Soil health critical for sustainable farming

Soil health is the ability of the soil to produce safe and nutritious crops sustainably without degrading or affecting the environment negatively. An example of a negative effect of an unhealthy soil is water erosion, which removes the fertile surface soil from the farm and deposits it in places where it is unwanted, such as […]

Phase II: Readiness is the reason

After an alarm red from an exercise air attack was downgraded to alarm black at a previous Phase II readiness exercise, 27th Communications Squadron Senior Airmen Hector Medina (left) and Anthony Squeo conduct a post-attack reconnaissance survey. Col. Scott West Warriors of the 27th Fighter Wing, Our ability to deploy and employ airpower and expeditionary […]

In St. Gabriel, grim business sets up shop

By Nicholas Spangler: Knight Ridder Newspapers ST. GABRIEL, La. — The dead are rolling into town. The first sign of this was the convoy of 18-wheelers that rumbled into the parking lot behind the Highway 30 Truck Plaza one day last week, driven by truckers forbidden to discuss their cargo or destination. There were 40, […]

What it’s like preparing for war

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Staff Sgt. Jason Peters explains how to care for an injured soldier during a triage exercise for pre-deployment training Friday at Cannon Air Force Base.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help […]

Hazardous materials discussed: Q and A

Editors note: Don Shainin, HAZMAT (hazardous materials) coordinator for the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, was in Clovis on Wednesday to speak with local emergency officials about hazardous chemical reporting, chemical dispersion threats in New Mexico and Clovis and emergency response plans. Shainin served the Albuquerque community as a firefighter for many years and […]

Americans who abused Iraqis must be made to pay

The photographs of American soldiers abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners of war at the Abu Ghraib prison — a site synonymous with Saddam Hussein’s regimen of torture — cannot be dismissed as the result of insufficient training, as some of the perpetrators of these acts have described it. One doesn’t force naked prisoners onto a […]

Pesticides kill bugs, save many lives in Africa

Freedom Newspapers Most political movements and public policies have their good points and bad, so it’s imperative that Americans try to subject everything to hard-headed analysis. Unfortunately, the environmental movement still basks in the glow of unquestioned praise, so some of the ills that have occurred as the result of environmentalist policies go unchecked. Perhaps […]

Most of us thought Saddam had WMDs

Walter Williams Listening to the political and media rhetoric about the war in Iraq, you’d think that only President Bush thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Here are just a few past statements made by Bush’s critics. President Clinton (1998): “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity […]

Air crew tests chemical suits

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Lt. Col. Pete Schaub, left, explains the Chemical Warfare Ensemble flight suit as 1st Lt. Kyle Wallace listens during an interview Friday at Cannon Air Force Base. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Eight air crew members with the 523rd Fighter Squadron have been getting strange looks […]

Hospital: Hazmat mishap mishandled

By Darrell Todd Maurina Communications problems which complicated an emergency medical run on Feb. 2 could have implications for any future disaster, members of the exercise design subcommittee of the Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee noted Friday. Meeting to plan the county’s next disaster training drill, members discussed the Feb. 2 incident that didn’t […]