Cannon to begin flights in June

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The 318th Special Operations Squadron will begin flying combat missions out of Cannon Air Force Base in June, according to 27th Special Operations Wing Commander Tim Leahy. The expansion at the air base’s main runway is nearly completed and more aircraft are expected Leahy said during Tuesday’s joint luncheon [...]

Jesus lifts individuals

Joan Clayton We are not the only ones who are sometimes blind to reality. Some flying creatures do the same thing. I’ve heard if you put a buzzard in a pen 6-feet square with an open top, he will become a prisoner. Without space to run to begin a flight, he will not even attempt [...]

Mystery drama comes to Dora

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Flying books. Slamming doors. A thumping heart. A chair that rocks by itself. A floating skeleton. These are just some of the special effects in Dora High School’s drama production, “The Beating Heart.” The free, one-night only performance is a historical gothic story which fine arts teacher and drama [...]

Flying J Wranglers to perform in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales is in for a little Christmas spirit this Friday — the cowboy way. The Roosevelt County Farm and Livestock Bureau is sponsoring the Flying J Wranglers Christmas Show for the second year, according to RCFLB President Matt Rush. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Memorial [...]

Flying J Wranglers gallup into town

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Flying J Wranglers will ride into Clovis once again on Dec. 16 to perform a benefit concert at the Lyceum Theatre. For the second year in a row, the popular Western music group’s performance will benefit the Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant, according to Joe Rhodes, owner of [...]

Plane crashes during air show in Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Guy “Doc” Baldwin’s aerobatic plane was performing a loop maneuver above the crowd at Tucumcari’s annual air show about 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Moments later, the plane was down and the crowd went silent. “It took your breath away. Everyone became really silent and stood up,” said [...]

Stage in the sky

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Flying an airplane is a demanding sport, if your name is Tim Weber. The Phoenix resident peddled his bicycle to a nearby flight school as a teenager and traded manual labor for flying lessons. Today, he is one of a small group of aerobatics pilots who earn a living [...]

Clovis Kite Karnival, amazingly, short of wind

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By Jean Verlich The wind didn’t cooperate Saturday for the third annual Kite Karnival, but not even the invited guests — members of the American Kitefliers Association — seemed to mind. With winds barely getting up to a light breeze through Doc Stewart Park, many kites were grounded. That just meant children could learn how [...]

Aliens visited Goober Gulch over 30 years ago

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not many will remember the Halloween the UFOs were sighted over Portales. But it happened. It’s even possible that I was abducted by the aliens flying them, according to my wife. Maybe some of you do recall the headline: “Strange Lights Sighted Over Streets of Portales.” It happened when I [...]

Cannon captain to receive national award

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Christina Hopper has weathered some storms in her life. One of them — when lightning struck the F-16 fighter jet she was flying in the early days of the Iraq war — has helped bring her national accolades. Hopper is one of nine women who on Wednesday will receive awards [...]