Love notes

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Floral Associate Danielle Martinez puts together an arrangement Friday at Hestands Floral. Owner Michelle Ward said her shop had 63 pre-orders for Valentine’s Day, which is double last year. With the holiday of romance approaching, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask Clovis and Portales residents to share some of their […]

Cannon airman experiences training flight firsthand

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal A pilot with the 522nd Special Operations Squadron flies an MC-130J Combat Shadow II aircraft, over the skies of New Mexico, Jan. 5. The 522nd SOS, assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, flies the MC-130J which provides capabilities such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration and aerial delivery resupply of […]

Cannon commander shares experiences with students

Freedom New Mexico Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th […]

Daughter recalls father's experiences in World War II

Courtesy photo Bennie Hill, right, and an unknown soldier aboard the RMS Queen Mary on the way home after World War II. Hill was one of many soldiers trained during in the Louisiana Maneuvers, a series of war games to prepare the U.S. military for the eventuality of World War II. By Clarence Plank: Cannon […]

God can help us to bear our best fruits

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I passed a huge garden near Texico the other day, and it brought back memories of my garden planting experiences. I estimated that the garden was about an acre and the owner had it so manicured and neat that it could appear on the cover of any national magazine. I […]

Family experiences turbulent storm

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry This center-pivot sprinkler on land owned by W-Diamond Dairy east of Portales was partially flipped by strong winds or a tornado Wednesday. The storm was fast and furious say witnesses and damaged a sideroll sprinkler and some farm buildings. Freedom New Mexico staff A strong thunderstorm and wind damage left […]

Cochran, Confederate Railroad to perform at Ute Lake

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Courtesy photo Stephen Cochran is veteran who, along with band Confederate Railroad, will perform a concert at Ute Lake on Friday. Freedom New Mexico Featured artist Stephen Cochran is a former Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He writes many of his own songs with his life experiences as inspiration. Featured band Confederate Railroad […]

Success can be achieved in numerous ways

Commentary by Lt. Col. Beachel Curtis, 27th Fighter Wing director of plans and inspections CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Success. Almost everyone desires it – particularly the “type A” personalities who gravitate toward military service. How do you achieve it? Can you guarantee it? Between basic human nature and today’s performance-oriented society, the achievement of […]

Being part of church family is great blessing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist By Curtis K. Shelburne What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to have a wonderful group of friends that truly are as close as family? What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to surround yourself with a […]

Military encouraged to write of war

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Countless stories of hometown war heroes have graced the pages of newspapers across the country. News stations broadcast the coming and going of troops, their funerals and their family’s joys and sorrows. But no news service can get completely in the minds of soldiers, to tell the most intimate […]