Community celebrates Cannon

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Justin Turner with the Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron chats up servers at Friday’s Cannon Appreciation Day held at Unity Park. Event organizers said 4,000 burgers and 4,000 hot dogs were on hand for the event. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico After two decades of cook-outs […]

School board to meet

PNT Staff Report The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is set to have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. The agenda includes a technology plan addendum, the personnel report and budget adjustment and cash transfer requests.

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Senior Airman P.J. Canabal had a pretty clear notion of what he wanted when he got transferred to Cannon Air Force Base. The notion was to rent a house with another military member. But Canabal discovered rentals were a pretty difficult commodity at the very end of May. So, […]

Cannon growth plan outlined

Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air Force Base. […]

Growth plan highlights housing, mental health challenges

CNJ staff Housing, mental health services, public transportation, future water availability and recreation are among items in the area that need improvement, according to a growth management plan released Monday. The Regional Growth Management Plan is aimed at evaluating the communities within Curry and Roosevelt counties and their needed responses to growth at Cannon Air […]

Obama strategy for Afghanistan poorly planned

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has announced it may have to turn to military personnel, mainly reservists with relevant civilian skills, to fill hundreds of posts that had been intended for civilian experts. The Obama strategy for Afghanistan announced last month included a dramatic increase in “nation-building” efforts that would include, as President Obama […]

Spread-the-Word Tour coming to Cannon

27th SOW Public Affairs Office The Air Force Personnel Center is coming to Cannon on April 23 for a Spread-the-Word Tour. A team of four people will be available to answer questions on personnel service delivery as well as listen to feedback about civilian and military personnel systems and deployment processes. Two briefings with question-answer-sessions […]

Stimulus includes help for homeowners

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Community Readiness Consultant Linda Sapp has recommendations for military personnel trying to protect their finances in the midst of the country’s economic troubles. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Military personnel aren’t immune from the country’s economic troubles, especially when it comes to selling houses, but they […]

County Commission to meet

Roosevelt County Commissioners are to meet at 9 a.m. today at the County Courthouse. The agenda includes a request from the City of Portales to locate a monument, a presentation by Larry Lundberg of Wells Fargo Brokerage and approval of changes to the county personnel policy.

Police: Officer injured while responding to call

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PNT Staff Police believe a 31-year-old Portales man wanted to stay out of jail so much, he reported a fake bank robbery. Now Rudolfo “Rudy” Sotelo Jr., 31, is in custody and facing new charges after he knocked down and injured a Portales police officer attempting to take him in to custody Wednesday afternoon. Police […]

Good Conduct Medal reinstated by Air Force

By Maj. Paul Villagran: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Air Force officials announced Feb. 11 the reinstatement of the Air Force Good Conduct Medal for enlisted members, effective immediately and retroactive to Feb. 6, 2006, when the medal was discontinued. Airmen who are eligible should see an update automatically in their records on […]

Year in review: Cannon begins to see growth

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The 27th Special Operations Wing made steady progress in 2008 of preparing Cannon Air Force Base for more personnel as well as adapting to new methods of warfare. Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mae-Li Allison said the base has 2,100 military personnel and 560 civilian employees. She said there […]

Students collect phone cards

PNT Staff The Portales Schools Performing Arts Department is conducting its second annual Phone Card Drive for soldiers serving overseas. Members are collecting unused phone cards or donations to buy them to distribute to military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan. Donation jars are to be available at winter performances. The concerts are free and at […]

CFC update

Cannon’s 2008 Combined Federal Campaign has now reached 133.3 percent or $66,625 of its goal of $50,000 and 90.4 percent of base personnel have been contacted through Nov. 16. The campaign ends on Wednesday. The CFC is the world’s largest and most successful workplace campaign. One of Cannon’s goals is to have 100 percent contact […]

Commentary: Community input on Cannon housing important

USAF file photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez The base has refined its housing procedures to reduce the stress of moves. By 2013 the base population will increase to about 5,000 airmen and civilians. By Col. Timothy Leahy: 27th SOW commander Between now and 2013 we expect our base population to increase from the current […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Cannon Community

Athletic events opened to military personnel — All military personnel and dependents will be admitted to Eastern New Mexico University athletic events free of charge during the 2008-09 academic year, according to a school press release. For a complete schedule of athletic events visit www.enmusports.com Trash collections — There will be no trash collection on […]

Education compact would help military children

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico As military installations such as Cannon Air Force Base receive new personnel from other installations, the Department of Defense is asking, “But what about the children?” A transition to a new base can be difficult for school-aged children in military families, according to Jim Rickel, a quality of life […]

County’s first responders get bee training

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Thomas Garcia Roosevelt County law enforcement and emergency personnel have a new worry when responding to area homes — Africanized honey bees. Dealing with the aggressive and potentially deadly insects, which have been reported in the area since 2005, was the subject of a first responders seminar Thursday at Jake Lopez Community Center. Fire department […]

Cannon announces first major wave of personnel

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation learned Tuesday the Air Force Special Operations Command will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base. The first of eight AC-130H aircraft could arrive at Cannon as early as October, along with associated crew and support personnel. Over the […]

Firefighters battle structure fires

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PNT Staff Report Area fire departments were kept busy Monday fighting two major structure fires along with severe weather in southern Roosevelt County.Portales Fire Department personnel were called to a residential structure fire shortly before midnight Monday in south Portales. The fire was quickly contained by firefighters, but it appeared to have caused major damage […]