Children shouldn’t be rushed into activities too soon

Anita Doberman It’s the first day of swimming lessons. In my house, the commotion starts at 6 a.m., when my three older girls wake up ready to go, never mind that lessons don’t start for another three hours. They can’t contain their excitement and demand to put on their bathing suits immediately. “No,” my 4-year-old […]

Military jargon decoded

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My husband has spent almost half his life as a U.S. Air Force airman and he is fluent in the everyday military jargon. But, it has taken me years to decipher the Air Force language he speaks. Here are a few of my favorites. Blues – Members of the Air Force […]

Billy the Kid remembered in museum

For a look into the “Wild West,” why not try a short day trip to Fort Sumner’s “Billy the Kid Museum.” About an hour’s drive from Portales lies the remains of one of the West’s most feared outlaws, where visitors can relive the days of gunslingers, wanted men, and lawmen who ruled the West with […]

Military spouses targeted

Air Force News WASHINGTON— The American Red Cross is warning military spouses about a new identity-theft scam that targets family members of deployed troops. The Red Cross was alerted of the scam earlier this month, said Devorah Goldburg of the Red Cross. The scam involves a person with an American accent calling a military spouse, […]

Troops train on Andersen Air Force Base

By Master Sgt. Art Webb: 36th Operations Group ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Eighteen F-16s from Cannon Air Force Base’s 522nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron recently arrived in Guam in support of the deployment for the Theater Security Package to the Western Pacific. The nearly 400-person deployment is part of the continuing force posture to […]

Activities abound

lpsgi3-lpsgee812utegroundbreaking2.jpg

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections With studied concentration and a swift swing, Ray Bernatis sent a golf ball flying over rolling greens Tuesday morning. “Relax, take a deep breath and swing,” coached his father, Terry Bernatis from a few feet away. The 10-year-old, along with his father and grandfather, was one of many people taking advantage […]

Greyhound grid coach adds locals to mix

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers In their second wave of recruting, Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo has added local flavor. The third-year Greyhounds coach said around 52 freshmen are expected to report for practice Aug. 5. All told, about 130 players will be on hand for the start of drills. Among the […]

Bedford Trial: Day five. Focus on fire

1181188584-67massisdemoweb.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — The normally pristine home of Odis and Doris Newman of Portales was marked by the blood of Odis Newman and the remnants of an intentional fire, investigators testified Wednesday. Among the charges Stanley Bedford, 43, of Portales faces in his capital murder case is setting a fire at […]

Church nominated for State Register

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As Elida celebrates its centennial this summer, preserving its history has become important to the town’s residents. To accomplish that, a landmark building there has been nominated for inclusion on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Built in 1907, the old Elida Methodist Church, now serves as the home […]

Smokey Bear signs utilized to inform public of fire danger

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As residents and visitors leave Portales via N.M. 206, N.M. 467 or U.S. 70, they will be seeing some new signs that are common in mountainous areas, but new to the Portales region. The brown and yellow signs show a picture of Smokey Bear with his shovel. An interchangeable […]

June 7, 1963

• Seventy Portales students were enrolled in summer school, reported Portales School Superintendent M.G. Hunt. Hunt also reported that 10 new teachers had been hired for the coming school year. • The Eastern New Mexico University men’s golf team entered the final round of the 72-hole NAIA national golf tournament in Kansas City, with a […]

Investigator dissects eight crime scenes

1181103639-66mitchellgroup.jpg

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE – A state police investigator spent Tuesday mapping out the night Odis and Doris Newman were killed in 2005. Kevin Massis, who has spent the last six of his 11 1/2 years with the New Mexico State Police in Hobbs as a crime scene investigator, testified at Albuquerque’s District […]

Board pushes plans ahead

PNT Staff Report The Portales school board will go before a state committee Tuesday with a proposal for assistance in building a new elementary school, and now they have an architect attached to the project. The school board announced in a special meeting Tuesday night that Greer Stafford, an architecture firm from Albuquerque, scored highest […]

City Council accepts housing study recommendations

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City Council accepted the workforce housing study recommendations Tuesday, agreeing to move forward with a plan to build affordable housing on city-owned land. The next step in the process, according to City Manager Debi Lee, is to proceed with an appraisal of the land, just east of the municipal […]

Commissioners adopt salary survey results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday adopting the results of a salary survey that lays out guidelines for new pay scales across every department in the county. Commissioners passed a resolution earlier this spring adopting a pay scale, but rescinded it after learning chief deputy positions were […]

Presidential candidate Edwards not hypocrite

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Since it’s already come up and will come up more in our campaign season, let’s have a vocabulary lesson. Today’s word is “hypocrisy.” On dictionary.com, it’s “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person […]

Interpretation of disrimination law unfounded

One can understand the frustration that led Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to issue her dissent orally, from the bench, last week in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But her argument is properly with the law as written rather than with the court’s majority opinion. If the law offers an insufficient remedy […]

June 6, 1963

• The Walt Disney film “Miracle of the White Stallions” was showing at the Tower. • Collin Hilliard, an assistant cashier at Portales National Bank, was named Portales’ Most Courteous Employee for the month of May. • Tony Lama Kangaroo western boots were on sale for $39.95 a pair at Skinner’s.

Threat claims leveled

1181021033-65peningermitchell2web.jpg

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom Newspapers ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecution and defense attorneys agreed Monday that prosecution witness Cynthia Peninger was threatened about revealing what she knew about the 2005 deaths of Doris and Odis Newman. They disagreed on who was doing the threatening. The prosecution said it was capital murder defendant Stanley Bedford who threatened Peninger. […]

Dora Schools mark centennial

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer One hundred years of history will be celebrated during the Dora Schools Centennial and South County Reunion to be held on Saturday. “This is our 100th year for our schools,” Peggy Prater, committee member, volunteer and Dora Class of 1949 graduate said. The celebration had previously been scheduled to […]