More than enough to prove bin Laden dead

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to keep classified the reportedly gruesome post-mortem photos of Osama bin Laden. It’s a good call. Yes, the pictures belong to all Americans because they are government property. Few organizations have fought as long and hard as The Gazette for open government and open records. But the […]

Portales man accused of beating, strangling girlfriend

A Portales man is accused of beating and strangling his girlfriend and pointing a shotgun at her. Michael Cardenas, 35, is charged with aggravated assault on a household member, a fourth-degree felony; aggravated battery on a household member, a third-degree felony; intimidation of a witness, a third-degree felony; and interference with communication, a misdemeanor. According […]

Former Dora coached charged for sexual misconduct

PNT Reports A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while Shaw […]

Remember Mary on Mother’s Day

None of us can ever imagine the pain, shame and agony that Jesus endured upon the cross. Jesus demonstrated his great love for all by voluntarily laying down his life. Being a mother of sons, I can only identify to a small degree with the agony Mary must have had for her son. Seeing my […]

Friday morning briefing: Relay kicks off, Cannon chips in and an iconic deadly crash

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Relay for Life The annual Relay for Life fundraiser kicks off at 6 p.m. today at Ned Houk Park. Participants walk through the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer. There’s food, live bands and a Lady […]

Residents bring street concerns to city council

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Alisa Boswell Confusion about which way to drive down a street residents say is confusing is prompting city action. At issue is the 900 block of North Avenue I. Homeowners say it is a nuisance for some and possibly an accident waiting to happen. Avenue I resident Antonio Salguero said the road was made a […]

Portales man facing burglary charge

PNT Reports A Portales man is accused of burglarizing an acquaintance’s house and attacking the victim on the way out. Manuel Duran, 49, is charged with aggravated burglary, a third-degree felony, and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor. Portales Police Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said officers were called to the 500 block of […]

My turn: Catchphrases catching on

I realized this week that most people have a catchphrase, something they say regularly which endears them to their friends even more. My roommate says “Hello, friend,” and my friend says “epic.” These phrases always make me laugh or smile, brightening my day in a simple way. A friend made me aware recently that I […]

May 6 — Fishing report

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, 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.

27 SOW Sports Day set

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Wing Sports Day on May 27 is an opportunity for Cannon airmen and their families to represent their squadrons in various sporting events such as softball, golf, bowling, volleyball, basketball and many others. “It is a base morale, welfare, and recreation […]

TRICARE covers screenings

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance PHOENIX — Nearly 12 million Americans are living today, after being told they have cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s as many people who live in the state of Ohio. Due to medical advances, the word “cancer” is no longer a death sentence. […]

Day trip: Aztec Ruins National Monument

The Aztec Ruins National Monument is located at 84 County Road 2900 in Aztec. Gabriel Monte • Location: 84 County Road 2900, Aztec. The national monument is located on Ruins Road about 1/2 mile north of New Mexico Highway 516, in the city of Aztec. • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Follow […]

Our tows: Agriculture drives Portales

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell City Park in Portales is regularly visited by Portales residents for family fun, such as picnics, sports and time on the playground. It is also home to the Portales City Pool and a baseball field. Alisa Boswell By Alisa Boswell Cannon Connections Portales is a town rich in heritage and agriculture. […]

Cannon Kite Karnival

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Nashawn Hare, 9, works to detangle his kite’s tale from its string. Liliana Castillo Flying kites was a family affair for the Naddell family on Saturday at the eighth annual Cannon Air Force Base Kite Karnival. Armed with a dragon kite and a fairy kite, the family of five took turns […]

Cannon celebrating National Bike Month

By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs In support of National Bike Month in May, Cannon’s fitness center will be hosting Ride Your Bike to Work Day on May 20. A sign-up sheet is now available at the gym. “We are trying to make people aware of not only the health benefits, […]

Veteran call center launched

Freedom New Mexico A Vet Center Combat Call Center is now available to help veterans readjust to civilian life, according to a news release. 1-877-WAR VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing […]

May 6 —

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: Instant isn’t always bad for you

Eating out of cans and boxes isn’t gourmet dining, but sometimes time demands precedence. Processed food isn’t high on the nutritionist’s list of best things to eat, but my inexpert opinion is that with a little label-reading, it’s not a bad occasional option. I keep cans of soup on hand for unexpected time deficits, since […]

For veteran, project is labor of love

Freedom New Mexico: Kevin Wilson Donald Bird is repainting the Duster at Veterans Park. He served in Vietnam, and said the weapon saved his life numerous times. Kevin Wilson Donald Bird considers the M42 Duster a life-saver, and probably as close to a friend as a machine can get. But he doesn’t consider it a […]