Hounds in San Antonio tourney action

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Four points. That’s the difference between a 4-5 record and a 2-7 mark for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. Well, sort of. The Greyhounds dropped two-point road decisions to Lone Star Conference North Division members Southeastern Oklahoma and East Central last week. In the former, the […]

A family affair

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

12-20 Empty stocking fund

Today’s focus: Ms. D Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstances: “Ms. D” is unable to provide for all of her grandchildren and their mother is in jail. She has no other help. Her holiday hopes: For her grandchildren to have a wonderful holiday. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 12 regular. Boys shirts sizes 14 […]

Harris appointed to board of regents

PNT staff Clovis banker Randy Harris is the newest member of the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents. Harris was appointed Thursday by Gov. Bill Richardson, filling the seat held by Alva Carter, who died in a tragic car accident last month. Richardson also re-appointed Clovis engineer Chad Lydick to the board. Lydick was […]

Overseas service members send overseas holiday greetings

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Though her friends have seen or heard Master Sgt. David Kline greet his mother on the radio and television, Bess Kline hasn’t seen or heard from her son in the almost four months since he was sent to Iraq. So in the last few days Kline has been scanning […]

Elida rancher has multiple successes as angus breeder

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Blow-drying cattle hair is proving a productive use of time for one Elida rancher. To stimulate hair growth in his registered Angus show cattle, Greg Smith or one of his few employees rinse and blow dry the animals daily. The result: Other than some really good-looking if not well-coiffed […]

Student participation in risk survey falls

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sex, drinking and abuse of marijuana and pain killers may be on the rise among Roosevelt County high school students. But school officials say they can’t really tell based on results of a new state survey. The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey has ninth- through 12th-graders anonymously […]

It’s their job: Raenell Walker

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Name: Raenell Walker Job: Customer service representative at Kenny Reed Insurance Background: Walker was raised and graduated in Portales, after which she studied business at Eastern New Mexico University. Time on job: Five years What does your job entail? When customers come in and are looking for a quote, I input and use their information […]

Xcel seeks to increase rates

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy wants to raise electric rates 5.1 percent in New Mexico, a move the utility says would increase the average customer’s bill about $9 a month. Xcel filed its rate request Thursday with the state Public Regulation Commission, according to company spokesman Wes Reeves. Reeves said if approved, the increase would […]

Lights of delight in my heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist “No! We’re not having lights on that tree! What a waste of money. Besides that it would run up the electricity bill. We’re not doing it.” We have lived in the same house on the same corner for 45 years. How well I remember that little cedar tree we […]

Gun carriers don’t always pose threat

Freedom New Mexico Gay, bisexual and transgendered students gathered with other supporters earlier this month to celebrate diversity on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus. At the “Safety is a Human Right” rally, many of the speakers complained of harassment and threats against gay students at UCCS. According to a report in The […]

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Dec. 19 Empty Stocking Fund profile

Today’s focus: Ms. T Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: “Ms. T” recently lost her home. Her holiday hopes: For her children to have a wonderful Christmas. Clothing needs: Boys pants sizes 4T. Boys shirts sizes 4T. Boys shoe sizes 12. Girls pants sizes 16, 8, and 6. Girls shirts sizes 14-16, 8, and […]

Zias rope Cowgirls

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico It won’t be a long break, but sophomore forward Til-Lois Fifer and the Eastern New Mexico University women’s basketball team are ready for a little time off. The Zias completed the early portion of their schedule Wednesday night with a 79-64 victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Arena, […]

Cannon family honored

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander, center, presents Maj. Kevin Martin, who was nominated by the 73rd SOS, and his family with the Cannon 2008 Military Family of the Year award on Dec. 9. Cannon established the award to recognize outstanding families that support not only each other, but […]

Congresss OKs paternity leave

Air Force News Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Eligible airmen are now authorized 10 days of nonchargeable paternity leave following the birth of their newborns, courtesy of the 2009 Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress. The law applies to married, active-duty airmen. The airman’s wife must have given birth to […]

Campaign contest open to airmen

By Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Senior leaders are asking airmen to get behind the camera and submit a video for the next Air Force advertising campaign.

CMSAF provides top enlisted perspective

USAF photo: Senior Airman Liliana Moreno Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley greets and speaks with the airmen of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron during a visit to Cannon Air Force Base on Dec. 10. By Staff Sgt. Craig Seals 27th SOW Public Affairs Chief Master Sergeant of the […]

Commentary: Season of giving extended to Cannon

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Col. Mark LaRose, (right) 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group commander, Col. Kenneth Hall, 27th Special Operations Medical Group Commander, center, and Col. Hans Kaspar, 27th Special Operations Wing Vice Commander, serve a holiday dinner By Col. Timothy Leahy: 27th SOW commander Special Operations Wing, I’d like […]

Couple stays true to name, tradition

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Freddie (left) and Al Jolly of Clovis have been the driving forces behind the Cannon Air Force Base Single Airmen Christmas Dinner since its beginning six years ago. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections “’Tis the season to be jolly,” says former airman Al Jolly, and he and his wife, Freddie, […]