Mission accomplished

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The departure from moods that once reigned was evident. Squeezing into a small room adjacent to the Clovis-Carver Public Library, community members and leaders shook hands, patted one another on the back, and flashed the kinds of smiles that seem almost involuntary, willed by joy. Thirteen months ago, in […]

Portales residents joyful over CAFB news

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales residents expressed relief and joy following Tuesday’s announcement that Cannon Air Force Base will be a new home for U.S. Air Force Special Operations. “I couldn’t be happier,” said an ecstatic Sharon Davis, co-owner of Calton Furniture in Portales. “This is great news for both communities (Clovis and […]

County cooking ideas to replace heat/air system

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt County Commissioners are considering a new heating and air conditioning system in the county courthouse to replace the building’s 30-year-old one. Commissioners gave County Administrator Charlene Hardin approval during their meeting Tuesday morning to submit a loan application to New Mexico Finance Authority to begin the process […]

RGH corrects accounting error from ’05

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt General Hospital administrators informed the board at Tuesday’s meeting they have fixed an accounting error that began in July 2005 in which $290,000 in expenses had been charged twice. The money was charged into two separate accounts when it should have been just one, according to Chief Financial […]

A sigh of relief, as Cannon mission uncertainty ends

Editorial The longest stretch of never-ending uncertainty in the economic history of this eastern New Mexico area — from May 13, 2005, to June 20, 2006 — is finally over. That noise emanating from this region wasn’t the wind, just a combination of sighs of relief and thankful prayers at the news that Cannon Air […]

Special Operations coming to Cannon

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The mission to save Cannon Air Force Base has been accomplished. Cannon will soon become home to the Air Force Special Operations 16th Wing, New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced this morning. The base is expected to expand in aircraft, and possibly in personnel, within the next two years, officials announced […]

New skatepark to open July 15

PNT Staff The foundation has been laid — literally — for the new Portales skatepark at Portales Recreation Center. The opening is scheduled for July 15. Portales Skatepark Organization member Lorenzo Baca said the concrete has been poured and the slab already has ramps, a pyramid and a fun box for skateboarders and skaters. Portales […]

Heritage Days all fun and games

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer The Heritage Days parade, filled with everything from horses and John Deere tractors to water-spraying puppets and the Rat Pack Jeep Club, drew a crowd of Portales residents Saturday. Attending the parade has become part of tradition for Vicki Aguilar and her family. “We come every year, for the […]

Downtown hotel could be open as soon as 2007

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The deal is moving forward, and if a local developer realizes his dream, Portales could have a refurbished historic hotel downtown within two years. Portales developer Larry Combs has the option to purchase the former Portales Inn property, which the city of Portales and the MainStreet Organization acquired earlier […]

Researcher claims he has photo of 1976 UFO over Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Thirty years after UFOs were reportedly sighted hovering over Clovis skies, another photograph of the event has surfaced. A UFO researcher said this week he has a photo — albeit fuzzy — of a tubular-shaped craft that danced above Clovis on Jan. 21, 1976. Canadian resident Brian Vike said […]

Fostering Fathers

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer At the Baptist Children’s Home and the Christian Children’s Home in Portales, there are men who devote their days and nights to raising children in need of a father figure. These men are called houseparent dads. Being a houseparent is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job. They raise child after child, […]

Obituaries for June 18, 2006

Steven Lynn Horton Services: Have been held. Steven Lynn Horton, 59, of The Woodlands, Texas, died Friday, June 9, 2006, in Houston after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born May 2, 1947, in Portales, he graduated from Clovis High School in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from […]

Supreme Court’s ‘drug war exception’ endangers privacy

Editorial In Hudson v. Michigan, handed down Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out yet another “drug war exception” to the Fourth Amendment, which was written to protect Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons and homes. Unfortunately, the ruling is likely to lead to more military-style no-knock raids of people’s homes and […]

Independence was dad’s greatest legacy

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Who’s your daddy anyway? Growing up in Portales, it’s a question I’ve gotten used to answering frequently. Around here it’s not meant as a question to categorize you into your place like it is in the Deep South, but it’s close. Growing up in my father’s shadow could be […]

North sweeps twin bill in All-Star series

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent The North squad won’t have to wait until Saturday to find out whether it can wrap up its second straight overall win in the North/South All-Star Softball series. That’s because a doubleheader sweep on Friday night in Clovis meant that the North stars already clinched the series victory — its […]

101 Cannon Airmen make the grade

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Air Force releases list of master sergeant, technical sergeant selectees Courtesy of Air Force Personnel Center News Service The Air Force has selected 4,613 of 23,230 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant, a 19.85 percent selection rate; and 6,904 of 41,186 eligible staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant, a 16.76 percent selection […]

WWII infantryman inducted into Wall of Heroes

James Brazell receives a shadow box of his decorations earned during combat in World War II during his induction into the Wall of Heroes May 25 at the Airman Leadership School. Janet Taylor Birkey Perhaps one of the hallmarks of an infantryman who has seen battle, is his easy willingness to admit the fear he […]

Healthier lifestyles can be just a phone call away

Courtesy Cannon Health and Wellness Center Women often juggle careers, families, and in some cases higher education, all while putting their health concerns on hold. Though they have made tremendous strides when it comes to taking care of their health, they still face many challenges. In 1900 the average life expectancy for a female was […]

Time to chill out the heat

Candace Weaver Water, rest, keys to reducing weather stress When the body cannot cool itself by sweating, several heat-induced illnesses such as heat exhaustion and more seriously heat stroke can result High temperatures, humidity, direct sun or heat, limited air movement, physical exertion, poor physical condition and some medications are factors influencing heat exhaustion. The […]

Outdoore Rec provides play gear all year

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower Many families are searching for family events now that summer has come and school is out. One problem many face is that they do not have the right equipment to do things like go camping, boating, sailing or just barbecue in the back yard. The Outdoor Recreation (ODR) office has […]