Feds scrutiny needed in Smithfield Foods buyout

The Associated Press reported that Smithfield Foods agreed to be bought out by China's Shuanghui International Holdings. This should certainly raise issues with federal regulators who hopefully will not rubber stamp the deal without a great deal of scrutiny. As we look for ways to free ourselves from foreign oil and the ripple effect it […]

One-size-fits-all system is immoral

Most libertarians would be perfectly happy to stand aside as you form any society your little heart desires. You could form a democracy, republic, theocracy, dictatorship, or even a nostalgic "Communist Utopia." Whatever melts your butter. It's none of my business how you organize your community, as long as it is consensual. As long as […]

Defense official: Special ops outperforms investment

WASHINGTON — Special operations forces cost less than 2 percent of the Defense Department's budget, but the service they provide far outperforms that investment, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday. Thursday marked the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Carter told the audience at an Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis-Tufts University Fletcher School conference. […]

Q&A – Director seeks residents’ two cents

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner travels around New Mexico to hear about the issues of rural citizens. In his series of informal meetings called, "Give Your Two Cents to Terry," Brunner hopes to expand his knowledge about the challenges that rural New Mexicans face in areas including housing, water, job […]

Events Calendar – June 6

Today 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. Friday Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Saturday USDA housing seminar — 9 a.m., 42479 U.S. 70, Suite 100. The seminar will […]

Records: Drug transactions were one-time sales

Roosevelt County court documents show all but one person charged with drug trafficking last month sold small amounts of methamphetamine to an informant. One of the suspects sold prescription drugs. The others sold amounts ranging from a half gram to two grams of methamphetamine, the records show. Street value of the meth ranged from $40 […]

My Turn – Honoring ol’ Orville and Wilbur Wright

I found myself jetting through the friendly skies recently and wondered, as I always do, if the Wright brothers had any idea — even an inkling — of what they were beginning that long-ago day on the beach in North Carolina. After his first flimsy 12-second flight 20 feet above the Kitty Hawk sand dunes, […]

Church puts on pirate play

Red Beard and his evil pirate crew invaded Portales Wednesday night. But behold, Glitter and the pirates were there to save the day. This was the theme of the play put on by Faith Triumphant Church at Generations, a building owned by the church on Avenue D. The feature had a cast of colorful pirates […]

Storm brings needed rain to area

Rain hit eastern New Mexico hard Wednesday night, with Portales taking the brunt of the inclement weather with about an inch of rain, but emergency crews in both Portales and Clovis reported they responded to no calls for injuries. Mark Fettig, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, said the highest rain total […]

Police Blotter – June 6

Portales police, sheriff and fire call logs: Tuesday Caller reported: 12:18 a.m.: Possible threat, 600 block of West 18th Street. 3:15 a.m.: Criminal damage, 1200 block of North Chicago. 8:57 a.m.: Stray dogs, 100 block of Kansas. 8:59 a.m.: Case number request, 1700 block of North Boston Avenue. 9:50 a.m.: Vehicle backed into gas pump, […]

Runner preps for Air Force Marathon

Cannon Connections: Kevin Baird 1st Lt. Veronica Flores of Cannon Air Force Base is training for the Air Force Marathon, where she will be competing in the half marathon. Her goal is to shave 10minutes off her personal best. 1st Lt. Veronica Flores of Cannon Air Force Base has been selected to compete on the […]

Pool memorialization ceremony honors SOF hero

Air Commandos with the 27th Special Operations Wing gathered during the Memorial Holiday weekend for a memorialization ceremony to honor a fallen service member May 27 at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal Susan Zerbe, mother of U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, unveils the memorization […]

Graduating to a higher level

Air Commandos from Cannon Air Force Base, received their Community College of the Air Force degrees during a commencement ceremony at the Landing Zone May 30 at Cannon Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Whitney Tucker Air Commandos received their Community College of the Air Force degrees during a commencement ceremony May […]

27 SOG welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Jette Carr U.S. Air Force Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, passes the guidon to Col. Sean Farrell, 27th Special Operations Group commander, during a change of command ceremony May 31 at Cannon Air Force Base. Elton presided over the ceremony, in which Col. William West relinquished […]

CAP holds change of command, seeks new recruits

The Eastern New Mexico squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hosted a change of command ceremony at the Army National Guard Armory May 28 in Clovis. U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Whitney Tucker Members of the Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force render a salute as honor guardsmen from Cannon Air Force Base […]

Commanders, chiefs victorious over ALS

U.S. Air Force photo: Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal U.S. Air Force Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, stands with fellow commanders and chiefs after several back-to-back volleyball games in the Fitness Center. Commanders and chiefs with the 27th Special Operations Wing took on students with the Airman Leadership School in several back-to-back […]

Diamond Sharp airmen: Choice crew chief

Editor's note: This feature is the 26th 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 Exchange launches eReceipts

Courtesy graphic Military shoppers who prefer the ease and organization that an eReceipt provides can skip the paper receipt and have documentation of their transaction emailed to them when shopping at the Cannon Exchange at Cannon Air Force Base. Shoppers simply provide their email address and phone number at checkout to sign up to receive […]

Fishing report – June 6

This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake — Fishing was good using […]

What's happening – June 7

Today Diamond Sharp Breakfast Base Dining Facility, 7 a.m. Friday Social Hour Landing Zone, 4:27 p.m. Trivia & Ice Cream Social Youth Center, 5 p.m. Steak Night Landing Zone, 5 p.m. Karaoke Community Center, 8 p.m. Registration Deadline For Rock Climbing Outdoor Recreation, 784-2773 Saturday Cross Country Golf Tourney Whispering Winds Golf Course, 8 a.m. […]