Armitage qualifies for finals

Freedom Newspapers Kenna Armitage of Elida qualified for the National Finals College Rodeo beginning on Sunday in Casper, Wyo. Armitage, a Portales native who graduated from Elida High School in 2003, is a sophomore at New Mexico Highlands in Las Vegas, N.M. “There are not many teams that start a rodeo program, and then go […]

Tombstone race a Fort Sumner tradition

By Eric Butler: PNT Correspondent FORT SUMNER — There’s legends and then there’s legends so big that they beget even more legends. The Billy the Kid tombstone races at Old Fort Days are all about an offshoot activity at the legendary outlaw’s gravesite. And it makes for an athletic event that certainly is unique by […]

Politics not for sissies, but restraint would be nice

By David Stevens: FNNM Editor The contrasts were sharp and painful. In last week’s primary elections, Curry and Roosevelt counties’ sheriff candidates promoted their integrity, their professionalism, their dignity, their church affiliations, their commitment to family and their caring for community. Some of those same candidates’ supporters, meanwhile, tore into opponents unchecked, without moral compass, […]

There’s good, then there’s larrupin’

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor One of the duties of an editor and columnist is to introduce readers to new and interesting words — words that work well but don’t necessarily get used by everyone. This week’s word is larrupin’. Some of you may know the word, but it’s surprising how many folks get […]

Old age has many benefits

By Bob Huber: PNT Columnist Here at the Foundation for Doing Away with Old Age, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you get perks in your golden years that make you giggle with delight. The bad news is the perks seldom make up for the price you have to pay. […]

Pharmacist prepares for retirement

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Sitting in his chair, his arms folded across his chest, 71-year-old Walter Chambliss reflected on his life and career as a longtime Portales pharmacist. Things have certainly changed in the 42 years since he’s been in Portales, yet Chambliss said he’s not the type to dwell on the past. […]

June 11, 2006 Honors

McIntosh Army National Guard Pfc. Daniel A. McIntosh has graduated from the Light-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training (AIT) course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. The course is designed to train soldiers to perform maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair wheeled vehicles and related mechanical components, which include internal combustion engines and power trains, spark- and compression-ignition […]

June 11, 2006 Anniversaries

Banks Loyd and Darlene Banks of Portales will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 with a come-and-go reception at the Holiday Inn Express, 1901 W. Second St. in Portales. The celebration is hosted by their children Beverly Hall, Janet Fields and Lynda DeFoor, along with their grandchildren. The couple […]

June 11, 2006 Engagements

Haller/Gutierrez Dwight and Pam Haller of Tucumcari announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter Tana Rae Haller to Jose Jesus Gutierrez both of Portales, son of Joe and Maria Gutierrez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows July 15 at Tucumcari Convention Center. The reception will follow the ceremony. The bride-elect is a […]

June 11, 2006 Weddings

Keim/Crawford Erika Keim of Albuquerque and Adam Crawford of Albuquerque were joined in marriage May 27 at Central Christian Church in Portales. The Rev. Jason Thomas performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Alan and Selina Roberts of Portales and the granddaughter of Jim Simpson, Nell Simpson and Wilma Knudson of […]

Bomb-making 101 Munitions troops teach how things go ‘boom’

Col. Peggy Poore, 27th Mission Support Group commander, practices properly seating an FMU-139 bomb fuse into the rear fuze well of a MK-82 bomb during an ammunitions fundamentals course June 1. Janet Taylor-Birkey Too many times, people on a military base, even military personnel, don’t know what goes on in the squadron across the road, […]

The Bataan Death March –A battle of endurance, courage

Cannon Airmen and the base public view the Bataan Memorial following a dedication ceremony Tuesday. The 27th Fighter Wing traces its lineage to the 27th Bombadier Group, one of the units whose men endured the infamous Bataan Death March. The Bataan Death March began at Mariveles on April 10, 1942. Troops who fell behind were […]

The battle for your buck

Janet Taylor-Birkey (Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series about Airmen and their money.) Vulnerabilities often result from financial storms While the phrase, “It’s only money” is commonly used, Airmen and other military members may face a special vulnerability when it comes to dealing with their finances. Benefits such as medical and […]

Making history – one day at a time

Chief Master Sgt. Ricky Balolong The poet, Robert Penn Warren, wrote, “History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” The ironic thing about history is that rarely do those who are […]

Forget lions or bears or tigers, watch for bugs, oh my

Janet Taylor-Birkey Summer fun is finally here, but along with swimming, camping and playing outdoor sports, safety must be the first line of concern in any fun activity. Those at Cannon and surrounding areas need to be particularly aware of black widows, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and fleas, said Master Sgt. Michael Elliot, a Survival, Evasion, […]

Beating the heat

By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Landscapers are some of the busiest day laborers during the summer months. Loren Chatterton and Chris Hernandez work for Garden Source Nursery and Landscaping. Recently, they have been assigned to work out in the spring heat laying pavers for a new patio outside of a Portales restaurant. Chatterton, who has […]

Obituaries for June 10, 2006

Gary Don Burns, 46, of Clovis, and formerly of Roswell, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Clovis. He was born Feb. 23, 1960, to Robert (Bob) and Dorotha Burns in Roswell. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1978 and worked at Xcel Energy for 22 years. He was preceded in death by his father […]

Fire burns 4,500 acres near Floyd

A fire started by lightning Friday burned approximately 4,500 acres of grassland about 16 miles east west of Floyd, according to Floyd Fire Chief Leland Terry. Terry reported no injuries or structure damage from the fire, which started about 2:30 p.m. “With the hot and dry conditions and the lightning, this has been almost a […]

Ute Lake offers cooling day trip

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Ute Lake State Park near Logan offers visitors many activities in and out of the water. The lake is a manmade reservoir fed by Canadian River, stretching 13 miles long and never exceeding one mile in width. The lake’s surface covers 8,200 acres and is the second largest lake […]

Curry election results not certified

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers The results of Tuesday’s Curry County primary were not certified in a special meeting of the county commission Friday, yet county officials remain confident in the election results, according to officials. Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman recommended the county commission not certify the results. “I don’t think any […]