Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Parents’ tips for camping with kids

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Sara Cassinelli Camping can be inexpensive and a great way for families to unplug, be outside and experience everything nature has to offer all while creating lifelong memories. Avid outdoorsman and Idaho Outdoors freelance writer Mark Krepps has three boys and has some great advice for parents who want to take their kids camping. Choosing […]

Child Sense: When an older sibling is at camp

Priscilla J. Dunstan Parents often underestimate the anxiety and loneliness a younger sibling has when an older sibling goes off to camp. Young children don’t have a concrete understanding of time, and their immaturity makes it hard for them to believe their sibling’s absence is temporary. Keep them busy, do something special, and use this […]

Vet care funding alarms shoppers

Advocates for military commissaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. But as momentum builds on Capitol Hill to protect […]

Monday morning briefing: Smoke goal, basketball camp and one big fish

Friday morning briefing: Lake opens, camp starts and O.J.’s ride

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Hoop camp The Portales Rams Girls Basketball Camp is set for Monday through Wednesday at the Portales High School gym. The camp is open for girls entering first through eighth grade, and the cost is $35.Information: Traci Sievers at 749-2701. Registration forms and information: […]

General details Afghanistan campaign plan

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan — The population centers of Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces and Spin Bolduk on the Pakistan border constitute key areas in the fight against the Taliban this year, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said here today. Army Lt. Gen. David M. […]

Engagement — May 29

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Johnson-Brock Ron and Teresa Johnson of Clovis announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Britni Johnson, to Jared Brock, son of Joe Brock of Lubbock and the late Judy Brock. The couple will exchange vows on June 17, 2011, at Camp Blue Haven. The reception will be in August in Shallowater, Texas. 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. […]

ENMU hitting camp cancelled

Eastern New Mexico University softball coach Lauren Sigwing has announced that a hitting camp scheduled for today in Portales has been cancelled. Campers signed up for today are asked to attend the camp scheduled for next Sunday.

Portales past: Aug. 10, 1960

Aug. 10, 1960: Four junior boys from Calvary Baptist Church had left for Royal Ambassadors Camp. One feature of the camp was an overnight hike.

Security forces squadron inactivated

USAF photo Chief Master Sgt. Tim Ryan rolls up the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Det. 3’s flag during the inactivation ceremony July 3 at Camp Taji, Iraq. Det. 3 has had security forces airmen rotate yearly, training Iraqi police in the Baghdad area since 2006. By Staff Sgt. Sanjay Allen: U.S. Air Forces Central […]

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: […]

Thursday morning briefing: Emergency tips, basketball camp and UFOs

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Emergency tips Are you interested in the preparation for emergencies in Portales and Roosevelt County? The Roosevelt County Local Emergency Planning Committee meets 4-5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Memorial Building in Portales. Call Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas […]

Choir camp to perform in renovated theater

Freedom New Mexico Choir Camp at Eastern New Mexico University is scheduled to end on a high note today. At 2 p.m. in Buchanan Hall, choir campers will perform at the nearly renovated theater. A total of 85 students participated in the annual camp and have been working to prepare for the concert since Sunday. […]

1945 letter details horrors of concentration camp

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National Archives: Courtesy photo Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division. Editor’s note: Sixty-five years ago, the German-held concentration camp at Buchenwald was liberated by United States forces. Cpl. Hayley C. Dandridge, a […]

1945 letter details horrors of concentration camp

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Editor’s note: Sixty-five years ago, the German-held concentration camp at Buchenwald was liberated by United States forces. Cpl. Hayley C. Dandridge, a Dora High School graduate, toured the facility less than two weeks after an estimated 21,000 prisoners were freed. Dandridge wrote about the horrors he saw in a letter to friends, Alan and Freeda […]

Red Cross offers Babysitter Boot Camp training

By The American Red Cross The American Red Cross is offering Babysitter Boot Camp training to children, ages 11- 15, in military families. The Red Cross Babysitting class not only teaches how to provide safe care for a baby or child, but also how to prevent and respond to life threatening emergencies such as choking, […]

Cannon air mechanic keeps MRAPs rolling

USAF photo: Master Sgt. Trish Bunting Air Force Staff Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Detachment 3 vehicle mechanic, performs maintenance on an MRAP on Dec. 11. Five vehicle maintainers are attached to the unit to keep these life-saving vehicles operational. Rodriguez is deployed from the 551st Special Operations Squadron at Cannon and […]

July 11, 2008 Sports Briefs

Soccer camp set The Clovis Youth Soccer Association is sponsoring a Soccer Speed and Skills Camp July 13-17 at Spencer Field. The camp is open to players ages 5-13 Times and each groups each day: • 4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m.