Sweet Home New Mexico: Proud to be part of a select few

Sometimes, I wonder if I am the only one that feels a special sense of pride when I hand my military I.D. to the friendly gate guards as I make my way onto the base. As soon as I am beyond the gate, I can’t help but feel this little surge of glee that I […]

Cannon Air Force Base gate closed briefly Saturday

CNJ staff The Cannon Air Force Base gate was closed to incoming traffic for about 35 minutes Saturday when an Explosive Ordnance Disposal dog locked onto something in a car attempting to gain access to the base. Lt. Stephanie Strine with Cannon Public Affairs said cars are chosen at random for security checks. A car […]

Commissioners direct federal money to Cannon gate road

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners voted Tuesday to direct federal road money toward Cannon Air Force Base’s south gate instead of closing Curry Road R as previously planned. Voting 3-2 — with Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard in opposition — the commission will seek bids to improve access from State Road 467 to Cannon Air […]

Annual fair kicks off Monday

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Jared Tucker Expect to pay more to get into the Roosevelt County Fair this year, but less on amusement ride tickets if you go on the right day, according to fair personnel. Roosevelt County Fair Board Treasurer Darla Reed said the board was forced to increase gate admission by $1 this year, because fair attendance […]

June 18 Commander's Action Line

Q: Can contractors use just the far-right lane when they come through the main gate to reduce traffic bottlenecks? A: Thank you for your suggestion. There are a number of things to consider with regard to searching contractors at the front gate: safety of our gate guards and drivers, security of the base, accessibility for […]

Car trouble leaves cowboy trapped

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist It happened to Brett, a country boy in college on a rodeo scholarship. His folks sent him off to college in a well-used 3/4 ton pickup with mud and snows and a grill that looked like the gate on a Russian prison, a 16-foot stock trailer the color of camouflage, […]

County fair revenues down

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Fair brought in about $37,650 in gate receipts this year, down from $45,130 last year, according to fair board Secretary Sharon King. Fair board President Sheila Hays has attributed the decrease to people spending less money because of the economic downturn. King said the money is used for a […]

Speed limit changes for Perimeter Road

By: 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron The speed limit on base has changed at three different locations along the south end of Perimeter Road near the Portales Gate. The first is located upon entering the Portales Gate and traveling toward the Caprock Inn. While approaching the right hand turn running adjacent to Curry County […]

Gate-to-Gate run set

Janet Taylor-Birkey A Gate-to-Gate run will be held May 25 to commemorate Memorial Day. All Cannon ID holders are welcome to join the run which begins at 7:15 a.m. at Unity Park. “This is going to be a neat event because each walker [or] runner will carry a carnation and place it on the memorial […]

Zoo keeper: Baby birds in trouble best left alone

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The nests are built, the eggs are hatched and baby birds are chirping, tweeting and screeching from nooks, crannies and branches. Inevitably an infant bird will take an untimely plunge to the ground and be picked up by a well-intending Samaritan, according to Laura Shepler, a clerk at Hillcrest Zoo […]

Commander's Action Line

Q:I’m a base employee with a concern about POV traffic inflow around 6 a.m. weekdays. It seems there are certain days when traffic inflow is backed up over the bridge and there’s only one inflow gate open. We spent so much to improve the gate but it doesn’t seem like we’re using it like we […]

All sheep need a good shepherd

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist One night while visiting in the living room with friends we heard “pitter-patter” step sounds on our front porch. My husband turned on the porch light and there stood seven little sheep. They stared at him as if to say, “Will you help us please?” Emmitt opened the gate to the […]