Religion feature: Churches offer trick-or-treat alternatives

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With October comes the guessing game of who’s going to dress up as what for Halloween. Churches in Portales and Clovis take the opportunity to provide families with a fun, safe place for children to wear those costumes. Lola McVey with Central Christian Church in Portales said their fall […]

Photocopying Military ID OK for TRICARE

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When the doctor’s office asks for a military ID card and makes a copy, it’s OK — and usually necessary. To receive medical care, service members and their families need to show their eligibility for TRICARE. Although those who enroll in TRICARE Prime will receive a TRICARE Prime ID […]

News release: Senate approves key defense legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today reported that the Senate has approved key defense legislation that gives strong support to New Mexico’s military installations and the state’s two national laboratories. The bill, called the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Bill, passed the Senate 68-29. The House of Representatives passed it earlier this month, so […]

Quilt fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Gail Strickler and Elizabeth Lawrence spent a month building their log cabin. Now they’re hoping to find it a home. Strickler, of Clovis, and Lawrence, of Portales, are raffling their creation — a quilt large enough to fit on a queen-size bed — to benefit Roosevelt and Curry counties’ […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers have sent Gov. Bill Richardson the first bill in a package of measures to fix a $650 million budget shortfall. The legislation frees up $117 million, largely by raiding the cash balances of state agencies and taking $68 million from a college scholarship […]

Oct. 23 -Oct. 25 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — Sorority Row, R

Oct. 23 -Oct. 29 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Friday: Fried fish and baked chicken Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Meatloaf and spaghetti Wednesday: Roast beef and baked chicken Thursday: Grilled lime chicken and beef empanada

Prevention key to fighting H1N1 virus

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist All of our children have had H1N1 virus this past week. For some of them it was a particularly virulent form, with fevers over 105 F and a lot of worrying on our part. The pediatrician prescribed our youngest daughter, who is a little older than a year, Tamiflu, […]

Oct. 23 -Oct. 29 What's Happening

Friday Karaoke Friday — 9 p.m., The Drop one. Harry Potter costume party — 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., The Landing Zone. Includes movie, games and prizes. Crimes of the Heart play performance — 7 p.m., Eastern New Mexico University Theatre Center. Admission is $8 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for pre-college […]

ENMU sending care packages to troops

Courtesy photo: ENMU Eastern New Mexico University student James Golden (left) and Nikki Howard executive secretary of Academic Affairs help fill care boxes for military members in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Eastern New Mexico University has been collecting donations of different items to send to troops over in Afghanistan and Iraq […]

Commander: Lack of housing could affect future missions

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Freedom New Mexico illustration: Gabe Monte and Jenna Zamie The highlighted area indicates an area around Cannon Air Force Base with a roughly 60-minute drive time, where personnel can seek housing. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may figure […]

Commander: Housing issue may affect future mission decisions

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico When Cannon Air Force Base reaches full capacity in about five months, communities outside Clovis and Portales may figure into the solution of finding affordable housing for personnel. But if adequate housing can’t be found, Cannon Commander Col. Stephen Clark said Wednesday, the Air Force may look at sending […]

Groups aim to make a difference

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In honor of Make a Difference Day, two Portales organizations are offering the community a hand, or rather coats and flu prevention kits. Altrusa International Inc. of Portales is holding a coat drive with the distribution set for Saturday. Friday, the Community Services Center and its senior programs are […]

Ticket feature: Dance company anniversary tour stops in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis. The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue […]

Day trip: Clovis home to model train museum

Cannon Connections Photo: Carrie Pendleton The Clovis Depot Model Train Museum displays nine model train layouts depicting railways from around the world. It also boasts a gift shop. Place: Clovis Depot Model Train Museum Location: The museum is located at 221 W. First St. in Clovis. It is 7.5 miles or a 15-minute drive from […]

Officials change promotion policy regarding senior NCO academy

American Forces Press Service Effective Jan. 1, Air Force officials here will implement policy aimed at improving the skill sets of Air Force senior noncommissioned officers and increasing the return on investment for the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy. The new policy will require the completion of resident SNCOA prior to promotion to senior […]

Cancer awareness key step to survial

By Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk. It’s hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it… cry about […]

Veterans Affairs secretary announces new gravesite locator

American Forces Press Service The secretary of Veterans Affairs announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as “smart phones.” “This innovative program continues VA’s commitment to use the latest technology to provide veterans and their […]

Ex-Portales resident going strong at 107

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By Ann Work: Wichita Falls Times Record News WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Optimistic, check. Nonsmoker, check. Socially active, check. Effie Caffee, who spent most of her childhood in Portales, exhibits many of the trademark signs of centenarians. But if you ask for her secrets to living to be 107, she will tell you she has […]

Suspended players to return for ENMU

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo said Tuesday that four players suspended last week for “violation of university policy” will be active for Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at 14th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville. Included were sophomore quarterback J.J. Harp, the NCAA Division II leader in passing yards per game […]