Class of 2006 graduates at Floyd

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer An emotionally charged commencement ceremony filled with moments of saddness and moments of joy took place Saturday at Floyd High School. The group of students came together one last time as the senior class of FHS to receive their diplomas and the right to be called a high school graduate. […]

Portales economy on mend

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Community leaders say they feel there are good signs of economic growth in Portales after the first five months of 2006. Despite the continued uncertainty of a mission for Cannon Air Force Base, those leaders are optimistic. Debi Lee, city manager, said a positive sign of growth is the […]

Obituaries for May 21

Jack Lancaster Services: 1 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church. Jack Lancaster, 82, of Clovis died Friday, May 19, 2006, at his home. Born June 2, 1923, in Georgina, Ala., to M.L. and Eva Maston Lancaster, he worked in the shipyards in Mobile, Ala., from 1939 to December 1942. He served in the U.S. Air […]

Actually, we think Moussaoui lost, and America won

Editorial It is always wise to be cautious in commenting on a trial one has not attended. But from everything we have heard and read, the federal jury in Alexandria, Va., acted appropriately earlier this month when it decided that Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, should spend his life in prison rather than be […]

A tale of two Web sites is spun

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers This is a story of two sites — Web Site A and Web Site B. I’m not going to identify A or B, because I’m guessing there are a lot of Site As and Site Bs on this particular topic. Site A, updated by somebody I would consider a friend, […]

PHS grads celebrate success

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer After roughly 18 years of life and 13 years of schooling, Richard O’Hare said the Portales High School Class of 2006 is ready to face the world, but asked, “Is the world ready for us?” O’Hare’s classmates applauded his observation as he gave the welcoming address during the PHS […]

Elida graduates six seniors

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer ELIDA — A night of remembering, honoring and celebrating the high school careers of the six Elida High School seniors had some of the graduates and few audience members shedding tears. The ceremony, which included Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia as guest speaker and a senior video of the […]

Tucumcari youth drowns in irrigation canal

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMACARI — Dive teams found the body of a 12-year-old boy Friday night after nearly 24 hours of searching in a Tucumcari irrigation canal. Residents of Tucumcari hoped and prayed for the best, but feared the worst with every passing hour that Agustin “Augie” Montiel, a fifth-grader at Tucumcari Elementary […]

Billy the Kid Scenic Byway offers daytrip through the old Wild West

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Compiled By Paula M. Cronic: Freedom Newspapers For anyone seeking out a historical adventure and a day of exploring the area that old Wild, Wild West outlaws called their own, The Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway is a perfect experience. Starting in Ruidoso Downs, the byway travels through Fort Stanton and Capitan, into the […]

Cannon Airmen get a taste of life in ‘The Big House’

Master Sgt. Jerry McBride, 27th Operations Support Squadron, sits in the “pokey” at 27th Security Forces as he tries to make bail. $100 was raised in record time, said Sergeant McBride Public Affairs staff report Jail and Bail nets nearly a grand during National Police Week activities The 27th Fighter Wing Security Forces made more […]

‘Fantastic Four’ unleashed on adventure race

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The Cannon team competed in the two-mile raft race which was the final leg of the second annual Laughlin Race Saturday. Greg Allen Cannon unleashed Thunder, Turbo, Psycho and Raw on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas as the Fantastic Four team completed 30 miles of bicycling, running and rafting through the Texas hill country Saturday. […]

Base readies for summer safety season

Lt. Col. Ancel Yarbrough Have you heard? Summer is here yet again! It may not have felt like summer with the past few cool nights, but the Air Force is ready to proclaim another 101 Critical Days of Summer, beginning May 29. Cannon Air Force Base is in the thick of making the most of […]

Gate-to-Gate run set

Janet Taylor-Birkey A Gate-to-Gate run will be held May 25 to commemorate Memorial Day. All Cannon ID holders are welcome to join the run which begins at 7:15 a.m. at Unity Park. “This is going to be a neat event because each walker [or] runner will carry a carnation and place it on the memorial […]

Base agencies can help you read a contract’s fine print

Master Sgt. Lester Luker Everyone has heard the phrase about needing to “read the fine print” before signing a contract. But what exactly is the “fine print”? The American Heritage Dictionary defines “fine print” as the portion of a document, especially a contract, that contains qualifications or restrictions in small type or obscure language. It […]

Spouses reflect on challenges military life

Janet Taylor-Birkey Shirly Pardee and Patty Williams do not look like their white-gloved predecessors who might have worn Sunday dresses and gloves, sipped tea and ate cucumber sandwiches. Mrs. Pardee, wife of Master Sgt. Tommy Pardee, 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron has a tiny, glimmering stud in her left nostril; Ms. Williams, wife of Tech. Sgt. […]

Base readies for kid’s day of fitness and fun

Janet Taylor-Birkey Children and their families are invited to take part in Cannon’s Sports and Fitness Day beginning at noon on Saturday. The day will feature attractions such as carnival games, a bouncy castle, sports events and prizes. All events will be at the Youth Center, unless otherwise noted. Schedule: Armed Forces Kids Run The […]

Softballers rev up to defend title

Janet Taylor-Birkey Janet Taylor-Birkey The Defending United States Softball Association Military World Champion, Cannon mens’ varsity softball team, opened their 2006 softball season with an impressive first place finish in the Clovis Umpires Tune Up and a second place finish in the Knights Challenge, May 6 and 7. The team is currently in first place […]

Vikings trade Baskett to Philly

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — After sitting through the recent National Football League draft and never hearing his named called, former Clovis High standout Hank Baskett has now been a part of two NFL organizations. Shortly after the draft, Baskett signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday, they traded […]

Maypole tradition marks 77th year

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Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Imagine being able to step into a fairytale and feel like a princess with the beautiful dress, the perfect hair and having all eyes on you. For Portales High School senior, Kacee Lovato, and everyone who participated in Thursday’s Maypole at PHS, that fairy tale seemed to come true. “It’s […]

County’s elected officials to receive 15 percent raise

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After three tries, Roosevelt County commissioners finally passed a 15-percent pay raise for elected county officials Thursday and approved their $8.7 million interim 2006-07 budget. Commissioners convened briefly in a budget public hearing, in which no one spoke out, before taking up the interim budget. On Monday commissioners heard […]