Big give: Cannon community competes against each other with community service projects

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USAF file photo The “Log Dogs” from Cannon earned $3,000 for their work during the Big Give program on base last year. They were one of nine teams of 134 volunteers who worked to make the community better with numerous community service projects. Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s community center is gearing up […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Old school, snow’s coming and an eye-catching sequel

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Those were the days New Mexico students were required to attend school for five months in 1912.Video game of the week Our own Jenna Zamie offers up and eye-catching sequel. Game: Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Genre: Platformer System: 360, PS3 What is it? Eye-catching […]

Special duty team will brief Cannon airmen

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Have you ever considered taking on the challenge of replenishing the ranks of the Air Force as a recruiter, or molding civilians into motivated airman as a military training instructor? How about mentoring and guiding airman as they transition from basic military training as a military training leader? The Air […]

Portales past: Jan. 22, 1951

Jan. 22, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Twenty-four Roosevelt County men reported today for a trip to Albuquerque for the pre-induction physicals under the Selective Service Act.

Commentary: Why we wear the uniform…it’s all about service

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By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso Command Chief: 27th Special Operations Command I would first like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Col. Clark for selecting me to serve as your new command chief here at Cannon and the 27th Special Operations Wing. This is a dream come true for my wife Becky […]

Protection stops allowance drop

Tom Philpott About 400,000 active duty service members will see their Basic Allowance for Housing protected from a rate drop Jan. 1, thanks to “individual rate protection” Congress adopted nearly a decade ago. Users of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program also will be protected from any cut to student monthly stipends, which are based […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Dinner for airmen, resolutions and a film classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Christmas eve First Presbyterian Church in Portales has scheduled its annual Community Christmas Eve Service for 11 p.m. Friday. The service includes special music, readings and traditional Christmas hymns. And, First Baptist Church is holding a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Friday. Both […]

Their view: New Mexicans urged to take cold weather precautions

New Mexicans urged to take cold weather precautions The National Weather Service is predicting extreme cold temperatures in parts of New Mexico during the Thanksgiving weekend holiday. The state’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management issued a press release suggesting a few simple things motorists can do to prepare for bad weather. Here’s a […]

Local Salvation Army chapter starts red kettle drive

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Clarence Plank The Salvation Army Service Extension and churches of Roosevelt County are working together to help people in need across Roosevelt County. “This was the first weekend for our bell ringers,” Central Christian Church Pastor Dave McVey said Friday. He is the bell ringer coordinator and money administrator. “There is a bell ringer at […]

Vietnam veteran inspires daughter’s service

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Darron Salzer Army Maj. Trenia Coleman stands next to her father, Jessie Hill, a Vietnam veteran, during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 5. Coleman was promoted to major during the ceremony, and her father was formally awarded the Purple […]

Local experts offer tips on holiday shipping

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Alisa Boswell The time is fast-approaching to mail out those Christmas packages to kids, grandkids and more. According to Chris Shepherd, who manages the United Parcel Service (UPS) office store in Clovis, it is best to mail packages from Dec. 13-15 if they want packages to arrive to their destinations in time for Christmas at […]

Portales past: Nov. 30, 1942

Nov. 30, 1942: The Portales Daily News: December selective service quotas included married men for the first time in Roosevelt County, according to officials at the selective service office.

Portales past: Nov. 1, 1955

Nov. 1, 1955: College students interested in taking the Selective Service Qualification Test had until midnight that day to submit application, said Henry Hahn, instructor of psychology.

Op Love captures memories

Portales resident Nikki Penny and her daughter, Haley Penny, look through photos at their home. Three local photographers are preserving moments for local military families through a program called Operation: Love ReUnited. The non-profit is made up of photographers nationwide who donate sessions and albums to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are deploying for […]

Reader submitted content: United Daughters dedicate grave marker

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Janelle Foster Ellen W. Jones chapter 1022 of United Daughters of the Confederacy held a grave marking and dedication for Confederate veteran William Beck in the Floyd Cemetery on Saturday. Beck was one of the first burials in the cemetery, having died in 1904. His burial location was found in May, and plans were made […]

Postal service sets holiday mail deadline

By Cheryl Pellerin: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The recommended mailing deadline for sending economy-priced holiday packages to servicemembers in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the world is Nov. 12, officials at the U.S. Postal Service say. “Shipping holiday packages early helps ensure that they arrive in time for the holidays,” Pranab Shah, […]

Deadline nears for stop loss pay

Cannon Connections staff The deadline to apply for retroactive stop loss pay is Oct. 21. Service members whose service was involuntarily extended from Sept. 11, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2009, are eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Stop loss is a policy used during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. […]

Our people: Agent of Service

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Erinn Burch of Clovis has run the United Way of Eastern New Mexico for eight years. She said she enjoys her work because everyone she works with is working to improve the community.

Church profile: Fellowship Baptist Church

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Fellowship Baptist Church Location: 820 W. 17th St. Phone: 356-5373 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday preaching service 11 a.m., second preaching service 6 p.m., Wednesday evening service 7 p.m. Description: “We are an independent Baptist church,” Pastor Ron Fox said. “Our main emphasis is to exalt Jesus Christ, to preach the Gospel to every […]

Portales past: Sept. 14, 1945

Sept. 14, 1945 Portales Daily News: Two Portales WACs were members of honor units that received the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for outstanding devotion. Cpl. Helen R. Rauske and Cpl. Gladys L. Wilson were stationed at Los Alamos Atomic Bomb Laboratory.