Energy Awareness Month: Program helps conserve Cannon’s resources

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron On Oct. 2, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Proclamation designating October as National Energy Awareness Month. To underscore the importance of this effort, Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, signed a proclamation designating October as CAFB Energy Awareness […]

Entries encouraged for Cannon conservation contest

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Interested in winning a bicycle? October is National Energy Awareness Month, and the Cannon Energy Program is hosting a contest open to active duty, dependents, civilians, retirees and contractors to contribute to this important endeavor. Personal accountability is very important in creating the change in culture […]

e-books: Cannon Library adds online resources

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Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Cannon Library Director Melissa Haraughty navigates through the Tumble Books Library on one of the library’s computers. As the world turns more to digital in every aspect of their lives, they also turn to electronic books, called e-books. The Cannon Library staff hosts a tutorial about different electronic resources available at […]

Gambling sting shameful waste of resources

Freedom New Mexico Do you feel safer, Portales, knowing New Mexico law enforcement has busted a bunch of your peaceful neighbors for playing small-stakes poker? We didn’t think so. The alleged infraction occurred Dec. 30 when 10 funseekers were captured playing Texas Hold ‘em by a New Mexico Department of Public Safety agent’s hidden camera. […]

Program links troops with career resources

By Sarah Lifshin: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — As the United States’ economic crisis lingers, returning veterans are finding it harder to translate the skills they have learned on the battlefields onto a resume, but some employers are working with the military to bridge the gap. Staff members with the Employer Partnership Office of […]

Press release: Money available for water conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico announce the availability of $1.5 million to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. The NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Improvement Program, said Dennis Alexander, state conservationist for NRCS New Mexico. “The NRCS in New Mexico is doing […]

Mayoral candidate profile: Dennis Lopez

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Name: Dennis Lopez Birth date: Oct. 12, 1968 Profession: Mental Health Resources program director for supported employment Years in Portales: 35 If you’d like to ask him some questions: 607-6615 and lopezdennis2001@yahoo.com

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Many resources available to military families

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist There are many organizations which use their time and resources to help military families. Each one of them has a slightly different focus but they all serve a very important purpose: they link military families to resources and to the help they need. During deployments, life for those back home […]

Wind farm receives state health and safety award

Freedom New Mexico NextEra Energy Resources, located near Fort Sumner, was recognized Friday as the state’s eighth company to achieve Zia Star Voluntary Protection Program status, according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department. The program recognizes companies with exemplary health and safety management systems that maintain injury and illness rates below […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

It’s their job: Range land manager helps conserve resources

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Sean Lewis has worked as a range land management specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for six years, with about eight months of that time in Portales. Lewis grew up on a ranch north of Mosquero and finished high school in Roy. He earned a degree in range land management […]

Outdoor rec wealth of resources

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Cannon Air Force Base Outdoor Recreation Technician Dan Church demonstrates how to pull up the trolling motor on the Outdoor Recreation Office’s bass boat. The office has several boats for fishing, water sports and cruising the lake. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Weekend whitewater rafting tours, mountain biking, inflatable slides […]

Program aids military spouses with careers

Office of the Secretary of Defense With Congressional authorization in Public Law 110-417, the Department of Defense is implementing the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Program to provide resources and assistance for spouses of active duty services members, Guard and Reserve with a spouse on orders for one year. The goal is to support a […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Resources available for wounded warriors

By Brian Smith: TriWest Healthcare Alliance They are returning from combat in record numbers. With scars seen and unseen, wounded members of the armed services are making their way through hospitals, clinics and facilities from one side of the world to the other. Then they are on their journey through recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The […]

Cowboys prove they’re rough and ready

By Baxter Black Sheryl Crow, a popular pop singer, made headlines in 2007 by proposing a method to waste less natural resources. It made us cowboys look environmentally ahead of our time: A purist global warming star said we should use less paperWhen tending to hygienic needs, we should begin to taperOur use of trees […]

Ute pipeline bill moves forward in Washington

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Legislation authorizing the Ute Water Project cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act, can now be considered by the full Senate, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the committee’s chair. The would authorize the U.S. Bureau […]

Troops’ return can instigate difficult times

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Family counselor Kathy Woodard braces for busy days at her Clovis office when Cannon Air Force Base personnel return from a deployment. Over the weekend almost 300 Cannon airmen returned from a deployment. More than 400 are still in various deployed locations, base officials said. Deployments can amplify or […]

Law of the Sea Treaty won’t fix problems

Editorial On May 15, President Bush offered further evidence that he has strayed far from traditional Reaganite Republican principles by urging the Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty. With a Democratic majority, ratification has become a possibility. It would be a mistake. The Law of the Sea Treaty […]