Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Deployments: Making the best of the situation

Janet Birkey Marc Abel is part of a different group of military spouses – a male who will make permanent change of station moves, but doesn’t deploy. As an Airman’s husband, he is the one left behind to handle the everyday stuff and figure out how to make a satisfying life that can be both […]

Portales students celebrate National Anthem Day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A celebration, honoring “The Star-spangled Banner was held Thursday at the Portales Junior High School. At 9 a.m., faculty, staff and community members gathered to hear representatives from the Portales High School Choir sing the National Anthem. “MENC (Music Educators National Committee), a music organization across the United States […]

Lack of education often results in firearm mishaps

Master Sgt. Edward Story, Jr. In the last year, two Airmen from Cannon received gun shot wounds while cleaning their firearms. Both incidents resulted from negligence and lack of familiarity with their weapon. Fortunately for the individuals, no life threatening or long-term injuries were sustained. These mishaps are instant reminders of the importance of knowing, […]

Tucker vies for state representative

Editor’s note: Lucille B. Tucker is seeking the Republican nomination for state representative of district 66 in the June 6 primary. She is running against incumbent Keith Gardner. Q. Why are you running for state representative? A. I am a life-long educator concerned about what is happening or not happening within the educational structure of […]

Another lesson from Miss Manners

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I may not exactly be Miss Manners, but when it comes to social etiquette, I’ve got a few things to say. I’ll call these Helena’s mannerisms. When someone sneezes, any proper, caring individual should say “Bless you!” If the person sneezes again, it is only proper to sigh and say […]

Dorm inspections more than just military tradition

Master Sgt. John Skaggs For some dorm residents, it is an inconvenience and annoyance when the first sergeant inspects dorms. Some may ask, “Why does it matter if I have candles in my room or if my bed is not made or if my floor has become a dustball ranch?” They may argue that their […]

Scrapbooking: Hobby to preserve family memories

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a scrapbook is probably worth a million. Just ask Mandi Parks and Kyla Gray. Parks and Gray are among a handful of local Creative Memories consultants who go the extra mile to preserve their family memories through scrapbooking — a collection […]

To-do lists: powerful tools to accomplish mission

Lt. Col. Raymond Lopez How often have you gone home at the end of a day feeling frustrated because you had accomplished far less than you had planned? How many times has your to-do list grown by more items in one day than you marked off in a whole week? For most of us, this […]

CMSAF shares senior enlisted wisdom

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs As a senior leader, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray has a wealth of experience and wisdom to share with future leaders of the Air Force. It is this experience and wisdom that Chief Murray was able to share during his visit to […]

Years after “Heidi” game, CBS decision draws parallels

By Kevin Wilson Today we celebrate an anniversary of sorts. It’s an anniversary I didn’t live through, but am affected by just the same. While reading Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column online, I was reminded of something that changed television and sports as we know it. The day was Nov. 17. The year, 1968 […]

Homans makes stop in Portales

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By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]