Residents share their history of Cannon

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The air base that would become Cannon Air Force Base had been closed for four years when Alan Jolly arrived in 1952. What he and his fellow airmen found was a surprise: Cattle and rattlesnakes in the barracks. “It had gone back to nature,” said Jolly, who was assigned as […]

Cannon in joint exercise with Navy

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The skies over eastern New Mexico are carrying more than the rumbling F-16s this month. Through a joint exercise called Roving Sands, several Navy E-2C Hawkeyes and numerous F-18s are also taking flight across the area. The exercise is part of a much larger operation called Joint Red Flag in […]

Cannon prepares for large deployment

Freedom Newspapers About 350 Cannon Air Force Base personnel on Friday will deploy to Nevada for three weeks of training exercises, the largest deployment so far this year. Col. Jeff Harrell, 27th Fighter Wing vice commander, said pilots and support personnel from the 522nd and 524th Fighter Squadron will be participating in the “Red Flag” […]

Aug. 11 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael Transitions Birthdays August 14-20: Tasha Burton, Jake Peterson, Noel Rippie, Travis Husted, Magin Mclain, Nita Thurman and Valerie Diaz. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Crosthwait, Mr. and Mrs. David Craig, Mr. and Mrs. David Graves and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward. Breakfast The men’s monthly breakfast will be held at the Baptist […]

Aug. 11 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays August 14-20: Tasha Burton, Jake Peterson, Noel Rippie, Travis Husted, Magin Mclain, Nita Thurman and Valerie Diaz. Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Joel Crosthwait, Mr. and Mrs. David Craig, Mr. and Mrs. David Graves and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward. Breakfast The men’s monthly breakfast will be held at the Baptist […]

School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]

City officials look to reduce personnel costs

By Tony Parra City Manager Debi Lee stressed the importance of cutting costs in personnel and the first move was made in her budget proposal in Thursday’s finance committee meeting. In the previous budget meeting, Lee said normally the personnel portion for city budgets should be 50 to 55 percent, but the portion for Portales’ […]

Lee tells commission to reduce expenditures

By Tony Parra Portales city finance committee members were seeing red in this year’s first 2004-05 budget hearing. Red ink, that is. Portales City Manager Debi Lee said changes need to be made to the city’s budget to offset the $1.2 million-dollar budget deficit. “Financially in the big picture, we’re going to have to reduce […]

Cannon squadron deploys for training

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Six pilots and about 155 support personnel are on their way to an undisclosed country in the Arabian Gulf for a special training exercise with local Arab air forces. About 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 jets from Cannon’s 522nd Fighter Squadron, including one piloted by base commander Col. […]

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, […]

Community honors the fallen

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Mike Linn People in every generation have a day they will never forget. This was the message Eastern New Mexico University President Dr. Steve Gamble presented to ENMU students and faculty on 9/11’s two-year anniversary during a 20-minute ceremony at noon near the campus fountain. For Gamble it was Nov. 22, 1963, the day John […]