Sacrifice is more than an idea

Commentary by Jenny Sokol: Freedom News Service I wanted to escape the war; I hoped moving to Kansas would help. Fort Leavenworth would offer a reprieve, I assumed, because the Army post isn’t home to battalions of deployable soldiers. I looked forward to living in a neighborhood free from yellow ribbons and single star Service […]

Check your ROI often

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business In previous columns, I’ve discussed how business owners can use financial ratios to assist in making management decisions. Another important financial ratio in determining success is the return on investment ratio. Business owners should set an ROI goal and review the ratio regularly. A business owner’s desire is to make […]

Extending credit to immigrants poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Cannon Tax Center offers free tax preparation

1173923561-USAF-Drill-Team.jpg

The Cannon Tax Center opened Friday to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. Courtesy of the Cannon Tax Center The Cannon Tax Center can save Airmen hundreds of dollars in […]

Ring in year with tax credit

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer As a working mother, Candace Montgomery uses her cell phone frequently to maintain contact with her two teenage daughters. And the teenagers use their phones to talk for hours, text message, and download music and ringtones. “Their cell phones are like an extra appendage,” Montgomery said. “I swear it […]

New tax laws, pointers

Cannon Tax Center The 27th Fighter Wing Legal Office will be providing free tax help, beginning Jan. 26. To help better prepare Airmen for filing their taxes this year, the Cannon Tax Office has scoured the law for changes since filing last year. Airmen might be interested to know … Expanded IRA Options for Military […]

Deployment can be tough on families

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer It could be Thursday, Friday or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said […]

Jan. 4, 1932

Max Kelso was recognized as the first Clovis baby born in 1932. Area merchants presented prizes ranging from a silver spoon to a 48-pound sack of flour. … “Blonde Crazy,” starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell, was showing at the Mesa theater on Clovis’ Main Street. … More than 50 Clovis students were preparing to […]

Airman gets a little help from his friends

Janet Taylor-Birkey CFC helps when unexpected happens Senior Airman Jason McGlawn took a few days in July from his job with the 27 Equipment Maintenance Squadron to go to Arkansas to purchase a new vehicle. He also planned to visit family and spend time with his girlfriend, Clarisa Little, who was within six weeks of […]

Two schools placed in lockdown

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff Writer Two Clovis schools were placed on precautionary lockdown at about noon Tuesday while police searched for a 12-year-old boy with an ax, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. The boy was spotted by an adult near the schools carrying an ax, according to officials Yucca Junior High […]

New Orleans deserves chance to celebrate

Freedom Newspapers In some of the media reports on this year’s Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans there was a distinct and unmistakable tone of scolding. How can you have a frivolous party, how can you celebrate and be happy when so many neighborhoods are still in ruins, when so many New Orleanians are still […]

Unexpected revenue no cause for new tax

Freedom Newspapers One can understand a certain fascination with the sheer numbers. ExxonMobil posted a profit of $10.7 billion in the last quarter of 2005 and a profit for the year of around $36 billion. News stories generally featured people who could be depended upon to express appropriate outrage, and a few members of Congress […]

Cannon tax center keeps filers in the loop with returns

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey When it comes to doing annual income taxes, some people may feel overwhelmed by the numbers, forms and IRS regulations. Knowing that every situation is different, the legal services tax office at Cannon helps Airmen, Department of Defense employees and retirees make the best of what can often be confusing tax preparation. […]

CHS FOOTBALL: Dynamic duo

1133419925-web-mead_matthews-12_1_05.jpg

Clovis’ Rishard Matthews follows the block of teammate Brian Mead during Saturday’s Class 5A semi-final game against Onate in Las Cruces. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Running back Brian Mead and wide receiver Rishard Matthews are the one-two punch for a Clovis offense that’s helped the Wildcats to a […]

For the birds: Cranes makes Muleshoe regular stop

1131786413-CRANES-2-SJ.jpg

Sandhill cranes take flight in huge flocks this time of year. Wildlife managers are studying their shifting migration patterns. (KRT photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair […]

Rebate checks coming for some

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The check is in the mail, or at least for most New Mexico taxpayers. The first round of tax rebate checks were mailed Oct. 30, according to the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. “Anyone who filed a 2004 tax return should automatically receive a check,” Tax […]

Hounds like depth on diamond

1107070731-1-30-hound-baseball-web.jpg

Greyhound third baseman Danny Martinez tags out Brett Scherer during a Saturday scrimmage at Greyhound Field. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s Mark Wallace is glad to finally have a set position. An infielder most of his high school career at Alamogordo, Wallace has moved from […]

Zias deeper in 2004

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University kept its streak of 15-straight winning seasons alive last season, but just barely, putting on a late charge last fall to finish 16-15. This year, the Zias have considerably higher goals. “We turned it around last year (after a 5-10 start) and that was a good […]

Hounds loaded with experience

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — A starting quarterback returning punts and kickoffs isn’t exactly commonplace, but Eastern New Mexico University’s Steven Hinson welcomes the opportunity. After all, he was a capable return man during his first two seasons while serving as the backup QB to Heath Ridenour. “Whatever helps the team, I’m ready to do […]

Not even Arnold can save ’80 Days’

The Baltimore Sun Jackie Chan movies are known for jaw-dropping stunts and thrilling action. Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days’” is known as literature’s most famous travelogue. Whoever thought these two cinematic templates belonged together? Heaven knows what the suits at Disney were thinking, for what they ended up with was a bland […]