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 […]