Vigilance, reporting key to terrorism awareness

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Terrorists use their weapons to strike fear and panic into the hearts of their targets. All terrorists have one common goal; they want to make everyone see things the way that they see them, said Tony Boyce, 27th Fighter Wing anti-terrorism officer. Terrorists can be anyone and anywhere. According to […]

Airmen should know about FPCONs

By Airman Thomas R. Trower Many servicemembers may not be aware of what security procedures are in effect at a particular time or day. Knowing what security measures are being carried out is crucial for mission readiness. There are currently five force protection conditions (FPCONs) that an installation may use to indicate the threat level […]

Base chapel offers financial peace

By Capt. (Chaplain) Mark McKellen If you are in debt and are having trouble making ends meet, what do you do? Get another credit card? How about attending a program called Financial Peace University? FPU was founded by Dave Ramsey who was a multi-millionaire in his mid-20’s while working in the real estate business. His […]

Special duty team to visit Cannon

AETC Special Duty Assignment Team Have you ever been interested in becoming a recruiter, military training instructor, military training leader, technical training instructor, or professional military education instructor? If so, the Air Education and Training Command Special Duty Assignment (SDA) Team is offering the opportunity you have been seeking. The AETC team will host a […]

Security forces deals with rash of mutilated ID cards

27th Security Forces Squadron Have you ever wondered why the Security Forces Squadron require you to take your military identification (ID) out of your wallet when you enter the installation? Security forces entry controllers are ensuring every member entering the installation possesses a current and valid identification card. By taking physical control of the ID, […]

New dining room now open at The Landing

By Yolanda Romero The new permanent dining room at The Landing opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. The former Merge Room was remodeled by the 27th Civil Engineer Squdron’s Top 27 Work Order Team. The team also recently completed a renovation to the Tumbleweed Lounge including a complete new front and back bar. “This […]

AEF 7/8 around the corner

Col. Jeff Harrell As we begin the month of August, many of you will be preparing for the upcoming air and space expeditionary force [AEF] 7/8 deployment. Some of you will be deploying for the first time. For others, it will be just the latest addition to many tours of service around the world. Either […]

‘In the military’ means belonging to special fraternity

By Col. Peggy Poore The other week, I had the pleasure of attending Cannon’s Senior Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony. Like many of the other official functions I’ve attended, this event included a short ceremony that paid special tribute to our prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) service members. As I stand for […]

Critical days continue to claim airmen

Tech. Sgt. Mike Spaits The fatal auto accident that claimed the lives of two Airmen in Germany recently raised the Air Force’s death toll to 24 during this year’s “101 Critical Days of Summer.” While that number is fairly typical for summer fatalities, it is still too high, said Tom Pazell, deputy chief of Air […]

Cannon captain volunteers in African hospitals

Melanie Salazar Capt. Nate Ott, 523rd Fighter Squadron, took a trip overseas this summer, but didn’t spend any time lying on the beach. Capt. Ott was participating in a mission trip with Physicians Aiding Physicians Abroad (PAPA), a young organization out of Muleshoe that sends volunteers to different countries to assist their hospitals. The organization […]

First day a success

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Getting ready for Eastern New Mexico University’s first practice of the football season, new head coach Mark Ribaudo was already faced with making adjustments. Due to Thursday’s rainshower, most of the first workout for about 140 squad members took place in the lower gyms at Greyhound Arena, although the weather cleared […]

Local entities to discuss Brac-related futures

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Representatives from Clovis, Portales, Roosevelt County and Curry County converged under one roof Wednesday and emerged with a tentative plan for action, should Cannon Air Force Base require expansion or redevelopment. The base-closing commission will send its revised list Sept. 8 to the president for approval, but whether or not Cannon […]

Raising children with love is essential

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist This time of year is “bittersweet” for me. I see “Back to School” reminders everywhere. I feel a “tinge” of fall in the air and I remember those first days of school with little first graders. They had “new situation anxiety in the worst way.”  That school looked mighty big in […]

Scary stories create memories

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer During the long hot summers of my childhood in Portales, we not only hung out at the city pool and spent cool evenings playing Kick the Can, we’d spread a blanket under the tall trees at Lindsey Park and give each other goosebumps. There was a city summer recreation program […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]

Local family promotes plan to read Bible in a year

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry believes they have the answer to not only get families reading the Bible together, but to read it in a year. Under their Read the Bible in One Year Plan, an average family, person or […]

Teachers tune up curriculum

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Portales school teachers are getting ready for the school year by setting up steps for students to ensure a smooth transition to another grade level. On Wednesday and Thursday, teachers with math and language arts backgrounds fine-tuned curriculum for the upcoming school year. Patsy Neely of Re:Learning New Mexico conducted […]

ENMU soccer teams picked seventh

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Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s soccer teams were picked for seventh place in the men’s Southwest Soccer Conference and the women’s Lone Star Conference in preseason polls released Wednesday by the conferences’ soccer office. Both races were close at the top. Midwestern State collecte seven of 17 first-place votes […]

Television show ready to shoot in Clovis

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Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Sometime this fall, when the credits are listed for NBC’s new show “Three Wishes,” Mike Hazan’s name will flash across the screen TV for a millisecond. “If you blink, you’ll definitely miss it,” said the boyish-looking Hazan on Wednesday, an NBC TV production ID hanging from his neck as he supervised […]

Senator praises bipartisan energy effort

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Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor Editor’s Note: U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) has been at the forefront of the recent national energy bill and the local effort to save Cannon Air Force Base. Domenici took time Tuesday afternoon to talk about those issues and how a coffee shop dare eventually landed him in the Senate. […]