Teens fly in new skatepark

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer Skateboarders, roller bladers and bikers alike were radiant with victory Saturday evening as the new skatepark in Portales held its grand opening. “It’s been a long hard fight,” said Lorenzo Baca, the vice president of the Portales Skate Park Organization. The organization, which was started by youths using the […]

Special Operations vital to foreign internal defense

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Writer HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Jerome Klingaman was a young combat aviation advisor, thrown into the jungles of Laos, when he stumbled upon a major void in the U.S. military. The last 13 years of his life, he has spent crafting a remedy. Klingaman was part of a haphazard team of […]

Committee will look at six traffic alternative options

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Members of a steering committee charged with studying the future of Portales transportation agreed on researching six alternatives to decide if a bypass would be a viable option without losing revenue to Portales businesses. Scott Verhines, engineer with GC Engineering Inc. of Albuquerque, presented the six alternatives Friday afternoon […]

City wants better handle on trash

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By Tony Parra Portales residents are leaving appliances, sheet rock materials, scattered garbage and furniture items next to dumpsters and it’s causing a problem, say city officials. City staff members want these items placed in the city’s convenience center instead of the alleys. City officials said heavy appliances, sheet rock and other trash items are […]

Hurlburt: We’re full

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary an empty space. That is Hurlburt Field, current home of Air Force Special Operations Command and its 16th Wing in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. On this steamy July day, the ramp at Hurlburt is at 30 percent capacity, according […]

New Mexico First seeks school’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating […]

Clovis bank robbed

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A device a man used to rob a Clovis bank on Friday was not a bomb as he claimed, police said. Cannon Air Force Base explosives experts determined the “box-type device” was not explosive, officials said. Members of the Cannon Explosives Ordnance Disposal team spent more than an hour […]

Witness: Robber was calm

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The man who robbed a Clovis bank on Friday morning calmly walked out after leaving what he claimed was a bomb on the counter, according to a witness who asked not to be identified. The device was later determined to be nonexplosive, officials said. The witness, whose identity is being […]

Day Trip: Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls offers adventure and exploration. With its 150-foot waterfall, a cave to explore and pools of water, it’s a cool place for visitors looking to beat this summer’s heat. With the recent re-opening of Lincoln National Forest, Sitting Bull Falls, located in the Guadalupe Mountains, is now open to the public. About the […]

S t r e t c h i n g it out

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Maj. Lee Hinrichson performs a biomechanical screening during the Health and Wellness Center Running Clinic Tuesday. Major Hinrichson said he likes to see clients before they get injured and teach them how to prevent injuries during exercise. Janet Taylor Birkey “If you see people who are good runners, they make it look effortless.” This was […]

Getting ready with a couple hundred of your best friends

Lt. Col. Raymond Lopez It’s that time in the AEF cycle; the taskings are flowing fast and furious. By now the majority of folks for Air Expeditionary Force 3/4 have been tasked. If you are in the bucket and haven’t been tasked, don’t let your readiness level lapse as you may still be called and […]

Military Equal Opportunity born out of social strife

Janet Taylor-Birkey The time was the early 1970’s — just a few short years after President Lyndon B. Johnson enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — and race relations were not only affecting society as a whole, but also the military. “The military was going through a large transition at that point with integration […]

Special Forces in high demand in U.S. military

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The average Air Force Special Operations airman or crewman has been deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq four to five times, according to Air Force Special Operations Command officials. “We are spread a little bit thin right now,” said AFSOC Deputy Director of Public Affairs Matt Durham. The need for special […]

Baptist ministry makes a ‘Splash’

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Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Western Essential Ministries has held the Splash and Friends puppet show in local parks this summer in order to provide children and families with fun activities during the evening for free. The event is held on Mondays at Green Acres Park in Clovis, Tuesdays at Confere Park in Portales […]

Animal control a busy business in Portales

Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer While taking a walk through the Portales Animal Control shelter, one might find it difficult to look into the faces of the animals which occupy the few cages the shelter provides, knowing those animals could possibly face the last resort option of being euthanized. The officers at the animal control […]

‘Pirates’ movie brings Tower first sellout in years

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record last Friday by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hasn’t sold out a showing since the current owner, Larry Allen, bought the business in the […]

McVey joins Central Christian

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By Michael Harrell: PNT Staff Writer David McVey has joined Central Christian Church in Portales as a new pastor this summer. McVey, 50, moved to Portales with his wife, Lola, and their son from Charleston, W. Va in May. There he was the senior minister for the Kinds Way Christian Church in Nitro, a suburb […]

Lessons learned on the way home

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Family gatherings are memory-makers. Before you know it the time quickly comes to say goodbye, so I hang on to every moment. Our backyard became the perfect place for sons, daughters-in-love and grandchildren to play badminton, horseshoes and volleyball. We dined on barbecue, hot dogs, hoagies, watermelon and homemade […]

Cooperation needed to head off trouble in India and Pakistan

Editorial The tragic death toll — at least 200 (and 700 injured) — from a coordinated series of train bombings in Bombay, also known as Mumbai, keeps rising, and the implications keep getting more complicated. The most significant lesson — hardly new — is that terrorist networks are fairly inexpensive to set up and maintain […]

There’s a lot in baby’s name

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers “Marsha” may not exactly be at the top of the list of popular Hispanic baby girl names, like Arianna, Marissa, Aaliyah and Olivia, but maybe “Masa” is. My friend Marsha Salazar doesn’t know why her mom named her Marsha, maybe after the Brady Bunch show. As the saying goes, “It’s […]