Memories of punishment still linger

I loved Mrs. Butterfield. I loved her name, her smile, her sweet, caring attitude, the way she made me feel good about myself. I even loved Mrs. Butterfield after she walloped me so severely I remember it 64 years later. It was a daily routine at the one-through-twelve Boardman schoolhouse outside Youngstown. My desk was […]

Military mama: Take care with online life

We live our lives online these days. Between social networking and Skype with our loved ones, the military spouse is often well-connected. There’s a lot of information readily available when we are in need of resources. But we do also need to be mindful of how much and what kind of information we are making […]

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 […]

Airmen welcomed home from deployment

USAF photo: Senior Airman James Bell Family and friends gather to welcome base personnel home in Hangar 196 on Oct.5. A post deployment line also awaited the redeploying personnel to help in-process. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Snacks were set on a table, the weather was nice and family members waited […]

Father says shooting victim loved life

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Courtesy photo Angel Vale, 22, was found shot to death outside her Portales residence Thursday evening. Sharna Johnson Raymond Vale remembers his daughter as a dedicated, hard-working girl who wanted to help people and loved life. Angel Vale was found dead Thursday evening in the sideyard of a Portales home she was renting. The 22-year-old […]

Families remember loved ones

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Carol Nash, of Clovis, browses though the engineer drawing of her uncle, Pvt. Roy Melvin Johnston who served in the Army during WWII and died while fighting in Okinawa Japan. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day was set aside for the people who lost loved ones in war. […]

Tough to make adult choice

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I remember the day Sarah told me she loved me. She nzever actually said it, but she showed it. She called, said she wanted to spend the afternoon with me, and she’d just have to record “Days of Our Lives.” Recording means you’re making the adult choice, whether that choice […]

Loved ones more important than catching quakes

By Grant McGee: Local columnist “Oh wow, the whole house is rocking, Dad.” I was on the phone with daughter, Robyn. She lives out west in the Mojave Desert. Her house was moving, the grandkids were yelling. “It’s an earthquake,” I said. Robyn lives in California. So if the house is shaking then it must […]

POW/Missing Personnel Office staff updates families of loved ones

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Bennie Renfro gives a DNA sample during a family update meeting sponsored by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office March 20 in San Antonio. Renfro’s nephew, Airman 1st Class Leslie McHaney has been missing from the Korean War for more than 30 years. By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes: […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

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 […]

Life, faith should be built on firm foundation

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When Susie and I were little girls growing up in church, we sang with the primary choir. One of the songs we loved so much was “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock.” This was a great song. To go with the lyrics, we had hand motions like […]

Liaison: Military honors often overlooked

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Senior Airman Nathan Rogers, left, and Senior Airman Perry Crooks of Cannon Air Force Base fold a flag military funeral honors for Henry Sanchez of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And he loved life. “Anytime you saw […]

Official: Military honors option available for veteran burials

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Veronica Goff, left, receives a flag from Senior Airman Nathan Rogers of Cannon Air Force Base at the conclusion of Thursday’s military funeral honors for her father, Henry Sanchez of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Henry Sanchez loved dancing, his guitar and his harmonica, family members said. And […]

Educator loss leaves long lasting impact

Freedom New Mexico Every death is a tragedy. Every person loves and is loved by many people. Everyone has affected the lives of countless others during the course of his life. Shock compounds the loss when it is sudden and unexpected, like Monday’s horrific accident near Saltillo, Mexico, that killed at least 11. Some of […]

Music enriches lives

By Anna Skaggs Music in my life has been like breathing. I grew up in a second-generation Czech family, the Grisaks. Everyone in my family played a musical instrument sang and learned to whistle tunes. I grew up thinking the whole world loved music. Favorite childhood memories were hearing daddy playing Celtic, gypsy and bluegrass […]

In tribute: Former police officer loved family, pranks

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer C.T. “Tommy” Bull was remembered by friends and family as a dedicated family man and law enforcement officer, and a lover of kids, animals and pranks. Bull, a retired Clovis police officer and railroad special investigator, died Aug. 15 at his home in Portales with his wife Margia by […]

In tribute: Former detective loved challenge

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Courtesy photo Bill Bollinger was a former Clovis police detective and city commissioner. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Bill Bollinger saw something he liked — a case to solve, a piece of wood to form, or a person to care about —he never let go. The former Clovis police detective and city commissioner […]

Tips for protecting people and pets from animal bites

27th Special Operations Medical Group On the High Plains, stray animals are a fact of life. With the significant number of stray animals on and around our installation, as well as the difficulty in controlling these animals, bites by stray animals are equally common. While several base agencies are work to control and diminish this […]

Firefighter remembered for his cooking

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Courtesy photo: Clovis Fire Department Firefighters remember Joe Haseloff, 49, for his smile, kind nature and cooking. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer