Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

Overseas voters granted extension

Sharna Johnson Overseas voters from New Mexico have been granted an extension after ballots in six counties, including Curry County, were sent out past deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election. To be counted, voting ballots sent to military and overseas voters — 844 total statewide, 102 of which missed the Sept. 18 deadline — […]

Online ballots can help overseas votes count

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has a solution for overseas servicemembers and other U.S. citizens living outside the country who haven’t received an election ballot: get it online. With Nov. 2 midterm elections two weeks off, Illinois and New York recently joined the list […]

Navy veteran recounts service overseas

Courtesy photo Jim Warnica, second row, second from left, with his CIC unit after returning from Okinawa, Japan in 1946. By Jared Tucker: Cannon Connectiosn staff writer Jim Warnica was enlisted in the Navy Reserve from 1944 to 1946. When were you born, and where? July 31, 1926 in Clovis. We lived in Portales, but […]

Family ships support to troops

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Landall Goolsby picks copies of “500 Days of Summer” of the shelves of his movie store Landall’s Box Office to send to airmen overseas. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The Goolsbys sent 1,600 movies to airmen overseas last year and their goal is to break that record. Landall Goolsby owns […]

Laws change for military, overseas voters

By Carmen L. Gleason: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Servicemembers and overseas voters shouldn’t assume they automatically will receive ballots for the 2010 elections just because they have in the past. Previously, voters would receive absentee ballots for up to two cycles following their request, Bob Carey, Federal Voting Assistance Program director, said Jan. […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Military spouses cope with loved ones deployed during holidays

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Little gained from Obama’s overseas trips

Freedom New Mexico President Obama’s trip to Asia, scheduled to end Thursday, will set a record for foreign travel in the first year of a presidency — nine trips and 20 countries. The runner-up was Bush 41’s seven trips and 14 countries. This is something of a listening and learning trip rather than one from […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Group seeks to help military community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Junctions offers confidential help and is funded by the federal Access to Recovery grant. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and after. One […]

Overseas service members send holiday greetings

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Bess Kline admires a picture of her son Master Sgt. David Kline Thursday in her home. Kline was told of her son’s message but haven’t heard or seen it yet. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother […]

Consider Tricare when going on vacation

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance You worked hard all year, spent time planning your vacation and are now looking forward to some time away from home, whether it be in the mountains, at the beach or overseas. While you’re counting down the days until you leave and crossing off items on your to-do list, […]

Wesley Foundation collecting cell phones for service members

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Freedom New Mexico: Janet Bresenham ENMU student Jennifer Hunter, left, and Wesley Foundation interim director John Lowry-King look over some of the used cell phones donated for the program, “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Used cell phones will be collected through May 9. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The chance to call home and hear […]

Service a family affair

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U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson spends time with his father, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Don Wilson, in the family yard in Clovis. Freedom Newspapers: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael […]

Unsponsored families don’t get TRICARE

By Tom Philpott: Military Update In decades past, the U.S. military discouraged family members from joining loved ones on “unaccompanied” year-long tours to places like South Korea, Okinawa, Guam and more remote tours in “Cold War” Europe. “Non-command sponsored” dependents who traveled to these assignments often were seen as a distraction and strain on support […]

Greenwalt finds comfort with Storm

By Dave Wagner: CNJ Sports Writer The Seattle Storm view former Clovis High standout Cisti Greenwalt as project. Storm coach and player personnel director Anne Donovan said the team was looking for a young post player when they signed the 6-foot-5 Greenwalt in late May. “Our staff watched her quite a bit when she was […]

Liquor industry doesn’t need tax money to survive

Freedom Editorial D oesn’t it just — pardon the expression — lift your spirits to learn the poor liquor industry is getting a boost from taxpayers? Granted, it’s just a tiny boost, but when you are a struggling business, you need all the help you can get, we reckon. Yes, the Distilled Spirits Council is […]

Jobs going overseas are not low-paying

By Walter Williams Among George Orwell’s insightful observations, there’s one very worthy of attention: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Let’s look at a few examples of corrupted language, thought and information. Pretend you’re a customs inspection agent. There’s a cargo container awaiting a ship bound for foreign shores. You ask […]