Angels in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Lt. Col. Doug Distaso, 551st Special Operations Squadron director of operations, watches the child his squadron sponsored unwrap his gifts at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home Dec. 11 in Portales. Cannon Air Commandos sponsored 23 children for the holidays. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th […]

Blue always knew what to do

A retired Ohio farmer named Phil told me this story of the best coon dog he’d ever seen. I believe it, of course! The dog was a blue tick hound that his father had trained. His dad was such an excellent trainer that he didn’t even have to go hunting with Blue, the dog would […]

McGee: Fake blue heron moves on

The Lady of the House and I spend our Saturday mornings riding around town going to yard sales. We call it “Date Night.” You know about date night, that private time when you and your significant other have the chance to do things you both enjoy doing. Some folks don’t understand “Date Night” on a […]

Tops in Blue seeks talent for 2012 tour

American Forces Press Service SAN ANTONIO — The Air Force’s premier expeditionary entertainment group, Tops in Blue, is seeking the “best of the best” talent in the Air Force for the 2012 team. The Air Force Worldwide Talent Search takes place at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 9-16, 2012. Total force airmen who believe […]

A winding tradition

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Pink and blue streamers, tuxedoes and hoop skirts, and continuing a tradition. A group of Portales High School seniors had those things on their minds Saturday as they decorated for Maypole. The tradition has existed since 1929, and many participants have family members who have wound the Maypole in past years. Students, who must be […]

Day trip: Blue hole of Santa Rosa

Courtesy photo Blue hole is located in Santa Rosa • Location: Santa Rosa • What activities can you enjoy at this location: Diving, limited recreation swimming. The natural, bell-shaped pool is 80 feet deep and has astonishing clarity and a constant water temperature of 64 degrees. There’s also a training platform at 20 and 25 […]

Imaginations run wild too often

I was on the shuttle bus to pick up a rent car at the Denver Airport when we passed the giant rearing blue horse with glowing red eyes. On my bus were an oriental man and his child. They were tourists going skiing, so I deduced from their luggage. The boy exclaimed, “Daddy, what’s the […]

Tops in Blue

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base sings one of her several solos during Tops in Blue. Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick from Cannon Air Force Base performed Wednesday with 29 other Tops in Blue performers at Greyhound Arena in Portales. Warnick, 23, auditioned for Tops in Blue […]

Cannon airman plays role in Tops in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Desiree Esposito Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick, front, center, performs with Tops in Blue at Ramstein Air Base on Oct. 17. Warnick is assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Before the most recent Superbowl, a group of background singers […]

Tops In Blue to perform at Super Bowl XLV

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs SAN ANTONIO — Tops In Blue, the Air Force’s expeditionary entertainment unit, is scheduled to perform “America the Beautiful” during festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday. The group will perform alongside actress Lea Michele during pre-game activities. Tops […]

New Mexico product of evolution

Don McAlavy Only a blue sky and a blue-green sea — that was New Mexico when its story first began. Only a blue sky with white clouds moving. Only a blue-green sea with lapping waves. We do not know how long nor why a sea was here once upon a time in the long, long […]

McGee: Makeshift pool keeps us cool

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I heard that someone actually stole one of those blue pools you see all over the place. You know the ones; they’re huge plastic blobs with an inflatable ring at the top to support it. I guess it wouldn’t be too hard, come to think of it. Just collapse the […]

Honors — June 13

Scholarships Michael Grooms and Brionna Blue are the two recipient winners of the 2010 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship. They each received $1,000.

Their view: Don’t place blame on Blue Cross

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The group promotes prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s what Gessing had to say about health care in a recent column:

Reader submitted content: Racquetball tournament draws 28

By Michael Doerr: City of Portales Athletics Director On May 21, Portales City Sports held their first Adult Racquetball Tournament. The tourney was held at Eastern New Mexico University, and 18 people participants in two brackets, the Blue Bracket and the Red Bracket. Joshua Johnson, an airman from Cannon Air Force Base, won the Blue […]

Thursday morning briefing: Supercomputers, vacations and blue jeans

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Super doings Eastern New Mexico University is hosting a tele-conference with Gov. . Bill Richardson as a supercomputer demonstration. The supercomputer is in the New Mexico Computing Applications Center in Albuquerque. The demonstration is 10 a.m. Wednesday at ENMU’s University Computer Center. Open to anyone. Website […]

Tops In Blue coming to Portales

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USAF file photo Airmen 1st Class Tommie Crutcher, of the 81st Services Squadron and Alice Lewis, of the 61st Contingency Response Wing sing during the Tops in Blue 2008 “Deja Blue” World Tour performance at Greyhound Arena in Portales. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Tops In Blue, the entertainment showcase of U.S. Air Force talent, […]

Cannon airman selected for Tops In Blue

Air Force Services Agency officials here recently announced the names of 31 airmen selected for the world-renowned Tops In Blue team for 2010. For nine days, 74 Air Force singers, dancers, and musicians competed for the Tops In Blue slots during January’s Air Force Worldwide Talent Contest at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Deep ocean bird spotted in Tucumcari

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Bird watchers are migrating to Conchas Lake for the rare chance to catch a glimpse of a blue-footed booby. That’s an ocean bird, for the uninitiated. First spotted Aug. 15, bird enthusiasts speculate the juvenile bird got caught up in a storm and landed in New Mexico, though park […]

Cannon gets ‘Deja Blue’ experience

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen 1st Class Tommie Crutcher, of the 81st Services Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., left, and Alice Lewis, of the 61st Contingency Response Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., sing during their Tops in Blue 2008 World Tour performance. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th […]