Local Briefs (Dec. 3)

Cannon personnel donate record amount Cannon Air Force Base personnel donated a record amount of money this year to a charitable fund for national and international non-profit groups, according to a release from the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized annual fund that solicited federal employees for [...]

Area prepares for fire season

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Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Portales Fire Chief Darwin Chenault said Wednesday’s massive grass fire that swept through the Melrose Bombing Range and south towards Floyd should serve as a reminder to control outdoor burning. Fire conditions have become critical in the past month, say fire experts, with a wet summer that provided lots of fuel [...]

Committee sets new timeline for Cannon

AIR FORCE VISIT

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Initial evaluations of the region by an Air Force team ended Friday with a debriefing at Cannon Air Force Base and a pledged timeline for a new base mission. Air Force officials assigned to assess Cannon and its surrounding communities said their task should be complete by January. They said [...]

Roswell museums offer variety

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Complied by Mike Jimenez There are very few cities in this area with as varied a choice in museums a Roswell, just a short 90 minutes to the west of Portales. For a quick and easy day trip to Roswell, visitors can begin their day at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, then drive a [...]

Q&A: Senator Bingaman discusses BRAC, Iraq, and more

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Freedom Newspapers U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was in Clovis and Portales on Thursday and was on hand for a briefing at Clovis Community College with Air Force officials. The Air Force team visited the region for four days to begin the process of finding a new mission for Cannon Air Force Base. Bingaman, who [...]

Portales prepares to test Clovis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters expects the Lady Wildcats to get their first test of the season tonight. The defending Class 5A state champions, winners of 31 in a row and 39 of their last 40, travel south for a 7 p.m. contest against rival Portales, the defending [...]

Zias, Hounds stumble in crossover games

Freedom Newspapers WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Based on records, it may have looked like the teams switched uniforms. Southwestern Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead and the Bulldogs rolled to their first win in seven outings this season, a 61-43 rout of Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night in a Lone Star Conference men’s [...]

Rams fall to 0-2

SHALLOWATER, Texas — Thanks to their neighbors across the Texas border, the Portales Rams are off to an 0-2 start on the season. For the second time in three days, the Muleshoe Mules claimed a victory over the Rams, with the most recent win Thursday in the opening round of the Shallowater Shootout. The Mules [...]

Hunter, White earn Cactus Bowl spots

Freedom Newspapers KINGSVILLE, Texas — Seniors Derrick Hunter and Corey White have been chosen to represent Eastern New Mexico University on the West squad in the 2006 Cactus Bowl all-star football game, scheduled for a 5:35 p.m. (MST) kickoff on Jan. 6 at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Hunter led the Greyhounds in receiving in each of his [...]

Family loses home to fire

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — “You could fit everything in two half-gallon buckets.” That’s how L.A. Davis of Floyd summarized his family’s loss following a devastating fire that swept across his property on Wednesday. Davis said their three-bedroom home burned to the ground, leaving only a foundation. “It was just ashes,” he said. [...]