12 AF Chief discusses Air Force challenges with Airmen

Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Chief Master Sgt. Wade Johnson, 12th Air Force command chief, visited Cannon Wednesday as part of an annual tour of 12th AF bases. During his tour, Chief Johnson had the opportunity to shake hands and listen to what was on the minds of the men and women of the 27th Fighter […]

Visitor finds much to cheer about at Cannon

Ms. Janet Taylor-Birkey Mrs. Lisa Schmidt, wife of 12th Air Force Commander General Mark Schmidt, wants to be a cheerleader for the Air Force. As a cheerleader, Mrs. Schmidt has already identified some programs to cheer. “I’m always amazed at the food banks, food pantries and Airman’s Attics. These are programs that go above and […]

Air Force Services survey needs customer input

Courtesy of 27th Services Squadron Headquarters Air Force Services has a new program to address customers’ wants and needs. Every year they conduct customer feedback surveys to assess customer satisfaction with services programs. The responses help drive policy and program decisions. People who are not randomly chosen to receive this survey can now have a […]

EMS turns the tables on LRS #2 with 32-point win

Airman Thomas Trower “We’re getting slaughtered,” groaned LRS’ Erik Chriswell to friends in the crowd. Chriswell and the rest of the 27th Logistics Readiness Squadron # 2 team tried to play the 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron in Tuesday night’s intramural basketball game at the fitness center, but not many people there would call what occurred […]

Crowd in suspense during Monday’s game

Airman Thomas Trower During the basketball challenge Monday, the court was definitely “black and blue.” The 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, donning blue jerseys, took on the dual-squadron team of the 27th Mission Support Squadron and 27th Comptroller Squadron, wearing black, and gave them a run for their money. MSS/CPTS started the game by flying down […]

Hounds ride defense to win over Kingsville

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Greyhound senior guard Jolen Montoya drives past Texas A&M-Kingsville post Juan Launaze in the first half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan got the defensive effort he wanted to […]

Surprising Lady Eagles host Clovis

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer It’s not much of a surprise that tonight’s Clovis-Hobbs matchup involves a 20-win team. The surprise is that team is Hobbs. The Lady Wildcats go on the road to face the Lady Eagles at 7:30 p.m. tonight in a game between not only the best teams in District 4-5A, […]

Zias get first division win

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Zia forward Megan Ratliff drives past a Texas A&M-Kingsville defender in the second half of Thursday’s Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women led all the way Thursday night, but it turned into anything except an […]

Zoo officials trying to cut back on peacock population

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Over breeding has led to an abundance of peacocks at Hillcrest Zoo. Officials are making the birds available for purchase in an effort to curb their numbers. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The peacock population at Hillcrest Zoo is getting out of control, according to zoo director Herschel Arnold. Although […]

Wildcats prepare for Hobbs

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Clovis guard Jaden Isler is questionable for tonight’s game against Hobbs with an injured ankle By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer For someone such as Clovis junior Rishard Matthews who has never seen much less played in a Hobbs-Clovis basketball game, all he can go by is what his teammates have told him. “They just […]

January ranks 12th warmest on record

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Jason Wolfe, a detailer for Big Country Ford, washes vehicles on the sales lot Thursday afternoon. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Under normal winter circumstances, Delores Montoya would be sipping hot chocolate. Not a frozen strawberry daiquiri. Brad Props would be practicing his golf swing inside. Not on a golf […]

House approves $5 billion budget

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — State spending would increase by 8.4 percent next year to pay for public education and general government programs under a $5.1 billion budget bill approved unanimously by the House. About two-thirds of the proposed spending increase is directed at public schools and colleges and universities. The […]

Panel OKs phased-in $7.50 wage

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — An increase in the minimum wage to $7.50, phased in over two years, squeaked through a House committee on Thursday over the objections of Republicans who labeled it anti-business. The legislation heads to the House floor for a vote. It’s a modified version of a measure […]

Congress should oppose proposed extra spending

Freedom Newspapers President Bush played Jekyll and Hyde in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. For each small-government conservative idea — making tax cuts permanent, for example — he offered at least one awful statist proposal — new subsidies for alternative-energy research. The pattern was no more apparent than in what he called his […]

Crying in shower can be therapeutic

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I was crying in the shower the other night after a bad day. I needed a good cry. But as I watched my tears dissolve into the water around me, I thought, “Why am I crying?” I really didn’t know. When I was a little girl, I would often cry […]

Discipline changes for every generation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist To paddle or not to paddle — that was the question raised at a recent Clovis Municipal School Board meeting. This discussion is nothing new. On one side there’ll be the “If you spare the rod you’ll spoil the child” crowd. On the other will be those who believe if […]

Language of music: Clovis grad joining missionary singing group

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Rosamond Garcia, 18, is going to play the French horn with the Celebrant Singers as she travels through the United States, Canada, India and Sri Lanka. Garcia will be with the music missionary group from Feb. 20 through May 20. By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rosamond Garcia’s earliest memories are filled with music and […]

2/3 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. alphabetic amos boss i shoulda known better my momma told me to never play around kitchen stoves i shoulda known better but i did it anyway marcellus the big fat cat was at it […]

Early religious roads helped produce strong faith

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago, we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was […]

2/3 Local roundup

Former prosecutor joins DA’s office A former Albuquerque prosecutor joined the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office this week. Roderick Juarez, 50, was a prosecutor in Albuquerque from 1998 to 2000 and worked in private practice until this year, he said. “I like being a DA better (than a private attorney) …I have a strong sense […]