Road closure made permanent

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr As part of upcoming construction on the northwest side of Cannon Air Force Base, Octagon Avenue is permanently a dead end at D. L. Ingram Blvd. By Emily Crowe: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron As part of upcoming construction on the northwest side of Cannon Air Force Base, Octagon […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 9 Children: 5 (ages 6, 5, 2, 2, and 1 month) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because they have taken in a sister and her two children when the need arose. The husband is the only one working and with the addition of the extra family […]

Empty stocking fund: Family A

Today’s focus: Family A Household members: 4 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The family is just going through the transition of a divorce. This has been hard on the family since the father was the only one working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 4. Toys list: A Barbie or princess or a Barbie princess. […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family C

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 12 and 8) Special circumstance: This family is dealing with the incarceration of a husband. The wife is trying to support her children, but their income has not been regular. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 12; girl clothes size 8-10. Toys list: Boy, 12, wants […]

Empty stocking fund: Family G

Today’s focus: Family G Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 8, 4 and 2) Special circumstance: The family is currently between jobs, and when the father can pick up a job he usually gets 1-40 hours. The mother is still working. Clothing needs: Girls clothes size 9 in juniors and shoes size 5 1/2, clothes […]

Family’s tree stolen

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Alisa Boswell The last thing Mary Standefer expected when she woke up the morning of Nov. 30 was to see an empty front yard when she looked outside. Once the location of a 30-year-old Colorado short-needled pine tree, her front yard is now a barren landscape. “This year, I had decided to put multi-colored twinkle […]

Empty stocking fund: Family M

Today’s focus: Family M Household members: 3 Children: 1 (age 2) Special circumstance: The husband lost his job and the family only has one income. Clothing needs: Boys size 2T. Toys list: A car, any toy or a truck. The Empty Stocking Fund is a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico. […]

Empty stocking fund: Family L

Today’s focus: Family L Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 12, 10 and 8) Special circumstance: With a low income this year, they are struggling because they have three children’s birthdays in the same month, and then add Christmas, and there are a lot of toys to buy. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 32-34 or […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family H

Today’s focus: Family H Household members: 6 Children: 4 (ages 12, 10, 8 and 3) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because their mother-in-law passed away and they had to sell everything to bury her. This death has placed a financial burden upon the family. Clothing needs: Boy clothes size 33 pants and […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family R

Today’s focus: Family R Household members: 3 Children: 2 (ages 11 and 9) Special circumstance: This family has been overloaded with dental and medical bills, and do not have money left for toys. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 14 pants; girls clothes size 14-16 pants. Toys list: Boy wants a soccer ball; girl wants a […]

Empty stocking — Dec. 2

Today’s focus: Family C Household members: 6 Children: 5 (ages 10, 9 ,8, 7 and 5) Special circumstance: The mother has bee caring for their niece and nephew since their mother has been out of the picture for a while. This family also babysits to make her income and have lost a few of the […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family S

Today’s focus: Family S Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 10 and 7) Special circumstance: This family needs help this year because the husband has gone into rehab and the family is now living on one income. Clothing needs: Boys clothes size 12 and 10; boys shoe size 1 and 11/2. Toys list: K-nex toy, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family P

Today’s focus: Family P Household members: 4 Children: 2 (ages 9 and 8) Special circumstance: They need help this year because the parents have just separated and child support and income are still pending. Clothing needs: Girl clothes size 14 and 8; girls shoe size 3 and 1. Toys list: Barbies or Barbie car. The […]

Double blessing

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Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house seemed empty. Just Heath and his wife Meredith lived there, and that’s if Meredith wasn’t out of the country. Now, the house has become a home, with two children arriving via what their parents consider to be separate blessings and miracles. At the dinner table, 18-month-old […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstance: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workmans compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

Empty stocking — Nov. 25

• Today’s focus: Family S. • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 (ages 11, 8 and 7) • Special circumstance: The family’s place of employment may be closing, and the family is struggling due to the uncertainty of employment. • Clothing needs: Boys clothing sizes 12 and 8, girls clothing size 8. • Toys list: […]

Salvation Army, PNT launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students poured onto the empty lawn Friday afternoon where Lincoln Hall once stood for the groundbreaking of the new freshman dormitory. One of the features of the event was the unveiling of the new dorm’s name, which honor New Mexico counties. Guadalupe was chosen over De Baca, […]