Thunderbirds ready to entertain at Saturday’s air show

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Despite the sweat-inducing heat, Maj. Nicole Malachowski appeared calm, cool and collected as she stood on the flight line Thursday afternoon at Cannon Air Force Base and recalled the moment she knew she would one day be a pilot. Malachowski, 31, said an air show she attended with her parents [...]

Zias rally to take second game

PNT Staff Report ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored three times in the top of the seventh, capped by Tina Whitt’s sacrifice fly, and beat Abilene Christian 7-6 to earn a split of a Lone Star Conference South softball doubleheader. The division-leading Wildcats (28-8, 10-2 South) rode a three-run fourth to win the [...]

Background on expansion

Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base seeks to expand its military airspace to allow pilots to fly lower and faster. If approved, the airspace would increase by 700 square miles to 3,300 square miles. Changes proposed in the expanded areas include lowering the altitude pilots can fly from 1,000 feet above ground to 500 feet [...]

Cannon: Expansion would create more noise, but no other problems

Staff and Wire Reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would have [...]

Air Expo set for Saturday in Portales

By Tony Parra This year the Portales Air Expo will no longer be known as an Expo, but rather the Portales Fly-in and it will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Portales Municipal Airport. Ray Pallares, an operation specialist for the Portales Municipal Airport, said the airport doesn’t have permission to do [...]

Teacher, student relationships ones to cherish

By Joan Clayton “Los ninos son como los pajaritos … tu ensenas volar … cuando ellos aprenden, estan listos y vuelan!” A mother of one of my students spoke these inspiring words in Spanish to me on Parent Conference Day. We were discussing the end of school and how quickly the year had passed. “The [...]