Sacrifice is more than an idea

Commentary by Jenny Sokol: Freedom News Service I wanted to escape the war; I hoped moving to Kansas would help. Fort Leavenworth would offer a reprieve, I assumed, because the Army post isn’t home to battalions of deployable soldiers. I looked forward to living in a neighborhood free from yellow ribbons and single star Service […]

Everyone needs help sometime

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections I have come to expect that at least one bad thing will happen when my husband is TDY, deployed or on a remote assignment. Just two months after I gave birth to our daughter, he left for a month-long assignment in Las Vegas, Nev. I had just returned to work […]

Lady Bird Johnson leaves behind ladylike legacy

Editorial We join Texans — and Americans — everywhere in mourning the loss of a great lady, Lady Bird Johnson, who died Wednesday at age 94 at her Austin, Texas, home. Johnson, as much as anyone, embodied the legendary Southern charm and Texas hospitality with her warm, genteel demeanor. That outward calm belied a strength […]

Travel abroad never easy

Anita Doberman: Columnist My children and I left Rome a week ago on Thursday morning. Reaching Florida should have taken a full day, with two flights: one to New York City and the other one to New Orleans. Instead, it took us four days, countless hours at airports in Newark, N.J., and Charlotte, N.C. – […]

Bond not based on looks alone

By Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My daughter doesn’t look like me. Although I had hoped and prayed for a little mini-me, my husband’s DNA won out. Even in her first pictures (which were black and white ultrasound shots), people would comment on how much she already looked like my husband. However, my husband said the […]

Panic attacks not uncommon

Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask me […]

Panic attacks, anxiety not uncommon

By Anita Doberman: Columnist I get panic attacks. They’re not frequent, and I’ll go years without one. But inevitably and without warning, they show up like an uninvited guest. I say without warning, but they’re not entirely random. While my husband is trying to assure me I’m not having a heart attack, he’ll gently ask […]

Father's love knows no boundaries

Tonya Fennell Father’s Day is just around the corner and many Cannon Air Force dads will spend their special day thousands of miles away. But, even though they’re not with us physically, we can still celebrate the wonderful role they play in our children’s lives. My husband is a father of two and step-father of […]

Military jargon decoded

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My husband has spent almost half his life as a U.S. Air Force airman and he is fluent in the everyday military jargon. But, it has taken me years to decipher the Air Force language he speaks. Here are a few of my favorites. Blues – Members of the Air Force […]

Adulthood takes restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]

Adulthood requires restraint

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Opposites attract. This is true in many areas of my life and especially in my marriage, where my husband and I have different personalities. I am the more exuberant type, and he is the more coherent one. I am more fun — he may say impulsive — and he is more […]

Official: Prisoner commits suicide

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers A convicted felon and a defendant involved in unrelated high-profile local criminal cases committed suicide within the last month, officials said. Scott Kirby, 23, of Portales, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison in February for his role in the theft of $600,000 from an armored car service, died March […]

Aging is simply unavoidable part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

Widow remembers husband’s heroism

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A Portales woman still wrestles with demons that had their roots in the Iranian hostage crisis more than a quarter-century ago. Trudy McKeel is the widow of John D. McKeel, a Marine guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, one of 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days […]

Parenting includes need to have fun

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist When was the last time you really laughed out loud? If you have to think for a while before you answer, it was too long ago. I am not talking about smiling or a polite chuckle. I am talking about a real heartfelt laugh with teary eyes. I happened to […]

Having positive attitude is essential

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When I speak, and often when I write, my husband “gracefully” watches our five children, ranging in age from 6 years to 5 months old. The kids’ ages make it difficult for anyone to baby-sit, let alone for a man, my husband, to handle them for long stretches of time. When […]

Spouse’s return negates need for order

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist My husband recently came back from a deployment. I was anxious to welcome him back home, and the days leading up to his arrival were filled with expectations and work. I wanted to accomplish all the things on my to-do list, making everything and everyone appear as far from chaos […]

Wife defends Macias

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The wife of homicide defendant Robert Macias told jurors Friday her husband was with her at a friend’s house the night Wilfred Salas Jr. died. District Attorney Matt Chandler challenged her story and the fact she had dodged investigators as the third day of the first-degree homicide trial in the […]

Cannon families await arrival

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers It could be today, tomorrow or even Saturday, but after more than five months, Jennie Halfmann knows her husband is coming home from deployment soon. Msgt. Robert Halfmann is one of approximately 300 Cannon Air Force Base airmen returning this week from Iraq, base spokesperson Sgt. Brandon Seals said Tuesday. […]

New Year’s not all about going out

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist There is a lot of pressure to celebrate New Year’s Eve. When I lived in New York City, I went to parties and made it to Times Square to see the ball drop. It was cold and my toes were frozen by the time I left. I’m not even sure […]