ENMU sending care packages to troops

Courtesy photo: ENMU Eastern New Mexico University student James Golden (left) and Nikki Howard executive secretary of Academic Affairs help fill care boxes for military members in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Eastern New Mexico University has been collecting donations of different items to send to troops over in Afghanistan and Iraq […]

Cannon wife motivated to aid wounded troops

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Leslie Scott organized the same supply drive when she was stationed in England. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections Suffering an injury while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq, a soldier can be happy knowing that medical personnel will rush the injured far out of harm’s way in order to quickly treat […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Tucumcari guardsmen prepare for Iraq deployment

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom New Mexico In a few short months, a handful of Tucumcari’s citizen soldiers will be in uniform 24-7 in Iraq. Preparations begin this weekend, when about a dozen men and women, and their loved ones, from the New Mexico National Guard in Tucumcari attend a family readiness conference in Albuquerque to […]

Iraq voter turnout offers sign of hope

Freedom New Mexico The Iraqi provincial elections, a prelude to national elections later this year or early next year, were carried out almost

Anbar success remarkable yet

Freedom New Mexico Something truly remarkable happened Monday in Iraq. The U.S. military handed the Iraqi government full control of security in Anbar province. Two years ago, top military intelligence people in Iraq considered Anbar pretty much a lost cause about which the U.S. military could do little or nothing. But a place that not […]

Reaper drops bomb on anti-Iraqi forces

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USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft prepares to taxi out of a hangar on Aug. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. By Staff Sgt. Don Branum: 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Joint Base Balad, Iraq — An MQ-9 Reaper dropped a 500-pound bomb against an anti-Iraqi target on […]

Udall hears Hull overpass concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., speaks to the audience Tuesday, at Clovis Community College Town Hall. Udall, a Senate candidate, stopped in Clovis as part of his, “Do Right by New Mexico” tour. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer U.S. Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. said Tuesday it was ironic the […]

ENMU initiates 'caring' campaign

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Cannon Connections: Karl Terry ENMU staff members Nikki Howard, right, and Belinda Hilliard stuff items into a decorated box that will be sent to military service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some boxes have already been sent and others are pending. By Mickey Winfield: Cannon Connections A group of Eastern New Mexico University employees […]

Reaper flies first Iraq mission

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Courtesy photo: USAF A maintenance airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper in Afghanistan Oct. 1. Capable of striking enemy targets with on-board weapons, the Reaper has conducted close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Staff and Air Force News Joint Base Balad, Iraq — The Air Force flew its first operational MQ-9 Reaper mission […]

President signs off on Cannon funding

CNJ staff On Monday The FY2008 emergency supplemental bill containing $162 billion, with key funding for Cannon Air Force Base was signed into law by President Bush. According to press releases from Senators Pete Domenici, R-N.M. and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., the bill will primarily fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it contains funding to […]

Video fallout mixed

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist I fully expected my children to be ecstatic when we put on a recording my husband sent from Iraq. But I was surprised by my 4-year-old daughter’s reaction. We received hubby’s DVD through a program called “United Through Reading,” sponsored by The United Service Organizations and the Family Literacy Foundation. […]

Being with husband worth juggling logistics

By Anita Doberman My husband and I have had to make some important decisions in the last few weeks. After many months of deployments, it seems that he has to go for one year of training for the new aircraft he will be flying. The training is split in two different locations, and once he […]

Clovis-Carver Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran offers an intimate perspective on the attempts of American civilians to remake Iraq and the strange, isolated city-state that resulted in Baghdad when they failed. Down River: A novel by John Hart […]

House candidate advocates fiscal responsibility

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — Don Wiviott, candidate for U.S. representative in the 3rd Congressional district, told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women on Monday he is capable of finding solutions to America’s problems and will actively work for change in government. “This is a year, honest to God, for change,” Wiviott said. […]

Many reasons to doubt rosy Iraq assessment

Freedom New Mexico During his State of the Union message, President Bush argued that his new tactics in Iraq — sending 30,000 additional troops and having them operate actively in neighborhoods rather than return to secure bases each night — “have achieved results few of us could have imagined just one year ago.” There is […]

Bush asks for perseverance, action on economy and war

By Terence Hunt: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Recession. War. Terrorism. The worry list in President Bush’s final State of the Union address was the same as in his first. “We can all see that growth is slowing,” Bush said in his appearance before Congress Monday night when talking about the economy. The war in […]

Donations make Balad hospital more comfortable

Liliana Castillo/Cannon Connections Vicky Johnson, left, Heidi Killion, middle, her daugher Emma, 5, and Diana Plehn sort through donations Wednesday collected from Cannon Air Force Base for Balad in Iraq. By Karl Terry, Cannon Connections People in eastern New Mexico are helping make someone’s life in a hospital in northern Iraq a little more comfortable […]

Final federal budget better late than never

Editorial If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has […]