Senate OKs key piece of spaceport plan

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A key element of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for a spaceport in southern New Mexico won overwhelming support from the Senate on Saturday. By a vote of 36-2, lawmakers approved a measure that authorizes cities and counties to increase gross receipts taxes — with voter approval — to finace […]

Governor feeling shortchanged by state lawmakers

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is objecting to budget bills approved by the House and Senate, saying they were unacceptable because lawmakers shortchanged many of his proposals aimed at children. “So far the budget does not look like the year of the child. It looks like the year of the porkie […]

The cost of incarceration

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By Marlena Hartz Every day in Roosevelt and Curry County, taxpayers pay more to house criminals than to educate children. In Curry County, inmates absorb almost double the amount of money students do. To house an inmate at the detention center burns $50 in taxpayer money per day. To educate and care for a child […]

Sand dunes at Monahans a stopping place for centuries

Compiled by Kevin Wilson For more than 12,000 years, the sand dunes of Monahans, Texas, have been traveled through by man. For the Clovis/Portales resident, the dunes can be traveled to by present man in a car ride of about three hours. What is it? The park, according to its Web site, contains 3,840 acres […]

Bush mulls $439.3 billion defense budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Friday announced plans to significantly increase special operations forces, expand psychological warfare and develop a program to counter biological terrorism as part of a new broadbased military strategy for the 21st century. The plan comes three days before President Bush sends Congress a 2007 budget that seeks […]

Wall of Heroes honors first CMSAF

Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Airey was inducted into the Wall of Heroes on Jan. 27. Though unable to attend, a close friend, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #8 Sam Parish, represented Chief Airey at the ceremony. Airman Thomas Trower At 18 years of age, before the Air Force […]

New star shines in command at Cannon

27th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Ray Clark stands next to his wife Victoria as he is sworn into office by Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals There is a new star on Cannon Air Force Base and Chief Master Sgt. Ray Clark received that star when he […]

Airman guilty of Assault

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs staff report Senior Airman James Reshke, 27th Aeromedical Dental Squadron, was found guilty of indecent assault by a general court-martial Jan. 9 to 14, 2006. Reshke was sentenced to a dishonorable discharge, confinement for one year, reduction to Airman Basic and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

Cannon tax center keeps filers in the loop with returns

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey When it comes to doing annual income taxes, some people may feel overwhelmed by the numbers, forms and IRS regulations. Knowing that every situation is different, the legal services tax office at Cannon helps Airmen, Department of Defense employees and retirees make the best of what can often be confusing tax preparation. […]

Dorm inspections more than just military tradition

Master Sgt. John Skaggs For some dorm residents, it is an inconvenience and annoyance when the first sergeant inspects dorms. Some may ask, “Why does it matter if I have candles in my room or if my bed is not made or if my floor has become a dustball ranch?” They may argue that their […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

Greg Allen 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, a small town in itself. But it’s named after two very large men who helped change conditions for black servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was born July 1, 1877 […]

‘Doing great’

1st Lt. James Nichols 12th AF commander addresses 27th FW status, BRAC concerns “The 27th Fighter Wing is doing great and they’re not finished. I want to make sure that I reassure everyone that until it’s over, it’s not over,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Schmidt, 12th Air Force commander during his visit Wednesday. Gen. Schmidt […]

12 AF Chief discusses Air Force challenges with Airmen

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Chief Master Sgt. Wade Johnson, 12th Air Force command chief, visited Cannon Wednesday as part of an annual tour of 12th AF bases. During his tour, Chief Johnson had the opportunity to shake hands and listen to what was on the minds of the men and women of the 27th Fighter […]

Visitor finds much to cheer about at Cannon

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Mrs. Lisa Schmidt, wife of 12th Air Force Commander General Mark Schmidt, wants to be a cheerleader for the Air Force. As a cheerleader, Mrs. Schmidt has already identified some programs to cheer. “I’m always amazed at the food banks, food pantries and Airman’s Attics. These are programs that go above and […]

Air Force Services survey needs customer input

Courtesy of 27th Services Squadron Headquarters Air Force Services has a new program to address customers’ wants and needs. Every year they conduct customer feedback surveys to assess customer satisfaction with services programs. The responses help drive policy and program decisions. People who are not randomly chosen to receive this survey can now have a […]

EMS turns the tables on LRS #2 with 32-point win

Airman Thomas Trower “We’re getting slaughtered,” groaned LRS’ Erik Chriswell to friends in the crowd. Chriswell and the rest of the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron # 2 team tried to play the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Tuesday night’s intramural basketball game at the fitness center, but not many people there would call what occurred […]

Crowd in suspense during Monday’s game

Airman Thomas Trower During the basketball challenge Monday, the court was definitely “black and blue.” The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, donning blue jerseys, took on the dual-squadron team of the 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron, wearing black, and gave them a run for their money. MSS/CPTS started the game by flying down […]

Hounds erase deficit, beat Javelinas

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DBy Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan got the defensive effort he wanted to see. Scanlan shuffled his starting lineup, and the Greyhounds responded Thursday by holding Texas A&M-Kingsville to 39-percent field goal shooting and rallied for a 63-60 Lone Star Conference South Division victory at Greyhound Arena. […]

Zia win anything but easy

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University’s women led all the way Thursday night, but it turned into anything except an easy win. The Zias saw a 23-point, second-half lead shrink to four in the final minute, but went on to close out a 71-62 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in a Lone Star […]

Zias swept by Abilene Christian

Freedom Newspapers Abilene Christian lost no more than three games in any set on Wednesday and handed Eastern New Mexico University a 9-0 loss in a season-opening women’s tennis dual at Zia Tennis Complex. The Zias’ closest matches came 6-3, 6-2 losses by Tracy Hughes to Sarah Vucic at No. 4 singles and by Cassidy […]