Press release: Greg Skarda Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Leadership Clovis

CLOVIS, NM – The 2010-2011 Leadership Clovis Class’ Annual Golf Tournament – in memory of the late Greg Skarda, an alumni of Leadership Clovis – will be held at Chaparral Country Club, Saturday April 16th with registration beginning at 8:00 am and a shotgun start at 9 am. The cost for this 4-person scramble is […]

Outdoor guide: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is set near the Sacramento Mountains which feature historic exhibits. • Location: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 8 miles south of Alamogordo via U.S.-54. • Directions: From Portales take U.S. 70 W. for 85 miles stay straight and take West Relief Route (Roswell) […]

N.M. Vietnam vets gathering photos for memorial

By Kate Nash: Santa Fe New Mexican SANTA FE — When Henry Urioste was asked to help with a project to locate photos of all New Mexicans killed in Vietnam, he quickly volunteered, thinking it would be a simple, quick task. Instead, tracking down 400 photos of the fallen turned out to be very emotional […]

County seeks names for DWI memorial

CNJ staff Curry County is looking to memorialize those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a DWI crash. As part of an effort to refurbish a DWI memorial on the west lawn of the courthouse, the DWI Task Force is asking to hear from friends and family members who want a […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

9/11 memorial ceremony set

CNJ staff report The James Polk Stone Community Bank will host its annual 9/11 community memorial ceremony 7:30 a.m. today, according to a press release. The ceremony will take place near the bank’s flag pole at the corner of Abilene and West First Streets. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry and J.P. Stone Community Bank […]

Liberty Pool ready for reopening

Cannon Connections staff Recent rains delayed the opening of Liberty Pool past its annual Memorial Day opening date. But not far past it. The pool will open Wednesday with a season opening pool party scheduled for June 12. Maj. Rick Gearhart, Force Support Squadron commander, said the pool underwent regular maintenance and repairs to get […]

Memorial Day events planned

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Janelle Foster, president of the Ellen W. Jones Chapter 1022 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, stands next to the headstone of Confederate soldier George Washington Wood. The UDC is dedicating the headstone on 9 a.m. Monday to honor fallen soldiers. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Memorial Day observances […]

Memorial Day services planned across region

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Memorial Day observances are planned across the region to honor fallen soldiers. Among organizations planning ceremonies Monday in Portales are the American Legion Post 31 in Portales, United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters from Portales and Clovis and Sons of the Confederate Veterans. American Legion Post 31 Commander Joe […]

Nation should remember those who made sacrifices

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Gen. John Alexander Logan first thought up the idea to set aside one day to honor Civil War dead. May 30, 1868, was the first Memorial Day to honor those who had died in battle by remembering them and decorating their graves. On this Memorial Day, I cannot help but […]

Press release: Senator discusses DWI memorial bill, Wall Street reform and upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about a bill he will introduce Wednesday to designate the DWI Memorial of Perpetual Tears in Moriarty as the National Victims Memorial. He also discussed Senate passage of Wall Street reform, his upcoming meeting with Elena Kagan, and took […]

Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

Friday morning briefing: For the local military

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday briefing. Video of the day: It’s in your backyard. For the military The Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an orientation for military families. It starts 11 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Building, 200 E. 7th St. Speakers will tell you about recreational opportunities at […]

First person: Volunteer receives state recognition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Millie Lees of Clovis says there is nothing better than doing something for someone else. Millie Lees of Clovis was awarded the K. Rose Wood Memorial Award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Service Department for her work with AARP in Clovis and Portales. Because Lees suffered a stroke […]

Photos sought for Vietnam war memorial

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago as a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

National memorial effort seeks photos of fallen Vietnam soldiers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

Memorial officials call for photos of Vietnam vets

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USAF photo: Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi One of the more than 400,000 motorcyclists who participated in the 17th annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., breaks down after finding the name of a fallen comrade. American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The National Call for Photos, a campaign […]

Softball league seeking memorial

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Brenda Depperman is working a softball memorial to honor her mother, Carol Depperman, who worked to start the Clovis women’s league years ago. Carol and few other women campaigned to get the softball league going back in the early 1970s in Clovis by talking to Guy Leeder about having […]

Military feature: Fallen Vietnam soldier honored with memorial

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Courtesy photo Lloyd Smith, 22, in uniform at Christmas a few months before heading overseas to fight in Vietnam. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico At 88, Myrtie Smith isn’t apt to just jump up and take any cross-country trip. Given the honor about to be bestowed on her fallen hero of a son, she […]

Memorial day events remember the fallen

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Members of the Cannon Air Force Base rifle drill team conduct a rifle volley in honor of fallen service members Monday during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections staff Warm morning sun and a gentle breeze greeted the group that gathered […]