Man sentenced in shooting

Manuel Ibarvol told the weeping family of Jorge Alonso Quinonez-Hernandez in Spanish Wednesday, "love your son because you still have him and I don't have mine," then walked out of Ninth Judicial District Judge Teddy Hartley's courtroom. Quinonez had just been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his part in the April 2011 shooting […]

Prairie chicken meeting scheduled

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Portales to discuss implementation of a management plan for lesser prairie chickens, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish press release. The plan includes management goals, objectives and on-the-ground activities throughout the range of […]

Meetings Watch – Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force

The Regional Growth Management Quality of Life Task Force met Wednesday afternoon at Clovis City Hall. During the meeting: Col. David C. Piech, commander of the 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group, told members that the 801 Housing in Portales would turn over to new ownership July 23, and said the new rent rates were […]

Local Growth Management Committee sets leadership

In its first meeting of 2013, the Local Growth Management Committee set up its leadership and its goals for the next few months. The group, created to deal with community growth issues resulting from the change of mission at Cannon Air Force Base, took 90 minutes to span various topics. The meeting was chaired by […]

Events Calendar – Jan. 24

Today S.T.A.R. Book Discussion — "Hush, Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick will be discussed. For ages 13-18. 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: 356-8541. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m. Pajama party and […]

My Turn – State more than trinkets

A recent weekend trip took my family on the stretch of Interstate 40 that runs from Santa Rosa to Albuquerque, past a slew of billboards hawking products for some of New Mexico's legendary tourist traps. Like all interstate travelers, I understand the lure of "Clean Restrooms!" (although I think the smiling woman on the billboard […]

Local groups honor King

Members of the Cannon Air Force Base community helped celebrate historic civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. in Portales at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Portales High School. Courtesy photo: Veda Urioste Cannon's honor guard leads a crowd of Portales community members through the streets of Portales in Monday's Martin Luther […]

Growth committee hears wind energy concerns

In its first meeting of 2013, the Local Growth Management Committee set up its leadership and its goals for the next few months. The group, created to deal with community growth issues resulting from the change of mission at Cannon Air Force Base, took 90 minutes to span various topics. The meeting was chaired by […]

Cannon Air Force Base theater to dim lights

According to industry trends, by early 2013 movie theaters using 35MM prints will be virtually non-existent as theaters across the country convert to digital picture and sound. As a result, Army & Air Force Exchange Service theaters, which use 35MM prints, have been undergoing extensive reviews to determine the cost-effectiveness of converting its theaters to […]

Cannon behind the scenes: Global communication specialists

Editor's note: This feature is the 12th in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Jette Carr U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kristen Coager, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs broadcaster, gets down in the dirt to capture a training exercise Nov. 15 at Melrose Air Force […]

Commander says he will do his best to protect satellites

WASHINGTON — Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force's satellite constellations. Speaking with reporters at a recent meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Air Force Gen. William L. Shelton called the […]

Air Force releases results of health and welfare inspection

WASHINGTON — The Air Force released the results of the service-wide health and welfare inspections that were completed in an effort to emphasize an environment of respect, trust and professionalism in the workplace. "Every airman deserves to be treated with respect. They also deserve to work in a professional environment," said Gen. Mark A. Welsh […]

Cadets take part in inaugural parade

WASHINGTON — Cadets with the Air Force Academy's outstanding cadet squadron of 2012 marched down the streets of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Jan. 22 as part of the 57th Inauguration Parade, honoring the swearing-in of President Barack Obama. U.S. Air Force photo: Elizabeth Andrews President Barack Obama, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh […]

Deputy Judge Advocate visits Cannon

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven J. Lepper, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Deputy Judge Advocate General, shakes hands with commanders and first sergeants while attending a breakfast meeting Jan. 16 at Cannon Air Force Base. Lepper visited Cannon to perform a follow-up inspection after the Consolidated […]

Tax time again, with assistance in sight

Tax season is upon us again and it can be overwhelming and often one of the most stressful times of the year. However, completing and filing your tax forms can be painless, simple and free if you come to the Cannon Air Force Base Tax Office, which will open on Jan. 30, and remain open […]

Commentary: From Memphis to the promised land

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman, activist and Civil Rights Movement leader. U.S. Air Force graphic: Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely considered the most influential leader of the American civil rights movement. […]

Max Impact to perform at Cannon

U.S. Air Force photo: Master Sgt. Bob Kamholz Vocalist Master Sgt. Ryan Carson performs with Max Impact during the production of their "Send Me" video. Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base will get the chance to jam-out with the Air Force's premier rock band during a free concert 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday […]

Admirable aviator

Editor's note: This feature is the 11th 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 photo: Airman 1st Class […]

Civilian hiring freeze in effect

WASHINGTON — Air Force senior leaders directed a force-wide hiring freeze among other workforce actions in a memorandum sent to senior commanders Jan. 16. The actions are part of the Air Force's efforts to pursue reversible or recoverable steps to avoid impacts to core readiness caused by the looming possibility of sequestration and budgetary shortfalls. […]

Through Airmen's Eyes: The Airman and James Bond

Editor's Note:This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single airman, highlighting their Air Force story. HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Quartermaster "Q" supplied Skyfall's 50-year anniversary James Bond with a radio and a Walther PPK handgun, but Sean Connery's 007 relied on an Special Operations Airman […]