A love of books

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By William P. Thompson Denise Burnett, director of the Portales Public Library, walked into the library 20 years ago and found a home. She started out in the children’s section and by 1991 she was in charge of the entire library. ”When I first walked into the library and noticed all those books and the […]

Obituaries March 25, 2006

Charles N. Brannon Services: 2 p.m. (CST) March 31 at the Church of Christ, Claude, Texas. Charles N. Brannon, 85, of Claude, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Amarillo. He was born Sept. 18, 1920, to Charlie and Leona Brannon. He attended High School in Pyron, Texas. He married Maxine Lee […]

Hounds have depth at quarterback

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers After the season he had in 2005, it’s hard to imagine Eastern New Mexico University quarterback Michael Benton losing his starting job when preseason practice begins in August. Still, ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo says the redshirt junior could have some competition. Jeremy Thompson, a redshirt freshman from Sweetwater, Texas, […]

Portales tennis sweeps Ruidoso

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Freedom Newspapers At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. […]

Zias use long ball to notch sweep over Lady Buffs

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Apparently, Kelsey Kubik’s teammates weren’t that impressed when her second-inning line drive skimmed the right-center field fence at Zia Softball Field and fell over for a three-run homer. “They told me to hit (the ball) harder the next time, so I did,” the Eastern New Mexico University junior said Friday. […]

Heading off trouble early

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By Marlena Hartz When their baby reached 16 months of age, Diane and Aaron Mains began to worry. He hardly ate and slept in fitful intervals. His attempts at speech were minimal and difficult to decipher. The couple learned two months later the strange symptoms were the result of a regulatory disorder, a cluster of […]

Republicans seek investigation into ‘temporary’ hires

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers […]

Officials investigating allegations of forged criminal citations

By David Stevens Authorities are investigating whether dozens of citations issued by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety include forged signatures of criminal suspects, according to court documents filed in 9th Judicial District Court. The court records do not explain why citations may have been forged. Investigators have learned that at least some of […]

Clovis man dies, wife seriously injured in auto accident in Austin

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis resident died and his wife was seriously injured Thursday in a three-vehicle accident northwest of Austin, Texas. Joe Jones, 69, died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. June Despain, 72, and Jesse Lee Despain, 75, both of Marble Falls, Texas, also died at the scene, DPS […]

Airmen thanked for making a difference

General T. Michael Moseley T. Michael Moseley General, USAF Chief of Staff AF Chief of Staff remembers OIF anniversary, sacrifices March 19 marked the 3rd anniversary of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the removal of an oppressive, dangerous regime. This was the culmination of a joint and coalition intense effort on land, sea, and air. I […]

Caprock Quilters lend hand, patch wounds left by war

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An embroidered label is hand sewn on the back of every quilt. The label reads, “In memory of a fallen hero, this quilt was lovingly made by the Caprock Quilters of Clovis, N.M.” Janet Taylor-Birkey Combining pieces of fabric in an artistic design with a sandwich of batting and backing fabric is known as a […]

911- Stay on the line

Courtesy 27th Security Forces Squadron Dialing 911 is the fastest way to receive emergency police, fire or medical assistance. But many still call 911 to ask non-emergency questions such as weather information or correct time. If you call 911 by mistake, stay on the line. Dispatchers treat all 911 calls — even hang-ups — as […]

New fighter wing calendar

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 27th Fighter Wing has established a new consolidated 27 FW Official Wing Calendar. The calendar is located on the Cannon Intranet and is available to everyone in the wing to view. The new calendar is a rolling year with the first three months showing all the high fidelity events […]

Cannon Airman charged

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Criminal charges were preferred against Airman First Class Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged with murder and child abuse. The next stage of the military justice […]

‘Honor with dignity’’

Senior Airman Carole Brabham Pride, professional mark of Cannon Honor Guard They go about their duty with silent professionalism, whether it is a change of command, a sporting event or a full honors funeral for a revered community leader. All enlisted and commissioned members represent the military, but the Airmen of Cannon’s Honor Guard say […]

Airmen train to get it right

Senior Airman Carole Brabham Practice makes perfect for elite Cannon team Clearly visible while practicing drills and various maneuvers just off D.L. Ingram Blvd. with rifles, caskets or flags, the Airmen of Cannon’s Honor Guard are, without question, on display. They perform in on-base and off-base ceremonies, representing the military by themselves or joined with […]

There are no degrees of separation in combat

Maj. David Nicholson Are Airmen Warriors? We are at war. In case you need a reminder, just tune your TV to any news channel and it won’t be long before you hear about the latest military operation launched or the current U.S. body count. Most of the press centers around the Army and Marines, as […]

Softball tryouts kick off season

Airman Thomas Trower Women’s varsity softball is back in full swing. The team has been resting up from last year’s Fall Ball season and reorganized with tryouts over the past two weeks. The Cannon team was seen as a powerhouse during the 1996-1999 seasons, but there was no team for the 2000-2002 seasons. The team […]

‘Real people and good music’

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By WIlliam P. Thompson The 56th annual Floyd Country Jamboree began Thursday evening with a young cowgirl singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” then came rope-trick artist, “Wild Bill” Cathey followed by a string of 26 country music singers and musicians performing song after song after song. And that was just opening night. Charlie Buzard attended […]

Victim’s family: Airforce kept us in the dark

By Marlena Hartz Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air Force Base residence around Oct. 28, 2004. But the Air Force did […]