Reduction of forces real concern

Military personnel who seek to extend their careers should stay in shape and stay out of trouble because the armed forces will strive to keep only the best through a post-war drawdown period, warns the new chairman of the House armed services personnel subcommittee. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said his priority will be to improve […]

Obama plans support for military families

The Associated Press President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their […]

Empty Stocking program launches Friday

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson The Salvation Army is hoping to raise $25,000 for this year’s Empty Stocking fund to help families in need through the holidays. Freedom New Mexico With 100 more families applying for help this holiday season, the Salvation Army is hoping to raise enough money to meet their needs and help […]

Education column: Cameo aims to connect with parents

It seems that Thanksgiving brings to mind families more than most holidays. Being together as families is not always easy, but it is important. Cameo Elementary is connecting with families big-time these days. Not only are parents welcome, Cameo is actively seeking their involvement. As principal, Tony Igo, shared: “We know the more that parents […]

Area families share Thanksgiving traditions, recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Lori Robbins moves a fresh batch of pork tamales from the pot to a platter Friday at her home in south Clovis. Alisa Boswell Thanksgiving is the time of year treasured for memories of holiday traditions and family legacies. With this in mind, Freedom New Mexico decided to […]

Host families, sponsorships sought for Pioneers

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message relayed at an informational meeting Wednesday at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Building. The commissioner of the Pecos League and the manager of the Clovis Pioneers were on hand to answer questions about the 74-game season, […]

Families enjoy fall festival

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Military spouse Susan Hinrichs paints faces Saturday at one of the free booth activities for children. Liliana Castillo Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Group and Special Operations Maintenance Group, along with their families, enjoyed a day of fun, food and games Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base’s Fall Festival. […]

Host families, ballpark schedules on baseball meeting agenda

Kevin Wilson The Pecos League has found a pair of home ballparks in Clovis. They’re hoping their players can find some homes as well. Host families, ballpark schedules and numerous other issues will be discussed 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Parks and Recreation Department building at 500 Sycamore. The Pioneers will play the 2011 season […]

Veterans can remain optimistic

Anthony Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs, warned last week that disabled veterans and their families will suffer if Americans “lose faith in the integrity” of VA disability compensation system. Thankfully, for hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans in line to be compensated for three additional diseases linked Agent Orange exposure, few senators seemed ready […]

Childcare assistance cuts raising concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis’ ABC Developmental Care Center Director Kisty Gartner said she is concerned about recent cuts to state childcare assistance and what it could mean down the road for working families who need help paying for childcare. Sharna Johnson Recent cuts in state childcare assistance money and the potential for more […]

Ministry helps connect families to vehicles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt of Farwell said she’s going focusing on getting families transportation and may not worry about cosmetic damages to the next car she’ll be donating. Liliana Castillo A Farwell woman has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of […]

Wednesday morning briefing: School’s out and celebrating families

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. School news Are you wondering about what’s going on in Portales Municipal Schools? Check out the district’s online calendar: http://www.portalesschools.com/calendar.htm School’s out There will be no class for students in Clovis Municipal Schools on Friday for parent teacher conferences. The conferences will be held in […]

Nonprofit groups step up to help military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — America’s support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family. Some people have taken […]

TAPS mentors support families of fallen

American Forces Press Service By Elaine Wilson WASHINGTON — The day Scott Warner saw Marines standing at his front door, his world came to a crashing halt. The servicemembers told Warner that his son, Marine Pvt. Heath Warner, had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq’s Anbar province. Warner and his family, including his […]

Annual appreciation day will honor airmen, families

By 27th SOW Public Affairs The Clovis community will recognize the men and women of Cannon Air Force Base 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Unity Park with the 21st annual Cannon Appreciation Day. All service members, their families and base employees are invited to the show of appreciation and enjoy free food, games […]

Reader feedback sought

Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico is hosting meetings to get reader input on the content that goes into Cannon Connections. The first meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday at the Clovis News Journal conference room. The meeting is open to, but not limited to, veterans and their families. The second meeting will be […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Ticket feature: Families have weekend choice of comedy, monster trucks

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Courtesy photo The Kicker Monster Truck Nationals are Friday and Saturday at the Curry County Fairgrounds. Freedom New Mexico Between monster trucks and clean Christian comedy, there’s something for just about everyone in Clovis this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m. Upstage Comedians will be held in the Marshall Middle School auditorium. The show is clean, […]

Programs available for Guard families

By Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke: National Guard Bureau ARLINGTON, Va. — Guard kids differ from active duty kids in only one way: Access. This means access to support programs and access to peers who understand what they are going through. Everything else is the same: Missing their parents terribly when they deploy, counting the days […]

Clovis Housing Authority to receive grant

CNJ staff The Clovis Housing Authority will receive $10,836 of nearly $200,000 in Housing and Urban Development dollars for rental assistance provided to families. Seven state agencies are part of nearly 600 nationwide to receive $150 million in funding through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program because they had additional leasing or experienced other unforeseen circumstances […]