Student donates 300 DVDs to troops

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By Alisa Boswell An Eastern New Mexico University student donated more than 300 DVDs for military care packages being sent by ENMU professor Patricia Dobson and her Clovis church, Westminster Presbyterian. Dobson said she posts on her Facebook account when items are needed for the military care packages. She said this she was asking for […]

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ENMU reaching out to troops Eastern New Mexico University students and employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been forgotten. Since the program began in 2008, ENMU delivered 37 packages to military memners. To include your loved one in […]

Video: U.S. troops to leave Iraq by year’s end

Sending troops not proper response to violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Boy Scouts hosting annual summer camp

Freedom New Mexico The Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host another summer of weeklong camps in June and July at Camp Wehinahpay, located in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft. The council oversees troops in Roosevelt and Curry counties. Scout Executive Guy Eichsteadt said scouting is an educational opportunity for area boys. […]

Their view: Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan

Don’t forget U.S. troops still in Afghanistan Retired Army Capt. George Autobee, former director of Government Affairs for the of the American GI Forum, urges Congress not to forget about U.S. troops in Afghanistan: The war in Afghanistan barely registered as a blip on Election Day polls; only 10 percent of voters rated the war […]

Press release: Udall urges troops and veterans to claim stop loss compensation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., is urging active duty service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members who were involuntarily extended between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009, to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay. Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military […]

‘Stop loss’ troops eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! The object is to find one (or more) of 89,836 service members, many of them now veterans, who were forced to stay on active duty under “stop loss” orders, for days or months beyond projected separation or retirement dates, sometime from Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Their View: Senator to praise troops’ sacrifices

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., plans to deliver remarks at a Memorial Day event on Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Here’s a sampling: “Each year, Memorial Day stands as the national day of tribute and remembrance as we honor the service of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number of times he’d regretted planning a motorcycle rally on his property, with long work days blending together under a clear Clovis sky. He’s hopeful, however, he’ll have enough motorcycle enthusiasts and charity dollars to cancel out the regrets once the inaugural […]

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Obama administration should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. President Barack Obama has returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of […]

Possible troop extension cause for concern

Freedom New Mexico It might be nothing significant. Of necessity the military is always making contingency plans, often to deal with circumstances nobody seriously expects but for which the military wants to be prepared if the unlikely happens. Most of those plans stay on the shelf. Nonetheless, the announcement by Army Gen. Ray Odierno, our […]

Intelligence better weapon in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico As he continues to stretch out the timetable on a decision about whether to escalate the U.S. commitment to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has asked for a province-by-province assessment of the tribal and other local leaders in that mountainous country. The ostensible reason is to try to figure out which […]

Justification of Iraq invasion yet to be seen

Freedom New Mexico As of July 1, all U.S. troops in Iraq were scheduled to have moved out of Iraqi cities, and most of them had done so. Those remaining in cities will serve as advisers and support resources for Iraqi security forces, who now have responsibility for maintaining a modicum of order in that […]

Adding troops in Afghanistan not necessary

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Thursday that the “era of the blank check is over” in Afghanistan. But the plan he laid out Friday looks very much like a blank check for an increased military and civilian presence in Afghanistan that is unlikely to be successful or to end any time […]

Scouts host blood drive

PNT Staff The Girl Scout troops of Portales are having a “Scouting for Donors” blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave. C, in Portales. Donors must be 16 yrs old (with a signed parental consent form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have picture identification. […]

Caring Campaign

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A group of Eastern New Mexico University employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan — especially those who have ties to the university. The offices of academic affairs and academic services have started a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been […]

Local Brief: Phone card campaign complete

The Portales Municipal Schools choir and band programs raised more than $600 for prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas during their recent holiday concerts. According to director Franklin Smith, the cards, along with notes of thanks and encouragment to the troops, were sent to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq where they will be […]

Advocate touts Air Force’s strengths

Freedom New Mexico Clovis businessman and long-time Cannon Air Force Base advocate Randy Harris joined a handful of civic leaders from around the country a little more than two weeks ago on a trip to deployed military locations and combat zones. Sponsored by the Air Force Chief of Staff’s office, the Air Force Civic Leaders […]