McGee: Signs make memorable statements

Have you ever wondered what was going on with some signs you see as you travel along? For instance there was a sign in a window of a shop in Roswell a few years ago that read: “WHO DO YOU HAVE TO HUG AND KISS IN THIS TOWN TO GET SOME BUSINESS?” I actually changed […]

Snowstorm threatens travel in southwest, Midwest

The Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. — A powerful storm threatened to bury sections of the Southwest and Great Plains under a blanket of heavy snow Monday, blitzing holiday travelers with blizzard conditions two days before the start of winter. Warnings forecasting snowfalls of up to 18 inches stretched across the region as the storm barreled […]

Planet Kevin can’t come fast enough

Calling all scientists, calling all scientists: We need to travel faster than light, stat. Get on it. On Monday, the European Southern Observatory discovered 50 new exoplanets, including one that orbits in the habitable zone of its star 36 light years away from us. The planet may not have water — and if it did, […]

Time for TV to channel new ideas

I did some travel recently, but also made plenty of time to watch television I normally avoid when I’m working. Here are some things I picked up, none of them long enough for a full column: • There’s a new game show on NBC called, “It’s Worth What?” The show’s hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. […]

Our people: Clovis obstetrician Dr. Richard Layman and his family travel frequently

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. Dr. Richard Layman has been practicing as an obstetrician in Clovis for 22 years. He’s delivering babies for some of the same people he delivered. He took that as a hint. He’s decided it’s time to […]

Privatization gives new life to space travel

Freedom New Mexico Massive rockets propelled the shuttle Atlantis into orbit Friday to a final rendezvous with the International Space Station, poignantly ending the storied 30-year space program. Few advances epitomize American ingenuity more than NASA’s achievements, unquestionably establishing the United States as space exploration leader. The shuttle specs alone speak to what not-so-long ago […]

Air Force to enhance travel orders for deployment

By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve customer support and expedite travel voucher payments, Air Force financial management leaders will mandate standardized use of the Defense Travel System for contingency, exercise and deployment travel, officials said. The change will be mostly transparent to the traveler, […]

ITT aids travelers

By Cadet Lindsey Byrd: 27th SOW Public Affairs Information, Tickets and Travel, also known as ITT, is a full-service travel agency on base that helps retirees, active duty servicemembers and their families who struggle with planning vacations or day trips. Paul Hopkins, ITT supervisor, said, “this program offers an escape for airmen, from the pressures […]

Child Sense: Try to give your child some control when their routine is disrupted in the summer

Priscilla J. Dunstan Summer break is upon us, bringing the inevitable mix of travel, visitors and changing sleeping arrangements. Children’s bedrooms turn into guest rooms for friends and relatives, suitcases replace closets as families travel, and children go off to camp. Though exciting, this can also be very stressful to children, who lose not only […]

What you need to know about the new travel card program

By 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron The Air Force is currently in the process of converting from the Government Travel Card (GTC) to a new Controlled Spend Account (CSA) travel card. According to Air Force officials, the new card will offer greater flexibility in meeting the cardholder’s travel needs. Characteristics of the new card will […]

Let airports decide on own safety measures

As we approach the busiest air travel day of the year and the busiest season for flying, airline travel is poised to be fouled up not only by the weather but by the Transportation Security Administration and the inevitable backlash against the TSA’s new intrusive screening mandates. Whatever happens this Thanksgiving week, the government’s approach […]

2010 holiday greetings teams ready to travel

USAF photo: Tech. Sgt. Sean Worrell Erich Schwab walks Staff Sgt. Antwoin Prater through the process of filling out a holiday greetings card during a practice session at the Defense Media Activity on Sept. 7 in San Antonio. By Rich Lamance: Joint Hometown News Service SAN ANTONIO — Before candy gets stocked in supermarkets for […]

Military mama: Have kids, will travel

I can see the terror in their eyes. We approach our gate at the airport and they immediately start showing signs of dread — raised eyebrows, deep sighs and quiet muttering (at least the polite ones keep it quiet). So what if we have a double stroller and additional small child to control? So what […]

Americans embracing entitlement

I travel a lot. I have crossed the USA about 25 times by car and have also done a good deal of driving in Europe — France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and so on. Some time ago I noticed something that one might wish to explore more systematically than just relying on one’s personal observation. This […]

Air Force officials implement government travel card controlled spend accounts

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office WASHINGTON — In an effort to curtail government travel card abuse and delinquency, Air Force officials are piloting an unprecedented controlled spend account concept through Sept. 3 with an expected service-wide rollout of fall 2010. The most significant CSA concept bases spending […]

TRICARE offers travel tips

By Brian P. Smith TriWest Healthcare Alliance Whether you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is here to keep you medically covered. Take a few steps now to help make sure your coverage remains constant during your travels. Keep DEERS ppdated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting […]

Press Release: Winter storm warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST THURSDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…EXPECT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 8 INCHES. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL OCCUR ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PLAINS OF NEW MEXICO…PARTICULARLY HARDING […]

Education Digest: Students going to state competition

Students going to state competition Twenty-five Clovis High School and Freshman Academy students were chosen by audition for the 2010 New Mexico All State Band and Orchestra. The students will travel to Albuquerque in January to participate in the New Mexico music Educators All State Conference. 2010 All State Symphonic Band: William O’Shea, Holly Tyler, […]

Support grows to eliminate Cuba embargo

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps the most significant sign that U.S. policy toward Cuba might change beyond the lifting of restrictions on how often Cuban-Americans can travel to Cuba or how much money they can send to relatives there lies not in how enthusiastically President Obama shook somebody’s hand at a Latin-American summit — but in […]

Discover home by getting away

By Capt. Tyler Moore: 27th SOW Equal Opportunity office Discover Home, a travel fair/expo sponsored by the 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron, provided maps, brochures and visitor guides about local events, attractions and activities on April 24 at The Landing. As a Cannon military member and Clovis resident, I believe everyone in this area […]