In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

Outdoor guide: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park

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Courtesy of New Mexico State Parks Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is set near the Sacramento Mountains which feature historic exhibits. • Location: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park is 8 miles south of Alamogordo via U.S.-54. • Directions: From Portales take U.S. 70 W. for 85 miles stay straight and take West Relief Route (Roswell) […]

Jan. 28 — Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and thefishphone.com, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Sign, click, submit: TRICARE enrollment process streamlined

By Mike Walbert: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Enrolling into the TRICARE West Region now has the feel and ease of signing a credit card transaction at the market or department store. TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the Department of Defense contractor that manages TRICARE for the 21-state West Region, has rolled out electronic signature pads to […]

Day trip: Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Courtesy photo Monastery of Christ in the Desert is located about 135 miles from the closest major airport in Albuquerque, 75 miles north of Santa Fe, and about 53 miles south of Chama, via U.S. Route 84. Monastery of Christ in the Desert • Location: About 135 miles from the closest major airport in Albuquerque, […]

SOF truths: Relationships truly matter

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USAF graphic By Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso: 27th SOW Command Chief I mentioned in a previous writing that I would have discussions with our base populace about what it means to be a special operations airmen and how the SOF (special operations forces) truths should intertwine in our lives and our work here at […]

Cannon cooks up competition

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo The Pecos Trail Dining Facility’s dessert raspberry chocolate cake included fresh raspberries, a chocolate sauce center and chocolate curls. The first cooking competition at Cannon Air Force Base pitted the Landing Zone’s civilian chefs against the Pecos Trail Dining Facility’s military chefs. The competition took place Jan. 22 at the Landing […]

New approach to military family support unveiled

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — White House officials have released a report that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life. President Barack Obama announced the results of a nearly yearlong […]

Obama cites military successes in address

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In a State of the Union address marked by a call for renewed American innovation and cooperation, President Barack Obama pointed to the nation’s military as an example to follow. “Look to Iraq, where nearly 100,000 of our brave men and women have left with their […]

TSP contribution limits set for 2011

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board members announced the 2011 elective deferral limit for regular Thrift Savings Plan contributions will remain $16,500, and TSP catch-up plan contribution limits will remain at $5,500. TSP is a long-term retirement savings plan that gives investors an opportunity to lower […]

Jan. 28 — Local sports briefing

Freedom New Mexico Clovis senior Ashlee Pierson drives around a pair of Rio Rancho defenders in the first quarter of a game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium in Clovis. Clovis defeated Rio Rancho 57-24. The Fab 5 Top area performances from the week of Jan. 17-22: • Freshmen Madison Silveira (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and […]

Enjoy winter, but keep it safe

By Cannon AFB Emergency Management As we enter the harshest part of the year, please consider some cold-weather related safety concerns as you and your family go about your daily business. While our average winter temperature is 45 degrees, we often experience lows in the single digits with an associated wind creating a wind-chill effect […]

It's their business: Crimson Designs

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Cannon Connections: Gabriel Monte Crimson Designs co-owner Mike Gray said his business uses a direct to garment printer that allows him to print photographs and other graphics on t-shirts and other apparel. Crimson Designs • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Location: 1209 N. Main St., Clovis. • Owner: Mike and Mitch Gray • […]

Jan. 28 — Feb. 3 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: • Friday: Southern cuisine • Monday: All-American cuisine • Tuesday: Italian cuisine • Wednesday: Bistro with carver • Thursday: Mexican cuisine

Food at the speed of life: Little bit of spread adds a lot of taste

I’ve been experimenting with a novel spread. Awhile back, I looked through the book Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyers gave out at her annual Christmas program and discovered a recipe for Cranberry mustard. Connie gave me permission to print it: Cranberry mustard • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard […]

Jan. 28 — Feb. 3 Event listings

All times Mountain Jan. 29 • The Flatlanders 7:30 p.m. (CST) The Cactus Theater in Lubbock Tickets $30 to $35 Information: 806-762-3233

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Friday • 7 p.m. — Little Fockers, PG-13

Jan. 28 — Feb. 3 What's Happening

Friday • Tye-Dye Art Class 5:30 p.m. Youth Center • Family Bowl-a-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes

Military mama: Facebook opens doors for friendships

I love hearing from readers, it makes me happy to know that I’m not just spilling my guts with no one taking any note. Your friend requests on Facebook and stopping me in the store just to say “hi” make my day. I did meet my first “fan.” I say that, only because that’s how […]

ENMU class up in the air

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Alisa Boswell The possibilities for a new course at Eastern New Mexico University are up in the air, literally and figuratively. Capt. James “Tripp” Johnson, a pilot at Cannon Air Force Base, is working on offering a non-credit skydiving course through the college’s Distance Learning program. Johnson, an instructor for the course, said he has […]