McGee: Conservations with insects best kept to yourself

By Grant McGee: CMI columnist It was early morning. The sunrise was still two hours away. I shuffled into the kitchen, flipped on the light and there was a cockroach skittering around in the sink. I stared at it. “Well good morning,” I said, pondering the roach. “I’ve decided you’re going to be the first […]

Intervention in Libya should be kept short

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama, seeking to control what’s happening in Libya, tried at least to control the message. The president said during his speech at the National Defense University that U.S. intervention, which began March 19, stopped a massacre, denied Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi access to billions in assets, assisted Libyan rebels […]

My turn: Resolutions still intact

I have kept my New Year’s resolutions for nine days. The first was to stop exercising and gain weight. The second was to be less patient with those trying to convert me with simplistic canards. Instead of expressing my appreciation for their enlightenment, I now tell them that I read their proffered materials decades ago […]

Drive uncomfortable for couple, piglet

I worked for a big cattle company in the northwest and we kept “cookhouse pigs” for the crew. Every spring, 30 or so little weaner pigs were brought from the sale barn and put in our pig facility, a long steel Quonset hut. I knew enough to vaccinate them for Erysipelas, but I put off […]

Belcher wins Republican primary; retains county assessor spot

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Incumbent Roosevelt County Assessor Tex Belcher kept his position by capturing more than 71 percent of the votes for the Republican seat in Tuesday’s primary election. Belcher received 998 votes, compared to the 398 votes — or almost 29 percent — challenger Kenner Carrasco received. There was no Democrat […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Lightning strikes spark fires

Freedom New Mexico A late-morning thunderstorm and lightning strikes kept Portales firefighters busy Wednesday. Lightning sparked seven grass fires in parts mostly to the south and east of Portales, according to Fire Chief John Bridges. The biggest was a blaze over approximately 150 to 200 acres south of Arch. All of the fires were extinguished […]

America hardly ‘land of the free’

Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We have […]

La Hacienda open again

La Hacienda Mexican food restaurant reopened Monday after being closed since late last year. New owner Nick Bara said he kept the same menu but changed prices. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Effort often worth more than result

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist I try to focus on living in the moment and not get fixated on results. I attempt to do this with my children, my husband and in all areas of my life. I often fall short of my good intentions and measure myself against others’ accomplishments and successes. And while […]

Cannon Tax Center offers free tax preparation

The Cannon Tax Center opened Friday to assist Airmen, government employees and retirees with tax preparation. The tax office is located in the Cannon Law Center, Bldg. 60. To schedule an appointment for this free service, call 784-7304. Courtesy of the Cannon Tax Center The Cannon Tax Center can save Airmen hundreds of dollars in […]

I’m an April fool by birth

By Karl Terry There’s something about me a lot of readers don’t know. I’m an April Fool. By that I mean I was born on April Fools’ Day. It’s true, I really was born on April 1 and I’ve had every practical joke in the book played on me. Growing up, my family was always […]

SFS roadblocks opponent’s win

Airman Thomas Trower After a calm and steady first half, one of Tuesday’s games ran into overtime and ended in a bang. SFS lost their first-half momentum, allowing CMS to catch up and force the game into overtime. After a significant amount of persistence, however, SFS was able to regain a seven-point lead and win […]

And then there was one

Airman Thomas Trower Two Cannon basketball giants took to the court Tuesday to fight for an unblemished record. With 7-0 records, EMS and MDG competed to see which would be the only team in the base intramural league left with an undefeated record. EMS arrived in their new personalized uniforms ready to play and win, […]