Non-citizen recruits serve longer

The armed forces have enlisted nearly 70,000 non-citizens since the attacks of 9/11 and, as a group, their washout rate is much lower than that of American citizens who enlist, according CNA, a think tank that studied attrition data gathered by the Defense Manpower Data Center. Within three months of entering active service, 8.2 percent […]

Sweet Home New Mexico: Looking to fast forward through next few months

It’s not even a week past Christmas day and I’m already experiencing a post-Christmas letdown. Am I the only one that experiences this? Please, tell me no. There are things I love about all seasons of the year, but October through December are my favorite three months of the year, no doubt. There are so […]

Clovis soldier's recovery progressing

By Kevin Wilson Just a few months ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Dale Smith Jr. had no problem walking. Or running. Or seeing. Or carrying on a conversation. That hasn’t been true since July 15, when the 1999 Clovis High graduate sustained a gunshot wound to the head during battle in Afghanistan. But family members […]

Time to find sources of gratitude

The autumn months are, not creeping, but barreling, through, and Thanksgiving looms large, in spite of the mostly unseasonably warm weather. It’s a wake-up call time for most teachers, as we realize how much we hoped to get covered first semester, and the reality of how much we probably did not get covered. Not sure […]

Base construction under way

Cannon Connections: Alisa Boswell Construction on this aircraft maintenance hangar began in 2010 and will be completed the second quarter of 2012. It was the first project for the southeast development on Cannon Air Force Base and was built at 38,000 square feet to house two C-130 aircrafts. Alisa Boswell Big construction projects have been […]

Uncertainty slows down economic growth

Freedom New Mexico Two months ago, President Barack Obama lamented that a “cloud of uncertainty” hampered economic recovery. He said Congress must agree on a debt ceiling so businesses will regain confidence to add workers. Congress did. Businesses didn’t. Nevertheless, we agree with the president that economic uncertainty discourages business and consumers. It’s clear, however, […]

Cannon puts spotlight on safety

USAF: Airman Ericka Engblom The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron displayed a wrecked vehicle in July at Cannon Air Force Base, as a visual warning to service members about the increased dangers on the road during summer travel months. Senior Master Sgt. Drake Davidson, 27th Special […]

Cannon hosts Career Expo

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Staff Sgt. James Johnson of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, right, speaks with representatives from Bell Helicopter, one of 14 organizations that participated in the first job and information fair at Cannon Air Force Base. Johnson said he came to the fair to find information to pass along to […]

Officials: May take months to replace judge Orlik

Sharna Johnson The courts have begun the process of filling a vacancy created by the unexpected death of District Judge Robert Orlik, however officials say it will likely be months before a replacement is appointed. Orlik, 64, died Saturday night at the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Services were held Wednesday in Clovis. “Judge Orlik is well […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Glenda Price: Human inventions interrupt natural rhythm

Rhythm rules the world. Years, months and seasons (where appropriate) are directed by a rhythm or cadence. Animal migration, hibernation, reproduction all follow the directive in Eccliastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Plants grow, bloom and die on cue. Even inanimate objects expand or crumble according […]

Wheat farmers bracing for dry winter

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By Alisa Boswell Two months into the winter growing season, farmers in Curry and Roosevelt County are asking one question: Where’s the rain? With 60 to 70-degree days and less than normal precipitation, the two counties are suffering a dry season. Farmers said only wheat crops have suffered badly from this winter’s dry spell. According […]

From flightline to sideline

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Rachael Barnett, far left, works as assistant coach for the Clovis Lady Wildcat’s with Head Coach Jeff Reed, far right. Gabriel Monte When Rachel Barnett resigned from the Air Force two months away from becoming a captain, she turned to the one thing that would give stability during her […]

Fall Harvest Festival day for family fun

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte John Vuong, 8, crosses the pumpkin obstacle course finish line at the skate park at Doc Stewart park. Vuong had the winning time. Cannon Connections staff During the winter months, the Cannon Community Center doesn’t have much in terms of family activities, according to center manager Paul Hopkins. The center […]

Military mama: Twins keeping me on my toes

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Twins, I have twins. There are days my mind is still boggled by this fact though its been nearly nine months. We’ve been experiencing some growing pains lately. I thought I was familiar with teething, I lived through it with my first child. But teething times two is brutal. My little Aidan got his first […]

Portales past: Sept. 22, 1910

Roosevelt County Herald: Professor George Lind opened the Floyd School and will conduct for a term of four months. After its closing, he will begin a four-months’ term in a community near Cromer.

Unprecedented terrorism taking root in Mexico

For months we’ve heard reactionaries call for sealing off the Mexican border, alleging that armed terrorists are, or could be, swarming across the border and putting Americans in danger. We’ve been among the many who have insisted that it just isn’t happening; in fact, some of the safest cities in the country are on or […]

My turn: Start making preparations for big game season

Clarence Plank Big game season will be cranking up in the next couple of months for New Mexico residents. Here are some tips to help you prepare: • Always check out the place you want to go hunting, even if it’s someplace you’ve been to many times before. Some private owners could have changed their […]

Commander outlines growth

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Stephen Clark, commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, discusses ongoing projects Tuesday during a Military Base Planning Commission meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Col. Stephen Clark outlined 24 months at Cannon Air Force Base — the previous […]

Commentary: Unique challenges offer tremendous opportunities

By Chief Master Sgt. Bill Turner: 27th SOW command chief My family and I are six months into this assignment, and it has been an incredible six months. When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., we yearned for the quieter life, and we found it here at Cannon Air Force Base. Now, our teenage daughters […]