Longtime security officer remembered as Rams’ biggest fan

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer According to friends and family, Bobby Grimes spent several hours a week on his garden. Grimes invested his time planting, watering and guiding each individual plant to its full potential, and according to those that knew him best, appreciating the fruit of his labor. In much the same way, […]

City to observe 9-11

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents are planning a local remembrance service Thursday morning in the Portales National Bank to mark the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11. This service is to honor the firefighters, police officers, military members and civilians who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, said […]

Aug. 22, 2008 Cannon Community

Security levels raised — Individuals visiting the base Monday through Aug. 29 can expect delays and Force Protection Condition levels increase due to an annual installation-wide anti-terrorism exercise. Base officials suggest that individuals who live outside the local area and need access to Cannon should consider rescheduling their visits as access to areas such as […]

Improper use of national security letters should be curbed by Congress

Freedom New Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

Security forces airman also musician

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By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Range, dexterity, and patience are traits that make for a well-trained security forces airman. For one such airman here, musical abilities should be added to that list. Senior Airman Mark Maddon, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, uses all those traits to enhance his life […]

Witnesses say Novaks were happy couple

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Witnesses described Kimberly Novak as outgoing, Edward Novak as friendly albeit absent-minded, and the Novaks as nothing but a happy couple. Eight witnesses, ranging from first responders to work friends, testified Thursday, the first day for the prosecution to present its case against Edward […]

Security encourages designated drivers for Super Bowl

By Airman 1st Class Elliott Spreh The Curry County Sheriff’s Department and the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron are working with each other to help provide incentives to designated drivers until Superbowl Sunday. The program, which applies at nearly all bars and clubs in Clovis and on base, gives designated drivers free sodas for […]

Government waste reaches new lows with TSA contraband

Most Americans recognize that wastefulness is pervasive in the federal government. By now, revelations that once generated disbelief and anger garner a defeatist shrug. But some cases still can make us shake our heads in dismay. Have you ever wondered where all the stuff goes that Transportation Security Administration personnel confiscate at airports, while they’re […]

Security Forces train with Clovis police

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron conducted breach-entry training with Clovis’ Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in base housing Dec. 12 to build rapport and share training tips with each other.  Four 27 SOSFS airmen participated in the training […]

12-5 Local Briefs

AARP to discuss identity theft The Roosevelt County chapter of the AARP will host a forum from 9:30 -11 a.m. Thursday at the Community Services Center in Portales. The forum will discuss how to place a security freeze on financial records to protect from identity theft. Several health care reform proposals that may go before […]

Cannon to improve security system

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Security is a necessity of any military installation, and with technology rapidly accelerating, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command has contracted for a survey of surveillance systems to look at different solutions for both Cannon and Hurlburt Field, Fla. Two […]

Government not reliable in protecting public

Editorial Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely for naught. Government […]

Clovis bank receives third bomb threat

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Bank of America received its third bomb scare in five months on Tuesday. Police evacuated the bank at the corner of Prince and Manana streets and secured the parking lot around 1 p.m. after a woman called a business next door and said there was a bomb in […]

Boomer benefits available

Freedom New Mexico Social Security offices nationwide are bracing for the first round of baby boomers to hit retirement age. Local Social Security officials are urging individuals to utilize the Internet to file their application. “Staffing levels are at an all-time low,” Social Security District Manager Tony Romero said. “So, we are really pushing the […]

It’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Proposed labor policy riddled with problems

Editorial Labor Day began at the instigation of labor unions in the 1860s as a way to celebrate the “working man” and demonstrate the “esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” As membership in unions (except, interestingly, government employee unions) has waned, the day has increasingly become, unofficially, the Last Great Barbecue of […]

Politicians using smoke screen against public

Editorial If lawmakers are worried about border security, they sure aren’t putting their money where their mouths are. Congress recently allocated $747 million to some 50 U.S. cities in its latest round of anti-terrorism funding, and just like previous allocations the money isn’t addressing what many say is their primary concern — keeping terrorists out […]

Tricare security breached

Air Force News FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A limited amount of Tricare beneficiary data may have been placed at risk through a violation of internal computer security practices at Science Applications International Corporation. Analysis shows the chance any data was compromised is low, but action is being taken to ensure that affected Tricare beneficiaries are […]

Checks-and-balances system effective in guarding against overzealous government

Editorial U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally misused the […]

ENMU evaluates safety measures

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer In the wake of last spring’s campus shooting at Virginia Tech, Gov. Bill Richardson and the state of New Mexico are implementing a campus safety plan for all 28 state public colleges and University campuses, including Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. “We have a lot of security plans […]