Active shooter: What do you do?

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USAF: Airman 1st Class Xavier Lockley From left, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Joshua Rutherford and Staff Sgt. Michael Garcia both with the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Alpha Flight, subdue a mock gunman during a simulated active shooter scenario Nov. 17 at Cannon Air Force Base. During an active shooter situation, when law […]

Xcel customers asked to conserve power until 8 p.m.

Xcel Energy is asking its New Mexico and Texas customers to reduce electricity usage until 8 p.m., terming the situation “urgent.” Based on high electricity demand and maintenance issues at area generating plants, Xcel issued an energy alert Tuesday morning under threat of controlled outages if electricity demand is not reduced. Demand could exceed the […]

Town hall will address water, fireworks issues

Argen Duncan City officials have set a special town hall meeting for Tuesday to address water and fireworks issues. Mayor Sharon King said she wants to provide more information about the water situation, update citizens on efforts to stop fireworks use until it rains and answer questions. Discussion isn’t limited to fireworks and water, she […]

Military mama: There is no ‘us vs. them’

I always try to make the best of each situation wherever I am in life, because, quite frankly, it’s a choice to enjoy myself or not. I would like to take a moment to get a little serious about the amount of complaining that is occurring about this particular duty station. We live in a […]

Border situation still uncertain despite changes

Winter Texans who already are starting to trickle into the Rio Grande Valley and others interested in crossing into Mexico might be alarmed at some of the latest news coming out of Mexico. Then again, they might be relieved. President Felipe Calderon last week sent Mexico’s Congress a proposal to do away with the country’s […]

English political situation bears watching

This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by […]

Iraq elections wait-and-see situation

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Attending legislative session presents challenges

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican For years people trying to attend a session of the state Legislature have complained about the parking situation at the Capitol. There’s finally some good news on that front. Last year the state opened a new $13 million parking structure just west of the Roundhouse with 580 spaces. (Entrance […]

Cannon to announce Family of Year

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Britta and Maj. Kevin Martin and their children, 3-year-old Jensen, bottom left, and 5-year-old Devynn, were named Family of the Year at Cannon Air Force Base last year. Britta and Kevin said they appreciated the award but they don’t do anything Air Force families shouldn’t do normally. By Argen Duncan: […]

Worry is train ride to nowhere

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist Did you know there are 8,910 promises in the Bible? Those promises cover every circumstance you will ever encounter. Yet, why are there so many books about stress and how to deal with it? Uncontrolled emotions cause chemical changes in the body that lead to illness and disease. Worry […]

Security Forces train with Clovis police

By Airman Elliott Sprehe: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron conducted breach-entry training with Clovis’ Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in base housing Dec. 12 to build rapport and share training tips with each other.  Four 27 SOSFS airmen participated in the training […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

Counselors offering support

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Grief-stricken faculty and staff from Steiner Elementary gathered on Tuesday morning to offer support to the classmates of Lorenzo Cabral, Jr., who died on Jan. 4. School counselors were on-site to visit with the students parents about the situation. After a brief meeting with the parents, the counselors then […]

Victim described as adorable child

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral was described by the principal of his school in Portales as a being a good student who was respected and respectful of others Steiner Principal Becky Flen described Lorenzo has being a “very, typical boy” on the playground. He was also known to be a sweetheart, […]

Deteriorating ground conditions indicate Iraq still needs attention

Editorial President Bush describes Iraq as a young but hopeful democracy with a “unity government,” a country in which “the sight of an old man pulling an election lever” terrifies al-Qaida members and other terrorists and sectarians. We can all hope these and other optimistic assessments may prove valid in the long run, even if […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]

Odds stacked in Artesia’s favor

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer With everything else surrounding tonight’s game against Artesia, it would seem that the only advantage the visiting Portales Rams have is the benefit of a bye week. The other odds seem to all be in the favor of the Class 4A Bulldogs. Artesia (5-1) is at home and has […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]

BRAC: Be optimistic, but prepared

By Jim Lee I planned on writing about car battery recycling this week, as sort of a follow-up to last week’s bit about my car battery’s demise, but recent events have me thinking about Air Force base recycling instead. I wonder why. We may view the situation with denial, determination, or despair, but we have […]

We must solve water issues while there’s still some left

Jim Lee Guess what: We’re running out of water. That’s no huge news flash, but maybe we should remind ourselves about it from time to time. Oh, we probably won’t go dry in the next nine minutes, but things like this need planning and advance work. If we wait till the last drop comes into […]