Military spouses publish summer activities list

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Brothers Zach, 5, from left, Austin, 6, and Dominic Fite, 4, watch the hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo Tuesday afternoon. By Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June […]

Friends reunite after 20 years

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USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe Master Sgt. Darrell Harris (left), 27th Special Operations Mission Support Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Jarvis Moore, 712th Maintenance Squadron (provisional), play a game of pingpong while catching up on old times. The two sergeants were in the same flight By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe, 27th SOW Public […]

CAFB Majors promoted

27th SOW Public Affairs Five of Cannon Air Force Base’s majors have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. • Lt. Col. (s) Stacy Clements, 27th Special Operation Communication Squadron commander. • Lt. Col. (s) Kenneth Crooks, 27th Special Operations Wing senior protestant chaplain. • Lt. Col. (s) James Rich, 27th Special Operations Equipment […]

Traveling Wall stirs emotions

With today’s arrival of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Ronald Dickson’s emotions are mixed, and he doesn’t know if he’s ready to face what 40 years of time and distance have pushed beneath the surface. It wasn’t all bad. He learned a trade, experienced camaraderie and grew as a person. But he also saw […]

Chaplains provide comfort during deployment

USAF Photo: Airman 1st Class James Bell Staff Sgt. Aleric Hebert, 27th Special Operations Wing Chapel, takes a moment to reflect in the Base Chapel. Hebert serves as a chaplain’s assistant, a much-needed role when chaplains are deployed. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe “Reality strikes you hard. Death is random,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia […]

Recycling program ends at CAFB

Recycling collection has come to an end at Cannon Air Force Base and military family housing, due to funding restrictions and lack of available marketing for recycled material in the local area, according to a news release. All other collections remain the same. The contractor will pick up all recycling bins located at MFH units […]

Red flag warning issued for area

Freedom New Mexico Staff The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for southeastern New Mexico, including Curry and Roosevelt counties, from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. Strong winds and low humidity are expected, leading to high fire danger, according to the NWS. The NWS also has […]

Program helps families plan life roadmap

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Businesses have strategic plans, mission statements, goal and objectives. And now many Portales families who have been participating in a Family Leadership Institute have created their own family action plans called Roadmaps to Success. The Family Leadership Institute, sponsored by the Portales Municipal School District, began in November with […]

Vietnam veterans memorial opens today

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Freedom New Mexico With today’s arrival of the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Ronald Dickson’s emotions are mixed, and he doesn’t know if he’s ready to face what 40 years of time and distance have pushed beneath the surface. It wasn’t all bad. He learned a trade, experienced camaraderie and grew as a person. But […]

Irish celebration on tap

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter If the green shamrocks don’t get your attention, the quick pinch from lack of green on your attire surely will.An early St. Patrick’s Day celebration is planned for Saturday in Portales. A musical and family oriented celebration will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Memorial Building on East […]

Harden’s hat in ring

Freedom New Mexico State Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, announced Tuesday his intent to run for re-election. Harden said he believes his experience will help to address several important issues the state will face during the next four or five years. “We have to do something about the education funding formula,” he said. “We have to […]

Grandfather an innovator of local agriculture

By Karl Terry I always knew my granddad, Bob Terry, was pretty handy with anything mechanical but I didn’t know until this week that he was one of the first in the area to adapt a peanut thrasher to pull through the fields. I was interviewing several long-time Roosevelt County residents about the antique peanut […]

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, we’re not raising animals, […]

Improper use of national security letters should be curbed by Congress

Freedom New Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

DOD fears education could incite exodus

Tom Philpott Defense officials are alarmed by the very real prospect that Congress this year will enact the robust GI Bill education plan designed by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. One Defense official, who declined to be named, described the bill as a “retention killer” for the all-volunteer military. Webb reintroduced his bill, the Post-9/11 Veterans […]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal […]

Rare dinosaur hip bone found in Quay County

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico TUCUMCARI — Studies of a fossil collected last June in Quay County indicate that it’s a hip bone of an unidentified Triassic period creature that walked what is now New Mexico some 200 million years ago. Students in participating in a Mesalands Community College geology class field trip found […]

Lady Rams eliminated

ALBUQUERQUE — Santa Fe Indian School ended Portales’ string of reaching the Class 3A girls state championship game at seven, beating the Lady Rams 41-35 on Tuesday morning in a quarterfinal game at The Pit. Bethany Self and Gabby Garcia led Portales with 10 points each. More details will be reported as they become available.

Greyhounds fall 8-2 to Tarleton State

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico During an inning where his team looked like the Bad News Bears, Tarleton State baseball coach Trey Felan tried to keep things under control. The Texans were cruising along with a 2-0 lead over Eastern New Mexico University on Sunday at Greyhound Field when, all of a sudden, they […]

Residents get local taste

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Sunday’s Local Flavor Day at “Key Ingredients, America By Food,” the Smithsonian traveling exhibit currently at Eastern New Mexico University, was a taste-testers delight. Most tables at the event offered a food sample either made in New Mexico or with a New Mexico connection. Suzanne Zamora and DeAnna Martinez […]