April 9 -April 15 What's Happening

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Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

POW/Missing Personnel Office staff updates families of loved ones

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes Bennie Renfro gives a DNA sample during a family update meeting sponsored by the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office March 20 in San Antonio. Renfro’s nephew, Airman 1st Class Leslie McHaney has been missing from the Korean War for more than 30 years. By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes: […]

Care plan to encompass more military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents, a defense legal expert said. The new policy will require military parents with custody of children from a previous relationship to file a family […]

Troops, families have new advocate

By Tom Philpott: Military update James Webb (D-Va.), a take-charge senator who in just his second year conceived and negotiated passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, made clear Wednesday he will continue to influence issues that impact on the lives of service members, retirees, reservists and their families. Webb has more leverage now as new […]

Housing demands drive building plans

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Even with their daughters in college, Richard and Louise Weber search for a lot of the same amenities in a home that younger families do — storage space, a good neighborhood and proximity to public schools. But there are some dealbreakers for Richard, an Air Force retiree — like […]

Thousands of families sign up for FitFamily

By Maj. Belinda Petersen: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Within the first week of the launch of FitFamily, more than 2,000 families have signed up for the program at http://www.usafFitFamily.com. FitFamily empowers families to take charge of their lifestyles and make healthier choices. The program offers innovative ideas, […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

Families get free access to caregiver network

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Military families now have free access to an online network of caregivers who can assist with everything from babysitting to dog walking. Sittercity is the nation’s largest online source for local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors, and contains more than 1 […]

Child Development Centers to be renovated

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell A new $12 million Child Development Center will replace the current facility on base. Funds will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. […]

Cannon expanding child development centers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. Base officials are hoping a pair of construction projects will provide enough to house more than 300 children between two facilities. Currently, the two centers, the Chavez Child Development Center […]

Free, online tutoring offered to families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials here launched a free, online tutoring service for servicemembers and their families. The site — http://www.tutor.com/military — offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, resume writing and more. Marine Corps and Army families have had access to the […]

Dems back tax increase for wealthy

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 votes in […]

Police make Christmas deliveries

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Police Department has been working to provide toys food for families in the area through the annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree: Operation Santa Cop toy drive since November. As of Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said 760 children, 58 more than last year, had received toys. […]

Organizations provide trees for troops

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Christmas trees are loaded onto a Fed-Ex truck for delivery on Nov. 10 to be shipped out to troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan from the Christmas Spirit Foundation. The organization is also planning to send trees to families at Cannon Air Force Base. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Christmas Spirit Foundation and Fed-Ex are […]

Business feature: Funeral director switched career path from medicine

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Freedom New Mexico Scott Reeves planned to be a doctor but feels he answered a higher calling. Reeves owns Wheeler Mortuary. The business has been around since 1924 and has been helping families through difficult times. Reeves and his wife Debbie run the business. “I felt it was better to become a funeral director rather […]

Portales couple offer international students support

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Portales couple has gotten a taste of other cultures without leaving home while making people from other cultures feel at home. For about 20 years, Martha and Charlie Crane have reached out to Eastern New Mexico University students and their families. The Cranes have taken the students on […]

Students, veterans distribute turkeys

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson AMVETS Chaplain Manuel Medina hands a turkey to Maria Seniseras Friday at Bella Vista Arts Academy. The AMVETS had 250 turkeys to give away to area families in need. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their Thanksgiving […]

Thrift store passes on help to community

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Mary Helen Urioste works in the clothing closet at the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections The staff at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center has found another way to help families in need. The school houses federal programs such as Family Services and Title I Migrant and now keeps up […]

Veterans organization hands out turkeys for needy families

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Dozens of families left Bella Vista Arts Academy Friday afternoon carrying frozen turkeys for their Thanksgiving meals, compliments of the AMVETS. Johnny Ulibarri said his group had 250, 10-to-12 pound turkeys to hand out to community families. Earlier in the day, 30 turkeys were distributed to student’s families at […]