Gay rights student group plans rally against bullying

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

First run: 27th SOW Mission Support Group organizes base run

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo About 3,500 airmen of the Mission Support Group ran together for the first ever MSG run. Liliana Castillo The 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group at Cannon Air Force Base held its first run March 16. Chief Daniel Koning said he and Cannon’s command staff want to promote camaraderie and physical […]

Air Commando Association: Cannon airmen working to start local chapter

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Master Sgt. George Lowe, left, and Master Sgt. John Hearn examine banners intended to spread the word about the new association at the Air Commando Association meeting last week. Liliana Castillo Air Commandos at Cannon Air Force Base are working to create a chapter of the Air Commando Association at the […]

Cannon airman plays role in Tops in Blue

USAF: Airman 1st Class Desiree Esposito Airman 1st Class Jette Warnick, front, center, performs with Tops in Blue at Ramstein Air Base on Oct. 17. Warnick is assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon. By Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Before the most recent Superbowl, a group of background singers […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters program aims to raise money with bowling event

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Kevin Wilson Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico is a relatively small operation, with a staff that consists of executive director Meg Sadau, and a minimal office in the Matt 25 Hope Center where she has spent a year. The operation is hoping it find a few sponsors, however, so it can serve […]

Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Grady ranch joins angus group

Freedom New Mexico Borden Family Angus Ranch of Grady is a new member of the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Association, with almost 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world, according to […]

High schoolers organize animal shelter volunteer group

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Alisa Boswell There’s a new patrol on duty at the Portales Animal Shelter — the “Puppy Patrol.” That’s the name 15 high-schoolers have given their group, a volunteer organization addressing animal abandonment. Jamie Thomas, one of the original five members of the group, was approached by her father, Portales City Councilor Keith Thomas, with a […]

Cannon base commander nominated for promotion to brigadier general

Freedom New Mexico: Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of Cannon Air Force Base, is up for promotion. He’s been nominated for his first star, boosting him from colonel to brigadier general if approved by the Senate Sharna Johnson Col. Stephen Clark sees his nomination for his first star as an opportunity to apply his […]

Residents sought for focus groups

PNT staff report The new Portales Quality of Life Committee is looking for community residents to participate in focus groups, according to a news release from the Regional Growth Planning Office. Multiple focus groups are set to meet at the end of January at various times of the day for no more than two hours, […]

Developers should secure own funding

Park 51 developers, formerly known as Cordoba House, the group behind what is popularly known as the proposed “ground zero mosque” two blocks away from the site of the 9/11 attacks, has catapulted its proposed project back into the news spotlight. By applying for a $5 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which […]

ENMU professor identifies newly-discovered beetle species

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Argen Duncan An Eastern New Mexico University scientist has classified an amber-encased prehistoric French beetle that has modern-day relatives in Portales. A group of scientists in France recently asked Associate Professor of Biology Darren Pollock to look at pictures of a beetle they’d found encased in amber, which is fossilized tree sap. When he did, […]

Ticket feature: Blues group Soul Kitchen to perform in Clovis

Freedom New Mexico The blues group Soul Kitchen will perform Saturday night as part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The performance is set for 7 p.m. at the Clovis Civic Center. Based out of Albuquerque, the group features vocalist Hillary Smith, guitarist Chris Dracup, bassist Marcus Casman and Drummer Bill Veitch. Smith is […]

Families enjoy fall festival

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Military spouse Susan Hinrichs paints faces Saturday at one of the free booth activities for children. Liliana Castillo Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Group and Special Operations Maintenance Group, along with their families, enjoyed a day of fun, food and games Saturday at Cannon Air Force Base’s Fall Festival. […]

Club notes — Oct. 24

Clovis BPO Does The Clovis Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does held a regular meeting on Oct. 14. Prior to the meeting, Elks Exalted Ruler Gayle Hanks spoke to the group. She thanked all of the DOES for the help and support given to the Elks. She reminded everyone about the upcoming Veteran’s Day activities and […]

Church youth group helping Ugandan women

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Argen Duncan A group of Portales teenagers is reaching out to struggling women a world away. The First United Methodist Church youth group is learning about living conditions in Uganda and working to help a group of women there by selling beads the women made. They’re participating in the BeadforLife program, which provides Ugandan women […]

Cannon quilters continue mission of making quilts for families of fallen troops

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Adah Dean cuts quilt top pieces to the correct size. Liliana Castillo Operation Homefront Quilts at Cannon Air Force Base has changed its name but not its mission. Joanne and Jessica Porter began the program in Florida but became overwhelmed with the project early this year. Ellen Saccoia-Smith, who organizes […]

My turn: Song lets me know I’m not alone

Jared Tucker The praise band of Central Christian Church here in Portales does an outstanding job performing a song by Christian group Barlow Girl, and that performance is this week’s video selection. Under the direction of band director and college minister Don Thomas, singers Holly Davis and Cheyenne Keith harmonize beautiful lyrics to a song […]

Student group protesting candidate visit

Argen Duncan A disagreement has arisen among two groups at Eastern New Mexico University as to whether gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez should have been invited to speak as a role model for Hispanic people. Hispanic Heritage Month activities organizers invited Martinez to speak as a role model to encourage students, but a Hispanic advocacy group […]

Military Update: Group hopes to ease GI Bill process

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Veterans and service members eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill already have an outstanding education benefit. But it soon could become even more valuable and easier to use. The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday released details of the GI Bill reform package it approved two weeks ago. It includes […]