8-30 Community Calendar

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit, change or removed an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Tuesday Parents of sexual assault victims — […]

8-30 Obituaries

Ernest L. Carter Services: 10 a.m. Saturday in Mount Zion Cemetery Mr. Ernest L. Carter, 57, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, at his home. He was born Sept. 25, 1947, in Portales to Ruby and Harold Carter. He grew up in Portales and attended Portales schools. He was employed at the OK Tire […]

Fairgoers and merchants end festivities

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Eight days after they first arrived at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, the Leglers were back at their group’s fair booth, trying to leave it as empty as they found it. Gretchen Legler watched as her 10-year-old daughter Abby took down parts of their booth for Girl Scout Troop 673, complete […]

Cannon advocates prepare for future endeavors of base

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The window of opportunity for Cannon Air Force is ever-growing. That’s the message Randy Harris, one of Cannon’s most loyal supporters, walked away with Monday after participating in two separate telephone conferences. “The bottom line is excitement,” said Harris, member of a subgroup nominated by the Cannon advocate group Committee of […]

Businesses have mixed reactions to base enclave

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Slated for closure by the Department of Defense, Cannon Air Force Base was granted a temporary reprieve by a federal commission on Friday. Soon to be stripped of its three F-16 squadrons, the base must find a mission in order to remain open. Economists say a base closure would put a […]

First day arrives for ENMU students

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Kevin Wilson: Managing Editor Nate Riley remembers what it was like to be a freshman. It was one of the reasons he was stationed at the front desk at the Campus Union Building on Monday during first day of fall classes at Eastern New Mexico University. He wanted to help incoming students get acclimated to […]

Season off to bad start for Floyd

Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent HOBBS — Longtime prep football coach Rafael Roybal was officially introduced to the world of six-man football on Saturday at the Southeastern Football Classic in Hobbs. And, well, it could have been nicer. Floyd, headed by Roybal, took it on the chin over and over and over as Tatum pounded the […]

Rams take third in volleyball tournament

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor If the New Mexico Activities Association were to pull a surprise and announce that state volleyball match will be a best-of-nine format, consider Portales well prepared. Long matches created just that circumstance, as Portales had to play a pair of matches with a 15-minute break in the second day of […]

World War II veteran profiles

Herman Berkstaller Born: 1922 Dates of service: Aug. 8, 1942 to Sept. 1945 Hometown: Roswell Lives in: Elida Theater or location of service: China, Burma and India, western Pacific Unit and specialty: 20th Air Force, B-29 flight engineer After discharge: El Paso, Texas Veteran organizations: American Legion, VFW Albuquerque Berkstaller said he was in the […]

Auction nets $138,000 for kids

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Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers Wallets and cage doors came open Saturday evening at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, as the Junior Livestock Auction got underway at 6 p.m., featuring 54 exhibitors and 54 of the best animals in the fair. Parents, business owners and local residents filled the arena, ready to examine the scene and watch […]

Peanut day set for Thursday

A new row spacing technique will be featured at a free peanut field day Sept. 1 in Clovis and Portales sponsored by New Mexico State University. The half-day program begins with registration and tours at 8 a.m. at NMSU’s South Research Facility, located on County Road 4, five miles south of Clovis. At 11:30 a.m., […]

War puts catcher on farming path

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Len Santi had a chance to be a professional baseball player, but the military draft intervened. Nearly 60 years after the Japanese officially surrendered to bring an end to World War II, Santi says the intervention steered him to a life he never imagined for himself but enjoyed all the […]

Judge sides with Pennsylvania on base closing lawsuit

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — In a blow to the Pentagon’s plan to shake up National Guard units, a judge ruled Friday that the Defense Department does not have the authority to dissolve a Pennsylvania Air National Guard division without the governor’s approval. U.S. District Judge John R. Padova said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should […]

BRAC closing list

The Associated Press A look at a federal commission’s decisions on the list of major bases the Pentagon wants to close. The Pentagon defines “major” as facilities whose replacement cost would be $100 million or greater. CLOSE (as Pentagon recommended) Alaska: —Kulis Air Guard Station (closure was conditioned on there being enough federal money to […]

How New Mexico fared

The Associated Press Cannon Air Force Base: Commissioners turned down the Pentagon’s recommendation to close Cannon, voting instead to dissolve its fighter wing and send its F-16s elsewhere while leaving the base open as an enclave. The action would leave an unspecified reduced force at the base while the Pentagon searches for a new use […]

What they are saying about BRAC

The Associated Press More reaction to the Base Closure and Realignment Commission’s decision on Cannon Air Force Base: “It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. It is a partial win and it appears to be a big loss, but we don’t know what’s coming.” — Marshall Stinnett of Portales, a member […]

BRAC Letters

Want to express your opinion about the future of Cannon Air Force Base? Write to Donald Rumsfeld at: Secretary of Defense 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 Department of Defense Web site: www.defenselink.mil/ To send an e-mail: www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html Editor’s note: The Base Closure and Realignment Commission voted Friday to move planes and personnel away from […]

BRAC Analysis

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the Army, […]

Keeping Cannon now means finding new mission

David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers It may be two years or more before the F-16 fighter jets and their crews and support staff leave Cannon Air Force Base, but the ideas for what happens after that are already rolling in. Andrew Schulman, a legislative aide for Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said there’s a potential for the […]

Element of surprise adds to queen event

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Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent This year a twist was thrown into the revealing of next year’s 2006 Roosevelt County Fair Queen, Princess and Sweetheart, that twist being surprise. Usually, the fair royalty contestants are told ahead of time whether or not they won in the area they were contending, but this year they were informed […]