Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Friday morning briefing: A rack, a rodeo and Happy Birthday New Mexico

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Rack replacement Lighthouse Mission is in need a clothing rack. During the hectic holiday season, one of the mission’s clothing racks broke. Questions about size and type call 762-1933. Ranch rodeo The second annual Steven Watson Memorial Ranch Rodeo is 6 p.m. Saturday at […]

Lighthouse Mission gearing up for Christmas celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Carolyn Rubio-Lopez, a part-time Lighthouse Mission staff member, organizes dolls and other toys for the children’s Christmas celebration at the Lighthouse Mission 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission staff and volunteers are busy preparing Christmas gift packages to give to less fortunate children in Clovis on […]

Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Gifts for kids The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration. They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy. Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and […]

Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Michelle Armijo, aassistant cook at Lighthouse Mission, applies butter to rolls Wednesday that will be served at today’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Lighthouse Mission. This is the eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community and meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Our people: Answering the call

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Courtesy photo Clovis residents Gerri and Richard Gomez met over 30 years ago. Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” […]

Religion feature: Lighthouse Mission opening new facility Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen volunteer Patrick Apodaca has lunch in the soup kitchen with his daughter, Sarah Cordova, and her son, Christopher Cordova. Sarah has also volunteered at the Lighthouse Mission. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission homeless shelter in Clovis has helped countless down-and-out folks for 25 years, but outgrew […]

Lighthouse holding ceremony for second shelter

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission will hold a ceremony to mark the opening of its second shelter. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at 500 L Casillas Boulevard, said Richard Gomez, administrator for the mission. “We’re going to be able to house mothers and children in the old shelter, and house single […]

Reader-submitted: Habitat holds groundbreaking

Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis. After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need for affordable housing […]

First run: 27th SOW Mission Support Group organizes base run

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo About 3,500 airmen of the Mission Support Group ran together for the first ever MSG run. Liliana Castillo The 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group at Cannon Air Force Base held its first run March 16. Chief Daniel Koning said he and Cannon’s command staff want to promote camaraderie and physical […]

Lighthouse hosting spring break party

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lighthouse Mission volunteers Tracina Sanchez, left, and Keith Crompton work together Thursday to build a dart board for the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun to be held at the mission today. Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is hosting a Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun on Friday. […]

County supports Cannon growth

The current Cannon Air Force Base commander, Col. Stephen Clark, as well as the preceding base commander, has made requests to the county commission for more than two years for assistance with security issues and other obstructions critical to their mission. These issues primarily involve County Road R and the land immediately west of the […]

Night training missions to be held at Cannon

CNJ staff Crews from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School AC-130 Weapons Instructor Course will be performing night training missions at Cannon Air Force Base throughout the month of March, according to a news release. The first mission will take place Monday. The 14th Weapons Squadron from Hurlburt Field, Fla., will be conducting the flights. […]

Delayed reporting Tuesday for Cannon personnel

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Due to deteriorating weather conditions, there is a two-hour delayed reporting time for all non-mission essential personnel who work at Cannon. The Child Development Center, Pecos Trail Dining Facility and base fitness center will open at their regularly scheduled hours. All mission-essential personnel will report to work at normal times. […]

Lighthouse Mission to host senior day

Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is gearing up for the first of two events in honor of seniors in 2011. The mission initiated Senior Day in 2010 as a way to appreciate what senior citizens have done, said Executive Director Richard Gomez. “They’re the ones that have made the city what it is. We want […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting holiday dinner

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission will be hosting its annual holiday meal noon Thursday. Director Jerri Gomez said the meal will include shank ham and all the fixings including homemade bread. Gomez said the meal is for the underprivileged, disabled, elderly and those who don’t have family to share the holidays with. The meal is […]

Ministry’s mission held up in Liberian port

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Courtesy photo Dub Hays of Clovis, back center, is in Liberia waiting for containers of relief supplies to be released by the government so he can distribute the items to Liberians in need. Sharna Johnson It wasn’t raising the money or gathering the donations or even arranging for shipping to the West African country that […]

Thanksgiving about caring, giving back

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jay the giraffe takes carrots from zoo keeper Kathy Yanotti Thursday during feeding time. Yanotti said in her 25 years at the zoo, she has lost track of how many holidays she has spent with her second family at the park. Sharna Johnson For some, Thanksgiving Day is about who […]