Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Officials to announce chief master sergeant selections

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials selected 475 of 2,276 eligible senior master sergeants for promotion to chief master sergeant for a selection rate of 20.87 percent. The average score for those selected was 662.78, with an average time in grade of 3.40 and time in service of […]

President signs Defense Authorization Act

By Gerry J. Gilmore: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 28. President Obama hailed the act, which contains $680.2 billion in military budget authority, as transformational legislation that targets wasteful defense spending. The president was accompanied […]

Friday morning briefing: Trunk or Treat, NBA time

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ENMU Jazz Ensemble performing big band music in Clovis and Roswell

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University’s Jazz Ensemble will perform their annual Big Band Dance on Friday, Nov. 13 from 7–10 p.m. at the State Theatre in Clovis on 5th and Main Street.

Abuse survivor lends voice to cause

Cannon Connections photo: Eric Butler Dawn Lade, right, hugs Family Advocacy Program Outreach Manager Tyleen Caffrey during a presentation on domestic violence Tuesday night. Lade spoke about her experience in an abusive relationship at the base theater. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The crowd wasn’t big for Dawn Lade on Tuesday night, but it’s a […]

Credit reform penalizing responsible

Freedom New Mexico We noted in August the unintended consequences in the wake of Washington’s reform legislation to protect consumers from credit card interest rate hikes and penalties. Congress had restricted changes in credit card terms, citing complaints about high rates and penalty fees. Even before the first wave of new regulations went into effect, […]

West Texas A&M rallies past Zias

Freedom New Mexico West Texas A&M scored twice in a four-minute span midway through the second half and rallied to beat Eastern New Mexico University 2-1 in a men’s Lone Star Conference soccer match Wednesday in Portales. Aaron Thornton poked home the game-winner for the fifth-ranked Buffaloes on a through pass from Abel Olivas with […]

Thursday morning briefing: Dragon Ball, Halloween weather

Freedom New Mexico Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday morning briefing. Weekend video ideas: Jenna Zamie, a copy editor for the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune, spends much of her free time playing video games. Here are summaries of three recent releases:Game: Borderlands Genre: First-person shooter System: 360, PS3 What is it? […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

Civil suit filed against former Tucumcari parole, probation supervisor

Freedom New Mexico A civil lawsuit filed by a Tucumcari woman against a former state parole and probation supervisor accuses him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Diana Cassidy, a state employee, alleges Benjamin Rex Allison, also of Tucumcari, used racial slurs against herself and clients and made inappropriate sexual remarks. Cassidy said Allison would mispronounce […]

Ticket feature: Pumpkin farm offers maze of hay, mountain of pumpkins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kenneth Davis’ Pumpkin Patch includes a hay bale maze, sea of pumpkins and a pumpkin mountain. The display is made up of 6,000 pumpkins. Freedom New Mexico Just north of Clovis, a hay bale maze leads past a pumpkin mountain on the way to a sea of pumpkins. Those are […]

Education digest: Health center opening at CCC

Health center opening at CCC Clovis Community College will open Phase I of the Allied Health Center at 10 a.m. today with a dedication, ribbon cutting, open house and reception. The building will be dedicated in honor of Clovis residents and friends of the college, Don and Gustenia Bonner. Funding for construction of the center […]

Bill including money for water pipeline signed into law

CNJ staff A multi-billion dollar bill signed into law Wednesday includes $1 million for the Ute pipeline project. The $34 billion 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was signed into law by President Obama , according to the offices of Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall from New Mexico. Projects receiving money include the Ute […]

Act ends controversial personnel system

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature today on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system is abolished. About 220,000 Defense Department employees who had come under the National Security Personnel System will transition back to the long-standing General Schedule system, but that will […]

Air Force updates guidance for wear of PTU

By Brad Jessmer: Air Force Uniform Office Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Air Force officials have updated guidance for wear of the physical training uniform, replacing previous guidance published in Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. According to a message released from Air Force A1 and […]

AAFES aims to be military shoppers’ first choice for the holidays

American Forces Press Service DALLAS — Promotions, prizes and popular name brands will anchor the efforts of Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to invite military families to “rediscover the value” their exchange is offering this holiday season. Exclusive savings on holiday decorations, care package items and electronics will be cycling in and out […]

Recommended holiday mailing dates released for Afghanistan

By Tech. Sgt. John Jung: 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — U.S. Postal Service officials announced its recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military servicemembers serving overseas at APO/FPO addresses in Afghanistan. Holiday mail send via first-class mail and priority mail for servicemembers stationed in Afghanistan should be […]

N.M. senators: Bill that funds labs, water projects signed into law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that President Obama has signed into law a key spending bill that supports New Mexico’s two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects. “When we started this process several months ago, LANL was facing deep cuts to […]

Bingaman & Udall: President signs bill that benefits New Mexico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announce that a bill that supports several of New Mexico’s national security initiatives has been signed into law. The Senators said the fiscal year 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that was enacted contains $20 million Bingaman and Udall requested for the National Infrastructure Simulation and […]