Discovery home safely

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Discovery and its crew of seven glided safely back to Earth on Tuesday, ending a riveting, at times agonizing, 14-day test of space shuttle safety that was shadowed by the ghosts of Columbia. Discovery swooped through the darkness of the Mojave Desert and landed on the Edwards Air […]

Donations help create makeovers

By Leslie Radford Tifani Pitcock and her two infant children were overwhelmed Friday when volunteers from the Lighthouse Mission showed up on her door step with a 24-foot utility trailer carrying enough furniture to fill her tiny apartment on west Grand Street. “This is so awesome,” said the 21-year-old mother as she watched Lighthouse volunteers […]

CAFB squad set for deployment

By Tony Parra CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Hundreds of pilots, airmen and other Air Force officials on Monday geared up for an upcoming deployment overseas. The personnel will provide war-ready air combat, if the need of support in the Middle East arises. Col. John Posner spoke to roughly 300 members of the 523rd fighter […]

Catholics embrace athletic competitions

By Helena Rodriguez Sports is so powerful in our collective psyche that everybody wants to win, says Father Tobin Hitt, pastor of St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales. And for this, Hitt said that Pope John Paul’s designation of a new sports department at the Vatican on Tuesday to help the Catholic church evangelize is […]

Alliance fears Matt. 25 will affect Lighthouse Mission

Darrell Maurina As a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Clovis struggle to raise money to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for kitchen upgrades, some members of the Clovis Christian Ministerial Alliance fear a plan to convert the old Memorial Hospital into a ministry center will cut into funds needed by the Lighthouse Mission. The plan […]

Cannon awarded for nation’s best maintenance

Freedom Newspapers The 27th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group at Cannon Air Force Base has won the 2003 Daedalian award, Air Combat Command announced in a news release Tuesday morning. “Winning this award is the culmination of a year-long effort by 1,800 of the finest maintainers in the Air Force,” said Col. Mark Atkinson, 27th Maintenance […]

Airmen face harsh reality during training exercise

Darrell Maurina The mission: Take a bare piece of ground and make it into an air base capable of receiving the Air Force’s most advanced aircraft. Personnel with Cannon Air Force Base’s 27th Mission Support Group participated in the realistic simulation Oct. 13-22 in an isolated area of rural New Jersey. “When we got there, […]

Cycling for a cause

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Mike Linn Jane, a fictional character in the form of a puppet, said she had Down Syndrome and was a slow learner. She said she wasn’t like others because she had an extra chromosome. She also said with practice she can do many things ordinary people can — and she proved she can do some […]