‘Bombs’ away

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Airmen from nine Air Force bases displayed their skills in two separate competitions Friday morning at Cannon Air Force Base. Eight of the bases represented, including Cannon, fall under the 12th Air Force, which is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Airmen from Hurlburt Field in Florida also […]

Fists and feet of fury

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Keene Brown is like most 13-year-old boys. He works hard in school, helps his family on the farm and loves annoying his older sister. But there’s something different about this Portales boy — something revealed by that dark length of cloth wrapped around his waist. Keene is a first-degree […]

Hounds falter at Div. II outdoor track meet

Freedom Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Things didn’t go quite as well as had been hoped on Saturday for Eastern New Mexico University’s entrants in NCAA Division II national outdoor track and field competition. Senior Zach Gerleve fouled on each of his first two throws in javelin, then threw 185 feet, 3 inches on his final […]

Clovis Christian’s Bell wins 1A triple jump

Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis Christian Eagles junior Keeson Bell beat his personal best by more than two feet to win Class 1A state boys triple jump competition on Friday at the University of New Mexico’s track facility. He barely missed winning in high jump. That performance gave CCS 12 team points after the first […]

AMUs load up for competition

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Coronado, 523rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, uses the fine controls of the MJ-1 to load an AIM-120 missile onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon. Airman Elliott Sprehe The 27th Maintenance Group held its Proud Falcon and Weapons Load competition at Hangar 133 April 13 to determine which of the three fighter squadrons could best […]

ENMU’s Lelei finishes ninth overall

Freedom Newspapers WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Eastern New Mexico University junior Nimrod Lelei just missed qualifying for NCAA Division II national cross country competition on Saturday, placing ninth overall in the South Central Region meet hosted by Central Missouri. ENMU’s men finished 13th out of 17 teams overall, while the women came in 15th out of […]

Clovis High band plays on

By Eric Butler From the first day of summer practice, Clovis High band members have one competition constantly on their minds: the Zia Marching Festival. Clovis and 31 other bands from New Mexico and neighboring states participate today in Albuquerque in the state’s premier marching competition. “This is what we aim for from the beginning. […]

27 FW powerlifter takes on world championship

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Master Sgt. Steven Petersen warms up with 315 pound squats. Sergeant Petersen will be competing in the world championships for bench press and dead lift on Nov. 18. Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower A bench press of 369 pounds and a dead lift of 551 pounds earned one Cannon Airman a slot to compete in […]

County fair kicks off new home arts competition

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer A new competition added to the home arts and crafts portion of the Roosevelt County Fair had contestants preparing their baked goods and homemade delicacies in advance. This was the first year for the overall home arts sweepstakes competition. The winner of the competition is based on a points […]

Dora girl wins New Mexico America Princess crown

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Krystle Siarza: Special to PNT Madison Belcher, 5, of Dora was a stranger to the pageant life until this weekend when she was crowned Miss New Mexico American Coed Princess, Friday in Albuquerque. Kalila Pack, 8, of Clovis finished third in the Sweetheart division. Madison, a student at Elida Elementary, didn’t join the pageant for […]

Clark makes his mark at WJHFR

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer A 14-year-old Dora student recently returned from competing in the 2006 Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo in Gallup last week. Dora resident Jesse Clark competed in the ribbon roping, tie-down roping, goat tying and chute dogging. “I did good in the short round (tie-down roping),” Clark said. “But in the […]

Fireballs test abilities in multinational event

Cannon’s F-16s sit ready to launch next to F-16s from the Turkish air force during the Falcon Air Meet 2006, hosted by Jordan in May. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals More than 150 Cannon Airmen and aircraft from the 522nd Fighter Squadron “Fireballs” traveled to Jordan for three weeks in May to participate in the first-ever […]

Portales netters qualify four individual entries for state

Freedom Newspapers LOVINGTON — Portales High qualified one singles and one doubles for the boys and both doubles teams for the girls on Friday in Class 1-3A District 4 individual tennis competition with top-three finishes. The Rams and Lady Rams return to Lovington today for team competition. Class 1-3A state tennis team competition is scheduled […]

PHS band scores superior ratings

By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band received superior ratings in district competition Thursday in Clovis. It was the first time in six years the band received the highest ratings in marching band, concert band and sight reading competition. The band had earlier this year aced the marching band competition. Thursday, the concert […]

Perfection PHS band’s main goal

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By William P. Thompson The Portales High School band has already won a superior rating in marching band competition this year, and now the band hopes to get superior ratings at the concert band and sight reading district competition next week in Clovis. Jeremy Smith, an alto saxophone player in the band, said he is […]

Clovis’ Roy Walker Center hosts state Golden Gloves

By Eric Butler: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — As the host site for the New Mexico Golden Gloves competition in 18 of the last 19 years, Clovis has certainly been a boxer-friendly atmosphere for the state’s amateur pugilists. With a little extra publicity to set up this year’s event, organizer Chuck Haas was busy on the […]

Roosevelt County kids learn hunting safety and competition

By Tony Parra Some may be asking, if a 10-year-old can abide by the hunting safety rules and not harm anyone then why can’t Vice President Dick Cheney? Too bad Cheney is too old to enroll in the Roosevelt Youth Hunter Educational Challenge which is for the Roosevelt County youth between the ages of 10-18. […]

Dog owners teaching canines agility course

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By Jesse Wolfersberger Through a tunnel. Over an A-frame. Weave through poles. Lay down on the platform. Jump the hurdles. Good dog. Where dog shows are beauty pageants for pampered pets, dog agility is an Army obstacle course for man’s best friend. A dog maneuvers the course while its owner leads and instructs. Dogs are […]

Bonner recognized as rodeo rookie

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The National High School Rodeo Association selected Jake Bonner of Portales as one of the top rookies for his region and he was chosen to the Wrangler High School All-Star Rodeo Team. According to a press release from the NHSRA, Bonner was appointed to the first-ever corporate-sponsored youth rodeo […]

Squadrons competing to name ‘Biggest Loser’

Melanie Salazar It may not sound as glorious as it is, but for some Cannon Airmen and civilian employees, it’s time to be the biggest loser. The wing staff agencies, 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron are hosting a Biggest Loser contest, a light-hearted competition to get people to lose pounds and inches […]