AKC agility dog trials this weekend

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico This weekend at the Curry County Special Events Center, it’s a dog’s life. More than 300 canines will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday as the Clovis-Portales Kennel Club holds its first American Kennel Club-sanctioned Stars and Stripes dog agility trial. Admission is free, with shows starting 8 a.m. […]

Fire near Special Events Center

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Freedom New Mexico An old underground fuel tank near the Curry County Special Events Center caught fire while being cut into pieces for removal Friday morning. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said the fire was reported around 10:30 a.m. and was quickly extinguished using foam spray. No one was injured. “They’re going to discontinue that […]

Cannon change of command ceremony scheduled

Freedom New Mexico A change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing is scheduled for 10:27 a.m. today at Cannon Air Force Base. Base officials said Col. Stephen Clark will assume command of the 27th SOW from the current commander, Col. Timothy Leahy, whose next assignment will be special assistant to the commander, […]

New special ed director takes over July 1

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The incoming Portales special education director has a background in special education and said she plans to continue the current service and work with the gifted program. Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns, now Brown Early Childhood Center’s principal, is scheduled to officially take the place of current Director of Special Student […]

Cannon airman, Farwell woman killed in car crash

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Freedom New Mexico A car crash near Weatherford, Okla., has claimed the lives of a Cannon AFB airman and his 18-year-old passenger from Farwell. The victims are Airman 1st Class Andrew Arnett, 19, and his 18-year-old passenger Christy Thatcher. Officials at Cannon confirmed they died April 23 in a one-car rollover on Interstate 40 just […]

Cannon commander leaving

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing will have its second commander May 27. That’s the day Col. Tim Leahy is set to leave Cannon Air Force Base. His replacement will be Col. Stephen Clark. Leahy has been at Cannon since Oct. 1 2007, as the base went from Air Combat Command to Special Operations […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Freedom New Mexico Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened […]

Report: Cannon plane crashes in Afghanistan

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Freedom New Mexico An Air Force Special Operations MQ-1 Predator assigned to Cannon Air Force Base crashed Sunday in Afghanistan, according to an Air Force Times report. The unmanned plane, assigned to the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., was lost over southern Afghanistan about 11:35 a.m. local time. The cause […]

Council will meet in executive session

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council is holding a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at City Hall to name a replacement for Ward B Councilor Jake L. Lopez. Lopez’ last meeting was Tuesday. He resigned to serve on the Roosevelt County Commission.

Club Notes Nov. 23

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met Nov. 19. Members were given flu shots before the meeting. The minutes were approved as read. Treasurer Wanda Martinez reported a healthy balance in the gift shop with all bills paid. Gay Weese is starting a program of giving newly-admitted patients a cup with a balloon. The […]

Hurlburt squadron being reassigned to Cannon

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Freedom New Mexico A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday will be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in the future, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release. The 20th Special Operations Squadron will fly CV-22 aircraft at Cannon. A military spending bill signed by President […]

Cannon notes strides in first year of Special Ops

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base officials said significant strides have been made in modifying infrastructure and adding personnel and aircraft during its first year as an Air Force Special Operations Command installation. The air base was marked for closure in 2006 by the Base Realignment and Closure Committee. But a […]

Carters settle on “White Earth”

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By Ruth Burns: Special to the PNT By Ruth Burns Special to the PNT One of the first of the pioneers to come to the Roosevelt County area was the Carter Family, who settled at Tierra Blanca Lake about 10 miles west of the present site of Portales, so named because of the “White Earth” […]

Training center funds in omnibus bill

PNT Staff Report The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $8.1 million contract to complete construction of a flight simulator facility at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Phil Howry Co. of West Lake Hills, Texas, will construct a Special Operations MC-130J aircraft simulator facility to […]

It’s Their Job: Pat Dodson

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By Chris Romero, PNT Correspondent Name: Pat DodsonJob: Local coordinator for the Special Olympics of New Mexico.Background: Dodson has worked in the bookkeeping field for the last 20 years.She has a handicapped son, Garrett who is 17, and participates in Special Olympics. Special Olympics of New Mexico is on the Web at:www.sonm.org.To learn more about […]

CAFB exercise tests special ops communication

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future of special operations communications technology. Tethered by cables tied to four metal plates, the inflatable satellite was surrounded by three tents housing millions of dollars worth of communications equipment. The mobile […]

AFSOC training unit stationed at Cannon

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – The Air Force Special Operations Command unit responsible for training aircrews in special operations airframes established a detachment at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M, May 10.

County hospital district reports profit

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Special Hospital District reported a profit of $346,690

Events Calendar May 27, 2008

TodayPortales Municipal School Board special meeting — noon, Central Office board room 501 S. Abilene ThursdayAfricanized bee seminar — 9 a.m. first-responders training, 7 p.m. general public, Jake Lopez Community Center at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds SaturdayOld Tyme Music Festival — 7 p.m. Oasis State Park The events calendar is a daily listing that contains […]

Air Force confirms Cannon to get Predator squadron

Freedom New Mexico The Air Force Special Operations Command confirmed Thursday the 3rd Special Operations Squadron will move to Cannon Air Force Base from its current home at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The squadron flies MQ-1 Predators, which are unmanned aerial vehicles. The move will bring an additional 84 officers and 155 enlisted […]