Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Fathers can provide love and stability

Freedom New Mexico There is little question that in most families the mother is the central unifying person emblematic of unconditional love that can be tough love when necessary. Recent research, however, suggests fathers are more important in the lives of children than had been previously understood. It is still unclear how much this reflects […]

First person: Mortician finds comfort in helping grieving families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Katy Marteny took her passion for helping people to mortuary school in Nebraska. She works as one of the few female funeral service practitioner in Clovis. Katy Marteny, 24, is one of the few female funeral service practitioners in Clovis. She took her passion for helping people to mortuary school […]

Bingaman and Udall $18.6 million to help provide child care for working families

.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing over $18.6 million to help provide child care services to working New Mexico families, those seeking employment or receiving job training or education. “Quality child care can be very costly and can be an obstacle […]

Air Force families boost area home sales

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Weichert Realtor Carolyn Spence discusses shelving in 2nd Lt. Jon Clark and his wife Hailey’s new home in Clovis. Jon has been reassigned to Cannon Air Force Base. The couple is one of many Cannon families looking for homes in Clovis and Portales. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When […]

Bingaman bill would help strengthen Medicaid, save taxpayer dollars

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

United Way still short of goal

CNJ staff With two days left until the deadline to accept donations, United Way is more than $130,000 from reaching its fundraising goal for Curry and Roosevelt counties. According to a press release, just over $488,000 has been pledged to date by individuals and businesses. The goal is $627,000. United Way funds are used to […]

Families share Thanksgiving plans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Fern Acuff puts a homemade cherry pie in the oven Wednesday at her home in north Clovis. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melissa Carpenter’s family is starting a new Thanksgiving tradition this year. The men in her family are traveling to Dallas to attend the Dallas Cowboys game on […]

Charity worried about economy hurting donations

CNJ Staff The Salvation Army is preparing to launch its Christmas programs in the face of a trying economy for charities and individuals alike. Today is the last day applications will be taken from families for the empty stocking fund and in the next week, collection kettles and Angel Trees will be going out in […]

Families seek to end separation

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roberto Valadez’ daughters, from left to right, Preciousa, 4, Samantha, 11, Esmeralda, 8, and Gulianni Mary, 5 months, are unable to see their mother at the Roosevelt County Detention Center because of the jail’s policy that forbids children’s By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer While the state works to study […]

Music brings families together

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist How many times have you heard someone sigh and say, “I took piano lessons when I was a kid. I hated them. Now, I wish I knew how to play.” Dutiful parents sign their kids up for band or orchestra at school, rent instruments and take seriously their jobs as […]

Area McDonald’s helping celebrate anniversary

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico More than 7,500 families have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Amarillo since its opening in 1983, including several hundred from Clovis and Portales, according to House Executive Director Jan Reid. Several local McDonald’s will help the Amarillo chapter of the global charity celebrate its 25th anniversary on […]

Bingaman: $1.7 million to help New Mexico low-income families weatherize homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and resistant to extreme heating and cooling costs. “Weatherizing is a great way to cut energy costs. But many families […]

Being ‘cool’ not factor in fatherhood

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

Community fan drive being held

CNJ staff The Print Shop, High Desert Honda and United Way of Eastern New Mexico are sponsoring Community Fan Drive 2008 from June to September. Many older individuals and families with small children sit in sweltering houses during hot New Mexico summers without air conditioning or even a fan, according to a United Way news […]

Ag Sense: Dairy farmers dedicated to land

While there has been much to do in the news in regards to dairying, it is important to understand that dairy farmers in New Mexico are strictly regulated and required to comply with a long list of environmental regulations before they are even allowed to produce milk. It is also important to understand that these […]

Cannon moves ahead with housing plans

CNJ STAFF REPORT The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Thursday at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Base personnel and their families are invited to the […]

Tax help volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help provide free tax help for simple returns to low and moderate income families and for senior citizens. Volunteers must want to learn about tax filing and be willing to work at least 20 hours per week from February through April. Volunteers will be trained and certified in January. Tax help […]

Lighthouse Mission celebrates with annual Christmas party

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Klaudette Benavidez, 5, was wide-eyed with excitement Saturday as she and her siblings were given gifts for Christmas at the Lighthouse Mission Christmas Party. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Seven Doran jumped in excitement Saturday as she left the Lighthouse Mission Christmas party with her family. The 4-year-old had […]