Nov. 25, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. W” Household members: Seven Children: Six Special circumstances: “Ms. W” is out of work for medical reasons and is trying to support six children. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Girls shirt size small. Girls pants size 6-slim. Girls shoe size 1 1/2. Toys list: […]

Fund helps neighbors in need

Freedom New Mexico The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of this newspaper and the local Salvation Army, kicked off its annual campaign on Friday. For the next month, we will tell you stories about area residents whose lives are more challenging than most. One woman is out of work because of her health, but […]

Nov. 24, 2007 Empty Stocking Fund

Today’s focus: “Ms. P” Household members: 3 Children: 2 Special circumstances: “Ms. P” is raising her grandchildren and wants to be able to give them something nice for Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 10. Boys shoe size 2. Girls […]

Empty stocking fund: “Ms. D”

Today’s focus: “Ms. D” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is a single mother who doesn’t make enough money to provide gifts for her children at Christmas. Her holiday hopes: For her child to have presents on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6. Boys shoe size 13. […]

Former ENMU student returns to speak of embedded work

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In his 50s, photojournalist Jim Spiri didn’t have to go to Iraq to fulfill a commitment to an employer. He made up his mind to do it on his own, in his own way. “I felt compelled to share what the average soldier does today,” Spiri said from his […]

10-28 Honors

Pearson Army National Guard Pvt. Seth G. Pearson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. Pearson earned the distinction of honor graduate during his training. His nine weeks of training included ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Pearson […]

Dora educator readies for deployment

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday in the Dora Schools Auditorium to wish high school teacher Joe Fletcher well as he prepares to be deployed overseas. Fletcher, a major in the Army National Guard, has been called to serve a 400-day tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq. He […]

Contingency skills training provides valuable experiences for Airman

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals As an Airman, I did not relish the experience of Army-based training for my upcoming deployment. But the Army changed my perspective of the Air Force after two weeks of tactical movement training, urban combat training, combat first aid, convoy training and even a bit of hand-to-hand combat. The Air Force’s […]

Salvation army volunteers to ring this weekend

Freedom Newspapers Salvation Army volunteers will be ringing for tornado restoration donations this weekend. The nonprofit’s signature Red Kettles, which are traditionally used for Christmas, will be set up at locations throughout Clovis and Portales. According to Salvation Army officials, funds collected will be used to feed families affected by the March 23 tornado that […]

March 31, 2007 Tornado Notebook

Tornado victims (with damaged or demolished homes) who are seeking assistance need to go to the Disaster Relief Center at the Curry County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • The Salvation Army has begun to see a decline in volunteer support and in-kind donations. The long-term recovery phase needs support from the community in […]

Salvation Army attempts to identify victims’ needs

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A replacement car window, food and water, items for the baby, a place to sleep — the list of unique needs goes on and on. More than a dozen residents waited hours Thursday at the Curry County Fairgrounds to meet with representatives from local agencies offering disaster relief. Just shy […]

Communities remain in holding pattern

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency told a crowd of Clovis officials Wednesday they weren’t sure when, or if, the state would receive help from FEMA in recovery from Friday’s tornadoes that slammed eastern New Mexico. They seemed quite sure, however, if FEMA funds are denied, it won’t be […]

Clovis damage estimates skyrocket

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Her eyes were bloodshot. Dirt was smeared across her T-shirt. But Conrada Figueroa pressed on. She and her family chipped away remnants of Friday’s tornado from her yard — sweeping debris into piles, pushing tree limbs into a corner. This was Monday’s story: A community continued to grapple with […]

Community reaches out to storm victims

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Standing watch at one of several entry points to the devastated area south of Clovis, Sgts. Danny Nunez and James Montgomery of the Clovis National Guard unit said they never expected to serve their community in a disaster like the one that struck Friday. Three hours into their duties, Nunez […]

March 21, 2007 Military Digest

Lemon Army Pvt. Jake N. Lemon has graduated from the H-8 Tracked Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course at Fort Knox, Ky., according to an Army & Air Force Hometown News press release. He is the son of B.J. Landsperg of Portales, and a 2006 graduate of Portales High School.

Military increase may not be correct answer

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years –- 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional Marines, […]

Navy’s role in terror war changing

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Lt. Joseph “Max” Ernest is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer with 11 years of law enforcement experience and two as a counterterrorism analyst for a defense contractor. Yet last April, when Ernest mobilized to Iraq as an individual augmentee or “IA,” the Army made him a logistics officer to Iraq’s […]

Dec. 16, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. F”

Today’s focus: “Ms. F” Household members: 8 Children: 5 Special circumstances: “Ms. F” is raising her grandchildren. After paying rent and utilities, she has no money left for gifts. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to smile and be happy like other children on Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size medium. Boys pants size 6 […]

Dec. 14, 2006 Empty Stocking Fund: “Ms. S”

Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. S’s” husband has been ill since January, but he has been unable to receive Social Security. The family is currently living off the SSI check received for their son, who was born with Down syndrome. Ms. S is unable to work because she is their son’s caretaker. […]

Empty stock — Dec. 9

CNJ staff Today’s focus: “Ms. M” Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. M” is a single mother whose only source of income is selling burritos. She can barely afford to provide the basics for her family. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have gifts for Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys shirt size 8 […]