Aug. 24 —

Preschool begins Patty Mohon, early childhood teacher, and her assistant, Elaine Schneider, are ready for a great year for their preschool classes. The Monday/Wednesday group started Monday; and today is the first day for the Tuesday/Thursday group.

Honor Guard Drill Team visits Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo The drill team’s routine is constructed in such a way that the airmen depend fully on each other’s accuracy. Liliana Castillo The thrill of watching 28 airmen spin, flip and toss 11-pound M-1 rifles with fixed bayonets in unison brought cheers from the audience several times through the group’s short […]

Clovis group hosting block parties

Freedom New Mexico Christian Believers is hosting two community outreach block parties. The first is July 24 at Gatewood Apartments on W. 15th Street. The second is Aug. 28 in the Clovis Apartments on W. Grand Street. The group is seeking volunteers to help with program setup, games, food, music, supplies and teardown. To volunteer […]

Animal ambassadors

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Kathleen Kosman, a zookeeper with the Rio Grande Zoo, tells children about the leopard gecko. The gecko can shed its fatty tale to get away from predators. The Rio Grande Zoo program called Zoo To You does just that. The group of animal ambassadors visited children and youth July 8 […]

Club notes — June 27

Clovis Quilters club The Clovis Quilters met June 14 at Trinity Lutheran Church with 13 members attending and welcomed new member Margie Truelock. Sheryl Abdill called the meeting to order. The group decided to skip the July meeting since vacation Bible school is that week at the church. Amy Armenta announced that the group has […]

Group working to preserve Portales Spring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Lion’s Club is working to preserve Portales Spring, namesake of the city located on private land off N.M. 88 (Arch Highway). The Portales Lions are negotiating a lease with the landowner and plan to fence the site. There are also plans to build an observation landing for viewing […]

Business exchanging letters for CD

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Area residents can support troops and get an exclusive CD all in one place. Big Valley Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep is participating in a nationwide effort to collect a total of 1 million notes thanking troops for their service, said Big Valley sales representative Kurt Conard. The Zac Brown Band, a country group, is working […]

Opportunity wasted for unusual

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are certain things I wish would have been different. I wish I had asked that girl out to dinner instead of making small talk. I wish I was riding in the car when (according to police records) a group of four people planned out a bank robbery in […]

Military feature: Cannon airmen participate in Bataan march

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico They left as acquaintances and returned as friends. Five Cannon Air Force Base airmen from the 27th Special Operations Medical Group joined together to create a team to walk the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21 at White Sands Missile Range. Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, Airman Katherine Truty, […]

Press Release: Xcel Energy’s Tolk Station recognized by coal trade group

AMARILLO – The Powder River Basin Coal Users Group (PRBCUG) recently named Xcel Energy’s Tolk Generating Station near Muleshoe, Texas as its Plant of the Year, citing its safe operation, high reliability and environmental stewardship. Tolk was one of four power plants considered for this year’s annual award. PRBCUG is a trade group that promotes […]

The Neighborhood cleaning up obscure park

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Neighborhood, a group of Eastern New Mexico University students and community members, are joining forces to clean up La Buena Vida Park located off Juniper Street in Portales. The Neighborhood Chairman James Pearson said they are painting concrete toys shaped like giant cheese wedges. “We’re going to paint […]

Bataan Death March pulls airmen together

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Staff Sgt. Ngu Do, back left to right, Airman Katherine Truty, Senior Airman Ashley Perry, front left, Senior Airman Robert Rodriguez and Senior Airman Samantha Reed, all of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group, worked together during the 26.2 mile Bataan Memorial Death March on March 21. They left as […]

Service group seeks work

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Volunteers from Eastern New Mexico University are looking for work. Eastern In Action Director Robyn Pease said the Eastern in Action service group is looking for small and large opportunities to help people April 17 in the Portales city limits. “We have 148 students, faculty and staff willing to […]

Portales hosts orientation for Cannon families

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz Chris Harrell, a 4th grade teacher, led the Portales Orientation Day for Cannon airmen and their families March 13. Musical entertainment and free food added to the day that included community leaders briefing the new military arrivals on the opportunities and activities available. By: Airman 1st […]

Col. James Slife assumes command of 27th Special Operations Group

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Base commander Col. Stephan Clark, left, Col. James Slife, center, and Col. James Cardoso stand at attention during a change of command ceremony Monday at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife assumed command of the 27th Special Operations Group from Cardoso, who will become the vice commander serving under Clark. By […]

Col. Slife assumes command of the 27th Special Operations Group

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico ol. James Slife assumed command Monday of the 27th Special Operations Group at Cannon Air Force Base. Slife replaces Col. James Cardoso, who will remain at Cannon, serving as second in command of the base as the new vice-wing commander. “I know you will lead them well for their […]

Dancing performance highlights heritage month

Illustration: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Celebrate African-American Heritage month events in February at Cannon. There will be a Step-Off dance Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hangar 125, On Feb. 26 there will be a Retreat Ceremony and on Feb. 27 the base chapel will host a Gospel Fest. By 2nd […]

Ticket feature: Roping association expanding to New Mexico

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Freedom New Mexico Amarillo-based Original Team Roping Association is starting off the year by expanding to New Mexico. The group will be holding a team roping event Saturday and Feb. 13 at the Curry County Special Events Center. Whitney McCright, business manager for the association, said the association organizes team-roping events in Texas and Oklahoma. […]

Ticket feature: Square dance group holding district dance

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ square dancing group, the Portales Starlight Swingers, is hosting this quarter’s district dance. The dance includes square dancing groups from Clovis, Artesia, Hobbs, Roswell, Portales, Carlsbad and Ruidoso. Karl Cox Jr. works as a caller for the Portales Starlight Swingers. He said district dances are meant for fun. […]

Group reaches out with holiday dinners

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer People made their way over to the Memorial Building on Thursday for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. They had their choice of dining in or getting a meal to go. Portales Community Outreach organizer Elvia Garcia said 18 volunteers were making deliveries, with each carrying no less than 10 meals […]