Their view: Taking on 2012 one step at a time

Jeni Ennis, an Air Force wife, writes a weekly column for Freedom New Mexico’s military publication Cannon Connections. Here’s recent effort.

Airmen receive STEP promotions

USAF: Senior Airman Jette Carr Staff Sgt. Justin Hunter, 3rd Special Operations Squadron standardization and evaluations, is promoted to tech. sgt. by Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, Dec. 22 at Cannon Air Force Base. By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Col. Buck Elton, 27th Special Operations Wing commander, presented two airmen […]

Cake decorating featured on show

Information on one-step dye products, crocheting with plastic bags, and tie-dye cake decorating will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Jann Johnson is a designer and crafter, and she will show how to use a one-step dye product for making a graduated tee-shirt. […]

Climbing the Seven Summits

Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force and Australian Defense Force members stand together displaying their flags on the summit of Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, Oct. 3. This was part of the U.S. Air Force Seven Summits Challenge, where a group of airmen have made the goal of climbing to the top of each continent’s highest […]

Birthdays —

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Laccur [image #1, align=right, size=medium] Ilario Laccur of Clovis celebrated his first birthday Aug. 17. The celebration was hosted by his mom Naomi Garcia, sister Lynnea Olivas, grandpa Joe Bullet, step-grandma Debbie Garcia, grandma Vickey Garcia and great-grandparents Jake and Trini Garcia. Ilario was born Aug. 17, 2010, in Clovis.

Military mama: Son’s growing independence hard to adjust to

This summer we took a big step toward growing up, as parents. My oldest son spent the past three weeks with his grandparents in Florida. I couldn’t quite commit to sending him on his own to fly across the country. Though, I know he would have been in good hands with the flight attendant travel […]

Male mentors step up to fill the hole in children’s’ lives

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Cathy Keen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desperately needed as youth mentors, some men are answering the call despite negative publicity about male transgressions that can keep them at arm’s length from children and teenagers, says a University of Florida researcher. Today’s high rates of divorce, single parenting and working mothers place a greater premium on men […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Press release: Longtime Greyhound skipper to step down after 20 years

PORTALES, N.M.— For the last 20 years and 455 wins, Phil Clabaugh has been the only man to step on the field as the head coach of the Eastern New Mexico University baseball program. Two seasons ago, he guided the squad to its first appearance in the Lone Star Conference championship. With 551 overall wins […]

In Search of Ponies: ‘You go Gilligan’

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Yeah, he likes the turtle neck… and the cardigan too. And the brighter the color, the bouncier his step. Poor Gilligan, yes, I’m outing him. I’d like to think he just appreciates the extra warmth, but it’s pretty obvious it’s not that simple. And no, I don’t think it […]

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

Enhanced concussion rules great step

Freedom Newspapers After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and […]

Nonprofit groups step up to help military families

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — America’s support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family. Some people have taken […]

Pigskin Preview: Hounds need defense to step up

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Last season, its second with a fast-paced spread offense, Eastern New Mexico University began to make the adjustment after years of running the triple option. This fall, Greyhounds coach Mark Ribaudo is hoping to shore up a defense which, often having little time to catch its breath between series, […]

Food at the speed of life: Friends step in, offer pointers for cooking

In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. • Substitute […]

Habitat for Humanity seeks executive director

Freedom New Mexico Habitat for Humanity, which serves Curry and Roosevelt counties, is seeking a new executive director. Longtime director Joyce Davis has informed the board of directors she plans to step down from the role and remain on in a volunteer role, effected July 1. The executive director is the chief operating officer of […]

Cancer awareness key step to survial

By Tech Sgt. Gloria Wilson: 27th SOW Public Affairs Breast cancer is a part of my daily life since my mom has had breast cancer and I am high risk. It’s hard for me not to think about it, search it on the Internet, donate to it, ask about it, walk for it… cry about […]

Residents have mixed opinions of lunar landing

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico For many Americans, that first step on the moon was not just the greatest human accomplishment of all time. It was a one-up on the Russians, it proved the capability of America as a nation, opened up a whole universe to the imagination and it added “astronaut” to the […]

U.S., Mexico collaboration right step

Freedom New Mexico U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent meeting with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa appears to have borne sweet fruit. Since their meeting the two countries have formed a joint working group to make immigration easier. The group will work to make immigration easier and safer, starting with improving the documentation […]

Press release: Governor signs sports equity bill into law

Marking an historic step forward for New Mexico’s girls, Governor Richardson signed the School Athletics Equity Act into law on April 7, 2009. Aimed at ensuring that public high schools and middle schools are adhering to federal law by providing equal athletics opportunities for boys and girls, the bill had already been approved unanimously in […]