Finals are family affair

7-20-Samantha-Hamilton

By Kevin Baird kbaird@cnjonline.com Samantha Hamilton, 6, competed in her first rodeo this week, at the High Plains Junior Rodeo Association, the very rodeo her grandfather helped found. Dwayne Ridley, 73, is one of five men who began the HPJRA in 1974. Although he is retired from rodeo he spends a lot of time in […]

District swears in Van Soelen

CMI staff The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse. Former Clovis City Commissioner and Deputy District Attorney Fred Van Soelen was sworn in by Judge Stephen CMI staff The Ninth Judicial District swore in its newest judge Friday afternoon in the Curry County Courthouse. Former Clovis […]

What To Do When You’re “World-weary”

World-weary. I need a word, and perhaps the hyphen-spliced alliterative combination-word above is not too far wide of the mark. Webster’s online says the word has to do with “feeling or showing fatigue from or boredom with the life of the world and especially material pleasures.” I’m not sure that last half suits my need, […]

In search of ponies: Rain can be mixed bag for pets

Do not panic. That strange shine everywhere is perfectly normal and the clean smell in the air, well, it may not happen real often in dusty cattle country, but it is normal(ish), too. Rest assured, despite how frighteningly odd all the sloshing and splashing around town may be, it is completely safe to continue on […]

McGee: Be choosy when talking carcasses

The Lady of the House and I visited Earth, Texas, last Saturday. At lunchtime we stopped in a barbecue joint. The eatery also doubled as a livestock and game processing business. On the wall along with the prices for barbecue were killing fee prices and fees for processing your pig, your goat or the deer […]

27 SOSS Aircrew Flight Equipment shop brings honor to Cannon

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment shop at Cannon Air Force Base received the Air Force Aircrew Flight Equipment Large Program Award. Master Sgt. Patrick Francis 27 SOSS, also received Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year on June 17. “I […]

Cannon's newest canine co-star

By Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs In the 1989 comedic film “K-9″, the world was introduced to the two toughest cops in San Diego, Calif. James Belushi portrayed a bad-tempered police detective, Michael Dooley, in pursuit of a big time drug dealer when he is partnered with the best […]

Inaugural Olympic match held at Cannon

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Emergency first responders with the 27th Special Operations Wing came together to compete and display capabilities in an Olympic-style competition held July 12 at Unity Park. The joint training competition pulled participants from Bioenvironmental Engineering, Emergency Management and Fire Protection. The HAZMAT Responder […]

What's new with PLAYPass?

By Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs The Air Force program that gives deployment-affected families and single airmen stationed at Cannon Air Force Base the eligibility to receive more than $500 in free or discounted services will be extended through Dec. 31, 2015. Installations are given PLAYPass discount cards for […]

Cannon visits neighboring airfields

By 2nd Lt. Angelica Powell 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Dedicated to ensuring the safest possible air operations for both the military and civilian aviators sharing the sky between eastern New Mexico and western Texas, aircrew members from the 27th Special Operations Wing visited six airfields in support of the Air Force’s Mid-Air Collision […]

AFAS and Cannon CDC give parents a break

By Senior Airman Whitney Tucker 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Deployment-affected Air Commandos stationed at Cannon Air Force Base may be eligible to receive free childcare services each month courtesy of the Air Force Aid Society and the Cannon Child Development Center. The Give Parents a Break program provides an opportunity for a war-weary […]

Providing hope and homes to animals in need

By Senior Airman Jette Carr 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Finding that “fur-ever” home can be difficult, but the non-profit organization, Hope Defined Animal Rescue is joining up with Air Commandos from Cannon Air Force Base and members of the local community to help make that dream a reality for as many animals as […]

Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness. By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music. Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba […]

Needles found at Rotary Park

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A local mother is terrified about a trip to Rotary Park gone awry for four children in a local daycare, an incident she says will haunt her until she receives closure. Amber Hamilton, an employee of Roosevelt General Hospital, considers herself a woman of faith so when she […]

Groups split on racino license

CMI staff The New Mexico Horseman Association, New Mexico Horse Breeders Association, the Jockeys’ Guild and representatives of Zia Park in Hobbs favored a sixth racino license during Thursday’s meeting of the New Mexico Racing Commission, according to Warren Frost, director of the Quay County Gaming Authority, who attended the meeting. The commission opened the […]

Meetings Watch: ENM Water Utility Authority — July 19

The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority met Thursday morning at Clovis City Hall. During the meeting: The authority, with new member appointments, held votes for leadership within the authority. By unanimous vote, Chair Gayla Brumfield, Vice Chair Sharon King and Secretary Caleb Chandler were re-elected to the positions they served in the previous year. […]

Life doesn’t get any better

In the midst of a desperate situation, “throwing in the towel” seems tempting. Depression sets in and the burdened soul thinks “What’s the use?” It seems at that time no one else in the world has ever had a similar problem. Whether it is a bad day, an annoying constant problem or heavier burdens of […]

Area Road Construction — July 19

Area road construction and closure information for this week: City of Clovis Due to inclement weather in June and July, the schedule for opening Norris Street from Wilhite Road to Mollie Circle has been delayed. The roadway was originally scheduled to open prior to the start of the school year but has now been rescheduled […]

Events Calendar — July 19

Today Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Saturday Nature Walk — 7-9 p.m., Oasis State Park. The event will start at the park’s Group Shelter area. Parking is $5 per vehicle for non-permit holders. Information: 356-5331. Monday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. […]

My Turn: ‘Superman’: Good mix of action, story

The new Superman movie “Man of Steel” was worth seeing in the theater. It will definitely appeal to action-loving, male audience members. But more than just action-packed, the movie had the best story line than any other Superman movie I’ve seen before. I have not seen all of the previously made non-animated Superman movies, but […]