Furniture delivered to displaced families

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan Matt 25 Hope Center Director Steve Reshetar helps load donated furniture to be delivered to families displaced by the Feb. 1 Clovis Apartments fire. Tonjia Rolan Over the weekend, Matt 25 Hope Center’s Director Steve Reshetar and staff delivered donated beds, dressers, sofas and tables to storage units of three […]

Daycare center has new facilities

Christina Calloway: Cannon Connections The Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center is now housed in a brand new larger facility to accommodate the needs of more military families. The groundbreaking for construction began June 10, 2010, and the facility was opened on Nov. 7. Director of the daycare center, Kathy Morgan, said the facility […]

Investigators rule fire accidental

CNJ staff A fire that gutted Clovis Apartments and displaced 12 families Feb. 1 was ruled accidental by the Clovis fire marshal. “The fire originated in the attic space above apartments 93 and 95 of Building 8 and was not intentionally set,” Fire Marshal Allan Silvers said in a press release. Silvers said the purpose […]

Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Home builders work to relieve housing needs

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Michelle Bailey, of HomeSpot Properties, looks over furniture in one of the houses for sale in a HomeSpot housing edition off 18th Street in Portales. General Manager Jody Bailey said many of their properties are sold or rented to military members. Alisa Boswell Many new Clovis and Portales home editions are […]

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Wellness event day of health education

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Gayla Jaquess, nurse manager at Clovis Health Office, speaks to a Health and Wellness fair attendee about the actual amount of sugars found in sweets commonly consumed such as soda and ice cream. Benna Sayyed The United Way of Eastern New Mexico held its fourth annual Health and Wellness Day […]

Going the extra mile(s)

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Zane Dalton: Courtesy photo Ryan Jackson, left, was one of the Kappa Sigma fraternity members who ran in the Run for the Heroes event in 2010 to raise money for the families of injured military personnel. He and his fraternity brothers will run again this weekend after raising twice as much money as last year. […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

ITT aids travelers

By Cadet Lindsey Byrd: 27th SOW Public Affairs Information, Tickets and Travel, also known as ITT, is a full-service travel agency on base that helps retirees, active duty servicemembers and their families who struggle with planning vacations or day trips. Paul Hopkins, ITT supervisor, said, “this program offers an escape for airmen, from the pressures […]

PLAYpass being offered to deployed airmen, families

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In continuing efforts to build a resilient force, single airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts at select Force Support Squadron activities to help airmen and their families ease the pressures and […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Show seeks military families for home makeover

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are seeking people involved in the military whose home deserves an extreme makeover. The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” a press release said. […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way’s Day of Caring teams helped three organizations

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Alisha and Steve Robertson sit on the wall of what used to be their master bedroom in front of the mobile home they plan to live in while rebuilding their house. Sunday’s fire destroyed their home, but they said they have received a lot of help and love from the […]

Massive fire almost contained (Updated)

Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out and sparks from […]

Tax laws benefit troops, families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said. Due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized by the District of Columbia, […]

Officials strive to strengthen, empower military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — From educational opportunities to spouse employment, Defense Department officials are expanding military family support programs to better meet families’ current needs, as well as to empower them for the challenges that lie ahead, the DoD official who oversees military family programs said Feb. 17. “It’s not […]

Accepting Christ life-changing experience

Judy Brandon It was in the early 1950s, and my parents were in seminary in Kansas City. Our family had the opportunity to live at the seminary with other couples and families. All were full time students at the seminary just like my parents were. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartment buildings that […]

Letter to the editor: Families should have been notified

Families should have been notified We are among the residents upset over the “clean sweep” done at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Llano Estacado Boulevard. We were tending to my daughter’s grave Jan. 15 when a young couple asked us if we were missing anything from our grave site because someone had removed all the […]