5/17 Public Record

The following criminal dispositions were recently filed in the magistrate court: l John Hudson, 20, pleaded no contest to public affray and is ordered to serve 90 days unsupervised probation. l Donald Cooper, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, careless driving and is ordered to serve […]

ENMU – Extended Learning

Extended Learning For information on any of these classes, contact the Office of Extended Learning at 562-2165, 800-367-3886 or 800-537-5376 (N.M. only). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Quay Hall, Room 106. Retirement Planning: Let Preston Pratt, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. help you plan […]

Baca pleads not guilty

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A 19-year-old Portales man decided against a plea agreement Monday in court and instead will face a murder trial in connection with the death of a city teen. Baca pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree murder charge and two counts of tampering with evidence. He is accused of […]

Kirtland fought its way off closure list

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Albuquerque officials had to scurry 10 years ago when Kirtland Air Force Base landed on the Department of Defense’s list of bases proposed for realignment. A committee was quickly formed in response to the threat of realignment, with six businessmen calling themselves the Kirtland Retention Task Force at its core. […]

Panel seems generally receptive to Pentagon’s closure proposals

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A commission charged with reviewing the Pentagon’s proposal to close or downsize 62 major domestic military facilities sounded largely receptive as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld testified Monday that the sweeping reorganization was vital to U.S. success in the war on terrorism. “The changes are essential in […]

ENMU regents approve course fees increase

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University Regents approved an increase in course fees on Friday for art classes to help in the expense of Macintosh computers and software. The regents approved the hike in course fees for ENMU’s Macintosh computer labs during Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. The computer lab is […]

Community rallies to save Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers CLOVIS — Rounds of applause rippled through the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library Monday as Gov. Bill Richardson encouraged residents to be vocal in their support of Cannon Air Force Base. An eastern New Mexico staple for more than 50 years, Cannon is one of two Air Force […]

5/17 Obituaries

Clarence Barnett, 82 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery. Clarence “Barney” Barnett, 82, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, in Amarillo. He was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Duran, to Homer and Elbertine Smith Barnett. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1941. He attended Eastern New Mexico […]

Spilca too much for Lady Rams

PNT Staff In the end, a five-time state singles champion was the difference in making sure Portales didn’t become a three-time team champion over the weekend. Mariana Spilca claimed wins in both the singles and doubles category, giving Sandia Prep a 5-4 win over Portales for the Class 1-3A girls tennis title Saturday in Albuquerque. […]

Elida advances at state

Freedom Newspapers Playing in state tournament competition for the first time in 30 years, the Elida Tigers brought out the big bats on Monday. Elida pounded out 18 hits, including 11 for extra bases, and posted a 15-9 victory over Gallup Catholic in a quarterfinal game played at Cibola High School. The Tigers (7-11) will […]

Four score for Portales

By Dave Wagner ALBUQUERQUE — Portales High’s track teams were relegated to four scoring finishes over the weekend in Class 3A state competition at the University of New Mexico. PHS posted three sixths for three points in boys competition while the girls came up with a fifth-place finish, good for two points, when eighth-grader Kelsi […]

Portales’ first trip to state a short one

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent With only one senior on the roster heading into the state tournament, the Portales Rams knew that their softball future was promising. They just didn’t know they would have to start thinking about that future so quickly. The Rams were shellacked 14-0 by defending champion Grants when the Class 3A […]

State, community leaders focus on defending Cannon

By Mary Perea: The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation say they will arm themselves with data and lead the charge to save Cannon Air Force Base from closing. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., said the staffs of the congressional delegation have worked with all the bases, but now it’s time to […]

Paths converge at graduation

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Two Portales residents took two different paths throughout their lives, two paths that were a part of 330 different paths that intersected Saturday at Greyhound Arena. The arena was the site of spring graduation for Eastern New Mexico University, and it was the newest mark in the paths of […]

Portales hit hard by Cannon’s spot on BRAC list

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Friday the 13th of May was certainly a horror story for supporters of Cannon Air Force Base, as Portales residents learned that CAFB is one of 33 bases on the Base Realignment and Closure Commission list. While some were shocked and imagining worst-case scenarios, others hope the story can […]

What comes next for Cannon?

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Chad Lydick’s spring was characterized by a string of sleepless nights. As a member of the Washington Committee, a subgroup of the Committee of Fifty that supports Cannon Air Force Base, Lydick spent countless hours working to ensure the base would not be included on the Department of Defense’s Base […]

Base-closing to affect all

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The shifting of troops and jobs from the Northeast to the Sunbelt and the West. The consolidation of scores of Reserve and Guard sites across the map. Mergers throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to create super-sized multipurpose bases. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld […]

Our Viewpoint: Emotions become fierce resolve

Hearing Friday morning that the Department of Defense wants to close Cannon Air Force Base after nearly 60 years as a premier training base was shocking, knock-your-breath-out-of-you news. That was Friday. Today, the emotions have evolved into a fierce resolve to keep Cannon open because it is in America’s best security interests. We believe in […]

Cannon Air Force Base one of 33 recommended for closure

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers We will fight this. The refrain could be heard Friday from the city offices in Clovis and Portales, to the governor’s office in Santa Fe, to the halls of Congress, where New Mexico’s congressional delegation vowed support in efforts to remove Cannon Air Force Base from the Defense Department’s proposed […]

Engagements, Birth, Anniversary

Engagements Ortega/Eagle Lourdes Sena of Albuquerque announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter, Bernice Ortega, to Greg Eagle, son of Glen and Melba Eagle, all of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows August 13, 2005, at Faith Christian Family Church. The reception will be at The Landing, Cannon Air Force Base. The bride-elect […]