Officials: Post 9-11 climate makes federal funding more attainable

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Area law enforcers and emergency responders agree the post-9/11 climate has made federal funding more attainable for local agencies. Clovis/Curry County Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said federal funding for responders over the last five years has totaled more than $1.5 million. The terrorist attack in New York […]

Domestic violence leaves an ‘empty place at the table’

Melanie Salazar On a purple table cloth in the Landing sits a plate, a centerpiece, a teddy bear, a golf ball and a few other things that make the place setting unique. But behind all these personal items is an empty chair. This exhibit, aptly named the Empty Place at the Table, uses an abandoned […]

Cannon observes domestic violence awareness

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Five new visitors are showing up around base this month, and while they don’t make a sound, each one makes a point. Of course, these aren’t your typical Cannon visitors — as the life-size figures, called silent witnesses, are made of plywood and painted bright red, each one […]

Bicyclists raise awareness for disabilities

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By Marc Schoder: PNT Staff Writer The Journey of Hope bicycle tour made its annual stop in Portales on Monday on its way from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. “The Journey of Hope is a cross-country cycling event that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities,” said John James, Project Manager for the South […]

‘Warrior parents’ learn to help mentally ill children

By Jack King One day recently, Katrina Olguin said, she woke up to find her 4-year-old daughter, Kira, sneaking into her bedroom, not to surprise her with morning kisses, but to catch a black and white kitten cowering under the bed and choke it. Olguin has other stories to tell, of Kira tossing the kitten […]