United Way celebrates start of fall campaign

Freedom Newspapers United Way of Eastern New Mexico officials are hoping to raise 9 percent more than last year’s goal of $482,005, or $525,385. “It’s a reasonable goal,” Executive Director Erinn Burch said, “but I’d like to blow it out of the water.” The organization will celebrate its fall fund-raiser campaign with events in Clovis […]

Choice can work against veterans

By Tom Phillpot: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Burch females span five generations, almost 100 years

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers A dash of self-worth and a healthy portion of respect, blended with strong faith, are the Burch women’s recipe for motherhood. The Burch family boasts five generations of females whose ages span almost 100 years. They share the same family values, a love of collecting and dark, uniquely shaped eyes. […]

United Way hits Curry goal, Roosevelt is short

By Andy Jackson The United Way of Eastern New Mexico surpassed its fund-raising goal in Curry County by almost 2 percent, though Roosevelt County fell short of its goal, Executive Director Erinn Burch said on Friday. Curry County residents pledged $419,166, Burch said, compared to a goal of $412,005 for the county. Roosevelt County residents […]

United Way hosts Blessing Tree

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer United Way members are striving for one final push during the holiday season to raise money for programs and they want to do it through a “Blessing Tree” at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico helps fund programs which help youth, domestic violence victims and […]

United Way of Eastern New Mexico fulfills more than half of goal

Staff reports The United Way of Eastern New Mexico has fulfilled 62 percent of a $482,005 community-wide goal for its 2005 fund-raising campaign, according to the agency’s Executive Director Erinn Burch. Burch said she is confident the remaining funds will be procured. To date, $301,656 has been donated or pledged. The bulk of United Way […]

Elida High School student dies after crash

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By Karl Terry A single-vehicle rollover has claimed the life of an Elida High School student. Clayton Ford, 16, of Chaves County, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was a junior at Elida High School. His parents are Rick and Connie Ford, according to school officials. Ford was […]

United Way halfway to annual goal, director says things on track

By Sharna Johnson United Way of Eastern New Mexico has raised less than half its goal for the campaign, but the organization’s executive director said she is not too concerned. “This is always the nail-biting time of the year,” Erinn Burch said on Friday. “I would say that I’m anxious but I do feel like […]

Local charities omitted from state brochure

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico charities are absent from a non-profit charity list created as a reference guide for state employee donations. The list includes more than 100 charities, however, almost half of all the charities listed are based in Albuquerque or central New Mexico. United Way of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director […]

Local charity starts fund-raising year

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico has been an area of uncertainty with the future of Cannon Air Force Base and an area compelled to give to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. A local charity wants residents to remember there are other uncertainties in the area and more local people with needs. The […]