Day Trip: Parks can help make fun finale for summer

With summer winding down, families are looking to squeeze that last little bit of fun from summer. A quick way to do that on a day trip would be a visit to an area amusement park. Casel-Land Fun Center Located on the outskirts of Clovis, Casel-Land Fun Center includes a go-cart track, 18-hole miniature golf […]

27th Fighter Wing history spans four decades of service

Men and women of the 27th Fighter Wing form a 27 in front of F-111 jets on the flightline of Cannon Air Force Base.F-111’s were at Cannon from 1960 until 1999. courtesy 27th Fighter Wing Historical Office (Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series) The history of the 27th Fighter Wing spans […]

Locking your keys in the car can be a positive experience

Greg Allen An occasional memory lapse can be a good thing. That “occasional memory lapse” happened to my wife Suzanne last week, but it reinforced the good feelings she and I both have about living here. Suzanne had gone to the library downtown to return some books and discovered she had locked her keys in […]

Mentoring a fundamental responsibility for all Airmen

Lt. Col. J. D. Bailey, II What is mentoring? It seems to have different meanings to different people. Some consider it a form of counseling, communicating or learning by example from someone usually senior to you. Others would simply call it leadership. But, whatever you choose to call it, it can certainly be beneficial to […]

Killing unnecessary kilowatts a quality of life issue

Janet-Taylor Birkey One of the “bennies” of living in base housing is that Airmen don’t see utility bills in their mailbox or deduct them from their bank accounts. So why should Airmen care what it costs to cool, heat and light their homes? Why should Cannon’s annual $6.2 million utility bill even faze them? Simply […]

Include safety in your summertime fun plans

Master Sgt. Patrick Mehmert Good old summertime means fun at the lake, camping, and swimming. At Cannon, this often means spending a bit of time behind the wheel. There aren’t many lakes or mountains in our immediate area, so we often hit the wide-open New Mexico highways in search of family fun. Unfortunately, along the […]

Portales officials to consider housing options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales city officials are considering using land located next to the golf course to build between 70 and 100 houses for Portales residents and are exploring options on how to do that. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega said city officials are interested in using about 45 acres of the 150 […]

MainStreet basking in awards

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales MainStreet Program received four statewide awards Wednesday at the New Mexico Mainstreet Summer Institute in Farmington. The program won both the Excellence in Business Incentive and Excellence in Downtown Promotion Event, according to a press release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Local business owners won awards […]

George dedicated to his students

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers He was a quiet man who carried himself with consistency and unflinching stability. He was happiest when he was busy, family members said. Rufus George Jr. worked a majority of his life as a coach and teacher, spending 23 years at Gattis Junior High School, his wife Barbara George of […]

School supply programs sponsored

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Several local businesses and organizations are holding back-to-school supply programs and drives so that families and children in need can be prepared for the upcoming school year. Jeanette Chavez, the director of marketing and public affairs at La Casa Family Health Center, said La Casa is giving out backpacks full […]

ENMU lands large TRIO program grant

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will benefit from $1 million in federally funded grant money awarded to several post-secondary education institutions in the state which will be funded over a five-year period, a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office said. Domenici announced Wednesday the Department of Education (DoEd) awarded […]

Iraq is the frontline of terrorism but win is far from certainty

Editorial “Trust that Iraq will be the graveyard for terrorism and terrorists for the good of all humanity,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in an address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday that went reasonably well despite some grumbling in advance. “Iraq is the front line in this struggle, and history will […]

Hip new words cool, but hard to use

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Leave loving memories, not regrets

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Oil painting has changed the way I see the world. I find myself studying clouds and landscapes. I like to see the tumbled down houses and barns as we travel along the highway. I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did their occupants live […]

Elderly Portales man beaten and robbed at home

PNT Staff An 88-year-old Portales man was in serious but stable condition in a Lubbock hospital on Wednesday after he was beaten and robbed at his home, police said. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects. Nabor Leal of 724 W. 15th Lane was found unconscious and transported to Roosevelt General Hospital and then to […]

Something to cheer about

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer The new Portales High School cheerleading team has chosen manual labor as a fundraiser this year in hopes to afford the much-needed equipment they say they lack. Their plan is to find businesses in the area that are willing to hire the girls to work for donations. On Wednesday, […]

Human baby delivered at Clovis veterinary clinic

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Donna Morrow arrived at the Curry County Animal Hospital for her dog’s shots — instead she delivered a baby. A surgical nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center, Morrow was waiting for her Chihuahua to be seen Tuesday when she heard a woman scream. Morrow followed the sounds to a small […]

Fire marshall calls halt to Clovis gas war

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshall Allan Silvers had seen enough. Silvers said with about 200 vehicles lined up to buy cheap gas, blocking the stores and a local fire station, he put […]

“… Working on dreams in the streets of Portales …”

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers At a time in his life when people around him were moving on from college and graduation was sneaking up on him, singer and songwriter Andy Mason wrote what would eventually become Portales’ theme song. During one night in May of 2003, Mason took his guitar over to a friend’s […]

Sports Briefs

Freedom Newspapers Wilhoit playing for South All-Stars ALBUQUERQUE — Dora’s Tyler Wilhoit will play for the South squad in tonight’s Class 1A-2A New Mexico High School Coaches Association boys basketball all-star game, scheduled for The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Wilhoit has been a mainstay for three years for Dora, […]