Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Freedom New Mexico In proposing a major reshaping of defense spending even before the White House has processed the proposals and added its stamp of hopeful approval to the blueprint, Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged that it will be difficult “to make tough choices about specific systems and defense priorities based solely on the national […]

Fire guts Big Valley Ford

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In the second major structure fire in Portales in a week, the roof of Big Valley Ford’s repair shop burned Friday evening. The blaze forced the evacuation of the Town and Country convenience store next door, but no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, according to officials. […]

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol.

Cannon undergoing major facelift

U.S. Air Force photo: Danielle Martin Contractors with Wilhite Inc. and Noel continue their ongoing construction of Cannon’s new Airmen Center. The center will include a dining facility, post office, community center and other services. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections When Col. Steve Hoarn’s phone rings, or a piece of paper comes across his desk […]

Cannon undergoing major facelift

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Col. Steve Hoarn’s phone rings, or a piece of paper comes across his desk at Hurlburt Field in the Florida Panhandle, odds are it involves Cannon Air Force Base. “Cannon is hugely important in my portfolio of things to do,” said Hoarn, director of Installations and Mission Support. […]

ENMU international enrollment grows

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Broadcast major Mumi Zhao came to Eastern New Mexico University to get the one thing that wasn’t an option back home in China–on-air experience. “Back in China they teach broadcast theory classes so we don’t have a chance to practice,” Zhao said. “Here we have a TV station, so […]

Elida rancher has multiple successes as angus breeder

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Blow-drying cattle hair is proving a productive use of time for one Elida rancher. To stimulate hair growth in his registered Angus show cattle, Greg Smith or one of his few employees rinse and blow dry the animals daily. The result: Other than some really good-looking if not well-coiffed […]

Housing on way to becoming privatized

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo The demolition of about 350 old housing units is part of a housing upgrade at Cannon Air Force Base. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process […]

Housing changes for CAFB

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base has major housing changes scheduled for the next five years as the military moves toward privatized housing. Crews are in the process of demolishing 350 housing units that were built in 1966, according to base officials. Meanwhile, 441 new housing units will be built after […]

Officials to establish new nuclear major command

By Fred W. Baker III: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The Air Force will stand up a new major command specifically to manage its nuclear assets, the service’s top official announced on Oct. 24. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said the new command will fold into its ranks thousands of airmen and all […]

Major league game includes airmen

USAF photo: Senior Airman Marleah Miller Maj. Gen. William Chambers, director of communication for the office of the secretary of the Air Force, administers the oath of enlistment to Air Force recruits during the Washington Nationals Air Force Appreciation Night held on Aug. 29. By Staff By Staff Sgt. Monique Randolph: Secretary of the Air […]

ENMU athletes ready for lift

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By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Members of the athletic staff at Eastern New Mexico University think a new weight room facility will provide a major boost to the school’s overall athletic program. Funding for the facility was approved last week, and the hope is it will be ready for the start of the 2009-10 […]

Honors: Samantha Foshee

Samantha Foshee of Portales was named to the honor roll for the spring 2008 semester at Oklahoma Christian University. The honor roll includes students with a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. Foshee is a sophomore physical education major.

Cannon announces first major wave of personnel

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the […]

Immigrant plan should include vet training

By Baxter Black The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is making an effort to encourage more young people to participate in the bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding events. Simultaneously, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is making an effort to encourage more students to become livestock and equine veterinarians. Does that mean more young […]

Pakistanis deserve break from riots, political strife

By Freedom New Mexico A Pakistani disc jockey working the evening drive time received an e-mail request from a listener to play “Long Road to Ruin,” but decided not to play it. “That’s not positive,” she told a New York Times interviewer. “No. It’s loud.” Instead, she stuck with songs like “Don’t Stop the Music.” […]

Baseball ’roids report may demonize unfairly

Editorial The release of a report by former Democratic Sen. George Mitchell on the use in Major League Baseball of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly received plenty of attention. Although the Mitchell investigation was conducted without benefit of subpoenas, cross-examination, any interaction between accuser and accused or sworn testimony, all the named players […]

Mustangs seeking playoff berth

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico With four of their six rivals in the Lone Star Conference South Division ranked in the top 25 nationally, virtually every game is a major challenge for the Eastern New Mexico University football team. That’s what helps make last week’s 38-35 loss at Texas A&M-Kingsville a little hard to […]

Air Force Major loved family, airplanes, service

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections Michael Wassil played piano, sang and flew airplanes. Wassil spent 25 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Major. Although Wassil was never stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, his wife Barbara, said the New Mexico base was “close to her husband’s heart.” According to Wassil’s family, he […]

Official: Tornado didn’t materialize

Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County spent several hours early Friday evening under a tornado warning and eventually a tornado watch, according to National Weather Service. While the storm with hail and strong winds jangled residents nerves, no major damage was reported. According to Capt. Lonnie Berry, spokesperson for the Portales Police Department, branches were down in […]