meals prepared for them. […]

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. […]

Hello, we’re awesome: Kids who feel good about themselves make parents feel the same way

Paula Sirois My 8-year-old daughter and her friends started a band called Hello, We’re Awesome. I helped her design some fliers for their first performance, complete with star borders and stage names: Milk Chocolate, Mandarin Oranges, Laughing Twizzle and Tropical Starburst. Granted, they haven’t decided on the type of music they’ll play or if any […]

State Police search for sixth suspect in homicide

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QCS Staff State police have arrested a fifth suspect and are asking the community for help in locating a sixth suspect in connection with the slaying of 33-year-old Shirley Pacheco, said Sgt. Tim Johnson. Henry Martinez, 19, of Tucumcari, was arrested at his place of employment in Tucumcari on Tuesday. Johnson said Martinez was booked […]

Teen qualifies for horse show

QCS Staff Rebecca Alden, 16, of Tucumcari, a member of the Mesalands Community College Rodeo Team, is a qualifier for the 2011 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show. Her American Quarter Horses Majors Robin Hood and Hott Flash will be competing in the Ford Youth World Show on Aug. […]