Cannon welcomes returning troops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen vehicles with handwritten slogans on the windows lined Hangar 126 on Saturday welcomed home the last active fighter squadron of Cannon Air force Base. Inside the hangar, hundreds of families and friends of deployed airmen waited for their loved ones in the 522nd fighter squadron […]

Sometimes, it’s OK to receive

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico I was a little saddened to hear that Father Benedict Begin passed away on Sept. 27. At first the name didn’t ring a bell, but then I thought “Father Ben.” Father Ben had been one of my favorite priests, only I didn’t realize it back then, when he was […]

Father’s Day prompts letters of love

By Joan Clayton: Columnist With Father’s Day this Sunday, I thought I would share a letter my husband sent to our sons several years ago, and one son’s response. Dear Son, It seems only yesterday I cuddled you in my arms. What tiny bundles of love … when I held you for the first time, […]

No one is too old to have childlike faith

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist Kallie had planned to stay all week. For three days, my 7-year-old vivacious granddaughter and I played every game imaginable. We ended up “playing school” every day. Kallie, “always the teacher,” dictated many assignments. I could never make above a “C” on my papers. I complained and asked Kallie […]

Blood is life-giving fluid

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I pulled myself up from the operating table to see what was happening. Then everything went black. “She’s fainted,” a nurse said. “Pull the curtain between them so she can’t see.” As a small child I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me. Many severe nosebleeds had left me […]

Son gives gift of life

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old dad, Andy, a Methodist minister by trade, said his son has given him a new lease on life. “I feel much better now than I did before my surgery. I can go for walks […]

Service a family affair

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Resplendent in his dress uniform with gold stripes glittering on his sleeves, Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Wilson cuts a dashing figure. Wilson, a former Clovis resident, has served in the U.S. Navy for almost 22 years. At 41, not only is he a dedicated sailor, but a husband, father […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan fighting

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near Larzab in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, Army officials said. He was killed when his platoon was attacked by small-arms fire while on patrol, according to […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

Greatest Father’s Day will be for eternity

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist My granddaughters, Traci 7, and Kallie 4, looked out the window and ran through the house shouting: “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” When Daddy came through the door, he had to brace himself for two happy little girls running to their daddy’s arms. He picked them up as they almost […]

Remembering World War II

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Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is her father, a veteran of World War II. He detonated mines buried deep in ocean beds to spare other seamen from unexpected blasts. She is now an Albuquerque-based member of the Air […]

Ham preferred after turkey fiasco

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Chavez Obituary

Mark Angelo Chavez Jr. Services: 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Clovis. Mark Angelo Chavez Jr., 2, of Alamogordo, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 31, 2002, to Mark Angelo Chavez and Victoria Falcon. He is survived by his mother and father; two sisters, Amanda and Esperanza […]

Cowboy remembered as kindhearted

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Frank Garcia was the type of person that produced results. He was a firm cowboy at heart. He lived many years of his life looking in the face of wild and untamed horses and with resiliency, he untapped the ability within those horses through disciplined training. According to family members, Garcia […]

Melrose celebrates 100th birthday

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Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Buddy Hepler said his family settled in Melrose in 1898, seven years before the village became incorporated. He recalls helping his father build homes in the area and the First Baptist Church. In the 1941 he was a high school football star before going off to fight in World War II. […]

Father’s Day, rafting a dangerous duo

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist One memorable Father’s Day my son Glen and I conquered the rapids of the Rio Grande from Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Dam in a four-man rubber life raft. Even now, after all these years, I sometimes wake in the middle of the night shouting, “Hard a-port! No, starboard! EEAAIIIIII! Happy […]

Touch our heavenly Father’s heart with praise everyday

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Every day can be Father’s Day Who can know a father’s love for his child? A true father will move heaven and earth for his child in need. His love extends beyond all earthly experiences and when it is all said and done you will hear him say, “That’s my […]

Dr. Allan Haynes Sr. came from long line of medical practitioners

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When his son was hit by a car, his leg smashed in several places, Dr. Allan Haynes Sr., an general surgeon, with a orthopedic specialty, mended the wounds of his eldest with his own hands. The little boy with the broken leg followed in his father’s footsteps, as his own […]

Clovis boy making repeat trip to spelling bee

By Marlena Hartz The dictionary, tilted slightly, nearly engulfed an entire cushion on the Gillooly’s L-shaped couch. Sitting diagonally from the 2,662 page reference book, with his hands folded in his lap, Zachary Gillooly looked composed. But for this Yucca Junior High ninth-grader, the dictionary has been a friend and, at times, a foe. Gillooly, […]

Learn to be satisfied with what you’re good at

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist Sometimes the best advice one can get is the least appreciated. I’m reminded of this observation when I hear of the honest, some would say cruel, comments the English judge Simon makes to mediocre contestants on American Idol. But blunt doesn’t necessarily have to be cruel. I had a nice […]