Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

New horses meet rough country

Whenever we introduce a new horse to the ranch, it often takes a while for them to adjust. The country where I live is pretty brushy, meaning cat claw, mesquite, and cactus of all kinds. It is also riven with steep sides, arroyos, canyons and jagged rocks. I’d traded for a young horse and took […]

My turn: Mother always knew

When I was in grade school, it seems everything I did, my mom found out about. At one point I thought Mom might have been some kind of spy or something. I had good reason to think that. Mom became pretty well known at her office for a particular kind of cake that she made. […]

My turn: Wait, I can explain

There are a couple of disadvantages to being on a diet and watching what you eat. Other people watch for you. I always watch carefully what I eat, and have pretty much given up all fast food … almost. I did find something that I like, and it is really pretty good for you. It […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Year in review: Base normalizes in 2010

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Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close the base like five years ago, no enclave status like four years ago, no new mission like three years ago and smaller squadron movements than […]

2010 year of adjustment for Cannon

FNM file photo Clark was nominated for his first star. If his nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he would be elevated to brigadier general. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close […]

Portales past: Dec. 26, 1956

Dec. 26, 1956: The Portales Daily News (By the Way column): People here seemed to stick pretty close to the dining table or the couch in the parlor (today). There were few to be seen on the streets, and the business district was vacant except for the bus depot as Wayne Orendorff stayed with his […]

Monday morning briefing: Videos, games and some pretty nice weather

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day See the festivities at Cannon over the arrival of the new Osprey. Calendar watch Some events in town worth marking on your calendar: — Wednesday through Sunday is the National Corriente Cattle Show at the Curry County Events Center. Team roping […]

Officials say low census count not accurate

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

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, […]

Time for salaries to come back down

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connection columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]

‘Pay and benefit’ stocking stuffers

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Readers familiar with this column know it typically focuses on a single news development affecting a lot of military people or veterans. The strength of that approach is that a critical issue can be covered pretty well. Sometimes, however, there are waves of news requiring a roundup approach. In the […]

New emergency response vehicle arrives

By Greg Allen, 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs It looks pretty much like any 26,000 pound, 39-foot RV going down the road, if you ignore the enormous gold signage that says “Emergency Management Cannon AFB.” The Mobile Emergency Operations Center vehicle made its official appearance at Cannon Air Force Base on March 27, as […]

ENMU spring semester begins

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer The first day of spring semester classes at Eastern New Mexico University didn’t seem to be too much of a problem for many students returning to school. Many students had less than a handful of classes while getting set in their new surroundings for the spring semester. “(I’m) just […]