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 […]

Military Feature: Couple rescues dog

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CNJ staff photo: Tonya Fennell Hector, left, and Melissa Santaella cuddle with their dogs in their Clovis home. Melissa calls the group her “rough riders.” By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer “Baby” is a celebrity of sorts. And like many young stars, her life has been far from perfect. The female Staffordshire bull terrier was […]

Group quilts in effort to mend hearts

This quilt, which hangs at the Patchwork House, is being raffled to raise funds for Operation Homefront Quilt. By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Stitch by stitch a volunteer group is mending hearts. The group, called the Caprock Quilters, make quilts in support of Operation Homefront Quilts. The colorful handstitched quilts are sent to the family […]

Canine finds home with enlisted couple

Photo by Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell: Freedom New Mexico “Baby” is a celebrity of sorts. And like many young stars, her life has been far from perfect. The female Staffordshire bull terrier was abused, abandoned and left to wander Cannon Air Force Base for over a year. The abandoned canine was first spotted hunkered […]

With A Little Help From My Friends…

The Porters attach a leash to a husky as they prepare to take the dog outside for a walk. Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Cannon, Clovis and Portales are seeing an increase in many domestic animals being sent out to survive on their own. Owners are deserting the animals that once trusted […]

Cannon has friendly faces for spouses

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Ellen Saccoia-Smith, family and work life consultant at the Family Support Center at Cannon Air Force Base and a military spouse, talks about the challenges military spouses face during an interview at the base in January. (Photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Ellen Saccoia-Smith’s first military move was […]