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 […]

Consider ways to reduce energy consumption

By Caroline Ward: 27th SOCES In support of Energy Awareness Month and beyond, here are smart, inexpensive ways to can reduce your energy and water consumption. Being aware and making smart choices saves you and the Air Force money that can be invested in aircraft operations and maintenance, construction and maintenance of facilities as well […]

Area 4-H clubs seeking members

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Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Samantha James, 12, works with one of her show sheep Friday at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in Portales. James, a Roosevelt County 4-H member, said the sheep’s head is held in this manner so it will push at her, flexing its muscles for the judges. James and other […]

EPCOG updates policies

CNJ staff report Members unanimously approved six policy updates during a special meeting Tuesday of the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s executive committee. The policies updated were: a Workforce Investment Act policy and procedures manual, a disaster and recovery plan, a teleworking policy, fiscal monitoring and procedures and records retention and a public access policy. […]

Deadline nears for stop loss pay

Cannon Connections staff The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Retroactive stop loss pay filing deadline nears

CNJ staff report The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Higher education master plan up for discussion at town hall meetings

Argen Duncan Members of the public have a chance to tell state officials what they want in higher education in New Mexico. Higher Education Department Secretary Viola Florez and members of her staff are scheduled to hold town hall meetings Monday in Clovis and Portales to collect input about their state higher education master plan. […]

Club notes — Aug. 22

Encanto Garden Club The August activity of Encanto Garden Club was held in the flower show booth at the Curry County fair home arts building. Entries from throughout Curry County were accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. A down-pour of rain early that morning prevented several prospective exhibitors from retrieving the specimens […]

Air Commandos welcome newest citizens

USAF photo: Greg Allen From left, Bernadett Wheeldon, Johanna Eighinger, Airman 1st Class Joel Sipin, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, and Airman Nimol Mao, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, prepare to take the citizenship oath during naturalization ceremonies. The airmen and family members were sworn in by Immigration Service Officer Peter Rechkemmer from Albuquerque […]

Tuesday morning briefing: First Friday and another year for “Dubya”

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing.First Friday Because of the July 4 weekend, Cannon Air Force Base will host its monthly First Friday event this coming Friday at The Landing Zone from 5-8 p.m. First Friday is an informal, family friendly event where individuals from on and off base can […]

Ag industry members: Wheat harvest best in years

Argen Duncan The grain harvest of wheat this year is the best in years due to more precipitation than usual, members of the agriculture industry are saying. At Portales grain elevator J.D. Heiskell and Company, Plant Manager Eldon Merrick said 90 to 95 percent of the wheat grown for grain in his area had been […]

Middle school site raises concerns

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Citizens brought concerns about the site chosen for the new middle school to the Clovis Municipal School board of education Tuesday. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey Road and owned […]

Commandos have their say at Media Day

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Air commandos continued their work day as members of the media toured their aircraft Wednesday and asked them questions. Eleven members of the media toured Cannon’s mission, aircraft, growth and construction at the mission’s first Media Day. Capt. Eric Bowman, 32, said his job on the AC-130H is rewarding. “We […]

Spouses now have domicile options

Submitted by: Capt. Ryan D. Malnar On Nov. 11, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law an amendment to the servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide certain protections for spouses of military members. The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act simply extends to military spouses the exemption that already applies to military members. They do not […]

Officials decline comment on meeting between board members, concerned citizen group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials have declined to talk about a Thursday afternoon meeting held between two school board members and a group calling for the removal of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The meeting was held at the school’s administration building. Board President Mark Lansford, who attended the meeting with fellow board member Lola […]

Flexible employers to be recognized at National Guard ceremony

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the fifth-straight year, Clovis is providing an opportunity that National Guard and Reserve members don’t get in their everyday service — the chance to say thanks. This weekend’s Guard/Reserve Awards and Recognition Banquet is expected to draw about 150 to Clovis on Friday and Saturday. Attendance includes National […]

Health care audio conference set

CNJ staff An interactive audio conference is being held to acquaint businesses on what healthcare reform means to them. Sponsored by the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the 90-minute conference will be conducted by the Kiplinger Washington Editors. It is being held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom at the Business Enterprise Center. Cost […]

DoD disability board understaffed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael […]

Parenting presentation to discuss technology, gang issues

CNJ staff A presentation on modern parenting 6 p.m. today at Marshall Junior High School is designed to help parents understand the technology being used by teens and gang issues they may be exposed to. Members of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit and the Clovis Police Department’s gang unit will […]

Jan. 3 Club notes

Chapparral Extension Club The Chaparral Extension Club held their annual Christmas Party at Trinity Luthern Church on Dec. 10 with 16 members in attendance. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. Jeanetta Mesner read “My Christmas Card List”. The group answered roll call with their Christmas plans. June Phillips read the minutes and Dorothy Bean […]