Community charity helps airmen travel home

Thomas Riches has served in the Air Force for three years and has been at Cannon Air Force Base for two, so visits with family are few and far between. That's why Riches was grateful that community members put their money and efforts together through Angel Arms, a local non-profit, to send him home to […]

ENMU alumni seminar to highlight events

Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Affairs coordinator Robert Graham sifted through his e-mail Monday afternoon in his office as he began e-mailing more invitations to ENMU alumni. "The idea is to raise cultural awareness of what it means to be an alumni," Graham said of his upcoming alumni event, The New Graduate Seminar in which […]

Zias add pair in softball for 2014

The Eastern New Mexico University softball team has added a pair of early signees for the 2014 season in shortstop/third baseman Audrey Velasquez of Las Cruces and pitcher Alyssa Cornejo of Riverside, Calif. Both will come in as freshmen during the 2013-14 school year. Velasquez earned all-district honors last spring at Las Cruces High as […]

FDA halts Sunland’s reopening

Sunland Inc.'s plans to reopen its processing plant today were thwarted Monday by the Food and Drug Administration. Sunland Vice-President Katalin Coburn said Sunland officials were surprised Monday to learn the FDA was suspending its food processing plant registration, preventing the company from producing or distributing any food. Coburn said before the FDA's announcement the […]

Official: Sunland reopening process plant on Tuesday

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico peanut butter company that was shuttered after a salmonella outbreak will reopen its peanut processing facility on Tuesday and hopes to be making peanut butter again by the end of the year, officials said. Sunland Inc. spokeswoman Katalin Coburn said officials are eager to begin working on this year's crop, […]

Clinic to offer late night medical care

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — In order to better accommodate Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base the 27th Special Operations Medical Group has announced plans to provide evening medical services to Tricare Prime beneficiaries in the coming months. U.S. Air Force graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal In order to better accommodate Air Commandos […]

'Tis the season – for added vigilance

"The more the Grinch thought of what the holidays bring, the more the Grinch thought he must stop the whole thing! For too long he had put up with it now, he knew he must stop the holidays from coming — but how?" — Dr. Seuss CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — While it may not […]

Street restructuring to continue at Cannon

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base can expect more street name changes in the coming weeks as an initiative by 27th Special Operations Wing leadership picks up momentum. U.S. Air Force illustration: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base can expect more street name […]

Civilian leave request deadline nears

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The 2012 civilian employee leave year ends Jan. 12, 2013, and Air Force Personnel Center officials remind civilians that those who have more than the maximum carryover hours of annual leave on that date risk losing their leave. U.S. Air Force graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal The […]

Technician gives squadron helping hand

Editor's note: This feature is the fourth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their hard work and achievements. U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class […]

Cannon announces, honors newest chiefs

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Wing leadership with the 27th Special Operations Wing took time to honor and recognized the newest Chief Master Sergeant selects at the Landing Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Jordan, 27th Special Operations […]

Holiday a time for giving thanks

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — For many, this time of year is about gathering up family and loved ones, to share and spread love along with holiday cheer. Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition that was established to honor, bless and give thanks for all that is worth cherishing in our lives. This all-American holiday belongs […]

Spouse briefs: Rivalry with father will be missed

Thanksgiving will not be the same for my family this year. For the first time in over 117 years, one of the greatest football rivalries of all time will not take place. Wherever we lived in the country as my dad was transferred from base to base, without fail he would be able to find […]

Otis is the best horse on the ranch

Readers send me stories and ideas for the column. Sometimes they are so good they deserve retellin' in their own words. This is Barry's tale about a "real cowboy," named Otis. Otis wore his long-sleeved shirt and long-handled underwear winter and summer. It worked like a thermos, he claimed; cold in the summer and warm […]

Empty stocking fund – Nov. 25

Today's focus: Family G Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstances: This family has just recently moved to the area to be closer to family. The family is just catching up on bills now that they are getting settled here in Clovis. Clothing needs: Girls size 16, shoe size 8; girls size 16, shoe size […]

Local businesses to help those in need

Local organizations are working to raise money to provide gifts for those in need this Christmas. Here is a look at what organizations and agencies in Clovis and Portales are doing to brighten the holidays for others. Clovis The Clovis Police department is holding its Shop with a Cop program. Each child selected will receive […]

Seniors rallied team to secure title

When Elida senior Shealton Veo-Chenault arose for championship day at the state volleyball tournament last weekend, she and her teammates were brimming with optimism about what might come later. Kevin Wilson: CMI photo Elida players celebrate following championship point over Carrizozo in last Saturday's Class B title match at the Santa Ana Star Center in […]

Events Calendar – Nov. 25

Wednesday Free meal at St. Helen's — 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Helen's Catholic Church. Alzheimer's "Savvy Caregiver Program" — 10 a.m.-noon, Los Abuelitos Senior Center. Ends Dec. 12. Information: 505-506-3114. Book signing — 2 p.m., ENMU Sandia Room in the Campus Union Building. Cartoonist Ricardo Cate will sign his book Without Reservations. Information: 562-4914. Thursday […]

My Turn – Scattershooting about Facebook

Taking a cue from fellow columnist and Texas Rangers fan Kevin Wilson, today I'm scattershooting about Facebook. For peace and safety, friends Avis Jones, Ron Barker, Robert Patrick and I declared a unilateral, pre-election ceasefire on political posts. We did reserve the right to comment on others' posts. One poster cited a study that the […]

Q&A – Portales Police Chief Doug Jones

Portales Police Chief Doug Jones has been on the job a week now. He recently sat down the PNT and offered insight about himself and what he's learned about Portales and its police department. Doug Jones Portales Police Chief What is something surprising you learned on the first week on the job? I was surprised […]