Legislative roundup — Feb. 1

Days remaining in session: 19 Here’s to you, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson: Nike founder and owner Phil Knight visited the New Mexico House of Representatives on Friday to honor Charles and Mara Robinson of Santa Fe. A memorial in the House sponsored by Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, recognized the Robinsons “as New Mexico living treasures” […]

Locals appointed to state positions

Stacey Martin of Clovis and Donald Elder III of Portales were recently appointed by the governor to state positions. Martin has been appointed to the New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. Martin has served as the president of Western States Insurance Group, Inc. since 1987, and he has served on the Committee of Fifty since […]

NMMI-Portales basketball capsules — Feb. 1

Boys New Mexico Military (7-10) at PHS (10-9) • When: 7 p.m. today at the RAC • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 • Last meeting: Dec. 14, Portales handed the Colts a 64-44 loss at Roswell. • Last time out: NMMI lost at Class 1A No. 3 Hagerman 59-45 on Tuesday. The Rams absorbed a 69-59 home […]

ENMU basketball capsules — Feb. 1

MEN ENMU (10-8, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) at West Texas A&M (9-9, 1-5) • When: 3 p.m. (MST) today at Canyon, Texas • Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9, KGNC-AM 710. • Last time out: Both teams defeated South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at home this week, WT winning 70-60 on Wednesday night and ENMU posting […]

Senators who broke the system should fix it

Call Harry Reid a stranglehold of one. Senate Democrats in a supposed effort to end partisan gridlock — with strong support from New Mexico’s own Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich — pushed through a change in Senate rules, the so-called nuclear option, that stopped filibusters for most presidential nominations by allowing a simple majority […]

Ranch owners’ views deserve respect — Letter to the editor

Regarding the letter headlined “Prairie dogs erode, don’t restore,” in Tuesday’s CNJ: Jim Riding took the time to point out his experience with prairie dogs causing erosion, claiming my inexperience on the subject. First, I’d like to say that I was misquoted in the original article, my actual statement being “… a demand for people […]

Mystery unraveled

Courtesy photo: Scott Jones
Surveillance video from the library shows “Bootsie” walking across the library Tuesday evening.

By Eric Norwood Jr. CNJ staff writer enorwood@pntonline.com Margaret Hinchee and her staff at Clovis-Carver Public Library lived out a true mystery novel in the past week. In the mystery, there were police, stakeouts, traps, and surveillance cameras. All for a cat. “We think he snuck in sometime last week. He was here about five […]

Knee-jerk reaction not a solution

Kent McManigal

People frequently do the wrong thing for the right reasons. It is right to care about people who hurt themselves or others through substance abuse. It is wrong to impose prohibition in an attempt to save people from themselves or others. It is right to care about innocent victims of random violence. It is wrong […]

Letters to the editor policy

Letters to the editor should be on topics of public interest and no more than 300 words. Private disputes are not acceptable topics for letters. A few other guidelines: • Letters must be original, previously unpublished and written by the person whose name appears with the letter. The writer’s name must be included with the […]

Farm bill boon for cattle producers

By Christina Calloway CMI STAFF writer ccalloway@pntonline.com As the much-anticipated farm bill moves to the Senate, agricultural producers across the eastern side of the state are optimistic the programs they need will finally be secure, according to a state Farm Bureau official. The bill, which failed to make Congress’ floor the past two years, had […]

Mason bids adios with concert

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Local musician Andy Mason, right, performs a Christmas song with Kayla Sturn at his Christmas concert at the Yam Theatre. Tonight he’ll be performing a farewell show at the Yam before he leaves Portales.

By Christina Calloway CMI staff writer ccalloway@pntonline.com   Andy Mason’s music has been heard by locals in eastern New Mexico over the past decade. From staples such as the Peanut Valley Festival and Cannon Appreciation Day to the local libraries and impromptu performances at the Yam Theatre, Mason has provided a sound that the community […]

What's happening — Jan. 31

Today Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m., Landing Zone Karaoke 8 p.m., Community Center Family Bowl-A-Rama 5 p.m., Cannon Lanes Saturday Take Your Child to the Library Day All Day, Cannon Library Story Time 11 a.m., Cannon Library Movie 3 p.m., Base Theater Teen Leadership Club 5:30 p.m., Youth Center Red Pin Night 6 p.m., Cannon […]

History visits Clovis High classroom

By Eric Norwood Jr. Cannon Connections U.S. history students at Clovis High School got a different kind of history lesson on Thursday, as history actually came to the classroom in person. The students were visited by former Navajo Code Talker Jose Chavez, 90, and two other former soldiers and Native Americans who shared their life […]

Diamond Sharp Airmen: Confident controller

By Senior Airman Whitney Tucker 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is the forty-fourth in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The Airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp Award winners. Diamond Sharp is a monthly program where Airmen are recognized by wing leadership and first sergeants for their […]

New dorms open at Cannon

By Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Between preparing paperwork, putting the finishing touches on airmen’s dormitories and keeping rumors at bay, the Dorm Management staff at Cannon Air Force Base had their hands full until the last minute before Jan. 14 — moving day. Construction on buildings 1265 and […]

Airmen’s suggestions prompt uniform policy update

By Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs As of Jan. 17, the Air Force policy governing uniform wear was updated. Through the Every Dollar Counts campaign held in spring of 2013, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, urged airmen to make their voices heard with suggestions […]

Adventure awaits, New Mexico

By Senior Airman Ericka Engblom 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Called the Land of Enchantment, the state of New Mexico is home to many fascinating and exciting places. To explore every one of them would take a load of cash and years of traveling. Luckily for the Airmen of Cannon Air Force Base the […]

Commander’s Editorial: Thank you!

Col. Tony Bauernfeind 27 SOW Wing Commander  The mission at Cannon Air Force Base is critically important to our national security. On a daily basis, we take the fight directly to our nation’s enemies by providing specialized airpower to our joint special operations teammates. To successfully accomplish our mission, it takes a team of dedicated […]

Tumbleweed removal troublesome

By Eric Norwood Jr. Cannon Connections Beep. Beep. Beep. The sound of a city dump truck in reverse pierced the bitter cold air Tuesday as an armada of city workers, airmen and residents worked to clear the mountains of tumbleweeds that invaded the northwest Clovis neighborhood a night earlier. In what looked more like a […]

CHS weekend basketball capsules — Jan. 31

BOYS Clovis (11-8) at Hope Christian (15-3) • When: 7 p.m. today in Albuquerque • On the air: KCLV-AM 1240, KTQM-FM 99.9. •  Last time out: The Wildcats defeated Eldorado 62-61 last Saturday to pull a split in a back-to-back with the Eagles and La Cueva. The Huskies defeated Manzano on 70-46 Tuesday to extend […]