Outgoing Cannon commander praised for ushering in new era

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base has saluted its new commander. Outgoing commander Col. Timothy J. Leahy formally handed the reins to new commander Col. Stephen A. Clark during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the base. Leahy also received the Legion of Merit award for his work as commander of the [...]

Farmers hope for more rain

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Tuesday’s rain helped area farms and ranches, but didn’t solve the problem of the year’s dryness. Rain fell throughout Curry and Roosevelt counties Tuesday night. “This will buy some breathing room for the people that got some rain,” said Roosevelt County Extension Agent Patrick Kircher. However, he said the [...]

ENMU regents OK revise for technology building proposal

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PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University Regents have approved revised language in a previously passed proposal for a $9 million renovation to the university’s Technology Building. Regent Marshall Stinnett was at the regular meeting Tuesday in person, while Regents Pauline Ponce and Chad Lydick were on the phone to constitute a quorum to vote [...]

Seeking help, 7-year-old drives father’s wrecked car after fatal crash

A 7-year-old Bovina girl drove her father’s crashed Jeep in an attempt get help Saturday night after he was ejected and killed in a rollover east of Clovis. Guillermo Montes, 40, was pronounced dead around 10 p.m., State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said Monday. The crash occurred on State Road 77, or Pleasant Hill Highway. [...]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, [...]

Macias’ murder conviction overturned

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico’s supreme court has overturned convictions of a Clovis man for a 2006 murder. In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, the court ruled that hearsay evidence was improperly allowed into the trial of Robert Macias, who was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder in the killing [...]

Politics, movies and T-shirts

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In what was a weekend of LeBron James buzzer-beater replays, bad movies and heartfelt thanks to our veterans, I never really had a thought that could compete verbosely with my new idea for duct tape last week. So here are my three best attempts at such: n In what [...]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications T he late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the [...]

Obama plan aids disabled retirees

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As reported here last week, President Obama has asked Congress to phase in “concurrent receipt” for all Chapter 61 retirees — those who received a disability retirement from the Department of Defense. This week we explain more details of the plan which, if enacted, would boost pay for 103,000 veterans [...]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have [...]