Cannon chaplains meet spiritual, social needs

Janet Taylor-Birkey Most people think of church as a place to hear a sermon, sing songs and offer prayers. While Cannon’s chapel offers all of those things to worshipers, it also exceeds the parameters of regularly scheduled weekend and weekday services. Seeking to address quality of life issues for Cannon Airmen and their families, the […]

Legislating against lunatics only lends them credibility

Freedom Newspapers Once we begin legislating against lunatics, there will be no end to the legislating. So while we share Colorado state Rep. Michael Merrifield’s revulsion at a tiny group of nut-cases disrupting military funerals, in a bid to draw the media spotlight, we don’t support his remedy — a bill that would attempt to […]

Thanks for the memories

When making a scrapbook Mrs. Debbie Kmiec teaches others to crop out distracting elements before arranging them in a scrapbook. By Janet Taylor-Birkey Scrapbookers preserve their families’ histories The faces and ages of the women at the table are as varied as the scrapbook albums in front of them. From a 9-year-old girl working on […]

Bill to encourage savings shouldn’t use tax money

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that could create incentives, using some tax dollars, to spur savings for low-income families. House Bill 112 would appropriate $2 million to pay for a matching-fund mechanism. The bill remained in committee Tuesday. It should die there if the wording continues to allow any use of […]

1/29 Letters to the editor

Foster families no more needy than others Regarding the “Making Clovis a Safer Place” story (Dec. 16 CNJ): For the last eight years my husband and I have been licensed foster parents in Curry County. I am also contracted with the state as the county’s foster parent liaison. As part of my duties I help […]

Goal met thanks to community giving

By Errin Burch: Guest columnist I’d like to thank the citizens of eastern New Mexico. Looking back at 2005, United Way of Eastern New Mexico reaching its goal this year was a great tribute to the resilience and generosity of people of our area. To all who contributed — thank you. In the face of […]

Battle against poverty needs your help

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There is an insidious movement under way in New Mexico, one that clear-thinking state citizens need to reverse. Now. It’s time to take to the streets and demand our traditional values be maintained, that our fixture atop the lists of one of the poorest states in the nation be cemented. […]

United Way reaches goal with late push

Freedom Newspapers Eleventh-hour gifts by Eastern New Mexico University staff members and an anonymous couple have helped the local United Way achieve this year’s $482,005 fund-raising goal. The donations bring the overall total received to exactly 100 percent of the goal. In Curry County $421,950 of the $412,005 goal or 102 percent has been attained. […]

Local civic leader honored by Pentagon

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — Longtime Clovis civic leader Doc Stewart on Monday received the 2005 Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Stewart, who has been a community leader in Clovis for almost 40 years, was selected for the Air Force award for his contributions and support for […]

Promoting unit cohesiveness, recognizing individuals

Airman Thomas Trower Cannon Airmen deployed to fight the war on terror and other conflicts around the world can rest easier knowing their families at Cannon can find support at the Family Support Center (FSC). “The main objective of providing assistance to military families is to allow the military member to focus on the mission […]

State of state address

The Associated Press Prepared text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s state of the state address: To Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro Tem Altamirano, and Speaker Lujan; to Sen. Bingaman and Congressman Udall; to pueblo governors and President Shirley; to Democratic and Republican leaders, members of the Legislature and members of the judiciary; to the former governors, […]

Airman’s Attic a treasure trove of deals

Janet Taylor-Birkey The Airman’s Attic, in Building 1249 on Arcadia Ave., carries just the kind of things one might expect to find on a treasure hunt. While there probably will not be antiques and such, someone may find the item they’ve been looking for and at a price that is too good to pass up, […]

Only one miner survives

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners were dead — three hours after they began celebrating the news that they were alive. The sole survivor, Randal McCloy, was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and dehydration but no […]

Letters to the editor: Holiday fireworks ignite outrage

I would like to thank the rocket scientist who bought or allowed his children to buy fireworks for their New Year’s celebration. On Friday evening, a beautiful evergreen was destroyed and trees and houses in the 1600 block of Fairway Terrace were threatened by a fire caused by someone shooting off firecrackers. Flames fed by […]

Fires leave two Roosevelt County families displaced

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Donald “Andy” Anderson flips through some of his collectible comic books on Thursday that were destroyed when his home caught on fire. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Fires have destroyed the homes but not the spirits of two Roosevelt County families. L.A. Davis of Floyd said he lost everything in a […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 16

Today’s Focus: “Ms. R” Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. R” said her family just moved to Portales from Colorado and does not have its belongings. The family depends on the income of her husband and times are tough right now. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have things to play with […]

United Way extends deadline

CNJ staff The United Way of Eastern New Mexico Board of Directors has announced it will extend the 2005-2006 United Way Fund-raising Campaign until Jan. 13. Dianna Thompson, UWENM 2005 campaign chair, said the charitable organization needs more time to make sure all donations are counted. “Our fund-raising efforts were put behind schedule by the […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 15

Today’s focus: “Ms. S” Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. S” is not employed and is struggling this year. Her holiday hopes: For her son to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pant sizes 34/32, boys shirt size large, boys shoe size 10. Toys list: X-Box game The Empty Stocking Fund is […]

11/29 Business Digest

United Way taking applications soon The United Way of Eastern New Mexico will soon begin to accept applications requesting donor funds to serve area families and individuals. According to the charitable organization, distributing donor funds is the most important function they perform. The funds will eventually serve local families, individuals or children in four priority […]

Salvation Army effort targets needy families

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The 12-foot artificial Christmas tree in Wal-Mart isn’t decorated with fancy lights or ornaments. It is instead filled with paper cutouts, bearing children’s names and their Christmas wishes. Nearby, sits a box filled with various items: a new novel — “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince;” a plastic-wrapped board […]