Officials ask spouses to share employment ups, downs

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are inviting military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an overall effort to boost spouses’ education and career opportunities. The department has created a discussion board where spouses can describe their experiences — both good and bad […]

Jesus just a prayer away

Joan Clayton In this journey of life, we have ups and downs, but with Jesus we always win. We had a big “down” recently. My husband was sent to Lubbock by helicopter. It was hard to be calm, but I felt God’s presence. After six days, Emmitt was brought back home for rehabilitation. I just […]

Mischief favorite past time at ranch

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Ruth Burns The Llano Estacado in the early days was a wonderful place for small boys. The grown-ups were busy with their chores and didn’t have a lot of time to spend worrying about the young’uns. Consequently, little boys could spend their time exploring, chasing rabbits, following the cowboys and very often, getting into mischief. […]

Thursday morning briefing: Soccer, melting chocolate and Fords

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.Soccer call There are Clovis Youth Soccer Association sign-ups Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Java Loft. The sign-ups are for the fall and spring programs for youth ages 3.5 to 13. New players need to bring their birth certificates. Info: […]

City council ups fee for Memorial Building use

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales City Council approved rate increases Tuesday of 100-to-200 percent for the use of the city’s Memorial Building. Typical rates for those leasing space were formerly estimated between $3 and $7 an hour with a $50 deposit. Sammy Standefer, the city’s planning director, told council members those rates […]

Web site opens sign-ups for GI Bill transfers

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — It’s official. The Defense Department signed off June 22 on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, a Pentagon official said. Eligible servicemembers will be able to register their immediate family members to receive […]

Players take dominoes to next level

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent At 9:30 on Saturday morning, sun washed over a city park in Texico. A glorious day, not too warm yet, but nobody at all using the slides or swings. On this day, however, grown-ups couldn’t chide children for playing inside. Just across the street, at the Texico Community Activities Center, […]

Focus on fitness

Photo by Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Muscles bulge and sweat pours at the Cannon Air Force Base Fitness Center as airmen work on their bodies. They’re not there for vanity, fitness is part of their jobs. According to Health and Wellness Center Flight Chief M.J. Anderson, every airman is required to pass […]

Cannon focuses on fitness

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical fitness standards, Cannon airmen are running and doing push-ups and sit-ups — exercises many haven’t done for years. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Air Force has used a stationary cycle fitness test for the […]