Behind the scenes: Masters of maintenance

USAF: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal Senior Airman David Woliver, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, works on the utility system hydraulic vent line filter aboard the AC-130H Spectre gunship Oct. 25 at Cannon Air Force Base. This component gives the crew the ability to indicate whether there is a potential danger […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A video game, a spoon full of vinegar and rockets red glare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video game of the week Each week our own Jenna Zamie takes time from her myriad duties as a copy editor and paginator to relentlessly search out the best games. Here’s her offering this week: Game: Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Genre: Third-person shooter System: […]

Letters to the editor: Drivers should take extra precautions

Drivers should take extra precautions School began for most Portales students last week. I was surprised that I didn’t see any patrol officers around to serve as a reminder of the school zone speed limit. As I was waiting for my children after school at Valencia Elementary last week, I noticed two vehicles pass through […]

Diamond notes: Go beyond minimum expectations

By Master Sgt. Brian M. Rollefson: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or […]

Letter to the editor: Crossing borders illegally makes you a criminal

We don’t always agree with our Roosevelt County commissioners, but this instance we agree 100 percent. When the illegal immigrants crossed our borders they made themselves criminals. Our governor and county commissioners had nothing to do with this. Anytime you disobey our laws you are a criminal. Our laws were made for a reason and […]

Their view: Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Hard-working fathers commended

Russell Anglin is the managing editor for the Quay County Sun. His most recent column focused his stepdad’s role in his life.

Diamond notes: Airmen should take pride in PT uniform

By Master Sgt. Sheronne King: 27th Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron Editor’s note: Diamond Notes is a monthly column from the 27th Special Operations Wing’s first sergeants. The first sergeant is the senior enlisted member of a unit and reports directly to the commander as the chief adviser concerning the enlisted force. He or she […]

Their view: Artistic works vary with each person

Russell Anglin, managing editor of the Quay County Sun talks about local artists’ art exhibits:

In search of ponies: Shock value

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: Sharna Johnson is taking time off. The following is a a column she wrote in November 2007.

Wondering about the baby as arrival nears: What will he be like?

Editor’s note: This is Features Editor Kristen Jordan Shamus’s last column for a while. She’s set to deliver her son next week. Look for her Sunday column to return in the fall. I’m a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! […]

Letters to the editor: First responders deserve thanks

First responders deserve thanks On behalf of the Portales Fire Department administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fire departments, emergency management, law enforcement, county road departments, C&S Oil, KSEL radio, Great Wide, First Baptist Church in Portales, University Baptist Church and all individuals for their assistance […]

Their view: Family’s roots run deep in New Mexico

Russell Anglin is the managing editor of the Quay County Sun, This latest column effort touched on his family roots:

Teen thanks vets with letter

Editor’s note: Portales resident Laura Nelson was moved by this letter written by her then-15-year-old nephew Christopher Coons. Coons, now 16, lives in Henderson, Nev. and wrote the letter for a Junior Officer Reserve Training Corp project.

Honors rolls —

Editor’s note: We are publishing honor rolls of area schools as space allows. The honor rolls will continue each Sunday until all have been published. Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. Clovis Marshall Middle School 1st Nine Weeks 7th Grade Gisell Aguirre Angel Anaya Anahi Antonio Joseph […]

Their view: Democrats trying to protect public

Democrats trying to protect public This letter to the editor comes from Portales’ Gene Bundy: Some questions for all our local Tea Partiers/Republicans who are so upset with our national debt: Where were you between 2002 and 2009? Why weren’t you upset and yelling loudly when the Bush administration was spending all those trillions of […]