Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Loss of leaders leaves void to be filled

Freedom New Mexico This decade brought the loss of four iconic friends of liberty whose ideas helped change the course of history. We will certainly miss President Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton and Rose Friedman. Few American presidents have demonstrated the principled discipline of Ronald Reagan. His political career started in California […]

Year in review: Cannon continues growth

Cannon Connections file photo Airmen from the various groups in the 27th Special Operations Wing render a last salute to Col. Timothy Leahy at a change of command ceremony in May. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, […]

Commentary: Captain’s dreams ended by drunken driver

By Senior Airman Emerald Ralston: 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — Capt. Alan Yee had just finished pilot training and was out with friends celebrating. He and his friends realized they had one too many drinks to drive, and called a cab. As they were travelling down a 50 […]

Consider TRICARE after retirement

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Active-duty servicemembers must use TRICARE Prime or Prime Remote, but retirees who are not eligible for Medicare may be eligible for TRICARE Prime or choose TRICARE Standard or Extra. Each program has advantages pertaining to cost, location and convenience. If space is available, continuing care in a […]

Air Force Marathon early registration opens Jan. 1

American Forces Press Service WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FOCE BASE, Ohio — Online registration for the 2010 Air Force Marathon willopen to the public on Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m. (EST) at www.usafmarathon.com. The 26.2 mile race will be on Sept. 18 on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. A half […]

Dec. 30 -Jan. 5 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: Wednesday: Carved roast beef and baked chicken Thursday: Closed for lunch Friday: Closed for holiday Monday: Chef’s choice Tuesday: Italian breaded pork chops and lasagna

Jan. 1 -Jan. 3 Movie Schedule

Friday 7 p.m. — The Twilight Saga: New Moon, PG-13

Dec. 30 -Jan. 5 What's Happening

Wednesday Mother-Son Winter Ball — 5 p.m., The Landing Zone. Cost is $30 per mother and $25 per son. Includes dinner, activities, chance for prizes. Formal attire required. Information or tickets: 784-6381.

Families cope with separation

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Like many military spouses, Kelly Madden celebrated Christmas while her husband was deployed overseas. “My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and this is his first deployment,” she said. Madden’s husband is an airman from Cannon Air Force Base. Madden and her 14-month-old daughter went […]

Diamond Sharp award winners announced

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USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz From left, Col. Stephen Clark, left, 27th Special Operations Wing commander presents Airman 1st Class Sarah Klasnich, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, Airman 1st Class Jon Petry, 27th Special Operations Wing Command Post, Airman 1st Class Timothy Williams, 27 Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, and […]

It’s their job: Emergencies part of job duties

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Keith Wattenbarger moved to Portales 26 years ago to play football on a scholarship at Eastern New Mexico University and decided to stay. Wattenbarger is the Roosevelt County Emergency Management director. He met his wife a week after moving to Portales. They have been married for 21 years and have five children. What is your […]

Year in review: Cannon sees growth, new commander

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Cannon Air Force Base saw a year of continued growth in 2009, with the arrival of a new commander, new squadrons, new aircraft and extensive construction and renovation. Personnel surpassed 4,000 and continues to grow. Here are three highlights among many important events of the year: Change of Command […]

Holiday crimes down

PNT staff Christmas holiday crimes were down this year in Roosevelt County and Portales. Portales police reported 14 cases between Dec. 23 through Dec. 28, which is less than half of 2008’s numbers for that period. Deputy Chief of Police Lonnie Berry said the department had one criminal damage report. “It was a chain link […]

District attorney reviewing fatal wreck case

PNT staff reports District Attorney Matt Chandler is still reviewing information turned over by the Portales Police in the case of a 71-year-old Portales woman who died after being struck by a vehicle on Oct. 30. Chandler said Monday his staff is still reading through a huge file submitted by Portales police concernign the death […]

Flower crafts featured on show

Information on creating items with pressed flowers, hosting a wine tasting and de-cluttering homes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Pressed flowers can be used to make bookmarks and cards, as well as other projects. Kate Chu represents pressed-flowers.com, and she’s going to show how to […]

Time to make new year predictions

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Holiday season an exhausting time

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I’ve known since last January that Christmas would be Dec. 25. So why can’t I prepare ahead of time? Earlier this month it occurred to me I probably should do something about a tree, so I went to the local garden store. They had a gazillion trees, all set up […]

Iran regime not accurate representation

Freedom New Mexico Most of the news about Iran focuses on the possibility that the regime may be getting close to developing a nuclear weapon. Such concern is justified, although it is difficult to see how the outside world can prevent it: Sanctions have been ineffective, and military intervention seems impractical. Even as we worry […]