Infectious waste from Clovis hospital found at landfill

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico For the fourth time in three years, infectious waste from Plains Regional Medical Center has been discovered at the Clovis landfill, officials confirmed Tuesday. City Engineer Justin Howalt said city employees found the infectious waste Saturday during routine procedures at the landfill. Howalt said the area containing the waste […]

Cards not just for Christmastime

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist If you’re good at waiting, the doctor’s office is your heaven. First off, there’s a room just for waiting. Then you go to the patient room, where you wait some more (you’re called the patient because that’s exactly what you have to be). And you take your pants off, then […]

BAH rates adjusted for rental markets

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to nearly a million service members living off base in stateside areas will increase an average of 2.5 percent in January to keep up with rising rental costs. But in 158 military housing areas — 43 percent of the total nationwide — current BAH […]

President signs 2010 defense budget into law

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense officials are hailing passage of the fiscal 2010 budget that funds military programs and wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and provides a military pay raise. President Barack Obama signed the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act into law Dec. 19 after the Senate approved […]

Dec. 23 -Dec. 29 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Wednesday: Carved roast beef and roast chicken Thursday: Fried chicken and meatloaf Friday: Closed for the holiday Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Meatloaf and spaghetti

Dec. 25 -Dec. 27 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — 2012, PG-13

Dec. 23 -Dec. 29 What's Happening

Thursday Thrift Shop and Airman’s Attic — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bldg. 310. Cannon Lanes open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Medical group AFSOC winners announced

By: 27th Special Operations Medical Group The 2009 Air Force Special Operations Command, Medical Service winners were announced last week. The winners, listed below, having won at the Maj.or Command level, are now nominated to compete at the Air Force level.

Students support one of their own

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Chase Carson, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. Each year, the students complete a […]

Airmen lend hand in shopping spree

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Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Senior Airman Kurt Rodriguez, left, and Staff Sgt. Joseph Howard from the 27th SOW Security Forces Squadron help children select toys Monday during the Shop with a Cop program at Clovis’ Wal-Mart. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Leaning out of the Wal-Mart shopping basket, staring at the nearby toy isle, […]

Tips for holiday spending offered

By Heidi Hunt: 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Walking through a shopping mall, it’s difficult not to notice holiday decorations, crowded stores and retailers claiming to offer the best deals of the season. Before pulling out their wallets, airmen are encouraged to keep a few things in mind to […]

Remember others this holiday season

By Brig. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan: 55th Wing commander

TRICARE for ‘gray area’ reservists to be offered

Courtesy of Air Force Retiree News Service from a TRICARE release FALLS CHURCH, Va. —A new program will offer “gray area” reservists the opportunity to purchase TRICARE health care coverage. While qualified members of the Selected Reserve may purchase premium-based coverage under TRICARE Reserve Select, or TRS, retired National Guard and Reserve personnel did not […]

Area residents remain charitible despite sluggish economy

By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer Charitable organizations in Roosevelt and Curry counties are reporting donations mostly equal or above last year’s levels as Christmas approaches. Most of those organizations say they have enough to meet community requests for the holiday. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said her organization has […]

Salvation Army gifted with gold, for second time

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silver coins that someone deposited in one of their kettles Friday. The coins may have an estimated value of about $10,000.00. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure […]

Cannon growth cited as reason for MVD Web site

Cannon Connections photo: Sharna Johnson Rick Homans, secretary of Taxation and Revenue, was in Clovis and Portales last week presenting the Motor Vehicle Division’s new website. By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections State officials were in Clovis and Portales last week announcing the launch of a new Motor Vehicle Division Web site designed to streamline services. […]

Troops send holiday greetings from Iraq

Courtesy photo Sgt. Robert Gonzales, left, and CW4 Charlie Day Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion members want to wish their communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mosul, Iraq. According to a news release, the 515th is serving as the headquarters element for more […]

Chamber director announces mayor run

PNT staff Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King announced Monday she is running for Portales mayor. “I’ve been committed to community service most of my life,” King said in a news release. “Now I want to expand that commitment into city government.” King said the pairing of the positions of chamber executive […]

Police investigate arson

PNT staff Portales Police are investigating a suspected arson at a house in the 1000 block of South Abilene Street. Deputy Chief Lonnie Berry said firefighters and police responded to a report of a fire at the residence about 8 p.m. Sunday. Berry said they found a broken window and an incendiary device they believe […]

McDonalds to offer free Wi-Fi

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Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Restaurants offering free Internet have been popping in recent years, but in 2010 they will be as common as french fries and golden arches. Beginning Jan. 1, all McDonald’s locations will offer free Internet access for customers. Internet service isn’t new at restaurants and coffee shops in eastern New Mexico. […]