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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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Troops, families have new advocate

By Tom Philpott: Military update James Webb (D-Va.), a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. Webb has more leverage now as new […]

Realtors, developers struggle to meet housing demand

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Louise and Richard Weber of Clovis inspect a home Friday on Benjamin Davis Drive. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search for a lot of the same amenities in a home that younger families do — storage space, a good […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Military feature: Base to expand child development centers

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in […]

Food tax would only bring harm

By Fred Nathan and Allen Sanchez: Guest columnists The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) recently proposed that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. If the GACC wants to raise taxes, a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive […]

Event aims to give families closure

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Daryl Harris hangs an ornament in memory of his wife, Betty Jo Harris, during Thursday’s 25th annual “Celebration of Life” sponsored by the Plains Regional Medical Center Home Health Care/Hospice. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Area families honored loved ones who have passed away in 2009 at Thursday’s 25th […]

Health reform won’t affect TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The national health reform bill, passed by the House in October, and the Senate version, to be debated early this month, pose no threat to current health care benefits provided to military families, retirees or veterans, say advocates for these beneficiaries as well as congressional committee staffs. The House-passed Affordable […]

Portales couple reaches out to international students

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Courtesy photo: Charlie and Martha Crane From left, Martha Crane of Portales, Ghana native Hannah Odame, Martha’s husband Charlie and Nigeria native Lola pause during a pre-graduation reception for Eastern New Mexico University international students this past spring. The Cranes have provided driving lessons, trips, Thanksgiving dinner and more for the students. Lola’s last name […]

Veterans organization hands out turkeys to needy

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson AMVETS Chaplain Manuel Medina hands a turkey to Maria Seniseras Friday at Bella Vista Arts Academy. The AMVETS had 250 turkeys to give away to area families in need. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their […]

Lincoln Jackson Family Center staff start clothing program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mary Helen Urioste, back, and Jane Chavez wheel a donation out of the back room of the thrift store on Cannon Air Force Base. The women work with the clothing closet at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center has found another […]

Terror of war followed us home

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist The Fort Hood massacre is shaking the military community and Americans everywhere. Nothing seems more horrific, if it’s even possible to quantify these events on some horrible scale, than a soldier firing upon his comrades. As a military wife I can’t begin to imagine the pain, suffering and fear the […]

Groups offer military families support

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

Concert planned to benefit crash victims

CNJ staff The community of Melrose is rallying around two of their own who were hospitalized after a head-on collision Aug. 8. The community is planning a benefit concert 3 p.m. Sept. 5 to help the families with medical expenses. Ramon Arenivar and Jordan Beard have under gone several surgeries, according to event organizer Randy […]

Cannon Appreciation Day features free food, games

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Justin Turner with the Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron chats up servers at Friday’s Cannon Appreciation Day held at Unity Park. Event organizers said 4,000 burgers and 4,000 hot dogs were on hand for the event. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico After two decades of cook-outs […]