Special Olympics community effort

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Benna Sayyed Participants and volunteers at the state Special Olympics on Saturday in Clovis said the event is all about helping challenged citizens excel in sports and competition and enriching their life. The event, which began in 1986, takes place on the third weekend of September every year. The competition was held at the Curry […]

Ticket feature: Special Olympics equestrian competition set

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Freedom New Mexico Clovis and the United Way of Eastern New Mexico are hosting the Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Games Friday and Saturday. The equestrian event for the Special Olympics started in 1985 at the state Special Olympics summer games in Albuquerque and later moved to Clovis because the horses’ temperaments were more suitable […]

Commission approves property tax increase

PNT staff The Roosevelt County Commission approved a slight raise in property tax rates for the 2011 tax year at a special meeting Tuesday at the county courthouse. Commissioners approved the new rates after county assessor Kenner Carrasco provided overview of property tax rates. Carrasco said the net taxable value for the county for 2011 […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates 9/11 attacks

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Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. Stephen Mercer of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron was 17 years old and attending high school in Denver when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred. It was a day that cemented his resolve to join the military and become a firefighter. “I try to take a step back every […]

Cannon ceremony commemorates Sept. 11 attack

Cannon Connections staff photo: Gabriel Monte Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing salute as the flag in front of the headquarters building is taken down during a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Sept. 11, 2001, was a day that changed many lives. More […]

Special session will focus on redistricting

Robin Fornoff There seems little question eastern New Mexico will lose a seat in both the House and Senate during a special session of the Legislature set to start Tuesday. The challenge will be to minimize the damage, according to several area lawmakers. The special session was set primarily to deal with the Legislature’s every-decade […]

Monday morning briefing: Olympic riders in Clovis and support for ENMU

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Special Olympics in town The Special Olympics New Mexico Equestrian Team is riding into Clovis for statewide competition Sept. 16. Competitions continue for two days at the Curry County Events Center. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m. and include lighting of the torch, the […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

Cannon memorial to house steel from World Trade Center

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Philadelphia Inquirer: David Swanson Rescue workers remove a body September 13, 2001, from the debris of the World Trade Center in New York. A piece of World Trade Center steel will be housed in a memorial at Cannon Air Force Base. Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found […]

Cannon fulfills dream for local youth

USAF photo Capt. Micah Jones watches as Armin Kronback Jr. tries on flight gear during a guided tour of an AC-130 Spectre gunship Aug. 5 at Cannon. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs Clovis resident 11-year-old Armin Kronback Jr. (AJ), and his father were treated to a tour of the 16th […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Running tribute

Courtesy photo: Henry Serrano About 60 Air Commandos participated in the run July 15 in honor of Maj. Gen. John Allison, who is considered the father of Air Force Special Operations. Liliana Castillo By Liliana Castillo Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base non-commissioned officers ran a 5k in their uniforms July 15 in honor of […]

Monday morning briefing: Traffic reports and The Babe’s debut

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Traffic reports The New Mexico Department of Transportation weekly traffic report is available online or by telephone. Notifications are posted as they reported to the NMDOT which can be found on their road advisory www.nmroads.com or by calling 511. Meetings watch The Portales Municipal […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

Change of command coming for Cannon AFB

Liliana Castillo Cannon Air Force Base Commander Col. Stephen Clark will pass leadership of the 27th Special Operations Wing to Col. Albert Elton II during a change of command ceremony Friday morning. Clark, who has been selected to the grade of brigadier general, took command of Cannon in May 2009, nearly two years after the […]

Monday morning briefing: Growth issues, special meeting and no more Route 66

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Growing issues The Local Growth Management Committee meets 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales City Hall. The agenda includes a closeout report on goals achieved from an initial planning grant. The committee meets periodically to consider any growth issues associated with the mission at Cannon […]

Cannon airman to compete at 2011 Air Force Marathon

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Swislocki, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, finishes a 5K fun run with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds as the sun rises on April 28 at Cannon Air Force Base. Since he has been stationed at Cannon, Swislocki has won nine 5K […]

Airmen display combat capabilities

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USAF: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Col. James Slife, 27th Special Operations Group commander, watches an aerial demonstration for around 600 spectators at the 27th SOW Capabilities Exercise. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public Affairs The second annual 27th Special Operations Wing Capabilities Exercise (CAPEX), a demonstration of the wing’s many special operations […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]