Year in review: Sheriff picked, base saved

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s Note — The following is the second in a three-part series taking a look at major stories that shaped news in Roosevelt County in 2006. This installment looks at May, June, July and August. A story that idled the economies of Portales and Clovis and kept eastern New […]

HDTVs go mainstream

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports writer High-definition, flat-panel televisions are in demand in Clovis and Portales, even though the availability of high-definition programming is limited to satellite providers. HDTV offers higher resolution and better clarity than traditional formats, a difference Butch Dunn, owner of Towne Crier Home & Car Stereos in Clovis, said his customers […]

Ethanol plant permit decision expected by May

By Freedom Newspapers Whether the proposed Clovis Ethanol plant gets the go-ahead for its air quality permit from the New Mexico Environment Department could be decided by mid-May, according to NMED officials. A public hearing concerning the air quality permit for the proposed facility is scheduled for Jan. 11 at the Clovis Civic Center, according […]

Military trying to pinpoint ‘quality’ dropout

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Army struggling to attract enough “quality” volunteers is enlisting thousands of additional high school dropouts using an experimental screening tool to identify those most likely to complete their enlistments. The Two Tier Attrition Screen (TTAS) is an added “quality indicator” that officials hope will allow the Army to take in […]

Skelton vows closer oversight of war, forces

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Greater congressional oversight of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and more open discussions of rising recruiting and retention challenges are two likely outcomes of Democrats taking control in January. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., who will chair the House Armed Services Committee, said wartime declines in recruit quality will be examined […]

Quality of life more than just another buzzword

Janet Taylor-Birkey Quality of Life is a buzz phrase heard around the Air Force these days, but for those working to make a difference on behalf of Airmen and their families, they are more than just words. Working on behalf of military members and their families, former active-duty Air Force officer Dale Vande Hey, brings […]

27th Medical Group receives zero deficiencies

Courtesy 27th Medical Group Cannon clinic achieves agency accreditation The 27th Medical Group has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The official report received June 19, identified zero deficiencies for the 27 MDG. “To obtain accreditation from this civilian agency provides recognition to the men and women of the 27th […]

Making the grade

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Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Twenty years ago, the cotton that sprouted in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico could be used to make a limited number of items because the quality was poor. But farmers these days are celebrating a higher quality product, according to many in the industry. Regionally grown cotton, once used […]

Cannon Commissary undergoes changes

In an effort to improve the appearance and service provided by the Commissary, several areas have undergone renovations. By moving shopping carts outside, space was freed in order to expand and upgrade the produce and health and beauty departments. Airman Thomas Trower Exclusive military benefits help many families save money throughout the year. One of […]

Services lists five steps to quality child care

27th Services Squadron Quality child care can make a big difference in the future of your child. Choosing quality care, gives children a head start on a strong mind, body, and spirit and a better chance to become a more productive adult. Here are some general points about choosing quality care. 1. Look — Does […]

Cotton crops affected by rain

By David Irvin Farwell farmer Randy Cain said there’s little chance his cotton crop will produce quality T-shirts this year. And the more it rains the greater the chance his 220 acres of cotton will produce nothing more than yarn. The clock is ticking for Cain and other area cotton farmers. Wet weather over the […]

CAFB captures award for air combat command

PNT Staff Cannon Air Force Base has won the Commander-in-Chief’s 2005 Installation Excellence Award for Air Combat Command, according to a Cannon news release. The award recognizes efforts of airmen at Department of Defense installations who have most efficiently used their resources to support the mission, the release said. The award comes with $100,000 to […]

Water quality: Right as rain

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By Gary Mitchell One good thing about having to drill so deeply for water in this region is it helps ensure its purity, water experts say. The primary water source for this area is the Ogallala Aquifer, which is accessed by drilling 300 to 400 feet, depending on location. “Because of that, you don’t have […]