Reform advocates score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Commandos have their say at Media Day

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Air commandos continued their work day as members of the media toured their aircraft Wednesday and asked them questions. Eleven members of the media toured Cannon’s mission, aircraft, growth and construction at the mission’s first Media Day. Capt. Eric Bowman, 32, said his job on the AC-130H is rewarding. “We […]

Cannon opens doors to media

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Eleven members of the media spent the day at Cannon Air Force Base Wednesday. Media Day included a briefing and interview with Col. Stephen Clark. Clark said $1.2 billion will be funneled into Cannon over the next five years. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base received its […]

Base growth touted during military media day

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Cannon Air Force Base received its first CV-22 Osprey last week and picked up a second Wednesday. That is one example of growth that has defined Cannon since it was switched from Air Combat Command to Air Force Special Operations Command Oct. 1, 2007. The base showcased its mission, aircraft, growth and construction Wednesday for […]

Ticket feature: Joe’s Boot Shop owner hosting ranch rodeo

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Freedom New Mexico This weekend, crowds will have an opportunity to see a rodeo done ranch-style. Joe Rhodes said ranch rodeos are unique from other rodeos in that they are done the way, “the old time ranch cowboys did.” “We got some awful good boys riding,” he said. It’s a lot different from a regular […]

Thursday morning briefing: Cannon shows off and our worst street/road

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Video of the day Cannon Air Force Base opens up its doors with a full fledged media show of technology and might…it’s our video of the day. Did you know? In the 2007 agriculture census, Roosevelt County had 876 farms, according to the 2008 […]

Officials: Traffic lights pose safety risk

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, which owns the lights. Issues of faulty wiring and outdated equipment surfaced during a Clovis Public Works Committee meeting Wednesday. At […]

Census participation up

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Vacation Bible school offers variety

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From bees to heroes and from Egypt to Saddle Ridge Ranch, Vacation Bible School opportunities with a variety of themes abound in Portales this summer. Churches around town are hosting the free sessions, some of which involve the whole family. Calvary Baptist Church secretary Vicky Wood said her church’s […]

Promotion list released

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here May 20 selected 5,424 of 21,829 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant for a selection rate of 24.85 percent. The average score for those selected was 341.18, with an average time in grade and time in service of 4.49 […]

Critical Days of Summer campaign launched

By Maj. Heidi Nelson: Air Force Safety Center Ground Safety Division KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — S is for summer … and safety too. It’s that time of year again. Spring is here in full force, summer is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: time for Air Force safety officials […]

Hiring surge to employ thousands

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — With contractor-to-civilian conversions, new organizations standing up and overall increases in civilian positions, the Air Force civil service continues to grow as officials look to employ thousands of U.S. citizens. Air Force Personnel Center officials have filled more than 3,000 […]

National Veterans Golden Age Games begin

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Hundreds of veterans from around the nation are making their way to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games, the largest annual sports competition of its kind in the world. The events run through Monday. “This extraordinary event is a true testament to […]

Museums offering free admission

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Active-duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have […]

C-27A adviser squadron now fully manned

By Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson: U.S. AFCENT Combat Camera KABUL, Afghanistan — A year of success stories continues for airmen of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, who are advising Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers on the use of the C-27A Spartan. “We are now fully manned and will be able to continue toward […]

Air Force transitions from NSPS to GS

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Most Air Force civilians under the National Security Personnel System will convert to the General Schedule by the end of this fiscal year in support of the Department of Defense goal to convert out as quickly as possible. This conversion […]

Officials seek immediate inspection of helmets

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Air Force officials here directed an immediate service-wide inspection, recall and reporting of defective advanced combat helmets. Logistics officials said evidence indicates some helmets were produced using unauthorized manufacturing practices, defective materials and improper quality procedures that could potentially reduce ballistic […]

Motherhood full-time profession

By Glenda Price: State columnist Every job has a euphemistic title these days. Betty Lou, a wife and mother, met a “business man” at a meeting. When he asked about her occupation she replied, “I’m an early childhood educator.” “That sounds really interesting,” he said. “Do you ever get called in on weekends?” Betty Lou […]

My Turn: Surprisingly sweet treat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer I tried strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar after Ronnie Birdsong, a vice president at Eastern New Mexico University, recommended the treat. Dip a fresh, whole strawberry into sour cream and then into brown sugar. The sour cream chips in richness, and the brown sugar, of course, sweetness. […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis named to ESPN the Magazine squad

Eastern New Mexico University senior Alex Mayo Otis was selected to the third team of ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-American squad. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher, play in at least of the team’s contests and been on the team or at least […]