Commentary: Resiliency from a Cannon perspective

By Command Chief Master Sgt. Matthew M. Caruso, 27th Special Operations Wing When it comes to the concept of resiliency and how it relates to our people at Cannon, strength and determination are words that come to mind. I consider resiliency to be a major factor in how our airmen get through rough times and […]

Profiteering cuckoos still run baseball

Major League Baseball purists may be mad about the designated hitters, the stadiums with retractable roofs and World Series played in November, but at least one thing never seems to change about the game: The people who run it are PC — profiteering cuckoos. ESPN reports MLB decided this week the Houston Astros can celebrate […]

‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico Another major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a flag-waving […]

Sept. 14 — ENMU briefs

ENMU graduate honored The New York Innovative Theatre Awards will honor 1955-58 Eastern New Mexico University drama major Robert Patrick O’Connor (who writes under the name Robert Patrick) with the 2011 Artistic Achievement Award on Sept. 19. Since 1964, Patrick has had thousands of productions and dozens of plays, including “Kennedy’s Children.” In 1976, he […]

Area organizations commemorating Memorial Day

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Kevin Wilson Jim Cowman retired as a major, but he never likes to say more than he served in Vietnam with his military branch. “We were Marines,” Cowman said. “We don’t care about rank.” Monday is that philosophy in action, as services will commemorate Memorial Day across the nation. The people honored were young and […]

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

EPCOG reacquires major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered lay-offs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

Friday morning briefing: A major award, a major musical and a break in the weather

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. High-five for Harden State Senator Clinton D. Harden, Jr. of Clovis is the winner of the Ben D. Altamirano Award for Legislative Excellence. He was presented the award Tuesday at the 2011 Annual New Mexico Mining Association’s (NMMA) Annual Legislative Reception and Dinner in Santa Fe.

Portales past: Oct. 18, 1953

Oct. 18, 1953: The Portales Daily News: Jerry Dickson, Portales drum major of the Sul Ross State College Band, did a solo performance during half-time between Sul Ross and Southwest Texas State College.

Veteran recalls Air Force training days

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo George Speck helped ground troops during his time in the Vietnam War by targeting enemy troops long enough for bombers to make their run when troops were under enemy fire. George Speck, 77, of Portales, retired from the Air Force in 1972 as a major. He is involved in the […]

Preparation key in tornado season

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By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Experts say certain weather conditions can spawn violent storms and tornadoes anytime and anywhere across eastern New Mexico. The last major tornado touched down in March 2007, several weeks before the usual tornado season, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management directors in Curry and Roosevelt counties say […]

Portales Past: April 23, 1945

April 23, 1945: Roosevelt County mourned the death of Navy veteran Fred Barr of Floyd. Barr, who earned stars from 10 major battles, was killed “in the service of his country and was buried at sea with full military honors,” according to a telegram received by his parents.

Unique flag gifted to local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo AmVets Post 14 trustee Jack Thomas explains that an American flag is folded with four stars out, standing for “In God We Trust.” By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections AmVets Post 14 in Clovis received a special gift from a Marine two weeks ago. AmVets Trustee Jack Thomas says he received […]

ENMU choir selected for European tour

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By Zou Yang: PNT Staff Writer The Eastern New Mexico University choir members are taking their music to Europe. The two ENMU choirs have been chosen to represent New Mexico in the 2010 American Celebration of Music in Austria, which commemorates the 65th anniversary of the ending of World War II. Music Celebrations International of […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Greenhouse gas legislation satisfies few

Freedom New Mexico In a major blow to the campaign against the presumed threat of global warming, world leaders acknowledge that a legally binding global treaty won’t be approved at next month’s 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen. The concession significantly delays U.N. efforts to orchestrate a treaty to limit greenhouse gases to replace the Kyoto […]

Nov. 3 ENMU Briefs

Students attend summit Eastern New Mexico University freshman theater major Kyree McField, freshman criminal justice and psychology major Shani Morris and junior public relations major, Jordan Anderson, attended the Governor’s Achievement Gap Summit on Oct. 26 in Albuquerque. About 12 students attended, with the group comprised of Eastern’s students and junior high and high school […]

Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Council honors century mark with new flag

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By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales officials took a major look at the city’s past while ushering in the future. A council meeting Tuesday marked the first in which members used laptops instead of paper to look over the evening’s agenda. But after regular business items were tended to, the council reconvened outside for […]

ENMU professor, debate coach retiring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After 33 years of teaching and wearing many hats at Eastern New Mexico University, Anthony Schroeder, professor of communications and director of the debate and forensics team, is retiring. Senior communications major Erin Griffith had Schroeder as a professor for two class and as debate coach. She meet him […]