Non-citizen recruits serve longer

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Shoutouts — Jan. 8

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Granddaughter honored Hollani Davis is an award-winning TV journalist at WDBJ in Roanoke, Va. She is the granddaughter of longtime Clovis residents Louise McPherson and the late Claude McPherson. Her parents are Michael and Diane Davis of Las Cruces. As the 11 p.m. weeknight anchor she is responsible for finding everyday stories that inform and […]

Their view: Children need to learn historical significance

Daniel Burnett, press secretary for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a non-profit dedicated to academic excellence, offers this commentary on the importance of knowing our history:

Businesses eligible for disaster loans

Small, non-farm businesses in Curry, Roosevelt and Quay counties can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the SBA. Small non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. The loans aim […]

Airline sponsoring food drive

Great Lakes Airlines is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. Through July, anybody who brings a non-perishable food item to Great Lakes will be entered in a drawing to win one of four round-trip tickets between Clovis and Albuquerque. Donations will be accepted 5 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at […]

Highlands beats Hounds late

Freedom New Mexico Four New Mexico Highlands pitchers combined to limit Eastern New Mexico University to three hits and the Cowboys scored twice in the eighth inning for a 3-1 win over the Greyhounds on Tuesday in a non-conference game at Greyhound Field. Justin Kaid’s two-run single with one out snapped a 1-all tie as […]

Their view: State trust lands provide for its residents

State Land Commissioner Ray Powell talks about the role of his office: New Mexico has been blessed in so many ways, one being our extensive non-renewable resources — oil, natural gas, coal, and potash — on our 13 million acres of public trust lands. The royalties from these non-renewable resources have helped educate every child […]

Non-profits still seeking donations

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Liliana Castillo Need rises around Christmas, but it doesn’t go away after the twinkle lights are taken down and the presents are opened. United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said the non-profit doesn’t directly provide for the needy around the holidays. The United Way of Eastern New Mexico funds as many local programs as it […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Saving a life and a killer clown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Learn a lifesaving skill The American Red Cross has scheduled a class on adult CPR for 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Matt 25 building, 1200 Thornton St. Registration: 1-800-560-2302 Information and registration: 575-318-4161 Question of the day How often do you go over […]

Once in a lifetime moments irreplaceable

There are timeless gifts, or ways to give gifts, that bear no duplication or repeating. Last week I devoted this column to the value of shopping locally, for non-mass-produced presents; this week I’d like to encourage you to look at some unique experiences — ones which cannot be duplicated, even if you were to present […]