TRICARE enhances autism services coverage

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance Active duty military families now have access to expanded services for autistic children under TRICARE. A new set of behavioral and educational benefits — the Enhanced Access to Autism Services Demonstration benefit — allows eligible beneficiaries to see a new category of providers as part of the Extended Care […]

Commentary: Assistance offered for families relocating

By Col. Brad Webb: Commander 1st SOW HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — As the time draws nearer for the AC-130H move to Cannon Air Force Base, many of you have already received orders, and many more will be receiving them soon. I recognize that for many of you this move presents challenging issues. To address some […]

Families bond with fishing

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Longtime Portales resident Buddy Beck has a saying — for every day of fishing, God gives you an extra one. If that’s true, Beck and his 8-year-old grandson Brayden have many days of fishing ahead of them. Several Roosevelt and Curry County children attended the 17th annual kids’ fishing […]

Airmen, families run for a cause

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Participants head down Perimeter Road during the 5K run. They wore pink ribbons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Airmen and their families participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness Month 5K run hosted by the 27th Special Operations Services Squadron on Oct. 16. Prizes were awarded […]

New ID requirements for families, retirees

Air Force News Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Homeland Security Directive 12 now requires retirees and family members seeking to renew or replace a military identification card to provide two types of ID. Retirees and family members needing identification cards must have two of the following types of current identification, one of which […]

Fraternity runs to help military families

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Members of the Eastern New Mexico University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity helped raise $10,000 to support injured military personnel and their families. A total of 120 members from three chapters of the fraternity participated in the three-day, 321-mile run to benefit the national Fisher HouseFoundation. The Fisher […]

Michelle Obama answers Q and A

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Military families carefully consider candidates

By Dave Levinthal: McClatcny Newspapers Colorado Springs, Colo. — Laurie Traeber paced up and down the U.S. Air Force Academy’s grounds, attracted both by her family’s history of military service and the tug of her 10-year-old son, Austin — an aspiring aviator. But even here, in the clutch of an industry town fueling two overseas […]

Musician/congressman moves disability bill forward

By Tom Philpott Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is the first […]

Advice for Americans traveling to other countries

By Anita Doberman Summer is here and many of us may be traveling to different countries. More often than not, you will find that people in many foreign countries love Americans and are very friendly toward military families. Other times, of course, locals may be more reluctant to open up to tourists, and Americans in […]

Golden Library hosting exhibit of Southwestern art

PNT Staff Report The Walker/Whitethorne families have an art show on exhibit this summer in the Runnel’s Art Gallery and the foyer at Eastern New Mexico University’s Golden Library. Melveta Walker, director of the library, has some of her own arts and crafts in the exhibit, plus those of her grandchildren and adopted Navajo family, […]

Editorial: Real fathers not portrayed in TV sitcoms

In the world of humor, fathers have become the fail-safe target. In television comedies and commercials, they are regularly depicted as out-of-touch with their families — and reality. They are stubbornly behind the times, playing air guitar to old Styx 8-tracks instead of quietly nodding to the beats of Finger Eleven fed through ear buds […]

Local Brief May 28

Head Start accepting enrollment The Texas Migrant Council is accepting applications for enrollment in its summer program for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. There is no cost for services. To be eligible, children must be from migrant and seasonal farm worker families who meet income guidelines. The program emphasizes all areas of […]

Comcast to hold service day

Approximately 30 local Comcast employees and their families and friends will volunteer Saturday to clean up the Girl Scouts, Service Unit 53 in Portales. The Portales project stems from Comcast’s seventh annual Comcast Cares Day. Local Comcast volunteers, along with Girl Scout leaders, Girls Scouts and their parents will team up to replace the fence, […]

Summit seeks to empower county youth

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer In a Teens Take Control Teen Summit on Saturday, area high school students will do more than talk about sex and drugs. Youth will actually develop plans of action for their families during emergency situations. In addition, teens will get a lesson in media literacy, focusing on how advertising […]

Program helps families plan life roadmap

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Businesses have strategic plans, mission statements, goal and objectives. And now many Portales families who have been participating in a Family Leadership Institute have created their own family action plans called Roadmaps to Success. The Family Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Portales Municipal School District, began in November with […]

Demolition, abatement set for housing

The demolition of 278 Gemini Housing units, an asbestos abatement plan in 250 Chavez Manor units and the relocation of 90 military families will be the focus of two town hall meetings Feb. 28. Base personnel and their families are invited to the meetings that will begin at 11 a.m. and at 6 p.m. at […]

Notes on appreciation, understanding

Anita Doberman It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I find the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most non-military people I come across […]

Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most […]

12-15-07 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: Ms. B Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstances: “Ms. B’s” income is barely enough to cover necessities. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size 12. Girls pants size 12. Girls shoe size 2 1/2. Toys list: Scooter. The Empty Stocking Fund is a […]