Grant McGee: Wife is flush with excitement

“We have a new toilet, we have a new toilet,” The Lady of the House was singing and doing “The New Toilet Dance” around the bicycle shop. She was waving hands in the air and dancing around. “The New Toilet Dance” may not catch on but it was cute on her. I peered outside the […]

Hospice sponsoring food drive

Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ VistaCare Hospice is sponsoring its seventh annual food drive in the month of August. Food collection bags will be distributed through the community with drop-off points at several locations, including Albertsons, S&S Grocery, The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce, the VistaCare office and other participating businesses. Donations of food and money […]

Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools miss AYP

Liliana Castillo Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally-mandated system for rating schools. A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left […]

Officials: Drought may affect fair entries

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Alisa Boswell The drought could change the competition in plant and livestock entries this year at the Curry and Roosevelt county fairs. According to county agriculture officials and local residents who will compete in the annual events, the eastern New Mexico dry weather has definitely had an impact on their plant and animal life. Roosevelt […]

Little League state meets ready to start

Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Four area teams are ready to represent District 3 in state Little League competition this weekend. Clovis will host the 11-12-year-old Majors state tournament at Dickenson Field and Beachum Field. Clovis Zia won the district tournament and opens play at 7 p.m. Sunday at Dickenson against either Roswell Noon Optimist or […]

Clovis soldier injured in Afghanistan

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cassie Smith, second from right, sister-in-law of Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr., takes part in a prayer vigil Wednesday for Smith at Central Baptist Church. Smith was critically injured July 15 while serving in Afghanistan. Nearly 60 attended the vigil. Sharna Johnson Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale “D.J.” Smith […]

Monument leaves its mark

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Courtesy photo: museumofnewmexico.org A unique new museum designed by Navajo architect David Sloan —shaped like a hogan and a tepee — and an interpretive trail, provide information about the history of Fort Sumner and Bosque Redondo Indian Reservation, according to the New Mexico State Monuments website. By Airman 1st Class Jette Carr: 27th SOW Public […]

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 […]

Day trip: Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum

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Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum is located at 222 East Laughlin Street in Tucumcari. Mesalands Community College’s Dinosaur Museum • Location: 222 East Laughlin Street, Tucumcari • What activities can you enjoy at this location? Exhibits featuring 11,000 square foot Exhibit Hall that houses replicated and original fossils, from tiny footprint casts to the 40’ […]

New state laws benefit military personnel, veterans

Cannon Connections staff State legislation signed into law aims to help children of military personnel maintain stability in their lives when their parents are deployed. Having taken effect July 1, House Bill 14a amends the state’s rules for enrollment in public schools. The amendment allows children of military personnel, including national guard members, to stay […]

July 22 — July 29 Menus

The Landing 11 a.m.: • Friday: Southern cuisine • Monday: All-American cuisine • Tuesday: Italian cuisine • Wednesday: Bistro with carver • Thursday: Mexican cuisine

Food at the speed of life: Mousse dessert easy to whip up

Sweet, creamy … and low-calorie. One of my friends has a great recipe for mousse. She often makes it with the help of visiting children, since the recipe is simple, doesn’t involve hot equipment and contains no eggs and therefore no worries about salmonella when kids want to lick the bowl. She says it’s impossible […]

July 22 — July 29 Event listings

All times Mountain

July 22 — July 25 Movie schedule

Friday • 7 p.m. — X-Men : First Class, PG-13

July 22 — July 29 What's Happening

Friday • Pre-Deployment Briefings 3 p.m. Airman and Families Readiness Center Annex • Burger Bar Social Hour 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone • Herb Roasted Half Chicken 5 p.m. Landing Zone • DZ After Dark and Karaoke 9 p.m. Drop Zone

Still trying to fit part of super mom

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We all have the same amount of hours in the day. However, what we can accomplish varies greatly. I often feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel. I try and try, but my to-do list keeps getting longer, the clutter piles up and I am left wishing for more time. I appreciate the break […]

Walgreens leaving Tricare pharmacy program

Liliana Castillo Just over 89,000 Tricare beneficiaries in New Mexico will be affected by Walgreens leaving Tricare’s drug network. Walgreens says it will split with Express Scripts, the company that manages Tricare’s pharmacy program by the end of the year. Express Scripts is Tricare’s pharmacy contractor responsible for the Tricare retail pharmacy and pharmacy home […]

Their view: New Mexico’s credit would suffer under debt default

Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]