Officials: Change in landfill fees designed to encourage cleanup

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer City residents will be able to take small loads of solid waste to the landfill free of charge under guidelines clarified Wednesday by the Public Works Committee. The change is effective immediately and is designed, in part, to encourage cleanup in the community. The committee decided city residents may […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Clovis census numbers slightly down

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When it comes to the census, Portales City Manager Tom Howell said there’s never a feeling you can declare victory. “I’ve been in city government a long time, and this is my third census,” said Howell, promoted in from the public works department last fall. “You’re never happy with […]

Cannon showcases mission, aircraft

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Michael Poston, deputy base civil engineer at Cannon, said the base has been under construction almost continuously since 2007. This building will be used for simulators and will be expanded to be a training center, called Simulator City or Sim City, Poston said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Cannon […]

Time working in schools was rewarding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools They say: “All good things must come to an end.” I never did care for that saying too much. My father always said, “Everything is temporary.” And when times are tough, I remind myself of this and it makes me feel better. But, when I am having a great […]

Promotion list released

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials here May 20 selected 5,424 of 21,829 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant for a selection rate of 24.85 percent. The average score for those selected was 341.18, with an average time in grade and time in service of 4.49 […]

Critical Days of Summer campaign launched

By Maj. Heidi Nelson: Air Force Safety Center Ground Safety Division KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE — S is for summer … and safety too. It’s that time of year again. Spring is here in full force, summer is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: time for Air Force safety officials […]

Hiring surge to employ thousands

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — With contractor-to-civilian conversions, new organizations standing up and overall increases in civilian positions, the Air Force civil service continues to grow as officials look to employ thousands of U.S. citizens. Air Force Personnel Center officials have filled more than 3,000 […]

National Veterans Golden Age Games begin

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Hundreds of veterans from around the nation are making their way to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the 24th National Veterans Golden Age Games, the largest annual sports competition of its kind in the world. The events run through Monday. “This extraordinary event is a true testament to […]

Museums offering free admission

By Elaine Wilson: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Active-duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have […]

C-27A adviser squadron now fully manned

By Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson: U.S. AFCENT Combat Camera KABUL, Afghanistan — A year of success stories continues for airmen of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, who are advising Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers on the use of the C-27A Spartan. “We are now fully manned and will be able to continue toward […]

Air Force transitions from NSPS to GS

By Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Most Air Force civilians under the National Security Personnel System will convert to the General Schedule by the end of this fiscal year in support of the Department of Defense goal to convert out as quickly as possible. This conversion […]

Officials seek immediate inspection of helmets

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Air Force officials here directed an immediate service-wide inspection, recall and reporting of defective advanced combat helmets. Logistics officials said evidence indicates some helmets were produced using unauthorized manufacturing practices, defective materials and improper quality procedures that could potentially reduce ballistic […]

Zias’ Mayo Otis named to ESPN the Magazine squad

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University senior Alex Mayo Otis was selected to the third team of ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-American squad. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher, play in at least of the team’s contests and been on the team […]

Real fulfillment found in God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist One of the best books I’ve read in a long time centers on one of the best stories of all time. The story is Jesus’ “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” and the book, which helped me see that great parable more clearly than ever before, is Timothy Keller’s The […]

Day trip: Museum showcases Billy the Kid memorabilia

Courtesy of Don Sweet The Billy the Kid Museum opened in 1952 in Fort Sumner and exhibits a collection of Billy the Kid memorabilia, items related to the history of Fort Sumner and the surrounding area. Place: Billy the Kid Museum in Fort Sumner. Location: The museum is located on the main strip in Fort […]

Grad headed to Air Force preparatory school

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Portales High School graduation senior Timothy Sando holds his certificate of appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in the PHS library. In high school, he played baseball and soccer and was inducted into the National Honor Society. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections A Portales High School senior […]

PRMC working to meet Cannon’s needs

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections As Cannon Air Force Base’s force size rises to a projected near 5,000 personnel level, local medical services are racing to catch up. Beefing up labor and delivery, finding ways to streamline emergency services, adding mental health workers and specialists such as pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are some of the […]

Food at life speed: Cooking can be quite an adventure

I love good food, but I have neither the time nor the patience to spend a jillion hours in the kitchen. I also want to be able to eat good food without it going straight to my hips, but I think moderate indulgence has its place. And that is the basis of this column. Before […]

Motorcycle rally will benefit troops

Cannon Connections photo: Kevin Wilson Glenn Eagle, left, talks with his son Greg Eagle about setting up a shower facility for the inaugural Eagle View Rally. The four-day event is expected to draw 2,500 motorcyclists to the Eagles’ property northeast of Clovis. By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections Glenn Eagle couldn’t start to count the number […]