Commentary: Cannon celebrates Women’s History Month

By Tech. Sgt. Melinda Morris: 27th Special Operations Wing Equal Opportunity Something that many people may not know about me is that I grace the Community College of the Air Force marketing poster. You may have seen my likeness as you went through a leadership school and thought I looked familiar. Friends still email me […]

My turn: Drama students deserve recognition

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Last week I was back in the Portales High School theater, enjoying students on a stage singing and dancing. I love attending plays and musicals for so many reasons. Obviously there’s a story taking place on the stage … but the entire event is filled with drama. Will all the lines be remembered? Will the […]

Our towns: Farwell family-oriented community

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell The Old Country Store in Farwell is owned and operated by the Koehn family. The store sells homemade clothes, knick knacks and food, such as muffins, burritos and lasagna. Cyrus Koehn referred to Farwell residents as friendly, down-to-earth people. Alisa Boswell Along with many of the smaller communities in eastern New […]

Religion column: Put your life into hands of Jesus

I have been holding hands with my husband for many years. Those same hands that carried my books at school took my hands in his and pledged all his love to me on our wedding day. Those same hands held mine at the birth of each son. Those same hands built our first home; a […]

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

My turn: Century brought many changes to state

At 1:35 p.m. on Friday, our fair state officially becomes 100 years old. Although Pat Thatcher swears I did not pay attention during her seventh-grade New Mexico history class at Dora School, I vividly remember noting that our statehood centennial would happen in my lifetime, even if dates that started with the words “two thousand” […]

Our towns: Elida is close-knit kind of town

Alisa Boswell A community of support and acceptance is how many Elida residents would describe their town. Resident Lela Jo “Red” Halliday said the town thrived with business once upon a time with a service station, cafe, movie theater, drug store, dry goods store, hotel, newspaper office and more. “When I was a kid, my […]

Revised rifle qualification course initiated

USAF: Alan Boedeker Air Force basic trainee Zachary Browning, 324th Training Squadron, Flight 044, reloads between shooting practice rounds at the firing range Nov. 22. Airmen are now required to take a new intensive Air Force Rifle Qualification Course. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs The new Air Force wide […]

Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Reader-submitted content: Salvation Army offers opportunity to give back to community

David Heflin During the Holiday Season, we encounter dozens of symbols that stir sentiments in our hearts: a Christmas tree, lights on the houses, Santa taking pictures with kids, a Nativity scene and so many more. Many symbols of the holiday season also communicate an opportunity to give back to those that are less fortunate […]

McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

Mental health needs still unmetal health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Snow day for some, work day for others

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Alisa Boswell With area schools canceling classes Monday and many people staying off the roads, we asked people around Portales how the snow day affected them. Similar conditions are expected Tuesday.

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

My turn: Family get-togethers memorable

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, my family, like many others is preparing for a get-together. We are pretty good at having get-togethers. Sometimes they are picnics, sometimes elaborate meals and sometimes just impromptu gatherings. My favorites were always the picnics that we had when I was a kid. Sometimes we […]

Americans strong on courage, faith

America has endured many hardships but the blessings far outweigh the problems. We, like the Pilgrims, are strong in courage and faith. We have so many blessings and I can’t count them all. Aren’t you glad you are alive? Can you hardly contain the joy of knowing God planned your birth? He has a special […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Ranchers have streak of bad luck

The Fort Worth Stock Show is a mecca for a lot of purebred breeders. Many, many thousands have made the trip over the years often overcoming daunting obstacles. But Galen’s journey from Illinois takes the cake! He and his cow-partner Dave loaded their prize Hereford bull in Galen’s gooseneck stock trailer (G1), being pulled with […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell For many organizations and individuals, the end of October marks a holiday when the monsters and goblins come out to play. But many local church groups may be changing the face of the Halloween season. The pastor of 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis, Larry Tittle, said his church, in conjunction with […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]