Sen. Pat Woods says system of regent appointments too political in nature

Republican state Sen. Pat Woods of Broadview is supporting proposed constitutional amendments sponsored by Las Cruces Democrats Rep. Jeff Steinborn and Sen. William Soules requiring elections for some university regents now appointed by the governor. The amendments proposed in House joint resolutions would require elections board of regents members at the University of New Mexico […]

Grooming future leaders

Arguably one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs in the force — only the best and brightest answer the call to help maintain and develop the national defense structure that requires a steady flow of motivated men and women who perform a wide range of duties in the world's greatest Air Force. A member […]

Commentary: For your health – Flu update

The New Year influenza season is turning out to be a robust one. You cannot turn on the national news or browse the Internet without encountering some article discussing the "flu epidemic." A recent update from public health agencies that track disease rates indicates that the U.S. is in the middle of a moderately severe […]

Day trip: CapRock Winery

Location: 408 East Woodrow Rd., Lubbock What activities can you enjoy at this location: The winery features a tour as well as tastings of their award-winning wines. What ages is this best suited for? 21+ Admission price: Free Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Information: […]

Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced last week the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. "Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on […]

Astute analyst

Editor's note: This feature is the 12th in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements. U.S. Air Force illustration: Senior Airman Alexxis […]

Commentary: America needs African-American Heritage Month

Someone once asked me, "Why do we have African-American Heritage Month?" Initially perplexed and somewhat angered by their inquiry, I then pondered and asked myself the same question. It seemed to me, at that point in time, that black history was a bit of a double-edged sword. Not to downplay the significance of my forefathers […]

Celebrating Martin Luther King

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley Members of the Yahweh praise team dance during the Martin Luther King Jr. observance luncheon held Jan. 23 at Cannon Air Force Base. The luncheon was held to recognize past hardships and prejudices that King faced during his fight for freedom as a civil rights activist. […]

Cannon airpark to relocate

The 27th Special Operations Wing historic airpark at Cannon Air Force Base is scheduled to be relocated sometime between Friday and Feb. 15. U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Matthew Plew The 27th Special Operations Wing historic airpark at Cannon Air Force Base is scheduled to be relocated sometime between Feb. 1 -15. Several non-operative […]

Tactics training

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom A participant is pulled from a simulated accident. A fuel spill exercise was conducted Jan. 24 at Cannon Air Force Base. The two-part exercise included a fuel spill and simulated vehicle accident. This exercise gave the Cannon Fire Department, emergency medical personnel and security forces a […]

Band makes 'Max Impact' at Cannon

A packed Drop Zone, was filled with laughter and boisterous Air Commandos singing along to the top songs of the recent decades during a performance Jan. 26 from the Air Force band, Max Impact, at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom Max Impact, the Air Force's premier rock […]

Need to know regarding privatization

The first in a series of 801 Housing town hall meetings was held Jan. 22 in the base theater at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force illustration: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal The first in a series of 801 Portales Housing town hall meetings was held in the base theater at Cannon Air Force […]

Events Calendar – Jan. 31

Today CDBG Public Hearing — 10 a.m. Roosevelt County Commissioner's Room. Information: 356-5307. Tween Wii — 4:30 p.m. Super Mario Galaxy featured. For ages 9-12. Portales Public Library. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m. $5 per class. Portales Recreation Center. Information: […]

Raintree Apartments in Clovis holds groundbreaking

The sounds of Mariachi music culminated groundbreaking ceremonies Jan. 25 of the new Raintree apartment complex in Clovis. Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks John Wilson of Clovis checks the site plan at the groundbreaking for the Raintree Apartments located at Norris Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard in Clovis. Wilson said the apartments are something that he […]

Q&A – Slick Willie coming to Portales

The whistling of "Sweet Georgia Brown," basketball tricks that play with the eye and a spinning ball at the tip of his finger are all things that Harlem Globetrotter Slick Willie Shaw says he's blessed to be a part of and represent. Shaw is coming to Portales with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters Tuesday as […]

Angelo State surges in second half to beat Zias

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Lauren Holt posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Angelo State moved closer to .500 for the regular season and Lone Star Conference play with a 54-47 win over Eastern New Mexico Wednesday night. Haylee Oliver added 15 for the Rambelles (8-10, 5-7 LSC), including a 3-point play […]

Commander: Base supports wind energy development

Few questions were asked by regional residents following a presentation by Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Buck Elton Wednesday morning, during which he it made clear base officials are highly supportive of wind energy development. Curry and Roosevelt County land owners were invited to participate in the meeting, which addressed regional wind technology development […]

Commander: Base supports wind energy development

Few questions were asked by regional residents following a presentation by Cannon Air Force Base commander Col. Buck Elton Wednesday morning, during which he it made clear base officials are highly supportive of wind energy development. Curry and Roosevelt County land owners were invited to participate in the meeting, which addressed regional wind technology development […]

The most important guest at any wedding is …

I was thinking recently about a long-ago wedding — the one Jesus attended at Cana of Galilee, the same one in which he became the winemaker for the feast. And that reminded me of another wedding or two. I'm told that when my maternal grandparents decided to get married, they hitched a horse to the […]

Rams hold on late for victory over Tucumcari

TUCUMCARI — It took the Portales Rams a while to get going Tuesday night. They found their stroke in the second half, shooting 53 percent from the field en route to a 65-59 win over Tucumcari. Senior post Zach Campbell scored two consecutive baskets to break a 54-54 tie down the stretch, and junior forward […]