Parents influence instrument choice

Editor's note: This is the final story of a three-part series on Eastern New Mexico University music students' recitals. A friend convinced Brittley Bates to join band in middle school. She chose the flute because it was one of the instruments that her parents played in high school. "I really fell in love with it […]

Business owner: GMO effects unresearched

One agricultural expert says the future of farming depends on the use of genetically modified organisms in order to meet the food demands of a growing population. But one local business owner is worried about the long-term effects of consuming foods that contain GMOs because he says the research has not been done yet. New […]

Police Blotter – April 26

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Wednesday Caller reported: 2:23 p.m.: A motor vehicle accident, 1100 block of West First Street. 2:28 p.m.: Officer requested a case number for warrant service, 17th Lane and Avenue F. 3:23 p.m.: Reported a fight at the city park, Seventh and Abilene. 3:32 p.m.: […]

Self-reliance not such a bad idea

Throughout most of American history, interference in an individual's life by government employees, even under the worst administrations, was rare. Government and its regulations were practically invisible, like a ghost, and most people never noticed government because its laws didn't affect their lives or normal behavior in ordinary circumstances. The regulations that did exist were […]

Disability program needs more oversight

A mushrooming Social Security disability program appears headed down the track to insolvency. Currently about 10.9 million people are receiving disability checks, according to the Social Security Administration. The Congressional Budget Office reports that since 1970 the number of disabled workers receiving benefits has increased nearly sixfold. Last year about 3.2 million people applied for […]

Events Calendar – April 25

Today Movie and Popcorn — 4:30 p.m., Portales Public Library. "Gnomeo and Juliet," rated G, will be featured. Open to ages 9-12. Information: 356-3940. Belly Dance — 5 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Preschool Storytime — 6 p.m., […]

My Turn – 70s senior photos left simple choices

As high school graduates of the late 1970s, my generation faced simple choices when it came to senior photos. For the guys, it meant procuring an ill-fitting jacket and tie from an older friend or relative. We girls were ushered into the school auditorium where the hired photographer was waiting with two shoulder-revealing options (we […]

Senators confident lesser prairie chicken solution can be found (updated)

U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said they are confident a solution can be found that will protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken while allowing ranching and the booming oil and gas industry to flourish. The New Mexico Democrats are being criticized from not taking a stance on the issue by the […]

Q&A – Local awarded for service

Martin Mendoza was recently given a 25-year service award by the Portales City Council for his services in the Parks and Cemetery Department. Born and raised in Portales, Mendoza's first job out of high school was for the city. Jillian Holbert: Portales News-Tribune Martin Mendoza pulling weeds in front of Portales City Hall. What's the […]

Clovis may be in running for racino license

Clovis may be in the running for New Mexico's sixth and only remaining racino gambling license, though it's likely the drama may drag out another month. Paul Stout, a rancher and wind energy entrepreneur, confirmed Wednesday that he represents a client interested in the racino license and has looked at property near the city. Additionally, […]

Zias fall to Lady Buffs despite hot start

In a role reversal from last week's Lady Buff sweep, it was Eastern New Mexico University jumping out to the first-inning lead Wednesday. CMI correspondent photo: Joshua Lucero ia right fielder Savannah Chavez leans in to grab a fly ball from West Texas Lady Buff Renee Erwin in the top of the sixth inning of […]

Police Blotter – April 25

Here is a sampling of police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: 8:50 a.m.: It was court ordered to have her dog picked up and she would like animal control to pick it up, 400 block of South Abilene. 9:42 a.m.: Requested animal control for help with a trap, 900 block of West […]

Spouses' club has big impact

The Cannon Spouses' Club continues to be a pivotal driving force, improving the quality of life wherever they can for Air Commandos stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Members of the Cannon Spouses' Club present Rob Ferry, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron chief of unaccompanied […]

More than meets the eye: Dr. Death, at your service

Looking at her, one would hardly believe the pleasant, five-foot-nothing ball of energy once answered to the name, Dr. Death and had a predilection for dealing with the dearly departed. In fact, it's safe to assume that at first glance, she wouldn't strike fear in the heart of, well … anyone. U.S. Air Force courtesy […]

Families join in Helping Hands celebration

U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Ericka Engblom A child makes a hand print on a flyer at the inaugural Cannon Helping Hands celebration April 19 at Cannon Air Force Base. Helping Hands was held to bring awareness about base programs available for military families. Families crowed into the Drop Zone for the inaugural […]

Martial arts clinic held in observance of sex assault awareness month

Houston Noah is adding to his martial arts experience by attending jeet kune do classes on base. Cannon Connections: Benna Sayyed Senior Airman Giovanna Ortiz, left, and Captain Joanna Ho, far right, watch as jeet kune do instructor Michael Watson, center right, demonstrates to military spouse Gretchen Brown how to do a pak sau into […]

Earth Day: Air Force officials emphasize water conservation

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Every April 22, the Air Force recognizes Earth Day, a time to show support for the environment. U.S. Air Force photo: Eddie Green These new holding ponds near the wastewater treatment plant at Cannon Air Force Base increase the base's effluent capacity from 190,000 gallons to 9 million gallons. […]

Diamond Sharp Airmen: Gnostic gunner

Editor's note: This feature is the 22nd 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 graphic: Senior Airman Alexxis […]

Alcohol consumption significant decision

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Life is full of decisions. Some are no more significant than choosing to wear the button-down shirt instead of the knit pullover; others have consequences so far-reaching that their effects are felt for a lifetime. Choose right and reap the reward, choose wrong and become a cautionary tale. U.S. Air […]

Military training instructors shape next generation of officers

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — Dating back to September 1947, Air Force military training instructors have represented one of the most visible special-duty career fields in the service. U.S. Air Force photo: Staff Sgt. Sandra Percival Tech. Sgt. Chi Yi, Military Training Instructor at Officer Training Shool here, demonstrates proper facing movements for new […]