Their view: Republican budget example of class warfare

Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the House Republican budget proposal. The following is the statement of Ron Pollack, executive director of the consumer health organization Families USA, about that development:

Daycare center has new facilities

Christina Calloway: Cannon Connections The Cannon Air Force Base Child Development Center is now housed in a brand new larger facility to accommodate the needs of more military families. The groundbreaking for construction began June 10, 2010, and the facility was opened on Nov. 7. Director of the daycare center, Kathy Morgan, said the facility […]

Clovis apartment fire displaces 12 families

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Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Home builders work to relieve housing needs

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Michelle Bailey, of HomeSpot Properties, looks over furniture in one of the houses for sale in a HomeSpot housing edition off 18th Street in Portales. General Manager Jody Bailey said many of their properties are sold or rented to military members. Alisa Boswell Many new Clovis and Portales home editions are […]

Community thanksgiving

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Alisa Boswell More than 400 families, seniors and individuals from surrounding areas, including Farwell and Muleshoe, Texas, among Curry and Roosevelt County residents, attend the annual Portales Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which is in its ninth year. “We were talking one day and each of our churches had a Thanksgiving dinner and we thought why not […]

Going the extra mile(s)

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Alisa Boswell Members of an Eastern New Mexico University fraternity will take turns this weekend lugging a football more than 90 miles to help families of wounded soldiers. About 15 members of the local Kappa Sigma chapter have been gearing up with nightly jogs to once again participate in the Run for the Heroes campaign, […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Their view: Let’s ditch ‘us vs. them’ mentality

Cannon Connections columnist Loni Newby discusses the animosity between local and military families:

Their view: Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families

Medicaid cuts would hurt New Mexico families Excerpts from a press release from Families USA on the potential impact to New Mexico if Medicaid cuts are approved. Families USA is the national organization for health care consumers.

ITT aids travelers

By Cadet Lindsey Byrd: 27th SOW Public Affairs Information, Tickets and Travel, also known as ITT, is a full-service travel agency on base that helps retirees, active duty servicemembers and their families who struggle with planning vacations or day trips. Paul Hopkins, ITT supervisor, said, “this program offers an escape for airmen, from the pressures […]

PLAYpass being offered to deployed airmen, families

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In continuing efforts to build a resilient force, single airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts at select Force Support Squadron activities to help airmen and their families ease the pressures and […]

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Jessica Seinfeld celebrates 10 years at Baby Buggy

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Jenny Schafer This week marked the 10th anniversary of Jessica Seinfeld’s nonprofit organization Baby Buggy, which is dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, clothing, products, and educational tools and services for their children. To celebrate, the Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld hosted the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in Central Park. The busy mom […]

Time for fed to make return to gold standard

Freedom New Mexico Families across America are suffering what we’ll call pump shock: A doubling of gas prices in the past two years. A couple days ago, one of us paid $4.27 a gallon, spending about 43 bucks to fill up a Toyota Corolla. At a Town Hall meeting in Reno last week, President Barack […]

Show seeks military families for home makeover

By Elaine Sanchez: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are seeking people involved in the military whose home deserves an extreme makeover. The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” a press release said. […]

Reader-submitted content: United Way Day of Caring volunteers tackle three projects

Sara Newell On April 16 United Way of Eastern New Mexico held their annual Day of Caring. Each year the Day of Caring challenges our community to come together for a day of service to help enhance the cities we live in. In previous years, United Way has taken on projects like rebuilding the Portales […]

Families overwhelmed by community support

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Two families whose houses burned in the 17,000-acre grassfire Sunday say they’re overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of kindness from the community. James and Roxie Lofton lost their home of 30 years, and their land, which had been certified wildlife habitat, was damaged. Steve and Alisha Robertson and their 14-year-old daughter, Kasserine, lost the […]

Massive fire almost contained (Updated)

Firefighters from more than 30 departments struggled most of Sunday to contain a massive grass fire that erupted near Melrose and quickly spread through Curry and Roosevelt counties, damaging homes and forcing several evacuations near Clovis and Portales. The fire started about 11:30 a.m. after a tire on a vehicle blew out and sparks from […]

ENMRSH helps families dealing with autism

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Saul Duenas’ favorite subject at James Bickley Elementary is mathematics and he enjoys Mexican guitar music. When he grows up, he wants to be a restaurant manager like his father. But last week, he wanted to be a singer or a dentist. In essence, people around him say, Saul is just like any other 10-year-old […]

Tax laws benefit troops, families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said. Due to Emancipation Day, a holiday recognized by the District of Columbia, […]